Doubts

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Doubts

Postby NewBuddhist.pt » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:21 pm

Hi, a few months ago i bought the book: "O caminho da grande perfeição" in Portuguese (in English i think it's: The words of my perfect teacher) by Patrul Rinpoche. In there i read that in order to exceed the first level (the ethics and basics) i would need a teacher. Here, where i leave i don't have a qualified teacher (only each year a master comes to speak about many things) to guide me to rest of the book. By that i was wondering if i can proceed further into the book??
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Re: Doubts

Postby cesar » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:03 pm

hello,

that is a wonderful book. and a precious manual for practicing the buddhadharma. i believe it would be ok for you to proceed with at least reading, due to the conditions you are in. i know there are sections that deal with certain advanced topics and with Guru yoga. if possible, consult with the Master you are meeting with, even if it is only through email. you will know when it is ok to read but perhaps not practice without formal instructions.

i know how you feel. it is good that you question. but never doubt. :) i myself did not read any books regarding Dzogchen until i could received a teaching by a Dzogchen master. it is very good to respect the text and instructions of the teachers.

there is another great book that covers the entire path, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, by Je Gampopa. you should get this too. :)

good luck!

cheers,
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Re: Doubts

Postby dude » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:41 pm

NewBuddhist.pt wrote:Hi, a few months ago i bought the book: "O caminho da grande perfeição" in Portuguese (in English i think it's: The words of my perfect teacher) by Patrul Rinpoche. In there i read that in order to exceed the first level (the ethics and basics) i would need a teacher. Here, where i leave i don't have a qualified teacher (only each year a master comes to speak about many things) to guide me to rest of the book. By that i was wondering if i can proceed further into the book??


I didn't find my teacher ( or you might say my teacher didn't find me) until I was ready.
The right teacher will appear at the right time.
Until then, make the sutras your teacher.
Only the sutras have authority. Teachers are just for helping you understand.
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Re: Doubts

Postby KonchokZoepa » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:10 pm

NewBuddhist.pt wrote:Hi, a few months ago i bought the book: "O caminho da grande perfeição" in Portuguese (in English i think it's: The words of my perfect teacher) by Patrul Rinpoche. In there i read that in order to exceed the first level (the ethics and basics) i would need a teacher. Here, where i leave i don't have a qualified teacher (only each year a master comes to speak about many things) to guide me to rest of the book. By that i was wondering if i can proceed further into the book??


i dont think you have to take everything you read literally and as a solid fact that '' this is how it has to be''

you can develop and maintain ethics and basics by yourself. you have buddhanature, you have wisdom inherent in you. and i believe and i have studied basically all the topics that are in the words of my perfect teacher, and it simply is an introduction to tibetan buddhism. covers all the basic subjects. you dont have to take it as a authority figure telling you you cant practice unless you have a teacher. the condition in this world is that most of us western practitioners see our lamas couple times a year. and they still might not have time to give us teachings. thats why there are books. so you can practice and gain the buddhadharmas wisdom and teachings from books also. they are like a teacher. the teacher is in your hands when you read the book. so you have a teacher.

Words of my perfect teacher , the subject it teaches and talks about are basic relative view and knowledge of the buddhadharmas perception on mundane reality and the ordinary perception of samsara and the path. you can practice all that is in the book without having a a person guide you through. Patrul Rinpoche is a great master and he is guiding you while you read it. so dont worry. just read and practice.

and also to the latest comment. i think to gain an understanding of the Dharma you should read books from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. those two are great teachers of our era and communicate in our language and with understanding of the western modern mind. personally i think you need a teacher to truly penetrate to the meaning of the mahayana sutras. allthough you can gain some knowledge and wisdom from them without a teacher. i would suggest study both.

concerning ethics and basic. if you follow all the 5 precepts and take a vow in front of buddha to keep them. you already exceed many western practitioners.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Doubts

Postby NewBuddhist.pt » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:12 pm

Thank you cesar and thank you KonchokZoepa. The teacher that comes here is Master Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, is he in the school of nyingma??
Cesar about guru yoga, i can't practice those teachings because i need a teacher to do it, and the time that the master is here is not enough for me practice with him and learn from him, what do you suggest?? In a couple of years i'll be going to a place where it has a school of (correct me if i am wrong) nyingma: Ogyen Kunzang Choling.
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Re: Doubts

Postby KonchokZoepa » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:40 pm

if you have a guru yoga sadhana of your masters lineage, you can ask him to give you lung for it. meaning authorization to practice the sadhana.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Doubts

Postby dakini_boi » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:03 am

You can always visualize Padmasambhava as your teacher, and/or say the vajra guru mantra, especially if you feel a connection to the Nyingma school.

http://www.rinpoche.com/gurumantra.html
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