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Nangwa wrote:Not in my opinion.
I have received transmissions and empowerments from lots of different lamas in lots of different circumstances.
My experience with the Dzogchen Community and Rinpoche has been outstanding.
Fa Dao wrote:Mint,
I have been reading some of your posts over the past month or so...want some advice? Stop listening to the thoughts/voices in your head..they are not your friends. Do like Rinpoche says: Relax, be Present, and do LOTS of Guru Yoga with the white A and Song of Vajra. When he comes to the US, go to as many of his retreats as you can. Stop letting all of these various self defeating thoughts dictate your life, oh yeah and in case I didn't mention it before... Relax, be Present, and do LOTS of Guru Yoga with the white A and Song of Vajra.
catmoon wrote:I think I should play devil's advocate here for a minute. It might lay some of the difficulties bare. Okay here goes:
Transmission via webcast is a farce for the same reason it's a farce when televangelists tell you to put your hand on the TV screen and pray with them. In that case you aren't praying with anybody, you are praying with a box of transistors. You cannot recieve transmission from a box of transistors.
During webcast transmission, the teacher has no awareness of the student. How can there be transmission without contact?
If transmission by webcast is valid, then why not transmission by book? If transmission by book is valid, what need is there of a teacher? You can just read a book and transmit the teaching to yourself.
The whole point of having a teacher, rather than just a pile of his books, is that the teacher can observe and correct the student. This cannot be done via webcast.
I think such arguments do need to be answered before webcast transmission is deemed acceptable.
I have total respect for Namkhai Norbu as a teacher. The first dzogchen book I read was "The Crystal..." and it blew my mind. When Namkhai Norbu comes to Greece next year you can be 100% sure that, barring complete physical and mental incapacitation on my behalf, I will be there. I also, though, am sceptical of the efficacy of transmission via webcast. So I follow the teaching part of the webcasts and leave out the transmissions, ie I do not allow my scpeticism about webcast transmission to dissuade me from learning from one of the greatest Tibetan masters still alive. I compromise and that way everything is cool for me. I also am a fan of personal relationships with ones teacher and am not a "rock star lama" groupie. My lama looks like (to quote a friend of mine) a "Greek grocery store proprieter". That is 100% cool by me!
wisdom wrote:I believe that if ChNN could, he would personally guide each person who received transmission from him to complete Enlightenment. He may not know we exist as individuals, but if he met us I doubt he would turn us away if we were seeking advice.
In the least its a good start. You have transmission, you have access to teachings and texts, and can authentically begin your practice. You've also already benefited from all this by realizing that there won't be an immediate leap into Enlightenment, but that it will be a process and that a great effort is required. Your feelings that these teachings are sacred and should be protected is good.
In my opinion there is a certain wisdom in "casting pearls to swine". In giving this to everyone equally, without discrimination and without seeing any difference, it is an act that truly treats each individual like he or she is a Buddha and gives each an equal opportunity to realize their Buddha nature.
What happens when ChNNR has his pariniravana?