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Offline Ngawang Drolma

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2010, 12:07:28 am »
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How can I find out who my root-guru is?


Hi Tsomo  :)

To ask Lama Dawa for a divination/answer about your root guru click here.  

At the site there is an explanation of the question and answer process.

Good luck!

Kind wishes,
Laura
« Last Edit: March 27, 2010, 12:08:59 am by Ngawang Drolma »

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2010, 06:05:03 am »
Hey dere Laura!

I went to the site you linked, but could not get the submission thingy to work. But I saw on the site something of great interest to me. If you look at the picture of the lama at his desk, you will see a bowl in the lower right hand corner of the desk. There is a dorje lying just in front of it.

I have such a bowl on my shrine, though it is of humbler stuff. It is a ceramic bowl, filled with coarse white sand, sprinkled with juniper seeds and has a slice of polished agate set in it. The bowl is left over from an experiment in burning loose incense. The seeds I just happened to pick one day and I thought they might smell nice. The slice of agate was a gift from a friend. But when all put together and viewed from a distance the appearance is very similar to the bowl on the lama's desk.

I have no idea what such a bowl is for, but I do know that there is an uncanny tendency for my improvisations in practice to turn out to be very old, well established practices. So. Do you have any idea what that bowl is and what it is for?
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2010, 07:02:24 am »
Hey dere Laura!

I went to the site you linked, but could not get the submission thingy to work. But I saw on the site something of great interest to me. If you look at the picture of the lama at his desk, you will see a bowl in the lower right hand corner of the desk. There is a dorje lying just in front of it.

I have such a bowl on my shrine, though it is of humbler stuff. It is a ceramic bowl, filled with coarse white sand, sprinkled with juniper seeds and has a slice of polished agate set in it. The bowl is left over from an experiment in burning loose incense. The seeds I just happened to pick one day and I thought they might smell nice. The slice of agate was a gift from a friend. But when all put together and viewed from a distance the appearance is very similar to the bowl on the lama's desk.

I have no idea what such a bowl is for, but I do know that there is an uncanny tendency for my improvisations in practice to turn out to be very old, well established practices. So. Do you have any idea what that bowl is and what it is for?


Laura will know better than I, but he appears to be performing a ritual with four offering substances in front of him, playing the damaru and bell as the fifth. There are 5 specific offerings associated with certain practices.
The bowl you mention has one or two handles and looks like food offering, maybe rice.

Laura could tell you more but she will then have to shoot you to guarantee your silence. ;)

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2010, 07:06:08 am »
...but I do know that there is an uncanny tendency for my improvisations in practice to turn out to be very old, well established practices. So. Do you have any idea what that bowl is and what it is for?

As a general rule I have been warned about 'improvisations in practice'. Have you told your teacher you do such things?
Warning: I'm enough of a fundamentalist Tibet style Buddhist to believe that for the last 1,000 years Tibet has produced a handful of enlightened masters in every generation. I do not ask that YOU believe it, but it will greatly simplify conversations if you understand that about me. Thanks.

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2010, 07:53:52 am »
...but I do know that there is an uncanny tendency for my improvisations in practice to turn out to be very old, well established practices. So. Do you have any idea what that bowl is and what it is for?

As a general rule I have been warned about 'improvisations in practice'. Have you told your teacher you do such things?


No, teacher doesn't know about this. It never came up. It's not like I am deliberately constructing practices, they just seem to sort of happen. I put some things on the altar, they don't seem right, I rearrange them and poof something like this bowl thingy pops up. I'm not using it for anything but a bookend for my dharma books atm.

Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2010, 11:08:18 am »
Hi catmoon  :)

Left to right it looks to me:  kapala, butter lamp, offering bowl, vajra.  And like Yeshe said he's holding a drum with a practice text (pecha) in front of him.

That's too bad that you couldn't get the submission form to work.  I wonder if he's on retreat?

Best,
Laura

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2010, 11:23:31 am »
You can get a better look at the bowl in this picture


Clearly there is an object or two in the bowl besides rice. What are they and why are they there?
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2010, 11:34:46 am »
Hi Catmoon,

That is a better image, thanks.  I think the round object is his divination mirror  :)
I don't know about the turquoise-colored object.

Best,
Laura
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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2010, 12:52:34 pm »
I have heard that it is best at the time of death for one to lie down on the right side in the Lion's Posture and to place a finger in one of the nostrils so as to direct the breath through one nostril but I can't recall which nostril is the proper one to breath through.
It is said that the Buddha rested in the Lion's Posture at death.  This posture helps to calm the mind and eases the transition from life to death.
I can just see the undertaker saying he was picking his nose when he died :D :lmfao:
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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2010, 01:30:23 pm »
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How can I find out who my root-guru is?


Hi Tsomo  :)

To ask Lama Dawa for a divination/answer about your root guru click here.  

At the site there is an explanation of the question and answer process.

Good luck!

Kind wishes,
Laura


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Hello Drolma,

Thanks for Lama Dawa!
I went for a stroll on his site.
Who knows one day I will ask Lama Dawa about -my root guru- or something else really important.
I believe that a skilled diviner can see past-present-future reflected in the mirror.
In fairy tales mystic wisdom is preserved.  
Most interesting is that often to have a look into fairy land one needs to create an upside down, or an inside out perspective. I guess a mirror does something like that too.
I saw that the question -who is my root-guru- is a standard question.
Great! I am not the only one who doesn't know the answer to that question.
Although, if for a change things would be simple then I have answered that question myself in my post,
so says santamonica.
Interesting is that santamonica writes that one might have many root-gurus.
For now, for me it has to be the Panchen Otrul Rinpoche.
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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2010, 01:34:20 pm »
Hi Tsomo,

I sincerely hope that you connect with them in this life   :pray:

Do you have the prayer for calling the guru from afar?

Kindly,
Laura


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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2010, 02:00:41 pm »
What exactly is a root guru? Could it be a living person today? Why do root gurus matter?
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2010, 03:41:56 pm »
Here is a long version of the prayer for Crying to the Guru from Afar

Here are some shorter versions for Calling the Guru from Afar.

Kind wishes,
Laura

 :namaste:


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Thanks a million Drolma for the prayer of Calling the Guru from Afar.
Just now I read part of this extra-beautiful prayer Crying to the Guru from Afar ..... is deeply moving,
causing feelings of sadness mixed with feelings of some kind of bliss to stir .... for beginners on the path this
is allowed :^) I'm sure ....  
In the blanket box in a small precious dharma archive a shorter version is patiently waiting to be re-appreciated and re-recited by me.
How truly unwise of me it is to neglect the Prayer for Calling and Crying to the Guru from Afar.
My only excuse is, there is a small collection of sutras, sadhanas, prayers, dharma books and texts safely put away in a blanket box here in my mini abode, because I can get confused as to when to use this text or that one text, and get carried away with reading sutras/texts/books/prayers/anything buddhist really on the wrong moments, causing a distraction from the practice.
Years ago I simplified my practice to be able to sit a few short sessions, rather than two long ones,
and in doing so exhaust myself, and loose the drive to sit.
That's one reason why the Prayer of Calling the Lama from Afar is in the box, the second reason being I doubting who my root-guru is.
Now, starting in 2003,  I finally dare to think that Panchen Rinpoche is my root-guru.
In my life really important processes of a revelatory nature happen very slowly, too slowly for my taste.
But at least some have unfolded themselves enough to keep me on trek and going. 
 
I must say, Freesangha is wonderful.
Maybe like many sangha members, I very seldom (if ever) meet a buddhist person showing enthusiasm for the occasional relaxed exchange of views on topics of buddhist philosophical nature.
Also, I live quite far away from the nearest (my) buddhist centre now a days, (a mistake I made to move away), nor can I reach the centre by bus.

I can't ask Rinpoche by letter (email) all the questions I have.
A request for an audience with this Dharma King is required,
(for various reasons it might take time to receive the invitation),
also because Rinpoche is not going to waste his precious wisdom, time, and energy (he is frail), on any jolly good old buddhist jo no-thanks-six pack :^).

Therefore, instead of using up Rinpoche's precious time with questions all sorts,
I can now put my questions to the buddhist free thinking sangha, and am impressed with the if necessary positively criticizing responses we all can get from around the world, with the deep insights some people offer,
good advise given, and the kind, uplifting, often humorous atmosphere in the global buddhist background.

Three cheers for the Free Sangha!!!
 :namaste:

      



  




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Re: Better than phowa, easier than phowa, what to do at the time of death!
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2010, 07:58:34 pm »
There are some varying descriptions. The root guru is the Guru who points out the true nature of your mind.

 


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