Best Yidams to Remove Obstacles

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Your mind.

By the way, it's also the hardest to appease!
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Very quick reply for now. Obstacles are inner. Time and money to do retreat is not really a problem. More relationship as I don't want to leave my wife home alone.
Also, I feel I need a closer relationship with a teacher before I start a retreat. Now, I would just be winging it.

Many thanks again. You are all providing great help!
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Clarence wrote:Thanks all. Currently no access to main Lama (he is stuck in Tibet), except to CNN through webcasts.

Obstacles take the form of general lack of retreat opportunity and moving forward with practice. Hope that helps.

So, what would you suggest?
Guru Yoga, as in intensively praying to the Guru, and resting in the natural state was the answer I got from Garchen Rinpoche when I asked a similar question. Of course deities like Vajrakilaya etc is also great.

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In that case, I would, at the very least recite the Lama Gesar mantra.
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heart wrote:
Clarence wrote:Thanks all. Currently no access to main Lama (he is stuck in Tibet), except to CNN through webcasts.

Obstacles take the form of general lack of retreat opportunity and moving forward with practice. Hope that helps.

So, what would you suggest?
Guru Yoga, as in intensively praying to the Guru, and resting in the natural state was the answer I got from Garchen Rinpoche when I asked a similar question. Of course deities like Vajrakilaya etc is also great.

/magnus
And? Did it work for you?
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ngodrup wrote:In that case, I would, at the very least recite the Lama Gesar mantra.
I don't think I have the lung for that mantra.
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Clarence wrote:Very quick reply for now. Obstacles are inner. Time and money to do retreat is not really a problem. More relationship as I don't want to leave my wife home alone.
Also, I feel I need a closer relationship with a teacher before I start a retreat. Now, I would just be winging it.

Many thanks again. You are all providing great help!
I recommend Guru Dragphur or Simhamukha (I assume you have lung for these) and/or Padmasambhava guru yoga (or just vajra guru mantra is fine). Any of these practices should address the obstacles you mentioned. If the main thing is needing a closer connection with a teacher, Guru Dragphur and/or Padmasambhava might be most expedient.
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Prayers to Buddha are extremely powerful.
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Song of the Vajra.
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Clarence wrote:
heart wrote:
Guru Yoga, as in intensively praying to the Guru, and resting in the natural state was the answer I got from Garchen Rinpoche when I asked a similar question. Of course deities like Vajrakilaya etc is also great.

/magnus
And? Did it work for you?
Garchen Rinpoche told me that at the bottom of every sad state of mind there was a thought that was the root of it. So combining Guru Yoga and Trechö it becomes apparent what that thought is. Something actually surfaced for me, so you can say it worked, but I am still working on it.

/magnus
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A few rounds of angry birds does it for me
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maybay wrote:A few rounds of angry birds does it for me
Yeah! I dig mean chicks too... ermmm... :?
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Yidams for removing obstacles are as everyone noted......Vajrakilaya, Guru Dragpo or Dragphur, lots of Guru Rinpoche emanations/forms, and don't forget Hayagriva, etc.

No one's mentioned Protector practices, which of course are all about "removing obstacles." Good to do, if you've been taught how to do them, or have relationship with those practices.

However, in your case, it sounds specifically like the "obstacle" is your relationship, or your perception of it. Therefore, the best thing to do is to have a discussion with your significant other about practice, and work out some sort of mutually agreeable situation.

Get up early in the morning, practice until after dawn. Do a short session in the evening, if you need to offer torma, etc. On weekends, maybe work in extra sessions, or take a day off work and practice......and have some sort of agreement with your significant other about your practice time / practice schedule.
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Okay I'll follow your advice Gregkavarnos.

But why not?

People mention Samantabhadra/Samantabhadri and Garab Dorje.


Are we not supposed mention Dharma Protectors at all?

Or just Her?
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Really, Lhug-pa, you shouldn't even be mentioning her name, especially on a public internet board! Notice how Cone just said protector practices without going into specifics. ;)

Feel free to edit!
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heart wrote: Garchen Rinpoche told me that at the bottom of every sad state of mind there was a thought that was the root of it. So combining Guru Yoga and Trechö it becomes apparent what that thought is. Something actually surfaced for me, so you can say it worked, but I am still working on it.
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Thanks for your answer.
Garchen Rinpoche is great. I guess we always keep working at it. :smile:
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conebeckham wrote:Yidams for removing obstacles are as everyone noted......Vajrakilaya, Guru Dragpo or Dragphur, lots of Guru Rinpoche emanations/forms, and don't forget Hayagriva, etc.
Well, on to find some lung and tri then.
No one's mentioned Protector practices, which of course are all about "removing obstacles." Good to do, if you've been taught how to do them, or have relationship with those practices.
Since I wasn't sure I could keep the commitment, I have never taken teachings/empowerment on protectors.
However, in your case, it sounds specifically like the "obstacle" is your relationship, or your perception of it. Therefore, the best thing to do is to have a discussion with your significant other about practice, and work out some sort of mutually agreeable situation.
Definitely my perception. You are right.
Get up early in the morning, practice until after dawn. Do a short session in the evening, if you need to offer torma, etc. On weekends, maybe work in extra sessions, or take a day off work and practice......and have some sort of agreement with your significant other about your practice time / practice schedule.
Thanks, I will see how I can fit things in. Practical advice from you once again. Maybe I should add you as an inspirational western practitioner.

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heart wrote:Garchen Rinpoche told me that at the bottom of every sad state of mind there was a thought that was the root of it. So combining Guru Yoga and Trechö it becomes apparent what that thought is. Something actually surfaced for me, so you can say it worked, but I am still working on it.
What is Trechö?
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

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"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Konchog1 wrote:
heart wrote:Garchen Rinpoche told me that at the bottom of every sad state of mind there was a thought that was the root of it. So combining Guru Yoga and Trechö it becomes apparent what that thought is. Something actually surfaced for me, so you can say it worked, but I am still working on it.
What is Trechö?
Main practices in Dzogchen Menngagde are called Trekchö (cutting through) and Tögal (leaping over).

/magnus
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