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by Karma Dorje
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 178
Views: 4329

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Of course they can make things happen. The power of their vows purify realms, provide sustenance to the needy, medicine to the sick, companionship to the lonely, etc. Are you saying that Amitabha has no power to help sentient beings? It's true, samsara can't be permanently fixed by its very nature,...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9296

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Perhaps you mean US academia. Martin Boord, Robert Mayer and Cathy Cantwell appear friends to Buddhadharma in my experience. Exceptions prove the rule, though Robert Mayer, who seems a very nice person, has no personal interest in Tibetan Buddhism apart from intellectual curiosity. Duckworth? Petti...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 178
Views: 4329

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

yes i understand samsara isnt perfect. i shall become a buddha and try to make it better Buddhas are not Gods, they cannot make things happen, Buddhas are teachers and if the pupils apply the teachings THEN things may happen. And then, just when things are looking grand, degeneration starts to kick...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9296

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

dzogchungpa wrote:So, to sum up, yup.
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by Karma Dorje
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9296

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

dzogchungpa wrote:So, to sum up, yup.
Yup.
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 178
Views: 4329

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Other than that, perhaps its best to shut and sit down as some zen folks say I do think there is value in talking about the degeneration age, it influenced the development of practices for beings like us of lower capacity in this age. Also we must remember that, during this age, the Dharma is espec...
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 178
Views: 4329

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

For pessimists, the present is always the worst time to be alive. Realistically speaking though, compare ancient India to modern India since this is what the focus of these cosmologies were. The holy rivers are polluted to the point of being completely dead along much of their populated length. The ...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9296

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

See, this is what I love about the internet, people can make completely uninformed and ignorant comments about scholarly texts and actually think their view counts for something, whereas in the good ol' days you actually had to study, find somebody willing to oversee and support your thesis and the...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Very clear statements about the Dzogchen path- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Replies: 63
Views: 5238

Re: Very clear statements about the Dzogchen path- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

This is just standard Shaiva view, ultimately rooted in the Saṃkhya notion of Puruśa/Jñā. People who study tenet systems and Dzogchen view properly would recognize this instantly. Frankly, people who do not study tenets and Dzogchen view in a proper frequently conflate the two, as have a number of ...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9296

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I will not read the article yet. But my simple evaluation is that a comparison between Buddhist and Hindu Tantra is flawed. It's only the word "tantra" that they have in common. Hindu tantra comes from mystics like Sadhus, but Buddhist tantra comes straight from Lord Shakyamuni. TL;DR: I haven't re...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

The point is that there is nothing ipso facto immoral about exchanging sex for money any more than exchanging any other labour for money. If you equate sex with labour, then yes, your argument is valid. If you equate sex with mutually satisfying physical and emotional intimacy, well, your logic kin...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

Since prostitution is rooted in patriarchy, it is probable that it will never be nonexploitative, since the economy that produces prostitutes is inherently exploitative. In a nonpatriarchal economy prostitution will not exist even though there may be sex workers of various kinds. Why the assumption...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

How is having consensual sex exploitative?! If we are talking about prostitution, it is very questionable whether this can be considered "consensual." There are a whole host of labor issues to be taken into consideration when we discuss sex workers of various kinds. Sex workers are among the most e...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

Seriously? I think you just undermined your entire argument there. You have quite obviously never worked in Silicon Valley. Or encountered irony before. Actually I do work for a Silicon Valley company as it happens. But there is a qualitative moral difference betweening selling your time and expert...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

Knotty Veneer wrote:
Karma Dorje wrote:At least gold digging or prostitution leaves your dignity intact.
Seriously? I think you just undermined your entire argument there.
You have quite obviously never worked in Silicon Valley. Or encountered irony before.
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

All of us that have sexual partners are using them for our own pleasure, as our partners are likewise relying on us. For samsaric beings, every action *including* seemingly altruistic acts are tinged with selfishness. If one partner wants the bliss of sexual union and the other partner primarily wa...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 3629

Re: sex with prostitute

I think you are confused about what the word morality means. It may be not very dignified or particularly uplifting for a young beautiful girl to transactionally marry an old ugly but very rich man. But if they are making their choice freely and without hurting anyone else, it hardly qualifies as i...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 33054

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

kirtu wrote: For one thing, no lama will deny that the Four Seals are the definition of a Buddhist.
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by Karma Dorje
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Zen
Replies: 344
Views: 12009

Re: Tibetan Zen

It isn't. Hindus also claim that Brahmin is free from the four extremes, etc. The basic difference between Hindu traditions and Madhyamaka on up is that Hindus state there is an ultimate reality. The Buddhist position, Madhyamaka on up, is that there is no ultimate reality. A small point, but 'brah...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 33054

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

This latest letter from Sogyal Rinpoche announcing his immediate "retirement" shares many common elements with his previous written responses. Most notably, lack of acknowledgment of responsibility for any wrong doing and lack of any apology or contrition. And while the Rigpa International organisa...