Lion-Faced Guru Ep. 4: Interview with Lama Lyse

Ugi Mueller, modified 2 Years ago at 10/5/20 4:43 AM
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Lion-Faced Guru Ep. 4: Interview with Lama Lyse

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Hi everyone, this is the newest episode of the Lion-Faced Guru Podcast.

In the 4th episode of the Lion-Faced Guru Podcast, Kim Katami interviews Lama Lyse from New Zealand about her inspiring life, her spiritual path and her fascinating years with two of the greatest Nyingma/Dzogchen masters of our recent time: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Chatral Rinpoche.

Lama Lyse is a longtime and close student of Dilgo Khyentse and Chatral Rinpoche. Both were great figures of the Nyingma-school of Tibetan Buddhism. She lived close to Dilgo Rinpoche for six years until his passing in 1991 and then continued her studies with Chatral Rinpoche which lasted another 28 years until his passing in 2015 including an eight-year retreat directly under his guidance.

Lama Lyse trained in the Longchen Nyingtik tradition of the Nyingma Lineage but leans towards a wide view which encompasses Advaita and Dzogchen. Her teaching style is one that focusses on the great question, 'Who Am I?' and emphasises a sincere and dynamic form of practice which each student is invited to experience fully and authentically within the basic Dharma structure of prayers such as Refuge, Bodhicitta and Dedication. She also teaches from texts such as Patrul Rinpoche's Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones, and the Three Words that Strike the Vital Point in a free, simple and straightforward style.

Lyse is originally from New Zealand but has lived in India and Nepal for 35 years. She has maintained a blog; Ever Here Now since 2013 and has written several books.

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Topics discussed:

00:27 Welcome to Lion-faced Guru Podcast Episode 4 with Lama Lyse
00:55 Introduction of Lama Lyse
03:14 What drew Kim to contact Lyse
03:42 Lyse’s childhood and early experiences that led to the spiritual path
05:12 First experience
11:05 Second experience
18:06 Third experience
21:52 How Lyse fit in as a child
23:41 How Lyse got interested in spirituality and Buddhism
26:02 Travelling further East
26:29 Strong need to experiment with meditation and first intentional decision to get deeper
28:51 Forest retreat
35:55 Rainforest metaphor as analogy for the natural state
36:30 What techniques did you practice?
37:49 The need to move on
38:31 The need to pursue the path and go to Tibet
40:06 Kathmandu and Mt. Everest treck experience
42:45 Finding Lama Zopa’s retreat place
44:05 Looking at the photograph of Kalu Rinpoche on the altar and deciding to travel to Darjeeling
45:10 Meeting Kalu Rinpoche
47:52 Lyse’s second teacher HH Dalai Lama
48:20 First encounter with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and how it felt to meet him
53:35 How Lyse became Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s disciple
57:20 Taking refuge with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
59:26 How was it to study with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche?
1:03:56 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the teacher of teachers
1:06:35 Pivotal moment in the relationship, receiving a direct transmission of the nature of mind from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
1:10:35 The time before the passing of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash
1:12:59 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche passes away
1:14:06 Chatral Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche
1:16:39 Kalu Rinpoche approaching passing, tugdam and 3-day ceremony
1:18:26 Who will be your teacher after Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
1:19:22 Dharma name and meeting with Chatral Rinpoche
1:20:38 Meeting Chatral Rinpoche again and start of training
1:23:36 How did you communicate with the teachers?
1:27:55 About Chatral Rinpoche
1:31:35 Transition to retreat
1:33:35 Living in the proximity of a fully realized master
1:36:00 Entering retreat and about the retreat
1:37:49 Chatral Rinpoche’s advice for the retreat
1:40:08 Flow of the retreat
1:41:19 How was the retreat guidance by Chatral Rinpoche?
1:43:37 Khandro Tsering Chödrön and other lamas
1:48:25 Spending winters in the presence of HH Dalai Lama and attending teachings
1:49:22 Ending the retreat and about the time after the retreat
1:50:42 About going to Southern India, Ramana Maharshi and Tiruvannamalai
1:58:17 On Buddhism, Dzogchen, Hinduism, and Advaita, Ramana Maharshi and recognizing one’s true nature
2:00:45 How has practice changed you, what has changed?
2:04:16 What people are told nowadays about realization
2:04:48 Life happens and never or seldom in a way we want
2:05:46 How to come into a spiritual practice
2:08:15 What are you currently doing and what are your plans for the future?
2:10:20 Lyse makes herself accessible to sincere seekers
2:10:57 On Lyses accessibility
2:12:06 Final thanks

Helena, modified 2 Years ago at 10/7/20 5:10 AM
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RE: Lion-Faced Guru Ep. 4: Interview with Lama Lyse

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What a gift to have had both Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche AND Chatral Rinpoche as teachers.

I think it is amazing that she had such a strong motivation to find out what the true nature of mind is. Especially towards the end, where she said that the nature of mind is the same for all beings, regardless of beind a Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or Dzogchen practicioner.

I really hope they do a second interview, it feels as if they were just getting going emoticon