yagmort wrote: ↑Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:59 pm
i am not making any claims, i just thought that being Dudjom Tersar lineage holder doesn't mean one has Thröma as his main practice, does it? long hair vow is specifically Thröma vow. so my way of thinking is even if Pema Rigtsal Rinpoche is Dudjom Tersar lineage holder and coming from Dudjom Töluk family, but have studied mostly with Longchen Nyingthig gurus and has bhiksu vows, that gave me impression he is not "dedicated" Thröma practitioner (chodpa). same with other Dudjom Tersar lineage holders. please correct me.
Tulku Pema Rigtsal Rinpoche has many excellent lamas from many Dzogchen traditions, and is also the throne holder of NKD monastery. The monasteries primary practice is TroChen, the longest Troma Sadhana which is specific to the Tholuk lineage.
Some of Rinpoche’s brothers (the sons of the 2nd Rinpoche) keep their hair long, others do not; but safe to say Troma is at the heart of this tradition. I don’t particularly understand the focus on the hair vow, the tradition of keeping this is contextual from lineage to lineage it seems (and as mentioned before not all of the lineage holders keep their hair growing out).
In the context of the NKD community, the wearing of the striped robe, or white dranju or earrings and all that, is really something only done by the most accomplished amongst them. Most lamas, including some of these lineage sons just wear red dranju and zin. I’ve met a few who keep those signs of wearing but it’s only a handful. One I’ve met, who is the uncle of my tutor Lama has done over 15 years retreat on this practice: sort of just keeps his hair long, red robes, nothing too outgoing. His wife too has the same amount of practice but they just look like your average folk. They live remotely and just do this practice ongoing.
Everyone in that lineage and around the monastery, lay folk and even the lowkey and humble wives of male practioners looking after kids have done more accumulation than a handful of us combined.
'Maybe you collect a lot of important writings, major texts, personal instructions private notes, whatever. If you haven't practiced, books won't help you when you die. Look at the mind - that's my sincere advice' - Longchen Rabjam