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by pemachophel
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?
Replies: 18
Views: 898

Re: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?

Fifteen years or so ago, I tried writing the story of my Dharma life. I developed anxiety disorder. Ha!

Also, I'd have to say things about other people who are still alive. So it's not gonna happen.

Gotta go do Protectors.
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?
Replies: 18
Views: 898

Re: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?

You're welcome Lhakpa. I know something about leaving the Dharma since I left it twice. Once after six years and once again after 19 years. Both times I left it because of lack of true, sincere, deep renunciation of samsara and problems with faith in the same Teacher Who was pushing me and my family...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?
Replies: 18
Views: 898

Re: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?

Abandoning the Dharma means to leave the Dharma and stop practicing and believing in it as a refuge. Although Vajrasattva purifies all negative karma, the following mantra is specific for purifying the negative karma of having left the Dharma. Sarvavid Vairochana Mantra OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE SAR-WA ...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: gektor colors and ornaments
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: gektor colors and ornaments

In all the Nyingma traditions I am familiar with, it is not "left outside: but thrown outside in an overhand manner. When carrying it out, keep it down low. Before it is offered, be sure it is not on your altar where it may be prostrated to. It should be kept down low if possible. There's a way of m...
by pemachophel
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How can I purify second hand dharma objects?
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: How can I purify second hand dharma objects?

Yes, we are all samaya-breakers every day. But, if we recognize our mistake and purify it, no problem. Here were are referring to someone who has broken samaya and who has no intention of purifying it. This is something quite different.
by pemachophel
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How can I purify second hand dharma objects?
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: How can I purify second hand dharma objects?

If it was from a known samaya-breaker, I'd also just get rid of it.
by pemachophel
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How can I purify second hand dharma objects?
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: How can I purify second hand dharma objects?

You can purify second-hand objects (Dharma and other) by drib-sang, sang practice for removing drib/obscuration. In the Dudjom Tersar, there is a drib-sang prayer. Quite useful for removing all sorts of drib. If there is suspected broken samaya, then I would use nol-sang. This practice is for that k...
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

If Hitler was possessed by some very powerful entity, not so easy to stop him. Same with Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot. Same with Trump. It would take even greater power. Let's not kid ourselves, most of us do not have that kind of power. We're talking complete experience of oneself as the Deity, not j...
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

There are 10 types of miscreant beings that may be liberated, but this is not the place for discussing this.
by pemachophel
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mandala offering substance for Ngondro
Replies: 18
Views: 1011

Re: Mandala offering substance for Ngondro

Yes, we are supposed to offer the best we can afford.
by pemachophel
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mandala offering substance for Ngondro
Replies: 18
Views: 1011

Re: Mandala offering substance for Ngondro

Yeah, I'm not sure I understand this question and where it's coming from. Himalayan monks and nuns offer the mandala during ngondro with rice, other grains, and gems without any problem. I've never heard this as a problem before. Can you please explain where you're coming from a little more fully?
by pemachophel
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: gektor colors and ornaments
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: gektor colors and ornaments

"but lama pema, why is then that one can use a cookie or a muffin or a banana, etc., but can't make a little bit different doug form of gektor? i really wonder." Excellent question. When we use a cookie or a muffin, it's an expedient means. However, when we are actually making torma, then we need to...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prophecy of Padmasambhava in the Nirvana Sutra
Replies: 19
Views: 2330

Re: Prophecy of Padmasambhava in the Nirvana Sutra

The fact that tshog chang is amrit and no longer chang/alcohol is the reason why layperson's holding the five vows can drink the tshog chang without breaking their vow. I was taught this by a Khenchen, Konchog Gyamtsho.
by pemachophel
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama,Monk,Buddhist Monastery
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Lama,Monk,Buddhist Monastery

If you tell us where you are in India, we can give you an actual name and place.
by pemachophel
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prophecy of Padmasambhava in the Nirvana Sutra
Replies: 19
Views: 2330

Re: Prophecy of Padmasambhava in the Nirvana Sutra

In which case, it is not killing. Just as the tshog chang in a ganachakra is not alcohol.
by pemachophel
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 3295

Re: Practice advice please

I've been taught that, the less power and realization one has a s a practitioner, the more important astrology is in terms of when one starts and ends practices such as retreats, drubchens, etc. In other words, the more realized one is, the less astrology is an influence. In Vajrayana, there are pra...
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: gektor colors and ornaments
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: gektor colors and ornaments

Looking at the video, Lama Tharchin's gektor is one of numerous variations (that I have seen) on this general idea. If one doesn't know how to make a specific torma, one can always use a cookie or small cake or even just a small plate or bowl of rice. It is the visualization that is most important. ...
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: gektor colors and ornaments
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: gektor colors and ornaments

Different terma cycles have different shaped and ornamented gektors. So you should use the one from the terma cycle you are practicing (unless your Teacher has a specific style and always uses that one style).

IME. this is the kind of thing that needs to be learned from your Teacher directly.
by pemachophel
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Age of Disease, Famine and War
Replies: 22
Views: 1875

Re: Age of Disease, Famine and War

IME, often, people who are on the verge of death don't actually see or really acknowledge that. They may know it intellectually, but still some part of us thinks it's not gonna happen to us. Personally, I think the same thing is true with this degenerate age/Kali Yuga. We know we're in it but yet we...
by pemachophel
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 80
Views: 4820

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

Apropos of this thread, Khandro Kunzang Dechen Chodron published a translation of the rain-making sadhana from the activity section of the Dudjom Tersar Khandro Thugthig (or was it Throma?). It is available from Saraswati Bhawan Publications for a nominal fee. So anyone interested could get a good i...

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