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by SilenceMonkey
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith & logic
Replies: 50
Views: 1185

Re: Faith & logic

My somewhat zen perspective is that all methods of Buddhadharma work to get rid of ego’s self-grasping. For me, logic is a kind of discriminating wisdom that destroys wrong views. Without these obscurations, reality of suchness will reveal itself and Buddha nature will shine. For me, Faith is faith ...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Nihilism is an extreme caused by a clinging to erroneous understanding of emptiness. In the Kagyu view,it is a fault of the intellect, and therefore conventional and deluded. On the level of no analysis, there is no need to deny appearances, law of karma, etc. To do so would be as foolish as superi...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 9
Views: 937

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

If time doesn’t exist for such great Bodhisattvas... what about kalachakra?
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reciting Sutras/Prayers to Fall Asleep
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Reciting Sutras/Prayers to Fall Asleep

It’s good to do some practice in the evening as you’re going to sleep... it turns your mind to dharma and will bring ease in your sleep and good dreams.

I think falling asleep in this way would be a relaxed kind of joyous effort and not laziness.
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Regarding the quote by Karl Burnholtz, it seems to me self-evident that from the (deluded) standpoint of ordinary beings, they perceive the relative/empirical reality to be real. The point of madhyamaka is to show that this is delusion. That ordinary beings perceive concrete objects (dualistically) ...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Basically, my misunderstanding is Nagarjuna as nihilism. If an early Madhyamaka text confirms Brunholzl, it also counters this nihilism view. Do you know of any quotes specifically that directly confirm the Brunholzl quote? Lamrim Chenmo by Lama Tshongkhapa, vol 3, ch. 10, p. 132: The twenty-sixth ...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sadhana of Buddha Sakyamuni
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Sadhana of Buddha Sakyamuni

About food offering... when we offer food to the three jewels before each meal, is this essentially different from offering on the altar? Donpa lama’i Sangye Rinpoche Gyopa lama’i Damchoe Rinpoche Drinpa lama’i Gendun Rinpoche Gyap ne Gonchoksum la choepa pul For example... saying this mantra and of...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Human realms
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Re: Human realms

A few chapters in the Avatamsaka Sutra talk about parallel worlds/universes... alternate dimensions, maybe... where Dharma is happening simultaneously in all of them throughout the infinite universes. I’m also wanting to know more about other human realms. What will happen to us when earth becomes u...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: What is an obstacle?

Longchenpa writes, The nature of misery and so forth, of unvirtuous or neutral obscurations which make the mind very unpeaceful are the "emotional obscurations". The subject and object of the conceptual apprehender and apprehended with the nature of contaminated virtues or unobscuring neutrality, w...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: What is an obstacle?

Yes, thank you very much Lama Pema Chopel 🙏 I couldn’t have asked for a clearer answer 😇 Wonderful responses, all around! Another question: It sounds like in Dzogchen view, there is no difference between inner and outer... how is this so? Would this also be like the cittamatra view? I love this foru...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 73
Views: 3326

Re: Discrimination is self

Someone mentioned that the five aggregates are the self... but that's not quite right. Five aggregates are what we call "the individual" skt. pudgala, tib. gangzag. What we call "self" is the grasping at the aggregates as self, ie. thinking that they are "you." This happens because of ignorance. The...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 775

What is an obstacle?

A Nyingma teacher recently told me he doesn't believe in obstacles. He doesn't do sang, astrology, mo or any of these things. He says relax and rest your mind. And that obstacles are mere creations of the mind. So... what the hell is an obstacle? If there is an individual གང་ཟག་ who experiences obst...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If you fail, double it!
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: If you fail, double it!

My gelug teacher once told us, If you miss a day of practice... it should feel like "Oh... I missed it!" Because you love the practice so much, when you don't do the practice one day, you feel like something is missing... And so you just want to do so much practice the next day to fill yourself agai...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sang without transmission
Replies: 47
Views: 1985

Re: sang without transmission

For anyone who’s interested... I spoke with a teacher of mine last night, who is gelukpa and nyingma. He said no need to practice Sang with a text. He also gave me a precious pill to grind up and put in the sang, as an offering of immense spiritual wealth. I was to tell the guest, “This is everythin...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 754

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

Great!

I’m not familiar with these commentaries. Do you know the titles of their translations in English?
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Eight Verses of Training the Mind translation
Replies: 2
Views: 752

Re: Eight Verses of Training the Mind translation

This is my favorite 🙏 With a determination to achieve the highest aim For the benefit of all sentient beings Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem, May I hold them dear at all times. Whenever I interact with someone, May I view myself as the lowest amongst all, And, from the very depths of my...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan?
Replies: 4
Views: 624

Re: Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan?

I went to Taiwan for three years, learning colloquial Chinese in my first two and classical in my third. During that third year, I stayed at the liberal arts college at Dharma Drum Mountain and learned a lot about Chinese Buddhism in Chinese. If that’s something you’re interested in, I recommend it....
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 33
Views: 2359

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

The essence of bodhicitta is the Bodhisattva vow.

The FPMT put out a powerful translation of “The Bodhisattva Vows” (in booklet form)
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 754

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

I don´t think they are born at all in the three realms. they sent their emanations here, but they transcend ordinary existence. The answer is in the commentary : "The bodhisattva abandons his fleshly body and attains a body of dharmadhātu when he enters into the samyaktvaniyāma and acquires the pat...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 754

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

I don´t think they are born at all in the three realms. they sent their emanations here, but they transcend ordinary existence. The answer is in the commentary : "The bodhisattva abandons his fleshly body and attains a body of dharmadhātu when he enters into the samyaktvaniyāma and acquires the pat...

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