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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:44 am 
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pemachophel wrote:
As soon as you notice being attached to your meditation, destroy it and start again fresh and without grasping. Again and again and again and again. :namaste:


Excellent advice.


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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:58 am 
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JKhedrup wrote:
You will find though in the Vajrayogini chapter of the Chakrasamvara tantra itself, the importance of the spiritual teacher is mentioned. These types of practices pass from master to master in an unbroken lineage, which is how the tantric tradition has been passed on. You will find this holds for the other tantras too.
Because this practice has been passed down this way from the very beginning, you should strongly consider receiving proper initiation and instructions into it. It is wonderful that you have powerful imprints for the practice. But even the Dalai Lamas, Karmapas, Sakya Trizins etc. need to take the initiations again each lifetime. If such elevated beings need to at least go through the motions, what does that say for ordinary people like us?
Often (but not always) there are good reasons that a thing is done a certain way. Out of your regard for Vajrayogini and Her practice, it would be wise to seek the necessary transmissions. I don't think receiving the initiation would mean you would have to abandon your other practices or teachers.


JKhedrup is absolutely right. Vajrayogini's 'reality' is within Her practice. If you wish to connect with Her, the practice is, in the end, the only way. Without the empowerment, you are on the outside. This isn't true of all powerful female deities (Shakta Hinduism is there for you, though you still eventually need a teacher), but it is of any Vajrayana yidam. Yidam practice is extremely specific. You can work with Her on the outside, but ultimately your experience will be in 2D and it won't be authentic. She is a yidam, not an exoteric deity. You will be working with concepts and images. In order to achieve what I think you want, you need the empowerment to induct you into Her mandala. Then everything becomes quite different.


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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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Since you are living in Hull I recommend the Gomde UK centre which is very close, Lindholme near Doncaster. Although Vajrayogini may not be a practice they do regularly I am sure that they can advise you. Lama Ozer from Nepal is still there I think, maybe for another month and he is wonderful and very approachable. Check out their website....www.gomde.org.uk


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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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underthetree wrote:
JKhedrup is absolutely right. Vajrayogini's 'reality' is within Her practice. If you wish to connect with Her, the practice is, in the end, the only way. Without the empowerment, you are on the outside. This isn't true of all powerful female deities (Shakta Hinduism is there for you, though you still eventually need a teacher), but it is of any Vajrayana yidam. Yidam practice is extremely specific. You can work with Her on the outside, but ultimately your experience will be in 2D and it won't be authentic. She is a yidam, not an exoteric deity. You will be working with concepts and images. In order to achieve what I think you want, you need the empowerment to induct you into Her mandala. Then everything becomes quite different.


Sorry, but this is wrong.

Vajrayogini is a female Buddha, her reality is greater than any of us can imagine, you can't confine her through the lens you've created. The only way that could be possible is if she was a creation of Tibetan Buddhists, which also can't be the case. I know you mean well too but at the end of the day it's up to her who she works with, she's not confined by anyone or anything.

I know clearly that I might never work with her in the way you do, but at the end of the day part of me already is her because the nature of our reality and ourselves is illusory. The only problem I could have is not being able to access and work with that aspect because I'm not skillful enough, not because she won't work with me. I totally get that it might not ever happen either, but if it doesn't I'll just have to go on the path that I perceive to be the best and hope things work out.

The idea that we have to have a teacher or it's impossible to progress with meditation to the higher levels just seems increasingly wrong for me at this stage. Each person has their own abilities, goes through their own lives, has their own karma, and several people throughout history have awakened in different ways. I know I'm meaning in a more general sense now instead of Vajrayogini specifically, but I know that if I'm skillful enough, as is anyone, I can begin to wake up properly. Then I can practise properly in my own way, which I think I want to do. The idea of being aligned with any school just isn't working for me, and when it comes down to it there's only two things in my mind that are helping me move on from the illusions I've been living this life with : awareness and unattachment. That seems to be basically all you need if you apply them properly and internalize the things you've already learnt.

I respect Buddhism, Buddhists and the teachings. If it wasn't for them I have no clue where I'd be now, but I think things have happened along the way, certain insights that have helped me stay on some type of path, and as time passes that path seems to be becoming clearer. What I have to do is just stay on it with enough discipline, use awareness properly and stay as unattached as possible. If it fails then I fail, but I'm taking the chance now and will just have to face the consequences of whatever comes of it.

Anyway, to avoid any type of argument forming because I'm clearly at odds with most of you, I'll have to stop posting in the thread. Respect to all of you, thanks for the help and advice, and I hope your meditations and paths to awakening work well for you all. Metta.

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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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rob h wrote:
[ at the end of the day part of me already is her because the nature of our reality and ourselves is illusory.


You're getting there.


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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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I came across this fantastic explanation on Vajrayogini by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche along with a great and fantastic teaching on spiritual practice, Vajrayogini's lineage and so forth. Rinpoche gives an amazing teaching and gives such a powerful description of Vajrayogini's iconography and purpose. I think Rinpoche does a powerful description of Vajrayogini because he is able to interweave the Dharma along with each physical aspect of Vajrayogini's sacred body.


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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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Drupon Trinlay Nyingpo (Drukpa Kagyud) will be giving the Vajrayogini empowerment in early November at Ratnashri in Boulder, CO followed by a several day retreat. The retreat is limited to 12 persons. For more information, see the following link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13a1f55abfce356d

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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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pemachophel wrote:
Drupon Trinlay Nyingpo (Drukpa Kagyud) will be giving the Vajrayogini empowerment in early November at Ratnashri in Boulder, CO followed by a several day retreat. The retreat is limited to 12 persons. For more information, see the following link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13a1f55abfce356d


That link doesn't seem to be the right one.

http://www.coloradoratnashri.net/

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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:08 pm 
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Drupon Tinley Nyingpo is Drikung Kagyu, not Drukpa Kagyu.

This "Vajrayogini" is the Kagyu transmission, shared by all the Dakpo Kagyu lineages, via Marpa--so it's not the Sakya Vajrayogini, Naro Khachoma, but the Vajrayogini/Varahi practice that is the focus....

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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Mr. G wrote:
pemachophel wrote:
Drupon Trinlay Nyingpo (Drukpa Kagyud) will be giving the Vajrayogini empowerment in early November at Ratnashri in Boulder, CO followed by a several day retreat. The retreat is limited to 12 persons. For more information, see the following link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13a1f55abfce356d


That link doesn't seem to be the right one.

http://www.coloradoratnashri.net/


Conebeckham beat me to the post... :tongue:
Pemachophel mentioned that Drupon Trinlay Nyingpo is Drukpa Kagyu, actually is a Drikung Kagyu Rinpoche.
Met him a few years ago, had dinner with him and some of the Sangha (different center same Rinpoche), also have received empowerment and teachings from this Rinpoche for Achi Chokyi Drolma Chod, he's a great Rinpoche IMHO, he also speaks fluent English, very easy to communicate with him. Cone is right about the empowerment being Dakpo Kagyu lineage via Marpa as well.

Direct Link to information:
http://www.coloradoratnashri.net/retreats/ningpo.html


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 Post subject: Re: Vajrayogini
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Sorry about the wrong link. Not sure how that happened. Thanks for providing the right one. I did post the full info in the Events section of DW.

Also sorry to mis-state that the Drupon is Drukpa. I know better than that. In any case, hope people attend the event.

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