A bunch of questions about empowerment, deities and practice

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Re: A bunch of questions about empowerment, deities and prac

Postby Alfredo » Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:34 am

This may seem like a silly question, but how does one address a Lama in an email? Or would it not matter because Garchen Rinpoche is not going to be directly reading it anyway?


Just be respectful, and keep to the point. I'm sure "Dear Lama" or "Dear Rinpoche" would be fine. You're right--he may well be unable to reply personally (either because of language, or because he is famous/busy), but perhaps one of his students would respond. Is there a FAQ file on his website somewhere...?
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Re: A bunch of questions about empowerment, deities and prac

Postby LolCat » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:51 pm

Alfredo wrote:
This may seem like a silly question, but how does one address a Lama in an email? Or would it not matter because Garchen Rinpoche is not going to be directly reading it anyway?


Just be respectful, and keep to the point. I'm sure "Dear Lama" or "Dear Rinpoche" would be fine. You're right--he may well be unable to reply personally (either because of language, or because he is famous/busy), but perhaps one of his students would respond. Is there a FAQ file on his website somewhere...?

Ah, I had already sent the email by the time you replied, thank you, I will keep this in mind the next time I send a mail to any Tibetan Buddhist center. :thanks:
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Definitely. You do your best.

You will eventually find someone who can give you instruction, or you will find the book, etc.

That is good to hear. :) I think I will maintain the commitment with chanting the Guru Rinpoche mantra though, doing the Amitabha practice raises too many doubts in my head, and I don't think that can be good for this sort of practice. Hopefully the obstacles in front of me get cleared soon and I can a find a teacher to take refuge in.
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Re: A bunch of questions about empowerment, deities and prac

Postby Konchog1 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:00 pm

LolCat wrote:I think I will maintain the commitment with chanting the Guru Rinpoche mantra though, doing the Amitabha practice raises too many doubts in my head, and I don't think that can be good for this sort of practice. Hopefully the obstacles in front of me get cleared soon and I can a find a teacher to take refuge in.
Do what you like. Everyone feels close to some deities and not to others, hence why there are so many. Sometimes feelings do change though, for example I felt more faith in Shakyamuni after reciting the praises to him in the Sutra of Golden Light a few times.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
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Re: A bunch of questions about empowerment, deities and prac

Postby duckfiasco » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:23 pm

Keep in mind too there are ways to practice, especially with Amitabha, that don't involve lengthy sadhanas.
My own experience has been that doubts, like you say, roll in and I have a hard time.
If you don't feel like these doubts can be worked with (and how precious to see your obstacles right away!), why not try the most basic mantra of the particular deity?
For me, "namu Amida Butsu" or even just "Amitabha" is enough.
When I was working with Chenrezig, it was "om mani padme hum".
The short ones you can recite to yourself during everyday activities.
And in my experience, those most ordinary, least when you expect it moments are the most important.
Good luck :)
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