Konchog1 wrote:Maybe try this: When you are falling asleep imagine you're dying. Let your senses weaken and fade and next morning think that you died and were reborn. Imagine your funeral. Practice the Eight Visions.
From your HYT Sadhana. During the stage of taking death as the path.Johnny Dangerous wrote:I don't remember what the eight visions are, can you give me a refresher?
You don't need an empowerment to do Chod practice, you just need a lung for the practice. In the Karma Kagyu tradition I practice in you need to have started the Ngondro mandala offerings, actually they are considered related practices. In other traditions/lineages you can do Chod from day one. Actually you can even make it your sole practice.Johnny Dangerous wrote:I would love to do Chod, I have thought about it for this very reason. I got to just watch someone perform a Sadhana at retreat, and give brief explanations, and even that really stirred something.
I'm pretty new to Vajrayana though, and atm there is no opportunity for empowerment for it, hopefully that changes in the future.
LastLegend wrote:I have fear of death. Ain't gonna lie, but it does not manifest as much. However, I've been haunting by my own unwholesome thoughts ('ghostly' forms to be exact) in my sleep.
gregkavarnos wrote:Instead of fearing death i find it is more beneficial to focus on how to best use this precious human life.
Really? Generally commentaries on a Sadhana practice will say this.Ramon1920 wrote:Then it takes work to realized. Fortunately, if you are practicing sadhanas, a portion of the generation is that work. It is not listed in many(maybe most) sadhanas, either because the writers thought Westerners either knew already or were too stupid, but in the generation of a deity there should be a line starting with, "Om Sobhava Shuddoh", and this is where you use reasoning like dependent arising and four point analysis to see the emptiness of particular objects and then objects in general. It's a skill you develop, like taking apart and diffusing a bomb. And when you have seen the emptiness of a particular object of that phantom false appearance of it as inherently real, you say the mantra starting with "Om Sobhava" as a confirmation of sorts.
Hurray for the internetRamon1920 wrote:Maybe things have changed Konchog.
In the past sadhanas were typed on a type writer or hand written and copied.
Riddled with errors, omissions, alterations, unclear notations, some were no more than crude notes taken during teachings.
Barely speaking English and with limited time, getting clear instructions in brief was a challenge.
It's a very self-centered fear
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