bryandavis wrote:As far as White Tara, you can of course now order the sadhana off of the GBI website and practice that. There is a whole series of videos on you tube of Rinpoche going over the WT practice. Just do a search and they will pop up.
bryandavis wrote:Also since the shitro we just received is revealed from the Yang Dzab cycle I am sure there are practices connected with it available.
Soap-Bubble wrote:bryandavis wrote:As far as White Tara, you can of course now order the sadhana off of the GBI website and practice that. There is a whole series of videos on you tube of Rinpoche going over the WT practice. Just do a search and they will pop up.
Empowerment of deity alone doesn't give the right to practice a sadhana, a lung is needed for it. Mantras and other things like that, which are part of sadhana, need to be empowered, too, otherwise they're ineffective. At least that's what I learnt from other teachers.bryandavis wrote:Also since the shitro we just received is revealed from the Yang Dzab cycle I am sure there are practices connected with it available.
Even if there are indeed some available books that contain Yang Zab teachings, as well as shitro, we couldn't practice them without a lung. So then why weren't we given one? It's not that I'm so persistent because I so badly need it, and in truth I already have shitro, but giving empowerments without lungs or even references to any practices makes Garchen Rinpoche's way of teaching very puzzling to me.
I will try to clarify my confusion by asking for answers via email, like Lhasa suggests.
JohnJ wrote:I have attended many teachings with Garchen Rinpoche, and I can confirm that he has said many times in public and personal context that the empowerment from him is sufficient if one gives rise to Bodhicitta. Since there is no established orthodoxy that confirms a set guideline for student-teacher relationships, and since the teacher is the source of all of the lineage teachings received (rather than a canon of common praxis), than it is imperative that one trust the teacher from whom one received the teachings. I have had many teachers, but Garchen Rinpoche is my root lama, and his word takes precedent over my own neurosis and opinions, and even the word of other teachers when it comes to the practices I have received from him.
As to the teachings I have received from other lamas, if their instruction has been to receive the lung, I have either waited to receive it, or not received and therefore not practiced. I chose to receive teachings from them after all, and if would be unfair to generalize instructions despite their wishes.
In this way, there should be no confusion. It is not productive to cite imperatives from other teachers in contrast to the teachings you have received from Garchen Rinpoche..
Receiving empowerment is a practice in of itself.Soap-Bubble wrote:I confess that I don't understand the way Garchen Rinpoche presents his teachings.
For example, the empowerment of Shitro seemingly has no practice attached to it.
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