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I was just looking for some help and guidance. Back in 2007 I was given the 'Gaden Lha Gyema' by a Rinpoche but since that time I have found and attended teachings of a Nyingmapa Lama and I feel the closest connection to the Nyingmapa school, Guru Rinpoche, and the Lama's instructions. I think I have decided just to try and focus on the Nyingmapa tradition and I am wondering what might be a good ritual practice to do, not sure if it would be Guru Rinpoche's seven-line prayer or any others and I am also wondering what are the popular texts within that tradition.
If you have any advice or suggestions for someone like me I would greatly appreciate.
sangyey wrote:Are the 5 lights any specific colors?
...or the whole 7 bowl offering (water for drinking, water for washing, flowers, incense, light, perfumed water, food, music).
plwk wrote:...or the whole 7 bowl offering (water for drinking, water for washing, flowers, incense, light, perfumed water, food, music).
I counted 8 unless my cat was involved...
Offerings for argham & padyam are 2 separate bowls right?
Yontan wrote:(Tsongkhapa did have some very unique views which have been argued against by many from the other schools for hundreds of years, but "there are as many paths as sentient beings.")
sangyey wrote:Thank you Pema Rigdzin for always trying to help me. Actually, awhile ago I bought 'Shower of Blessings' from Tibetan Treasures and it has a seven-limb prayer to Guru Rinpoche that doesn't require an empowerment so I have just been doing that as my daily ritual. I'm sort of new to the Nyingma Tradition I used to do Lama Tsongkhapa's Guru Yoga but I have been following a Lama from the Nyingma Tradition and if someone asked me what tradition I have the most affinity towards it would definitely be Nyingma and Guru Rinpoche so that is why I have decided to just do the prayers to him hoping to just follow that tradition.
Still a lot to to learn. Have just been listening to teachings by HH Dalai Lama as well as studying Shantideva's 'Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life' as well as the Lam Rim (even though I know it's Gelug but I find it very beneficial). Not sure what the major differences or orientations are between the traditions. I think the Gelug school emphasizes a lot on study but not sure about the other traditions.
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