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by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Question re Nagas
Replies: 33
Views: 3014

Re: Question re Nagas

Can someone explain nagas in a bit more concrete terms? I've never given them a ton of thought, mostly just suspended disbelief/belief, as I tend to do with things I cannot see or prove--or disprove. I have given their existence the benefit of the doubt and performed naga practices, though rarely. A...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Kuntu Zangpo
Replies: 18
Views: 1839

Re: Kuntu Zangpo

Yes, in Nyingma, Samantabhadra is "adi buddha," and Kuntu Zangpo is simply the Tibetan translation for the Sanskrit words samanta and bhadra. This is pretty common knowledge.
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Trying to find a certain teaching on turning mundane daily activities into Dharm
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Trying to find a certain teaching on turning mundane daily activities into Dharm

I believe it was by Longchenpa, but not sure. But it advised things like, "when you walk through a door, imagine that you're taking all sentient beings with you out of samsara" and so on. Can't seem to find it. Anyone familiar with this is and know where I can find it?
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guruyoga book of Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

Re: Guruyoga book of Namkhai Norbu

All of Rinpoche's books are priceless, but I feel this particular book is maybe the most important and beneficial one I've come across. If one'a practice of contemplation is at all lacking certainty, this book could help remedy that.
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo:
Replies: 18
Views: 6686

Re: The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo:

The prayer mentions specific times when it is good to recite it, but does anyone know if those are just especially good times to do it? IOW, is there a tradition of reciting it daily?
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers
Replies: 85
Views: 13148

Re: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers

For that Yangti retreat, what do they mean by "the base of tregchod"? I assume it means base as in tregchod is necessary for yangti, so a very stable tregchod? Or does it just mean at least some ability with tregchod?
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Anadi on the Flawed Perfection of Dzogchen
Replies: 33
Views: 2706

Re: Anadi on the Flawed Perfection of Dzogchen

Maybe what he has to say is actually worth considering? For example: One of its main shortcomings is that it does not point with any real clarity to what rigpa actually is, or how to verify if and when one has reached it. Is he right, is he wrong? If so, why? He is wrong. Anyone who has received co...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5659
Views: 503088

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Hey all. It's been a while since I've received any webcast transmissions from Rinpoche, & the webcast link I have appears to be outdated. Can someone give me a link to the webcast, and to the current schedule?
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Chimed Sogthig Instructions
Replies: 7
Views: 1533

Re: Chimed Sogthig Instructions

Have you received the empowerment and reading transmission? If so, you can purchase Gyatrul Rinpoche's commentary and instructions at www.vimalatreasures.org.
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: 3214

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: 7611

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: 5150

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: 6074

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: 6074

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: 5150

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: 3879

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: 5150

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: 3879

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: 1107

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 ...

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