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by coffeebeans
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: online Gohonzon
Replies: 26
Views: 2718

Re: online Gohonzon

I enjoyed those two quotes. :good:
by coffeebeans
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 21551

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

dzogchungpa wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:47 am
It's kind of amusing that a thread which began with a reference to the idea that all phenomena are expressions of an originally pure and undifferentiated one mind has proven to be so contentious.
Difficult to blame anything other than our own Western culture for that.
by coffeebeans
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 21551

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Great, you and I are already buddhas then since we neither experience or know freedom from samsara :smile: Is that truly the extent of your understanding of the implications? :coffee: With respect, one can know precious little of someone else's understanding or not on an internet forum, only what t...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 21551

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

A nirvana which isn't experienced or known doesn't seem like a very useful goal to me. Welcome to the Dharma. :hi: Great, you and I are already buddhas then since we neither experience or know freedom from samsara :smile: Is that truly the extent of your understanding of the implications? :coffee:
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 21551

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:23 pm
coffeebeans wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:13 pm
There is no experience without faculties of perception and an object to experience. "Direct experience" of an ultimate or unconditioned are indeed a fantasy
A nirvana which isn't experienced or known doesn't seem like a very useful goal to me.
Welcome to the Dharma. :hi:
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 21551

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

There is no experience without faculties of perception and an object to experience. "Direct experience" of an ultimate or unconditioned are indeed a fantasy
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 21551

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Sherab wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:26 pm
It can only be known by direct experience. You know that. Practically everyone on this board also knows that.
Who is experiencing it, and experiencing what?
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

For me the terma tradition exemplifies how tradition and innovation can follow the same course. Also, the idea of skillful means is all about innovation, and yet it remains within the bounds of tradition. I believe (and this is a discussion which has been made a million times) that the tradition we...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Have you received the same wang from more than one teacher? If so, you can hardly fail to notice that the form can vary enormously. We can assume that something of the essence will not differ..but it is precisely the essence which is the flame. And the form, including robes, titles, vessels, and ho...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:25 am
Does the fact that Indians transmitted to the Tibetans guarantee a unchanged instruction?
Good question. I think so.
Do we even have unchanged Indian practices as an example in the first place?
It would be what the Tibetan are practicing.
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

What it points out to me is that lineages (just look at our trees and prayers) and made up of beings transmitting practices, not practices incidentally transmitted by beings.... Can you re-word that? Got also a somewhat personal question for you that you don't need to answer if you don't want to, b...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Johnny:

You could have a stronger case if Vajrayana was rediscovered through texts that were translated into Tibetan later--that is, after Indian Buddhism.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:42 am
What do you mean by "practice methods are the same"?
Here is not the place to discuss it in detail.
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

To be clear, I was originally responding to javier.espinoza.t.
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

You aren't addressing the larger issue of the thread, at all. Be specific. At the moment there is no "larger issue"...the quote is ambiguous. Sure: I admit my knowledge of Indian Vajrayana is pretty scant, but I am pretty sure that there is a serious level of interpretation in Tibetan teachers teac...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Reply to the points I made or don't, but for the purposes of this conversations, that is just playing semantics. Sure specific practices would be transmitted as closely as possible - they always are, but do we even need to get into stuff like how sanskrit is pronounced etc.? Your idea of completely...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Hey Johnny, thanks for the input. I was discussing Vajrayana, not Tibetan Buddhism. Reply to the points I made or don't, but for the purposes of this conversations, that is just playing semantics. Sure specific practices would be transmitted as closely as possible - they always are, but do we even ...
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Hey Johnny, thanks for the input. I was discussing Vajrayana, not Tibetan Buddhism.
by coffeebeans
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

:smile: It may still enhance depth of discussion to jot down a little bit on what you feel the 'ashes' are in this tradition. To start, I'm of the opinion that tantra requires preservation and accuracy in preservation. Even what seems to be insignificant details matter while traveling most of the w...
by coffeebeans
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 3598

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Does China's Tiantai today have the esoteric tradition like Japan's Tendai?
by coffeebeans
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 3295

Re: Tradition.

Well I find that supplying definitions and analysis to throw-away quotes that just happen to catch my eye and that seem apropos, rather dampens the exercise. It seems to me that Mahler or Thomas More or whoever was the originator,was on to something. I was and am content to let it sit on the hob an...

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