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by Bristollad
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 49
Views: 721

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

From the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism: pancaniyata : Tib. nges pa Inga; Chi. wu jueding; Jap. goketsujo; Kor. o kyolchong. In Sanskrit, the "5 certainties," five qualities describing a buddha's enjoyment body (SAMBHOGAKAYA), the body that appears in an ideal realm and is visible to BOD...
by Bristollad
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 49
Views: 721

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

If I remember correctly, when HH Dalai Lama was asked about Lobsang Rampa and whether his books had anything correct in them, HH replied that maybe he was right about butter tea, maybe. :smile:
by Bristollad
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can one fall down from the Bodhisattava bhumi?
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: Can one fall down from the Bodhisattava bhumi?

It does not follow that a bodhisattva on the path of seeing for instance who has not manifested signs of irreversibility is irreversible. :oops: got lost in the negatives... This should say: It does not follow that a bodhisattva on the Mahayana path of seeing for instance who has not manifested sig...
by Bristollad
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can one fall down from the Bodhisattava bhumi?
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: Can one fall down from the Bodhisattava bhumi?

Until the Eighth Bhumi you can fall to a lesser attainment by losing Bodhicitta. Not according to the Maitreya's Abhisamayalamkara: Those bodhisattvas abiding Beginning from the branches of definite discrimination [path of preparation], On the paths of seeing and mediation Are the assemblies of the...
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 434

Re: Suggestions on Planning for Death

Since the OP practices Pure Land, maybe advice pertaining to that school would be helpful rather than something drastically different. [I recite Mahayana sutras and chant Amitabha's name as well as practice in a Tibetan Buddhist sangha.] Thanks in advance for any ideas, suggestions, or wisdom. henc...
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.
Replies: 209
Views: 3736

Re: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Tsongkhapafan wrote:earlier you claimed that Buddhism mixed with Bon - that's simply not true.


Right. And there is no climate change. And we have never landed on the moon. And it was Hitler who shot JFK.


shh! no-one's meant to know! :spy:
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.
Replies: 209
Views: 3736

Re: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.

Clearly, if you try to follow one presentation of emptiness, say in the Nyingma school, and you encounter the presentation of emptiness in the Gelugpa school, there will be incompatibility and confusion. Why? Are you suggesting that emptiness explained is different? That the explanations differ doe...
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.
Replies: 209
Views: 3736

Re: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.

Tsongkhapafan wrote:...like drinking coffee and tea at the same time?


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by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.
Replies: 209
Views: 3736

Re: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.

My intention is to practise one thing - the teachings of the Buddha. All of the traditions are simply ways of explaining those teachings. It can be helpful to follow one set of explanations of the teachings, but it can also be illuminating to contrast those with other explanations of the teachings. ...
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 403
Views: 9287

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

The word racist is loaded. IMHO it should mean prejudice based on a person's race or skin colour or place of origin . However, some try to define it differently. When I was working in a school in England, the staff once had to attend a training day with a social worker who tried to define racism as ...
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 434

Re: Suggestions on Planning for Death

There is some advice and material available from the FPMT:

http://fpmt.org/death/
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.
Replies: 209
Views: 3736

Re: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.

Is anybody actually going to answer to my point? Which particular point of your posts is it that you think we are all ignoring? Maybe it's just me being thick but it's not clear to me (and maybe if it's not clear to me, it's not clear to others either). So for a slow dull-witted one, could you expl...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Adultery and Being a Buddhist
Replies: 110
Views: 3037

Re: Adultery and Being a Buddhist

Not the most romantic point of view. And again, don't need to be married for this. I agree. It sounds more like a non-exculsive 5 year cohabitation contract with option to renew . Not quite a marriage. But if that is agreed by all parties and it remains conducive for the well-being of those involve...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.
Replies: 209
Views: 3736

Re: Dalai Lama about non sectarian approach towards Buddhist study and practice.

What I found interesting in this video, is the way His Holiness suggested looking at other presentations. I think where we (and mean I :smile: ) go if we are not careful: we compare our system's correct presentation and look at how the other system gives a wrong presentation, then feel good about ho...
by Bristollad
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The role of Samadhi in your practice
Replies: 12
Views: 336

Re: The role of Samadhi in your practice

by Bristollad
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening

For me using liberation for enlightenment would be problematic because then one would have to come up with another term to indicate achieving the end of suffering (liberation) by for instance, an Arhat and ending of suffering and achieving of omniscience, by a Buddha (Enlightenment). Perhaps awakeni...
by Bristollad
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 700

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

Yes, I'm aware of all that - but why is blue associated with tantra? I've been taught that the red of our robes is associated with bodhicitta, saffron with discipline (which is why monks from Sera often wear yellow/orange undergarments i.e. on the outside practise bodhicitta, on the inside abide in...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue robes/clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1287

Re: Blue robes/clothes

I seem to remember Malcolm * once mentioning that actually all he did was reduce support to the monasteries - I guess if some President in the States managed to remove tax exempt status from Churches, he would be characterised as an enemy of Christianity and of all religion, the antichrist himself, ...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 700

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

for example, Padmasambhava is wearing the dark blue gown of a mantra practitioner http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/chokyi-drakpa/a-torch-for-the-path Okay, he's wearing a blue gown (not a very clear image actually) but why does it say "of a mantra practitioner". Is dark blue a ...
by Bristollad
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue robes/clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1287

Re: Blue robes/clothes

If Dharmaguptaka was the basis, then all this about not being able to reestablish gelongma vows yet due to Vinaya discrepancies has been a smokescreen. That certainly seems to be the opinon of Ven. Thubten Chodron - see her article: Mutli-tradition ordination (short version) http://thubtenchodron.o...

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