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What I do is visualize the deity in front of myself and recite the mantras to the deity.naljor wrote:Thank you, I ask because I have some transmissions of mantras, for example Dzambhala or short Namgyalma mantra or three kaya mantras without any other instructions for practice
Oh! So is that the difference between mantras and dharanis?conebeckham wrote:There is a tradition of reciting "Zungs" or Dharanis, long mantras, for purposes, but without really any sort of visualization...some mantras are recited for purification, protection, transformation, multiplication......but they all have specific purposes, even if they are not "deity yoga" practices per se.
ngodrup wrote:Lung for Sutra is given.
ngodrup wrote:Who says?
Traditionally any text you study requires lung.
Lamas won't give lungs for Sutras if they haven't themselves received it.
Consider how few were literate. One didn't just go into the library and read a book.
The Buddha and his followers spoke the Sutras, memorized them, recited them.
Sutric lineage does not mean who read what, but who heard what from whom.
After you hear the sutra, then you could read it. Same for Shastras whether Shantideva,
Asangha or even Gampopa or Je Tsongkhapa. If you attend a teaching by the Lama, the
root text is read by him or her-- along with the commentary. Or You might simply have
the text read to you. Even Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, for example, is said to have sought out
the lungs for even just a few words of a text that he had not heard. That is lineage.
With lineage you can study and practice to receive the "lineage of realization" otherwise,
you just have the words.
Now you *can* read a text without lung, but lung is very much encouraged, otherwise
you're on your own. Just like you cannot give vows (which come from sutras) you don't have,
you cannot give lungs for texts if you didn't hear it from a lineage holder of that text. And if you
are a translator, absolutely, you get the lung of the book you are translating-- along with the
Maybe this way is not maintained in non-Tibetan systems, but it is in Tibetan Buddhism.