Nighthawk wrote:dakini boi, thanks for sharing those links. Since you mentioned it, is receiving lung from a lama a requirement? Also, is there any type of spiritual attainment that is needed to achieve birth?
no, lung is not a requirement for reciting vajra guru mantra. I don't know about spiritual attainment for attaining rebirth in Zangdok Palri. . . usually pureland-oriented practices are centered on Amitabha's pure land, even in Vajrayana. However, this is somewhat of a dualistic distinction, as Padmasambhava is an emanation of Amitabha.
Here's my advice: Go for it. Say Guru Rinpoche's mantra as much as possible, along with making aspirations. There are no guarantees. Be open to where this takes you. If you are sincere and persistent, this will invoke the conditions (time, place, lamas, teachings, etc) for you to reach your goal. And if you do find yourself in the presence of a teacher who inspires your trust, and is connected to Guru Rinpoche, state your aspirations and ask for help. In the meantime, don't worry about it, keep turning your mind to Guru Rinpoche and Zangdok Palri.