Poor student looking for approachable and serious Chöd teacher

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Re: Poor student looking for approachable and serious Chöd teacher

Post by Malcolm » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:56 pm

BuddhaFollower wrote:
"Remind yourself of the defects of the pleasures of the senses, and avoid befriending ordinary people."[/i]

Reference: A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom
Since one becomes a bodhisattva to help ordinary people, and since one must befriend them into order to help them, this instruction cannot be held to be definitive.
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Re: Poor student looking for approachable and serious Chöd teacher

Post by philji » Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:54 pm

Returning to the original question about Chod, here is a link with dates in Spain, France and Germany for Chod empowerment.
http://www.machigling.org/events/

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Re: Poor student looking for approachable and serious Chöd teacher

Post by Soma999 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:31 pm

Any citation can be "perverted", if you allow me the expression. What is a buddhist ? Some with the same religion ? With the same philosophy ? With the same ideal ? The definition of this name is vast. So many people say "you are not from my religion, go away !". Wow, now, that's certainly what's religion is all about.

Maybe one valuable goal is to make our spirit an ocean, not a bucket of water with 3 fish inside : you, our family, and some buddhist friend, all that bathing in the foggy water of conditional appreciation.

There is so much suffering when the spirit is so "tight". Really, by being so conditional, the one that suffer the must is "ourself".

Still, negative people, who put you down and profess negative things : let's go stealing, let's take drugs, or drain all your energy... maybe it's better to avoid. Maybe this is those persons that are targetted by the citation given.

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Re: Poor student looking for approachable and serious Chöd teacher

Post by Palzang Jangchub » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:33 am

Jens, has your friend had any luck since you first posted this? According to some cursory research, Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche has visited Riga, Latvia in the past, and I'm sure he'd come again if there's interest in arranging it.

https://wn.com/mobile/drikung_lamchen_g ... _chod_puja

Gyalpo Rinpoche compiled a "medium-lengthed" Chöd text based on lots of sources from both inside and outside the Drikung Kagyu lineage, including citations of the scriptural basis from Sutras and the writings of Aryadeva. It includes the entire path from the Four Thoughts to all the various feasts, and even is interspersed with commentary and instructions on how to practice it in various lengths due to time constraints.

There is a series of videos on YouTube with Rinpoche teaching Chöd which I can provide you the link for if you PM me. Presumably he teaches from his own sadhana, though I haven't hunkered down to view them and be sure. Ratnashri Sweden has done the world a great service by compiling such an extensive archive of links that all seem to still be working.

In my experience over the years, usually the lamas could care less about a practitioner being poor or rich with regards to attending empowerments, transmissions, and teachings. It's usually the local sangha who is asking for entrance donations to recoup the cost of the lama's visit, since many are on shoestring budgets, and to be able to make a collective offering at the end.

I've been very fortunate to be allowed to attend most of the events I've been to on a work-study basis, so your friend should inquire about this with the organizing sanghas if he wants to attend. Often events are short on volunteers and can use all the help they can get, and thus will gladly take the extra set of hands as a win-win. If nothing else, inquire if their policy is to not refuse anyone due to lack of funds.

When you see how much money was offered in order to get Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche to compose his text, you'll realize the prices for attending events for exactly what they are.
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Re: Poor student looking for approachable and serious Chöd teacher

Post by Palzang Jangchub » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:38 am

Lho Ontul Rinpoche also has sanghas in both Lithuania and Latvia. He's a serious Chödpa, too, as well as a reincarnation of one of Guru Rinpoche's 25+ disciples and Orgyen Nuden Dorje's older brother. Your friend can even ask him if Chöd can be his main practice ;)
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

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