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by SilenceMonkey
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 755

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Members of the Chinese traditions (especially Ch'an) tend to criticize Tibetans for the public recognition of reincarnations. I got the sense that doing such a thing will only lead to inflated egos, and so it is not often done publicly. Although often there are rumors within the inner circles that t...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 2841

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Yeah, I think your hunch may be a little bit off. They're rare, but you can find practitioners of both Ch'an/Zen/Seon and Dzogchen or Mahamudra. I'm a bit more familiar with Chinese tradition, but I've heard korean zen (Seon) practitioners sometimes have tantric influence. Undoubtedly, some go for ...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 2841

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

It is a futile exercise to compare the two, as there are (as far as I know) no people alive who are sufficiently advanced and knowledgeable practitioners in both systems to be able to contrast them from experience. So all we can do is compare language in texts and make conjectures - which can be in...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 2841

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

2) Is it impossible to achieve 13th bhumi through Zen? In the Chinese tradition, there are no Bhumis beyond the tenth. Tenth Bhumi Bodhisattvas such as Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara) and Manjushri are sometimes said to be Buddhas, but have temporarliy taken form as celestial bodhisattvas for the benefi...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara
Replies: 45
Views: 3949

Re: Tara

Scholars seem to think Tara practice began in China. Citation please Upon a closer look, nothing is conclusive. N.N. Bhattacarya makes claims for Tara's Chinese origins, but his style of reasoning seems to me un-thorough and unconvincing. I can't remember where, but I think it was Bhattacarya that ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 73
Views: 2992

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche recently wrote an excellent book on many of these concerns. It's about how to find a guru, evaluate a guru, relate with a guru, and understand the guru-disciple relationship in general.

It's called "The Guru Drinks Bourbon?"
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 39
Views: 2852

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Wasn't Nattier's article arguing that the Heart Sutra may have been a reformulation of the longer Prajna Paramita sutras for ritual use? If so, that doesn't invalidate the Prajna Paramita teachings but is merely a new expression of them. And not even "new" from what I understand, as everything in th...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 922

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

If you want to train this, you can go to the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition. They have this in their curriculum. They don't practice vipassana until they've achieved the 4th form jhana (or maybe it was one of the formless jhanas), and only then do they start to contemplate dependent arising. That's when t...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 2611

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Assuming that this is the case, how do we propose that a history of a single practice such as shikantaza or koan introspection arises? Does this only happen in Japan or does it also happen elsewhere in Zen/Ch’an/Seon/Thein? Or does it fact arise? Could it be omissions in translation or understandin...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Vimalakirtinirdesan Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 2935

Re: The Vimalakirtinirdesan Sutra

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche recently gave talks on this sutra in Delhi. It gets better and better as you go on. He also wrote a book on it. Here are the links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dp6e6Lzhvc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG3ScsVNPuo http://84000.co/the-sutra-of-the-teaching-of-vimalaki...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara
Replies: 45
Views: 3949

Re: Tara

Scholars seem to think Tara practice began in China.
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers
Replies: 87
Views: 14205

Re: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers

There are no Uk based dzogchen teachers i'm afraid. That's what I did found but there is dzogchen bon teacher but opinions on him are not really good as lama, his name is Lama Khyimsar Rinpoche or something like that http://www.dzogchencommunityuk.org/ http://www.simplybeing.co.uk/ I met Lama Khems...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Learning Yantra Yoga
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Learning Yantra Yoga

There is an "open level" of the Yantra Yoga teachings. Basically without talking too much about energy and meridians... I took a two week course though, and I liked it better than any other yoga I've done. I used to practice qigong and internal martial arts such as taiji. The energetics of the Yantr...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese
Replies: 14
Views: 1550

Re: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese

There are many kinds of classical chinese and you can get easily lost in it all. Confucian philosophy and government documents and Daoist and medical and Buddhist classical chinese are all so different, it's almost like learning completely different languages. Don't get lost! For Buddhism, use these...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?

Garchen Rinpoche Dalai Lama Khemsar Rinpoche in the UK others in China and Taiwan... Various sutras. Yes, sutras are powerful and reliable masters. They emanate the Buddha mind. They say it's all about your karmic connection. Are there any sutras or mantras you feel more connected with? If so, recit...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 60
Views: 2253

Re: Buddhism on actors

I used to study acting and was hell-bent on becoming an actor in high school and college. I found some serious inner conflict between the art of acting and my buddhist way, to the point where I dropped out of school to come back to Chicago and see what it would be like to be a professional actor, to...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge in the Guru
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Refuge in the Guru

At what point does someone become your root lama? I've heard about taking refuge in the lama (the 4 jewels). Does this mean taking refuge in one lama and no others? And would this make the lama your root guru? I know that it is customary to take refuge (in the three jewels) each time receiving teach...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 2665

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

So............ back to topic. To reframe the question: To take an empowerment without the intent to practice it... Or maybe without the intent to practice it continually until attainment. Should this be avoided? I'm sure many practitioners have received 10s if not 100s of transmissions and empowerme...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 27
Views: 2349

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

Would have to be the 6th Tradition. Don't forget about the Jonang!
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 2665

Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

I'm somewhat new to Tibetan style Buddhism. As I'm navigating this world of empowerments and gurus, I'm a little confused about the nature of public teachings. Some people say it's a great opportunity, that you need empowerment to be able to practice, etc... Others say all it is is symbolic and is b...

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