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by Terma
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 727

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

pemachophel wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:52 pm
It may take you (it probably should take you) several years at least to realize who your Root Guru is.
What a great quote. I personally agree with this.
by Terma
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Want to contact Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Want to contact Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

I havent tried that, which may seem stupid. And probably is. It just seems like thats too obvious to actually work? Idk? This is exactly how I made initial contact with one of my own guru's, and i also thought the same thing until I saw a response a day or two later. Wouldn't hurt to try, but have ...
by Terma
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 84
Views: 13266

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

This thread is interesting as this has kind of resonated with me lately. After quite a while of doing sadhana practice, making tormas, etc., I have recently become quite insured and invigorated with refreshing upon practicing the core of what ChNN taught us. As a result, I find a little less interes...
by Terma
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Classical Tibetan Language
Replies: 20
Views: 369

Re: Resources for Learning Classical Tibetan Language

Rangjung Yeshe Institute has several courses, including a few basic ones that can be done at your own pace online. I have had similar aspirations, and although I pick it up every so often I feel for myself that my limited time is much better spent either studying texts or practicing. We are fortunat...
by Terma
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preliminary Practices
Replies: 13
Views: 733

Re: Preliminary Practices

Or it could just indicate childish arrogance and a hardened outlook, both can be possible. Agreed. Good to keep in mind that we are all practictioner's and most of us still have a pretty narrow and egotistical viewpoint. But I have had a lot of help from various individuals from time to time and I ...
by Terma
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preliminary Practices
Replies: 13
Views: 733

Re: Preliminary Practices

and if you are cringing reading this forum thats a very good sign Or it could just indicate childish arrogance and a hardened outlook, both can be possible. Agreed. Good to keep in mind that we are all practictioner's and most of us still have a pretty narrow and egotistical viewpoint. But I have h...
by Terma
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: When do I take initiation / empowerment?
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Re: When do I take initiation / empowerment?

I started reading WOMPT. What is an initiation/empowerment and when do I get one? How long does it take? Hours? Days? Do I have to go somewhere to a retreat? How much does it cost? Take your time, looking back you may see that it is great advice and many of us might joke that we could have listened...
by Terma
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What's working with a main guru like?
Replies: 15
Views: 772

Re: What's working with a main guru like?

Grain of salt here, everyone's mileage will vary a bit. 1) No. I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both, but there are many, many people whose guru does not live right near them. This could be a discussion in itself, actually. 2) Hard to say. Some guru's prefer (for us) to make a perso...
by Terma
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: ChNN practice help
Replies: 0
Views: 114

ChNN practice help

Very recently I have had the sudden strong inspiration to revisit a few core practices, mainly GY and SOV. I would like to ask a few questions in relation to DI, which I received in 2 separate occasions.

Please PM if you would like to help.

Thank you.
by Terma
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 1317

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

I’ve just been rereading ChNN's Gura Yoga and this sentence caught my eye: If you do not have a connection with the teaching and with the transmission from previous lives, you can never enter the Dzogchen path. Does this mean that only certain beings can ever enter Dzogchen? And if this sentence is...
by Terma
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Using Portions of a Sadhana
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Using Portions of a Sadhana

Danny wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:12 pm No, I would follow the sadhana here, because it has been prepared and is connected with the specific transmission you received, that’s what your working with, the transmission.
I think this is the best advice.
by Terma
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(
Replies: 26
Views: 1428

Re: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(

Everyone has their own experiences with ngondro, and even though it is their own, it is nice to know that we are not alone! I have been working at my ngondro for quite a long time, I was so eager to dive right in and then some physical obstacles came up which caused me to slow right down. For a peri...
by Terma
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Online Nyingma Teacher
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Online Nyingma Teacher

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has kindly agreed to make teachings available online for students across the world. They will be streamed for registered users live in English on DharmaSun and in multiple languages via Zoom. However, all registrants are required to listen to Rinpoche's teachings in sequential...
by Terma
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Online Nyingma Teacher
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Online Nyingma Teacher

In this current state of things, it seems almost all teachers are online at this point. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has an online program do-able at your own pace and it is wonderful. https://dharmasun.org/tte/ One of Rinpoche's senior Lama's, Lama Tenzin has recently led a few short online retreats as we...
by Terma
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to accumulate many tsoks alone
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Re: How to accumulate many tsoks alone

I agree with Lama Pema's suggestion to receive lung, but I will also add that Mipham's short guru yoga practice based on the seven line prayer called "Shower of Blessings" has a very short Tsok insert, and it actually has a very short prayer which follows the sadhana saying "for the accumulation of ...
by Terma
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 105 Bead Mala?
Replies: 22
Views: 1183

Re: 105 Bead Mala?

This is from the very short book called "Garland of Advice", by Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche. Mine is a Kindle edition so page number may differ. He says: "Your mala must have 108 beads. If possible, the head of the mala should have three different levels: blue on top, red in the middle, and white on t...
by Terma
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 105 Bead Mala?
Replies: 22
Views: 1183

Re: 105 Bead Mala?

To go a little further, I have been taught that it is best if the guru bead is white, then a red bead below, and finally a blue bead below that one (where the mala is tied), which represents the 3 kayas. Is there an indian source of it? I've only read this in Gelugpa teachings and have seen only ve...
by Terma
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 105 Bead Mala?
Replies: 22
Views: 1183

Re: 105 Bead Mala?

I'm not sure that Javier is quite correct, though to be sure it varies a little. 108 is not just 100 plus a few for good measure, but is precisely a time-honoured sacred number. I heard somewhere that Sakyas often use 111 beads, construed as the "sacred" 108 plus 3 for good measure. Sakya followers...
by Terma
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 18
Views: 1431

Re: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche

Lobsang Chojor wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:23 am
Danny wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:26 pm Well if one is in 9 years of retreat that would be a renunciation right? Bodhicitta here means “mind and heart”. Patrul being clever as usual.
If you are in retreat but don't stop thinking of worldy affairs and are motivated by the eight worldly dharmas you don't have renunciation.
:good:
by Terma
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commiphora wightii ,mukul, guggul resin
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Commiphora wightii ,mukul, guggul resin

https://dharmaratna.online/shop/herbal-offering-items/guggul/ About as authentic as you can get. From Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is one of my teachers, and I have bought several items from them in the past. Good source, and friendly people to deal with. excelent...

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