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by pemachophel
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What happens in those 3 year retreats?
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: What happens in those 3 year retreats?

Yes, you have to be a Buddhist to do the kind of retreat you're describing. And no, it's not for all Buddhists. The institutionalized three-year retreats I believe you're talking about are mainly for those Buddhists who aspire to become Lamas. Typically one takes monk's or nun's vows during the retr...
by pemachophel
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 40
Views: 723

Re: 100,000 candles??

Will your Lama allow you to commission some of the lamps by other practitioners? If so, there are monasteries in Nepal, etc. who will light "butter" lamps for an appropriate offering. At some of these, one can make the offering via Paypal. This might also be part of the solution. Other types of offe...
by pemachophel
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mani stones and bodies of water
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Mani stones and bodies of water

Hazel, Maybe I should've said bless or consecrate them, not empower them. In some terma, there are lay-jor (activity practices) specifically for blessing mani stones. For instance, in Orgyen Kusum Lingpa's Amoghapasha terma cycle, there is just such a lay-jor. To do this, one first has to complete t...
by pemachophel
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mani stones and bodies of water
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Mani stones and bodies of water

Absolutely. As much as possible everywhere you can. If you can learn how to empower these, that'd be even better.
by pemachophel
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2072

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

Cinnabar,

I need to reskin one of my damarus. What do you use to hold the skin in place while the glue is drying, and what kind of glue do you use?

You can PM me.
by pemachophel
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where to put remainders of tsok offering?
Replies: 9
Views: 520

Re: Where to put remainders of tsok offering?

Many years ago, when my Teachers had a center in New York City, we always put the remainders in the East River. One of the students would take them at night.
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Seeking advice for all day mantra recitation
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Seeking advice for all day mantra recitation

This is just me but, if I had a Guru Who told me to do a certain practice, then I would depend entirely upon Him/Her for how to do that practice. I wouldn't be asking others' advice on a public forum like this. :namaste:
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Kilung Services offers Tibetan practices for the dead
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: Kilung Services offers Tibetan practices for the dead

Thank you for sharing that link. A great service.
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Poll - ngondro accumulations in sequence? (finish one 100,000 then do next?)
Replies: 30
Views: 782

Re: Poll - ngondro accumulations in sequence? (finish one 100,000 then do next?)

Karmanyingpo, I also could've done prostrations with Guru yoga, reciting the seven-limbed offering, but I was impatient to get started and my Teacher had not yet gotten to the Guru yoga section of Kunzang Lamai Sheylung. So He let me start by saying the simple refuge prayer: Namo Lamala Kyabsu Chiwo...
by pemachophel
Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Poll - ngondro accumulations in sequence? (finish one 100,000 then do next?)
Replies: 30
Views: 782

Re: Poll - ngondro accumulations in sequence? (finish one 100,000 then do next?)

My experience is the same as Heart's, i.e., say the whole ngondro text every time but only count one thing at a time beginning with refuge and ending with Guru yoga. Re prostrations, I did prostrations separate from refuge or Vajrasattva. So I did count prostrations while counting other sections of ...
by pemachophel
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Yidam practice and Guru Yoga
Replies: 18
Views: 1228

Re: Practical difference between Yidam practice and Guru Yoga

Guru sadhanas are for blessings.
Yidam sadhanas are for siddhi/accomplishment.
Dakini sadhanas are for prophecies and/or activities.
by pemachophel
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Next Set of Lungs with Lama Pema Chophel
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: Next Set of Lungs with Lama Pema Chophel

Please note:

The person that sets up and administers my Zoom transmissions just sent me the "correct" Zoom link for this Sunday: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/registe ... l04x17aFO2
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Next Set of Lungs with Lama Pema Chophel
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Next Set of Lungs with Lama Pema Chophel

Based on requests I have recently received, Sunday, Mar. 28 at 8 AM MDT/10 AM EDT, I will be giving the following lungs on Zoom: Divine Blue Water Nol-sang Throma Nol-sang Ju Mipham's Condensed Nol-sang Thangtong Gyalpo's Prayer for Averting Famine Mantra for Purifying & Balancing the Five Elements ...
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoches Name Collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: Mipham Rinpoches Name Collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

After receiving the lung, you can recite any version of it you please. This total session should last 1 1/2 hours or so. Because there are so many English versions of Zang Chod Monlam, I'm now thinking of not reading it also in English.
by pemachophel
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoches Name Collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: Mipham Rinpoches Name Collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Is this Adam? If not, someone else has already asked that. It will depend entirely on time. Zang Chod Monlam is long, especially if I give the lung in both Tibetan and English which is what I would like to do.
by pemachophel
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Khandro Kunzang to Teach Kyed-pa Zhi Sat., Mar. 13
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Khandro Kunzang to Teach Kyed-pa Zhi Sat., Mar. 13

Khandro Kunzang Dechen Chodron will be teaching the Kyed-pa Zhi Mar. 13 via Zoom. This is about how to assess one's lung-ta (fortune), wang-thang (personal power), lu (bodily health), and sog (life-force) and how to remedy those if they are below parr. These teachings wer e imparted to Khandro Kunza...
by pemachophel
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoches Name Collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: Mipham Rinpoches Name Collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

For those who asked me for some of the lungs discussed above, I will do so next Sunday, Mar. 14 via Zoom at 8 AM MDT (10 AM EDT). [Please remember that next Sunday is Daylight Savings Time here in the U.S.!] The lungs will include: 1. Nyala Pema Duddul's Reciting the Names of the Buddhas 2. The Bodh...
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 3260

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Even if there are no practice commitments, taking Refuge and the Bodhisatva vow intrinsically contain commitments and there is the vow to maintain samaya, including whatever the Teacher tells you to do, at the end of every empowerment. So a lack of specific practice commitments doesn't mean an empow...
by pemachophel
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Failing to discover the nature of ones mind in this lifetime.
Replies: 30
Views: 1831

Re: Failing to discover the nature of ones mind in this lifetime.

OP,

IMO, that's exactly why overwhelmingly Dzogchen is practiced in the context of the nine yanas.
by pemachophel
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are there any Buddhist doctors here? How do you balance your work/study and spiritual practice?
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Are there any Buddhist doctors here? How do you balance your work/study and spiritual practice?

I was a doctor for 30 years. On the one hand, I had to make a living and practicing medicine was at least a helpful/helping occupation. On the other, it did take away from my formal practice. At times I felt quite split. However, just before I retired, I had the opportunity for parts of two years to...

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