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by anjali
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer

Would be interesting to know from which tradition viewpoint he's speaking. Maybe from the Gelug Kagyu tradition of mahamudra? In the link to the "Mahamudra and The Four Noble Truths", there is a section where he mentions the different Traditions of Mahamudra, Here, we shall speak in general about m...
by anjali
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer

The white light is the clarity, the prism is the mental activity, the refracted light are appearances. This is my understanding. Thanks. Something to mull over. I decided to email Dr. Berzin himself about this question. He actually wrote back, and we've had a couple of brief back-and-forths. He did...
by anjali
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer

Maybe a more specific question is whether "clarity" can legitimately be understood as "the mental activity of making appearances arise" ? I believe that clarity is the basis from which appearances arise. Like a prism refracting light into mutiple colours. I like that analogy. If I understand you, t...
by anjali
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer

I think Berzin's comment occludes rather than clarifies. I can see why one might say that. That wasn't the case for me. The idea of unity of clarity and emptiness is a very common theme in Mahamudra. It helps us to avoid reifying the "experience" of clarity. Agreed. I guess what I'm poking at is, I...
by anjali
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer

Sounds about right to me. It sounds right to me as well. As I said, maybe it's just the way the commentary is worded that I find different and clarifying. It's such a clear explanation of clarity vs awareness. I think for a long time I've tended to somewhat conflate those terms. This text very clea...
by anjali
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Searching english version of "Certainty of the Diamond Mind"
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Re:Searching english version of "Certainty of the Diamond Mind"

To be clear, I am looking for an english version of the text "The Certainty of the Diamond Mind" by Jampel Pawo. It is certainly a classic within the Drukpa kagyu lineage, maybe a restricted text? Greetings. I personally don't know of an english translation, but you can always try contacting Daniel...
by anjali
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Question on a commentary of the Mahamudra Prayer

Greetings all. I've been wanting to pose this question for a long time. Finally got around to revisiting the text and commentary. Probably more commonly known as the Aspiration Prayer for Mahamudra, there is a commentary of the text by Beru Khyentse, with suplimentary commentary by Alexander Berzin ...
by anjali
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia
Replies: 5
Views: 546

Re: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Anyone have experience with this? Is it worth the steep price? No experience with it, but you can access the online version for a fee to see if you would like it invest in a hardcopy. https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/encyclopedia-of-buddhism There is a fee scale: Full access to Brill O...
by anjali
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status
Replies: 8
Views: 1733

Re: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status

As the moderator at the time who championed the ZCRT, I'm of the opinion it should be removed. The original intent was to let the Zen community have more voice in structuring its subforum and how it should evolve. It never served it's intended purpose. Former ZFI folks eventually preferred a separat...
by anjali
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Stepping Down
Replies: 15
Views: 2086

Re: Stepping Down

Always appreciated working with you as admin when I as a mod. Thank you for herding us cats and dealing with all the behind-the-scenes drama that comes with the job description. May your life be more peaceful, as you set sail from the DW port! :smile: https://www.thenational.ae/image/policy:1.871198...
by anjali
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Piercing the empty sky
Replies: 9
Views: 1455

Re: Piercing the empty sky

Continuing a theme from the OP... A monk asked, "Master, of what house is the tune you sing? To whose style of Chan do you succeed?" The master said, "When I was staying with Huangbo I questioned him three times and was hit three times." The monk hesitated. The master gave a shout and then struck hi...
by anjali
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 4263

Re: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)

Why is Ocean of Certainty restricted whereas Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā and Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance are not? I thought it might be because Ocean is written as a manual for masters, with scripted pointing-out instructions and teacher-student dialogue, but Clarifying the Natural State has th...
by anjali
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: As It Is, Vol 2 paperback availability?
Replies: 0
Views: 278

As It Is, Vol 2 paperback availability?

Does anyone know what's going on with the print version of As It Is, Vol 2? It seems to be out of stock or very expensive--and getting more expensive almost every day (currently on Amazon it's $134 USD). I'm guessing it's out of print. Hopefully a new printing is own the way. I sent email to Erik a ...
by anjali
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Re: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow

Usually in the empowerment there is a part where one takes a refuge and also creates the motivation to help all sentient beings. I am pretty sure it was present there as I myself have not seen an empowerment without this part. But Buddha knows. The only two things participants were asked to recite ...
by anjali
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Re: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow

Thanks you all for the responses so far, especially Sādhaka. (The dissolution ceremony this afternoon was beautiful. All present got a little bag of mandala sand afterward, then the monks took the remainer across the street to scatter it in the bay.) The Medicine Buddha empowerment was interesting b...
by anjali
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow

The monks from Gaden Shartse have been in my local town for several days of teaching and creating a Medicine Buddha sand mandala. It's been a lovely week of events. The mandala dissolution ceremony is this afternoon. Last night, a Medicine Buddha empowerment was given. It was open for anyone to atte...
by anjali
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 4263

Re: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)

How does some one get Elizabeth Callahans translation of ocean of certainty, I got it right after it was printed by going to Seattle and getting it , but. After if one wrote to the publisher they would just ignore any letters. It's a highly restricted text. There is very little mention of it on the...
by anjali
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 4263

Re: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)

Is it nicer than the Traleg version? I have that one. In my opinion, yes. I have all three versions now, and this will be my go-to translation moving forward. It has a lot of support material in the appendices, and it also has a modern translation of Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance . Basically...
by anjali
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 4263

Re: Upcoming translation of Moonbeams of Mahamudra (2019)

Indeed it is. I got my copy on the 12th. Haven't had a chance to spend any time with it yet, but from a quick perusal, it looks to be an instant classic, and will be considered the definitive translation for a long time to come. :thumbsup:
by anjali
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 211
Views: 20520

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

For those who are data nerds ;) : https://ourworldindata.org/war-and-peace This entry presents an empirical perspective on war and peace. We also published a data visualization history of human violence here on OurWorldInData.org which presents empirical data showing that we are now living in the mo...

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