Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:26 pm

Question:
Is there anything i can do to help a dying person not to be distracted by the visions of their deceased loved ones?

Lopon La:
Well, that depends. We have so many rituals. We do a ritual called dur, for anyone who has died, it doesn't matter whether they were a practitioner or not. This is to separate disturbances. We say [to the disturbing spirits]: 'Leave the dead person alone! Whatever karmic causes s/he has to follow, let them go along [with them]. Do not disturb them! ' There are many different [ versions of these rituals] - large or short. We do this after someone has died.

Practitioners and non-practitioners all have so many disturbances, some of them [are bothered by] ghosts or demons.
These rituals are to separate them. But it is not possible to say they are free from a karmic cause; it is not easy to say that if they haven't practiced themselves.

There are many interesting things. Whether a person is a practitioner or not, before they die, if they feel too much anger or worry and die with that, then just after they die, they will become a ghost, a very powerful evil [being]. And that causes disturbances.

Then there can be many spirits. There are many mentioned [in our texts].

We have srungma, the guardians. Maybe you have heard of them. First of all they were a man, but then just before they died they had too
much anger, it was very strong, and then they died, and after that, they become a spirit, a very powerful one. But not everybody!

There are many stories, we have so many different ones - some of [these malevolent] spirits have already been tamed and conquered and
made into guardians, while others still cause disturbances everywhere. That is visible, and you can hear them. There are stories - some of them are true, we can't judge!

The simple ones, the ones who are not so wrathful, often hang around what they were attached to so their [attachment to this world] is not broken, and this can cause harm to the living, you see.
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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:20 am

Question:
Can you tell us more about that special State in Dzogchen practice?

Lopon La:
That State is called the Self-Originated Natural State, and Awareness or Rigpa is not separate from it, from the Natura! State; they are together.

Nature = Awareness - Awareness = Nature.
They are inseparable, only the names are different.

In Tibetan terms, 'Rigpa' means consciousness or perception, so if you follow the words, that leads you in completely the wrong way.

We very often use the same name, the same word, but the meaning can be completely different, even opposite. So these things are not very easy.
Even if you are reading something or following it by only words, if you don 't try to gain your own experience ,then that leads to mistakes. So you always have to be careful.

Many people say that 'awareness' is something seeing something clearly. But here, there is nothing to see - still, it is Awareness.
Awareness is Nature, there is no separation in the Dzogchen way.
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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:21 am

Question:
Can you tell something about the lunar cycle and the human body? :

Lopon La:

The lunar cycle and the hunan body:

The I5th day of the Tibetan month — what you call the full moon — is generally a day when the body can grow. Each part of the body has a different purpose and the I5th day is the day when especially the (energy on the) crown of the head can develop in a good way.

So at that time you must be careful with things like moxa or acupuncture; you mustn’t do them on the crown of your head on the full moon. Instead, you can shave a little bit of your hair there, make a mixture of sesame oil, musk and sandalwood oil, rub it onto your crown and massage it. That will be very helpful for keeping you in good health, for preventing sickness and so on; it can be very helpful. At that time you should check and choose what you eat. You don’t need a lot, but if you eat pure, rich food it makes your body develop in a special way and builds you up. That is advice.

On the new moon, you need to collect all kinds of vegetable oils, pure butter and Dzati (Dzati or Kakola — Chinese cardamom/amomum medium/amomum sabulatumlfruit of coculus indicus) , mix them together and massage the soles of your feet, preferably on a sunny day. That prevents disease and helps people with weak health to develop; it can help in many ways.
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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:50 am

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:30 am
Question :
How many visions can there be ?


Lopon La:
Visions are there all day long for us to experience , like :

- During meditations
- During dreaming
- During walking, looking, etc.
- During Dzogchen practice
- During Bardo of dying and becoming

They are IMPURE, if we don´t understand / recognize / are not Aware about our Nature / cannot integrate them.
They are PURE, if we understand / recognize / are Aware about our Nature / are able to integrate them.
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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:49 pm

Question:
What are the qualities of Master and disciples ?

Lopon La:

As for how a student is connected with the Master, that does not only mean offering him things.


There are 3 ways a student can be connected to a Master [depending on the 3 capacities of disciples].

1. The first is the connection through wisdom; the best follower is very bright and clever. That is best.
2. The second is the one who obeys what the Master says.
3. The third one is someone whose connection depends on the offerings he makes to the Master.

Anyone who follows a Master, whichever of the 3 categories he belongs to, should do this.

First of all, it is rather difficult to check or know who is a qualified Master; it is rather difficult.

In the beginning of each Sutra, Tantra or Dzogchen text, is described the qualities a qualified Master must have. This is very necessary. If you depend on a Master and follow him, then you have to obey what he says. So you have to check very carefully [before you take someone as your Master].

Sometimes you might meet a master who is always using his followers for [getting] properties and [doing] business or something, then that is what he orders [so you have to follow] but if you do, then your life will be spoild. If you don’t do it, then you are not obeying your master. So you have to judge these kinds of things.

If his order is something useful for your lifetime or for [the stage which comes] after [i.e. death], then that is a connection. As for any other things, you can explain: “Oh, this is not suitable for me.” You can say something very nicely and politely. So you always have to do this. That is the meaning of the text. Otherwise you always have to obey what he says.

This text does not give so much detail but it is explained or commented on elsewhere and it says that it is necessary to know this.


Extracted from: །།ཞང་ཞུང་སྙན་རྒྱུད་བཀའ་རྒྱུད་སྐོར་བཞི།། ཕྱི་ལྟ་བ་སྤྱི་གཅོད་དུ་བཤད་པ། Zhang Zhung Nyengyud Kagyud Korzhi
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Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:06 am

Question:
What is the purpose of the practice of Dzogchen?


Lopon La:

Practicing Dzogchen fulfils 2 purposes:

The first one:

Most of you, even all of you maybe, are practicing in the Buddhist way. The Buddhist teaching is on compassion mainly, and compassion means wanting to purify miseries and suffering. As a method for purification you can recite mantras, do prostrations, think, do confession - many things.

These are all good things, but Dzogchen is the main and most powerful means of purification. It purifies miseries and suffering from the root, and even from the seed.


The second reason:

The practice of Dzogchen accumulates virtues that are the cause for Buddhahood. It accumulates the real and perfect cause of Buddhahood.


I would like to say it again, as maybe the context got lost: One purpose of practicing Dzogchen is the purification of the seeds for suffering and miseries, and the second purpose is the accumulation of virtues and merits, that are the cause for the achievement of Buddhahood. These are the 2 purposes of practicing Dzogchen.
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