philji wrote:In the preliminary teachings as taught by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his sons at Gomde, when doing Refuge and bodhicitta,is it compulsory to comine it with prostrations? Or is it sufficient to just recite and count mantras......? I am asking this as I am now 61 and not as flexible as I once was!!!!
Erik Pema Kunzang once told us that you do full prostrations for as long as you can, then do half prostrations, then sit down and prostrate, then just bow your head a little while touching your three points. I have no idea if these instructions come from Tulku Urgyen or not, but somehow it seems quite reasonable. Yeah, prostrations are not easy for us older folks, but on the other hand the only Tibetans you see doing prostrations are old.
You are doing the short Ngondro TUR wrote for the Tukdrub Barche Kunsel?
"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."