Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Please do enlighten us all as to how there's a fundamental difference. But please do it in its own thread so we don't hijack this one with off-topic posts.
So your house gets broken in, and you have to go away and attend to the paperwork and thereby miss one prostation or circumambulation by 5 minutes or 2 hours and then you seriously fret and fuss about having to get re-empowered or re-baptised and take vows again, its extraordinary and there are really no analogous performances in the daily life of a Nyingmapa. It sounds more like something a Muslim or a Jesuit would be thinking about!
First off, you're projecting a whole lot onto what Mr Gordo actually said. It didn't sound like he was freaking out like that to me. Even if he were, how does that justify you belittling him and the Sarma traditions and spouting off about how "a Nyingmapa wouldn't fret about such trivial things"?
Second off, you're talking to a Nyingmapa right now who knows better. Have you ever heard of Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal or Dudjom Rinpoche? How about Ngari Panchen's "Ascertaining the Three Vows," which HH Dudjom Rinpoche - the former head of the Nyingma lineage
- wrote a commentary on and which is the primary text Nyingmapas follow when it comes to the three levels of vows? If you'd study that text, you'd see where they mention that after confessing one's completely broken
samaya and purifying the fault through extensive practice, one should re-enter the mandala and receive empowerment again. They also both delineate the time periods that constitute each "session" of the day and the faults of not confessing and purifying one's broken commitments that occurred during a given session before the session has ended. There's all kinds of stuff like this in Nyingma because the enlightened intent of all HYT tantras is identical, even if there's a bit of difference in approach. But maybe you know better than these two Nyingma masters and all the Nyingma masters that followed their example.
Bottom line, although Nyingma masters don't typically give daily recitation requirements, the samaya to heed the vajra guru's instructions and the commitments one has made is identical whether in Nyingma or Sarma.
Actually, the real
bottom line is that when you come across a Dharma brother or sister that is having some difficulty on the path, you only harm yourself and
them when you choose to be all pompous and belittle them and their traditions and big up yourself and yours. If there's some light for them to see, help them to see it in the spirit of kindness, patience, and generosity.