michaelb wrote: Malcolm wrote:
michaelb wrote:Probably a good idea to receive Yumka Dechen Gyalmo empowerment, though. There's only a peaceful dakini (Dechen Gyalmo) and wrathful dakini (Sengedongma) empowerment in LN, and other practices (like Tara, maybe) rely on those.
No, you just need to receive direct introduction.
What do you mean by "direct introduction", what term are you translating here? I assume you would also need lung and tri?
I suppose I'm wondering what the difference between nam mkha'i sgo 'byed
, ngo sprod spras pa
and rig pa'i rtsal dbang
Just to add, I think it's quite a Longchen Nyingthig thing to receive empowerments and that rather than just rely on direct introduction(?)
This particular chod is grounded in Dzogchen. All you need to practice this chod is direct introduction, ala, first phrase of Garab Dorje.
Of course you also need the lung for the practice, but you certainly do not need to receive any kind of empowerment, including "the opening of the sky door." Having said that, it is not a fault to receive Dechen Gyalmo, etc. It just isn't necessary.
This of course has a lot to do with a difference in perspective about empowerments from an Ati point of view and a Maha or Anuyoga point of view.