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by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Chimed Sogthig Instructions
Replies: 7
Views: 1507

Re: Chimed Sogthig Instructions

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by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to tell if a lama is an emanation of a deity?
Replies: 27
Views: 3128

Re: How to tell if a lama is an emanation of a deity?

I wonder how the other moderators feel about this kind of manipulative ploy from within their ranks. Ya know, I'm not omniscient so maybe I'm wrong in seriously doubting your allegation here, but I've never seen Jikan try anything underhanded like you're accusing him of. I've only ever seen him hav...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Parochialism in the West
Replies: 79
Views: 7485

Re: Buddhist Parochialism in the West

I'm not totally convinced of the whole quid pro quo merit-making model--doing good expecting to receive good in return. Our Hindu friends have the notion of nishkama karma : self-less or desireless action performed without any expectation of fruits or results. On occasions rarer than I care to admi...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting back on track after a failing teacher
Replies: 84
Views: 4922

Re: Getting back on track after a failing teacher

Being disappointed with your Guru is often just having assumptions about what a Guru is. However, you're not supposed to speak of the faults of your guru, nor really think critical thoughts about them. This can lead to neurosis when in fact the guru is engaging in questionable or disreputable activ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: when to start studying and practicing Dzogchen
Replies: 45
Views: 5941

Re: when to start studying and practicing Dzogchen

Again, no offense taken. As for seeing certain teachings as inferior, I guess it depends on how you mean that. For some people that may mean looking down upon teachings below the level of Dzogchen as if they're a waste of time or not good enough for them. For me it's more like every teachings is aim...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: when to start studying and practicing Dzogchen
Replies: 45
Views: 5941

Re: when to start studying and practicing Dzogchen

I am sorry if I have offended anyone through my mention of greediness for Dzogchen...I uses I am old Skool and feel the need for purification and accumulation to clear the shit away from my eyes... Having received the introduction to the nature of my mind this accumulation and purification is so mu...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting back on track after a failing teacher
Replies: 84
Views: 4922

Re: Getting back on track after a failing teacher

Vajrapine, I'm really sorry to hear you're going through this. I wish I had more insight into this type of situation, but I'm fortunate to be able to say my lamas have always been on the up and up... But this last point is a reason for hope, because similar to myself, there are many practitioners on...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Breaking samaya if one talks about rigpa?
Replies: 12
Views: 3833

Re: Breaking samaya if one talks about rigpa?

They will insist that it is difficult to recognize the nature of the mind, that it is somewhere far away, that it can be seen only by those who have spent years in retreat, that rigpa cannot be recalled in times of difficulty which one can encounter living an ordinary life etc. This is sadly sooo t...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting back on track after a failing teacher
Replies: 84
Views: 4922

Re: Getting back on track after a failing teacher

Do you mean this teacher has failed in terms of participating in some ethical misconduct, or that you're not seeing results after following this teacher?
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Breaking samaya if one talks about rigpa?
Replies: 12
Views: 3833

Re: Breaking samaya if one talks about rigpa?

I heard Chogyal Namkhai Norbu say in the webcast today that if one talks about rigpa to non practitioners one is breaking samaya.Im just trying to understand what he meant.If one tells a loved one or a friend what they are practicing and goes into a little detail wouldn't this be harmless. Wouldn't...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: General question about DC ganapuja
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

General question about DC ganapuja

My question is re: the DC simple ganapuja: Is it DC tradition to set up separate plates for the 3 roots, guardians, guardians of the time and locality, one for oneself, and for the remainder? If separate plates, do you get up and take each the plates outside (except of course one's own) immediately ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: becoming a wandering yogi?
Replies: 143
Views: 16898

Re: becoming a wandering yogi?

@RikudouSennin: What do you think is worse being homeless or working full time? I have been thinking alot about this lately since I REALLY, REALLY hate my current job, but I feel trapped in it because it is a good paying union job with benefits. You have to become a zombie to perform modern wage sl...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5881

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

Of course the scope of omniscience can be debated, but for the purposes of the point at hand it doesn't matter. Well, if you mean that in general any two random individuals or upholders of different paths can debate the scope of omniscience, then sure, of course. But the scope of omniscience accord...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: 10th Tantric Vow
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Re: 10th Tantric Vow

In Chod, by making the offerings to those beings, aren't they pacified and stop causing harm? I would think that would be the first resort before wrathful liberation, and therefore not violating the samaya in the least. I think by "have compassion for" means to be an enabler and supporter to them, w...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5881

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

shel wrote:
Uh... I repeat, only a God could know that there are no Gods. Whether or not he's a God, if he said that there are no Gods that gives him the power (omniscience or whatever) or status of a God.
By your logic, only a god could know what is only knowable by a god. ;)
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5881

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

shel wrote:
Uh... only a God could know that there are no Gods. You may not think it matters if Buddha is a God, or is thought of as a God, but you would be wrong.
Well, Buddha said himself that he's not a god, so I guess the case is closed.
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5881

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

... Lord Buddha therefore said that there is no God... He did not say this. Gassho, Seishin Buddha Shakyamuni indeed talked about the so-called supreme deity/creator god in a Pali sutta and explained that this god was simply the first to be reborn in his particular pure realm and just assumed he wa...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:28 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Does Vajrasattva exist?
Replies: 144
Views: 16208

Re: Does Vajrasattva exist?

Perhaps I should have been clearer about the fact that I have enormous respect for Vajrayana, and in particular, I think deity yoga is, potentially, an incredibly profound practice. I think, considering the context of the whole thread, that it came across that you have respect. As for the topic, fo...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Does Vajrasattva exist?
Replies: 144
Views: 16208

Re: Does Vajrasattva exist?

But in a superficial way of speaking, yidams DO represent former sentient beings who traveled the path like you and I and achieved total realization and "became" buddhas. What do you mean by "represent"? I have no problem accepting the "backstories" of the Yidams for the purposes of cultivation, bu...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Does Vajrasattva exist?
Replies: 144
Views: 16208

Re: Does Vajrasattva exist?

Well, I've been listening to the recordings from the recent empowerments and teachings with Dzongsar Khyentse in L.A., and all I can say is that he didn't say anything that would lead me to believe that I should view the Yidam, in this case White Tara, as some kind of external entity. Well, the rea...