KonchokZoepa wrote:thanks for so extensive reply. i found out recently about Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche living here. havent met him yet. he lives in another city where i am currently visiting but he is abroad teaching.
the shitro drubchen and retreat already passed, that was actually the time when i found out about the center.
maybe the longchen nyingthik will be bestowed hopefully next year ? does that include chöd?
You shouldn't have to wait for the entire Longchen Nyingthik cycle to be given before engaging in Chöd practice. In my experience, large empowerment events with teachings are not the easiest thing to come by.
The Khandro Geyjang (Loud Laughter of the Dakini, or sometimes the Sound of Dakini Laughter) is one of the texts that I believe you only need lung for, having no particular empowerment associated with it. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It's always best to get the wang, lung, and tri (empowerment, reading transmission and commentary) together, but we all have circumstances and make do the best we can.http://www.scribd.com/doc/149130433/Puja-Longchen-Nyingthig-Chodhttp://www.tibet.dk/pktc/transpaper.htm#LongNyingChod
With Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche being relatively local, I would imagine that the easiest thing would be to arrange a personal interview, and ask him for the lung then. That is, unless you want to try and catch one of the webcast transmissions done by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, who's been known to give it on occasion...
As for Drikung Chöd initiations, it might not be too long before His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche gives a wang via webcast. He has been doing this with increasing frequency over the last few years, and sees no problem with doing so. I'd keep an eye on the Garchen Institute's page on Facebook if I were you. That's where they post most of the information as to which teachings are going to be streamed, and via what website.
Rinpoche recently gave teachings one of the Kusali Chöd practices at Drikung Seattle, the audio of which has graciously been made available for free download. He also has a quite well known teaching transcript on the subject, the cover of which is marked with the quintessential seed-syllable PHAT (the union of wisdom & compassion). PHAT is often uttered during Chöd practices, mostly in the context of ejecting one's consciousness as a ball of light (tigley) which becomes Vajravarahi once it leaves your body.https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0yvg4ntn6ipfjqo/Io2cs1sp2q?n=1997166http://www.scribd.com/doc/55422025/Chod-Teachings-Garchen-Rinpoche
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