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by pemachophel
Sun May 08, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?
Replies: 134
Views: 21078

Re: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?

It seems to me this thread was begun based on the unstated but nevertheless implied idea that one can choose or not choose to do ngondro (in this case, meaning the usual 100,000 accumulations). However, as username (I believe) implied, you do what your Guru tells you to do regardless of what that sa...
by pemachophel
Sun May 08, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?
Replies: 134
Views: 21078

Re: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?

Well, I think you are all wrong here. You don't do Ngondro to get to Dzogchen, you are already in the Dzogchen teaching when you do Ngondro. Read Jigme Lingpas own commentary on the Ngondro, it is quite clear. Each part of the text finish with the instruction to dissolve the visualization and rest i...
by pemachophel
Wed May 04, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1030080

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu literally saved my life at a time when I was considering leaving the Dharma altogether. IOW, he saved my mi-lu rin-po-che. Obeisance to the Lama!
by pemachophel
Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Prayers for Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 54
Views: 11324

Re: Prayers for Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Very sorry to hear about Rinpoche's stroke. I will definitely say prayers for Rinpoche's speedy recovery. Can you post his shab-ten (long-life prayer)? Thanks.
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana practice and psychological disorders
Replies: 87
Views: 11975

Re: Vajrayana practice and psychological disorders

Dechen, You make my point exactly. It takes a special Lama and close supervision to do what Adzom Drukpa did for Uncle Togden. Not every Lama can or is willing to do this, and not every student/patient has the good karma to be able to meet and study with such a Lama. Nevertheless, the original quest...
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana practice and psychological disorders
Replies: 87
Views: 11975

Re: Vajrayana practice and psychological disorders

I believe saying "Vajrayana" is inappropriate for people with mental-emotional disorders is simply uninformed and wrong. While it is true that doing Vajrayana practices wrong can cause mental-emotional problems, that is not a problem with the system but a problem with a particular individual doing a...
by pemachophel
Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shije in North America
Replies: 11
Views: 3716

Re: Shije in North America

As a corollary to this thread, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche (Lama Dawa's brother) who resides in Oakland is recognized as an emanation of Phadampa Sangay. I received the Phadampa Sangay tor-wang from him a couple of years ago. He also transmitted a 30-stanza monlam composed by Phadampa Sangay which I sa...
by pemachophel
Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Restricted books
Replies: 57
Views: 8421

Re: Restricted books

Narraboth, What is the name of the wang which empowers one to read any text, lung or no lung ? Sounds like something useful to ask for at an appropriate time and place. All, Seems to me that most of the arguments in this thread are based on reason, i.e., conceptual mind. However, in my experience, l...
by pemachophel
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Poll: Do You Practice in English or Tibetan?
Replies: 42
Views: 7092

Re: Poll: Do You Practice in English or Tibetan?

I've been practicing for more than 40 years, and, in that time, I've had Teachers who said you must practice in Tibetan, others who said it was OK to practice in English, others who routinely follow all or most Tibetan with English during group practices, others who sometimes practice in Tibetan and...
by pemachophel
Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Need help identifying deity
Replies: 13
Views: 3029

Re: Need help identifying deity

A long, long time ago, I managed my Teachers' Tibetan antique store in Greenwich Village for a number of years. During that time, I learned a lot about Tibetan art and antiques. Many people brought Tibetan art in to our shop to try to sell or to have appraised, and I sometimes consulted for the Tibe...
by pemachophel
Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Divination
Replies: 66
Views: 7152

Re: Divination

As a student of Lama Dawa's and someone who has had Lama Dawa do a number of mirror divinations over a number of years, I have a couple of responses to issues brought up in this thread: 1. Lama Dawa was born into a family whose members have historically had the ability to do mirror divination (phra-...
by pemachophel
Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Medicine
Topic: Tibetan medicine and fungal infection of the skin
Replies: 19
Views: 4624

Re: Tibetan medicine and fungal infection of the skin

Inge, Your answer was what I was looking for. I meant you specifically. I would definitely recommend asking Lama Dawa what to do about this. I am absolutely sure he will have very practical advice for you on how to deal with this situation on top of any other medical remedies you may also use. Good ...
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Medicine
Topic: Tibetan medicine and fungal infection of the skin
Replies: 19
Views: 4624

Re: Tibetan medicine and fungal infection of the skin

Inge,

How do you know the condition(s) is/are caused by nagas?
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Rituals, Practice for Beginners?
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: Tibetan Rituals, Practice for Beginners?

Padme, Practices which are Tibetan Buddhist and Mahayana but not Vajrayana: Lo-do Nam-zhi (The four topics that turn the mind) Tong Len Lo Jong You might want to do word searches for those topics. These are very wonderful, very powerful and positive practices. Also, the three lower tantras (kriya, c...
by pemachophel
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Rituals, Practice for Beginners?
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: Tibetan Rituals, Practice for Beginners?

Great clarification. :thanks: Of course you can read up on the theory and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism on your own. No problem. There're loads of books and all sorts of sources on-line. I think it's very intelligent to first suss out the system intellectually before jumping into practice. It's the...
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Rituals, Practice for Beginners?
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: Tibetan Rituals, Practice for Beginners?

Padme, What exactly are you trying to achieve by your study and practice of Buddhism? If you answer that question as honestly as possible, I think you will clarify for yourself whether or not you absolutely must have a Nirmanakaya (i.e., flesh and blood) Teacher. In other words, if you yearn day and...
by pemachophel
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jigme Lingpa center
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

Re: Jigme Lingpa center

There's Khenpo Sonam's center in LA, Lhundrup Choling, at 2481 Amherst Ave., LA, CA 90064. Khenpo Sonam's great. Plus they invite a lot of guest Lamas. Khenpo Sonam is Bhutanese and practices both Longchen Nyingthig and Dudjom Tersar.
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short Tashi Tsigpa
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: Short Tashi Tsigpa

Thanks. I should've remembered that. Duh!
by pemachophel
Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short Tashi Tsigpa
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Short Tashi Tsigpa

Hi. I'm looking for the Tibetan and/or Romanization of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche's Short Tashi Tsigpa prayer which goes: OM To the marvelous, auspicious heavenly deities I bow down. Please accept me and bless me so that I may Spontaneously realize supreme good fortune to benefit myself and others. Posses...
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The image of the seed and the fruit.
Replies: 7
Views: 1289

Re: The image of the seed and the fruit.

Or scorched and, therefore, nonfunctional

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