spanda wrote:And by the limitation imposed by Namdrol (somehow logical) its' very difficult to explain how this practices work.
They work because we are all connected through the elements, and the elements are empty.
At the level of Dzogchen they function because of rtsal.
But there are serious limitations on what we can do for someone else.
For example, in Tibetan Medicine we discuss the issue of karmic diseases. When someone has a karmic disease there is nothing they can do about it except accumulate merit. They can hire someone do rituals on their behalf, and this is effective because they are causing the action to take place, etc. etc.
This mean that, if I do a practice for someone who is in a coma, I can help him, not because I "transfer" somehow the merit of my practice, not because I "take" his negative karma, but because there is a direct connection between us, and we are all connected at some level. (There are also scientifically studies, in medicine and cuantic physics, which proves very clearly this point)
The problem is that, if this sick person doesn't have at list some good karma (merits) to be healed (if it is a very bad karmic illness/situation), I will not be capable to help him, whatever I do. And nobody will be capable to help him, even if it is a fully enlightened being. (Because he is in a coma, and he is not capable to hire someone to do a ritual for him, etc)
Probably this is the serious limitation you are talking about.
Then karma could be a real bitch..
I was more idealistic in this matter.. i didn't know that sometimes we can't escape in any way from a bad illness/suffering, and we are obliged to consume/fructify completely that karma.. If life is exactly like this, than the moment in which we are healthy and we could practice are really extremely "precious occasions"..