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by Lingpupa
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 814

Re: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?

"Tsawe-Lama" is sometimes translated as "spiritual friend" or "spiritual guide" because he or she will be your main guide along the path of Dharma.” This article is credited to Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche, so I hesitate to contradict what are allegedly his words, but this is terminologically misleadi...
by Lingpupa
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?
Replies: 17
Views: 472

Re: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?

Malcolm wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:31 pm Just recycle it. If it helps, imagine it is all going into soft toilet paper to ease the hemorrhoids of the constipated.
:twothumbsup:
by Lingpupa
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: «Western Sadhana» by Dechen Lamkhen (Nova Scotia)
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: «Western Sadhana» by Dechen Lamkhen (Nova Scotia)

Lingpupa wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:03 pm It's a spoof.
Or maybe not. The author may be bipolar or have some other psychiatric problem.
by Lingpupa
Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A single sadhana or practice
Replies: 27
Views: 911

Re: A single sadhana or practice

That's a more intimate question than I care to answer. It's like asking which of the girlfriends I ever had was best in bed. :tongue:
by Lingpupa
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Khandro Tuktik Mandala
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Khandro Tuktik Mandala

The "T" shaped gate is on the western side.
by Lingpupa
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wish-fulfilling jewels(mantra?) and prostrations.
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Wish-fulfilling jewels(mantra?) and prostrations.

I know traditionally a mantra is chanted 10K times X syllable of full effect;is this surely the case?Which mantra should I chant;Green Tara, White Tara,ro something else? One of my wishes is "to be the richest man in my country", I know this sounds so grandiose but I honestly wish it to help a lot ...
by Lingpupa
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symbols of Buddhas of Wisdom and the worlds of Samsara
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Symbols of Buddhas of Wisdom and the worlds of Samsara

It's a rich and complex "system" of symbolism. Seeking 100% consistency is doomed to fail - and that's not such a bad thing. PLUS, though I can't speak to this particular point, there are places where Dawa Samdup simply swapped things around to match his own preconceived pattern, presumably believin...
by Lingpupa
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Re: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?

Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:58 am Karma Kagyu uses “The Uttaratantra” a lot.
True indeed, but it's a shastra, not a sutra. I.e. a commentary drawing on sutras.
by Lingpupa
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2380

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

... Another point, I have found that a tolerance for cognitive dissonance is a necessary quality for Vajrayana practitioners. Hi Charlie, I think that your comment is leading us to the land of "it depends what you mean". Because you refer to a "tolerance" I get the feeling that you are talking abou...
by Lingpupa
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2380

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

One size does not fit all. Taking one good piece of advice, one sound working approach, then reifying it into an adamantine principle and trying to force-fit the whole rich complexity of Tibetan Buddhism into it is a recipe for cognitive dissonance. It is particularly unhelpful for those at a relati...
by Lingpupa
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Public Highest Yoga Pujas
Replies: 11
Views: 401

Re: Public Highest Yoga Pujas

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:50 pm The world of Vajrayana is byzantine and complex, and you can find exceptions to nearly every rule.
Ain't that the truth! And it is good so.
by Lingpupa
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2380

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

Something else just occurred to me - it wasn't just in the 70s and 80s. I'm pretty sure that people are starting Tersar ngondros these days without yet having received a higher tantric empowerment. I can't believe they are all being either hoodwinked or tested. Are they?
by Lingpupa
Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2380

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

Now, I am quite sure that even though there were those in the 70's and 80's who did ngondros and so on without empowerment, they received little if no explanation of the tantric subjects prior to being properly ripened. So, not I don't think you were being hoodwinked, I think you were being tested ...
by Lingpupa
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2380

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

I know that in the seventies and eighties, some kagyu and nyingma lamas insisted western people perform a ngondro as prerequisite to receiving empowerments to see how serious they were. This approach has largely collapsed. OK, but I think the question still remains: was the guru yoga as practised b...
by Lingpupa
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2380

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

The main practice of Tibetan Buddhism is guru yoga, which is part of a “ngondro.” There is no higher practice in Buddhadharma than guru yoga. But in order to practice guru yoga, an empowerment of unsurpassed yoga tantra is required. Howdy Malcolm. My own teacher told us to practice guru yoga withou...
by Lingpupa
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What "finishing" ngondro means
Replies: 27
Views: 1099

Re: What "finishing" ngondro means

... I was wondering what is usually meant when people talk about "finishing" ngondro. I.e. does it mean when your lama tells you you've done enough and no longer need to accumulate. Or does it usually refer to doing 100% of all the accumulations stated in the text? For example my lama gave me recom...
by Lingpupa
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Yeshe Tsogyal Guru Yoga
Replies: 10
Views: 2618

Re: Yeshe Tsogyal Guru Yoga

I actually feel, given the roles of the Samayasattva and the Jñanasattva in tantric practices, that whilst Yeshe Tsogyal is most often used as the most suitable form of Samayasattva, when you look at what attributes are most suitable for the Jñanasattva, it is obviously Guru Rinpoche. Thus the pred...
by Lingpupa
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: What is Dzogchen?

It might be worth remembering that in some relatively elaborate parts of Nyingma tantra related to the 4 empowerments the term "mahamudra" is used in a way that has no particular connection to its mighty place in for instance Kagyu practice. Context, as ever, is all.
by Lingpupa
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture
Replies: 21
Views: 856

Re: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture

kirtu wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:18 pm Here is a definite distinction: asking western students to wear Tibetan clothing to empowerments does not lead to the accumulation of merit or wisdom. That would definitely be a cultural addition/issue.
I've never seen that. Any instances?

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