mr. gordo wrote:I would definitely love to participate in one! This would be a great thing to see if Sakya centers take this up.
A few years ago Moke Mokotoff told me that he felt that teachers in the beginning of the Tibetan transmission to the West tested their students in a way like the 25 disciples of Padmasambhava. When he said this, I said that that level of testing would result in failure in the West because Westerners would not have been aware of the seriousness of the situation until much later in their spiritual path. In the past, apparently lots of people took monk vows but couldn't follow them and gave the vows back (or just disappeared). So I can see that some very traditional teachers would have a degree of skepticism and in general Sakya teachers are very conservative. The other issue is that teachers have their own personal kind of charisma and by engaging in practice can further bless the students into serious practice. I deeply regret not doing nyungne until after HH Penor Rinpoche left.
So it may be helpful to ask the various centers to consider nyungne for their schedule.