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by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Norbu House & Domo Geshe Rinpoche
Replies: 78
Views: 17562

Re: Norbu House & Domo Geshe Rinpoche

Still I see no reason to wonder or to test such a ridiculous proposition. She may be living in some kind of fantasy! But this is true of every single one of us. I do not care if she can fool a test, or not, or whether or not that is what she might be doing! There are other ways to learn to speak pe...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu May 30, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: So long, my Dharma web
Replies: 17
Views: 2023

Re: So long, my Dharma web

Take care and best wishes, Yudron-la. Hope to run into you at ODD sometime. :)
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu May 30, 2013 5:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whatever happened to the wicked dwarf?
Replies: 8
Views: 1418

Re: Whatever happened to the wicked dwarf?

I believe he was reborn as Bernie Madoff.
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu May 23, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Purpose of Thogal Practice
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

Re: The Purpose of Thogal Practice

:good:
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed May 22, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on ngondro
Replies: 79
Views: 7883

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on ngondro

I usually have some emotional problem - agitation, boredom, depression - to solve before I can sit. You could try sitting anyway with these feelings and gently asking yourself mentally, while you're being tormented by them, "who is the one feeling this agitation/boredom/depression?" And you gently ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue May 21, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism & Bon: Practicing Both at Once?
Replies: 121
Views: 12151

Re: Buddhism & Bon: Practicing Both at Once?

Is Bon Dharma?...No. The fact that a few enlightened masters are able study Bon in a spirit of friendship and tolerance does not make it 'the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism'. A 'fifth Tibetan spiritual school' certainly, but it is not a tradition founded by Lord Buddha, so it is not Buddhism, reg...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun May 19, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism & Bon: Practicing Both at Once?
Replies: 121
Views: 12151

Re: Buddhism & Bon: Practicing Both at Once?

Bon has a vinaya that is virtually the same as the Buddha established (except there's an additional vow of vegetarianism), and it has Prajna Paramita, Madhyamaka, generation stage, completion stage, Chod, Dzogchen, you name it, all by the same names as Buddhism. I have not been able to discern any d...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri May 10, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4758
Views: 403527

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thanks to all of you who responded to help me out. :namaste:
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed May 08, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4758
Views: 403527

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Sorry to butt back into the flow of the thread with something other than a contribution to the present topic, but I'll be quick. Would one of my vajra brothers or sisters out there who knows how to practice the version of the guru yoga in the medium & long thuns be willing to PM me a concise step-by...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue May 07, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Incarnations of Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 21
Views: 3876

Re: Incarnations of Patrul Rinpoche

I know another contemporary Rinpoche who is considered an emanation of Patrul, although I'm not sure in which aspect. There is a famous Mani wall in Tibet which was built by Patrul Rinpoche, when he finished it he declared that in the future a Tulku of him would return to finish and maintain it, an...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon May 06, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Completion of the path of Tögal
Replies: 204
Views: 28071

Re: Completion of the path of Tögal

Well for example, it is said I guess widely accepted that the Rainbow Body has to be disolved to reach the Truth Body. Or attaining the Rainbow Body is not attaining Buddhahood yet! So with these two examples, we can easily understand that there is more than the Rainbow Body. Not sure who or what t...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun May 05, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Completion of the path of Tögal
Replies: 204
Views: 28071

Re: Completion of the path of Tögal

Well, IMO, there's no way to actually know until we accomplish total realization. It seems obvious to me that conceptual thought has serious limitations. But until that point of total realization, we can hear the teachings, see the arguments they present to support their assertions about rainbow bod...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun May 05, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Completion of the path of Tögal
Replies: 204
Views: 28071

Re: Completion of the path of Tögal

Lastly, according to the Dzogchen teachings themselves, accomplishing the body of light as uniquely defined in Dzogchen (a similarly named, but not identical accomlishment is mentioned in other paths) is indeed the highest possible accomplishment and involves a level of benefit to beings that is sa...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun May 05, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Completion of the path of Tögal
Replies: 204
Views: 28071

Re: Completion of the path of Tögal

He says that talking about these things or even hearing about them before you are ready can ruin the whole path for you. There are some things that he and most other lamas think should be kept secret, and togal certainly tops the list. So everyone is saying this without explaining why? That's the f...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun May 05, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Structuring Practice Days
Replies: 16
Views: 1659

Re: Structuring Practice Days

Getting bored with one's main practice I feel often comes from not doing enough of it to experience it as the source of blessings, etc. I think this is very, very true. Eventually the main practice just "clicks" and becomes more dynamic, much easier to visualize and get into the full-on feeling of ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun May 05, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Incarnations of Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 21
Views: 3876

Re: Incarnations of Patrul Rinpoche

So it seems there are currently three different incarnations, and only a couple of years ago there have been even four of them.... :shrug: If Paltrul Chokyi Wangpo indeed said he wouldn't have any tulkus, this would be strange. Although, I'm sure he made compassionate aspirations concerning this re...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tara Mandala Chogyal Namkhai Norbu & Lama Tsultrim Allione
Replies: 56
Views: 7727

Re: Tara Mandala Chogyal Namkhai Norbu & Lama Tsultrim Allio

Once, many years ago when I was running my own youthful Puritanical number, my Root Guru told me that a true yogi should be comfortable anywhere, from a palatial mansion with golden spigots to a totally empty cave and everything in between. IMO, being critical of wealth and opulence is its own form...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tara Mandala Chogyal Namkhai Norbu & Lama Tsultrim Allione
Replies: 56
Views: 7727

Re: Tara Mandala Chogyal Namkhai Norbu & Lama Tsultrim Allio

I just don't understand why Tibetans and the Westerners who run their Dharma centers think these centers have to be so fancy and expensive, or why many of them tend to make choices in running these places that drive up the costs seemingly as much as possible... Things can often be done much more sim...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Daoism and Dzogchen
Replies: 31
Views: 4160

Re: Daoism and Dzogchen

According to Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the four extremes, as claimed by the Madhyamika philosophical school, are Eternalism, Nihilism, Either or Neither. He says that Taoism is included in the last category, defending neither existence nor non-existence, making it very similar to the Middle Way, ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4758
Views: 403527

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If we think we can receive transmission from videos then it follows we can also do it from books as well. The risk is that taking this attitude towards all the teachings can easily devolve into simply thinking you are receiving all kinds of transmissions when instead you are just following your own...