Karma Jinpa wrote:
Just one practical question:
When it says to practice the Phowa of "Opening the Sky Door," does that mean to do the visualization of your consciousness as the thigle rising out of your central channel and becoming Dorjé Phagmo? Or is there something else one should be doing there?
IMHO it's more than "just
one practical question"... this is an instructional question, and an important detail about a Sadhana, but is it so "ok" to discuss this detail on a board. Some teachers won't discuss such details of practice on an open board... for example, just because texts are sold openly does not mean that the practices of those texts (or parts of those Sadhanas) should just be done right away when one gets them without the lung and instructions. If a practitioner has that text in front of them it may not be that they should "start" in right away, unless of course one knows that one has that lung for that text or permission to generate oneself as that specific yidam for that particular practice by the teacher who releases that Sadhana out into the public or the equivalent.
Even though DW is a great place to come for "help" and advice, imho this kind of practice one shouldn't really start on one's own without instruction from a qualified Lama and the lung, however there maybe some exception to the way this text was sold, where the teacher says by buying it you can just go ahead and visualize yourself as that yidam without an empowerment, without a lung, but is that intention clear there, perhaps KTD bookstore could answer that question best, why not give them a call...because thinking one can figure out on ones own and generate the deity on ones own visualizing oneself as the yidam for that particular practice without the lung and the instructions may or may not be ok to do, however in some traditions its really not "ok". I have this practice but from a different tradition, and I would not be allowed to show you details about this, how to go about this practice, not without without a lung and really proper instructions...so I'm meaning well here, not like "dharma police"...
Some teachers say it won't work without the lung. It would also be wise imho to have concise instructions directly from the Lama rather than ask to be taught this practice on a Buddhist Board and then go and do this without instructions trying to figure out the text on one's own and applying the text on one's own.
With that said, I don't know you or what you are doing and from your posts, you are sincere and you mean well.