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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: 4196

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: 3661

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: 944

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: 15995

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: 5570

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: 1980

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: 5570

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: 5570

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: 5570

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: 14981

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: 14981

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: 14981

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...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Does Vajrasattva exist?
Replies: 144
Views: 14981

Re: Does Vajrasattva exist?

How about Padmasambhava? Is he real? Didn't be say that if people called on him that he'd be there? (Sorry, no exact reference.) And if so, what's the difference? This thread is in the Nyingma forum after all! Speaking of Padmasambhava, here are some passages from Tulku Thondup's "Enlightened Journ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seclusion
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: Seclusion

Snowid wrote:Really is so,that in order to activate in itself
power of Vajra Armor
I have to spend at least one day in total isolation?
The practice manual says at least 3 days.
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Most recent terma?
Replies: 75
Views: 8553

Re: Most recent terma?

I seem to remember ChNN saying in a webcast that his teachings are not, strictly speaking, termas but come from dreams of clarity. Does no one else remember hearing this? Yes, he has mentioned this in many retreats. But referring to some teachings like longsal teachings. Oh yes, sorry, I wasn't so ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: On Dealing with Destructive Emotions
Replies: 24
Views: 2788

Re: On Dealing with Destructive Emotions

Yes, I did notice the attached article. Maybe i missed something though - it seemed to point at mindfulness to observe (and not react to) disturbing emotions - how, exactly, is this a specifically dzogchen practice? Whether it is or isn't a Dzogchen-specific practice is beside the point, my friend....
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Most recent terma?
Replies: 75
Views: 8553

Re: Most recent terma?

I seem to remember ChNN saying in a webcast that his teachings are not, strictly speaking, termas but come from dreams of clarity. Does no one else remember hearing this? I think maybe the use of the word "terma" in DC publications reflects a less nuanced understanding on the part of the people who ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Merigar Tara statue
Replies: 13
Views: 1701

Re: Merigar Tara statue

wHoah! IS this dakini aforementioned anywhere else? Should I even know about this?? :jawdrop: Yes, in the Dzogchen teachings... she's a lineage holder in the transmission of Dzogchen in this world. I believe she was either Indian or Oddiyanese. And reading her name or learning of her is just fine f...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Looking for Dzogchen teacher in Sikkim India
Replies: 24
Views: 2760

Re: Looking for Dzogchen teacher in Sikkim India

I think Karma Chagme's Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, published under the English title "Spacious Path to Freedom," with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, has just what you're looking for. And anything by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, such as Crystal and the Way of Light.
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is the practice after Dzogchen realisation
Replies: 38
Views: 3561

Re: What is the practice after Dzogchen realisation

An interesting side-note, thoughts are always language based. If so, then humans and animals that are without language would not be able to think. They'd still have perceptions and feelings, including being intuitively and sensorily drawn toward some things and repulsed by other things, and they'd ...