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by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1176

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

Thanks for the input, guys!
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1176

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

I'm concerned that commercially available metal kapalas are not food-grade and so they may leach toxins into the amrita to be taken during the "taking the accomplishments" section of the sadhana. Has anyone else who's doing more elaborate sadhana practice had any thoughts about this and come up wit...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1176

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

aussiebloke wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:28 pm
Another approach is to place a small vessel of ceramic or glass in it and fill the kapala with rice to hold it in place .
Shortly after I posted this, this occurred as a possible option. Great minds think alike! Thanks for your input.
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1176

Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

I'm concerned that commercially available metal kapalas are not food-grade and so they may leach toxins into the amrita to be taken during the "taking the accomplishments" section of the sadhana. Has anyone else who's doing more elaborate sadhana practice had any thoughts about this and come up with...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lung always given at time of empowerment?
Replies: 8
Views: 857

Re: Lung always given at time of empowerment?

Thanks so much, guys! That makes me happy to find out I already have what I was hoping to get.
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 606897

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Sorry for the off-topic question here, but was the Namchö chang chog practice one of the standard lungs Rinpoche gave at the end of each retreat?
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lung always given at time of empowerment?
Replies: 8
Views: 857

Lung always given at time of empowerment?

So of course nowadays I know that yidam practice functions in dependence on not only wang, but also lung and tri. But once upon a time I didn't know that, so if the lung hadn't been given I wouldn't have even known what I was missing, and now I want to practice some of the sadhanas from those early ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche´s leaving of Tibet
Replies: 17
Views: 783

Re: Guru Rinpoche´s leaving of Tibet

I've never heard that he "was forced" to leave, nor that he left before Samye was completed. But even if those things were true, the volume and profundity of transmissions he gave was greater than any Buddhist master before him to visit Tibet, and the establishment of the terma tradition was about a...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 134
Views: 12776

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana

Does anyone know if they'll take the camera inside so we can see Rinpoche's kudung? Or does anyone know what else is going to happen? It's super late here and I'm struggling to stay awake, but I will if something more than watching people slowly move into & out of the stupa.
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 134
Views: 12776

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana

Chrome is currently working for me, but nothing's happening yet. They haven't gotten started.

*Oops, the second I typed that, it started.
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 134
Views: 12776

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana

Were you guys able to connect well to the 20:00 session today? It was in and out for me, and then just cut out altogether.
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Kunjed Gyalpo:The Supreme Source
Replies: 49
Views: 8087

Re: Kunjed Gyalpo:The Supreme Source

Been reading this book lately. Just have to say...what an incredibly cool and entertaining way to present the Dzogchen Teachings!!! It's as though one were having a conversation with the Enlightened Nature...very cool...makes me laugh with joy i was told that kunjed gyalpo is root text to samdhi an...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 606897

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thanks everyone!
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 606897

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Can anyone point me toward where I can find the melody for the long guru yoga of Garab Dorje? That is the one the community is currently doing, yes? I haven't been able to attend the webcasts thus far, have to practice solo.
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between Guru Yoga and Yidam practice, and how do they relate to the Four Noble Truths?
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: What's the difference between Guru Yoga and Yidam practice, and how do they relate to the Four Noble Truths?

The ultimate purpose of guru yoga is to merge our mind with the wisdom mind of the lama and all the objects of refuge in order to discover the very same wisdom mind--inseparable emptiness and knowing--in ourselves. To me, the ngondro is, like someone else said, one long guru yoga, culminating with t...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 2009

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

Starting with ngondro is not necessarily the best for someone who has lots of experience in Theravada. Problem however is that most Tibetan teachers will tell you to first do it and you end up months or years while you are already trained to a certain extent in mindfulness, concentration, compassio...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9846

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

One cannot practice any kind of real Dzogchen practice without empowerment. Alan Wallace knows this, which is why he gives empowerments to the more advanced people in his program. This is the first I've heard about B Alan Wallace being authorized to give Dzogchen transmission. Is it your understand...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9846

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

What is the course of action I should take here, if any? If any one has any thoughts on this I'm all ears. Hi there seeker! My advice would be to keep practising. Get some decent amount of meditation hours (do it daily!) under your belt before spending any more money on these events. Later you can ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions

Because there is absolutely no guilt, shame, or judgement in bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is wisdom or the true nature of reality manifesting in thought, word, and deed. It is limitless and completely beyond the boundaries of religious dogma and social constructs. “Ugh, don’t you pray to your heathen god...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions

Not if what you're doing is fully inspired by bodhicitta. That is of course the whole point, but what makes you so sure that would be enough to prevent them from becoming freaked out, angry, and/or fearful that they're sinning? Because there is absolutely no guilt, shame, or judgement in bodhicitta...

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