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by pemachophel
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 665

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

:good:

It may take you (it probably should take you) several years at least to realize who your Root Guru is.
by pemachophel
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) Question
Replies: 28
Views: 1261

Re: Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) Question

The bottom line for me with this thread (and so many others this last year on DW) is that I just don't believe you can practice Vajrayana effectively via Internet alone . You need a personal Teacher Who you interact with in meat-space, at least from time to time -- a Teacher Who knows you, knows you...
by pemachophel
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) Question
Replies: 28
Views: 1261

Re: Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) Question

Lama Sonam Tshering gave the lung for the Dudjom Vajra Armor sadhana coming from Black Hayagriva. So Lama Sonam transmitted more than just the mantra. The mantra is the same as Dorje Lingpa's, but it is preceded by Vajrapani's three-syllable mantra and the sadhana includes visualization of Vajrapani...
by pemachophel
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?
Replies: 12
Views: 561

Re: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?

OP, IMO, the answer to your question depends on who you are talking about -- scholars (Khenpos, Geshes, Acharyas, etc.) or practitioners. Also IMO, you've received really good answers from members of each of these groups.
by pemachophel
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1024503

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Lama Tsultrim has her market. What Lama is right for everyone?
by pemachophel
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for my wife
Replies: 12
Views: 658

Re: Prayers for my wife

Please PM me both your wife's and your name and I will include you in my prayers.

Sincerely,
Lama Pema Chophel
by pemachophel
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: How to wear a zen shawl
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: How to wear a zen shawl

During prostrations you slip it back over both shoulders and hold the edges with your hands as you bow down and rise back up again.

When needed, you can stuff the loose ends into the top edge of the zen.

Generally, in the Tibetan tradition, we don't use pins or brooches.
by pemachophel
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: How to wear a zen shawl
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: How to wear a zen shawl

Drape the zen equally over both shoulder. Now slip the zen off the right shoulder and throw that end over the left shoulder. There you go.
by pemachophel
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) Question
Replies: 28
Views: 1261

Re: Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) Question

It was the late Lama Dawa Chodrak who promoted Dorje Gotrab as a complete path to Enlightenment, and His way of practicing was far more than a single 3-day retreat. I was the first of His students to complete the "first level course," and that took 10 years and many retreats, each accompanied by a t...
by pemachophel
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1024503

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Magnus, So very sorry to hear this. My wife and I will do sur for him for 49 days.
by pemachophel
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(
Replies: 26
Views: 1413

Re: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(

If you're having trouble completing the thun-min/uncommon ngondro, I recommend you go back and really internalize the thun-mong/common ngondro, i.e., lo-do nam-zhi/the four thoughts that turn the mind. Without developing real nge-jung/renunciation, very hard to do ngondro. In fact, there's no reason...
by pemachophel
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 101
Views: 5507

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Maybe I missed it above, but I've been waiting for someone to say this. Thank you, Loppon-la.
by pemachophel
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sur Offering Incense
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Sur Offering Incense

Yes, you should use flour and the three sweets and three whites, not incense. You can buy not pre-made here: https://tibetantreasures.com/collection ... 1507609663
by pemachophel
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Durga or Kali
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: Durga or Kali

I also bought a bunch of these in Rajasthan almost 20 years ago. At the time, I was told the multi-armed deity was a local Goddess. I don't remember the name.
by pemachophel
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment
Replies: 19
Views: 891

Re: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment

To me, the question is not whether you may say a mantra without transmission but rather how well it will work. Even without transmission, it will still create a karmic link with that mantra and it's associated Deity. If you really want to get the best results from these two mantra, try to get the tr...
by pemachophel
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: signs and provocations comprendium
Replies: 16
Views: 875

Re: signs and provocations comprendium

Javier, Signs can be tricky. They may not mean what one thinks they mean. They also may not be coming from there white side. That's why it's best to rely on one's Guru. As a corollary of that, it is essential to have a living Guru until one has unified one's own mind and the Guru's wisdom mind. I wo...

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