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by Simon E.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

They were also pragmatists.They knew when to apply upayas and when those narratives had served their purpose.
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The reality is that we are directly reaping the benefits of the tulku system, it is how the teachings got to us. To argue it is redundant is is naive, bordering on dangerous (for the continuity of the teachings). I don’t buy that for a second. In my view the teachings got to us DESPITE a sociopolit...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The Dharma isn't in-built with all this baggage. Just find a Guru who is connected to a lineage and practice until you receive results, and then practice more. All sentient beings, in the hell realms, the animal realms, etc. are eagerly awaiting your Buddhahood. Imagine for a second, all of the bei...
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I agree entirely fwiw. And judging by the fallout so would many young ‘tulkus’...who seem to be bailing in ever increasing numbers..
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Why not just get a teacher and get on with it.there is no end to verbalisation.Verbalisation can be a way of sorting stuff for ourselves. The act of verbalising makes things clearer to ourselves, and that’s good. But in the end we need to buckle down and try to process what our teachers are telling ...
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Exactly so.
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

You made an important point Sonam Wangchuck. Much as it goes against prevailing norms Vajrayana students should try to refrain from simply expressing their own subjective worlds when it comes to Dharma. Our job as I see it, is to represent our own teacher/s to the best of our ability. Not to present...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sc...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I wasn’t responding to your post.
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Rangtong and Shentong are dialects of the same Buddhadharma language.
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

You think Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, Gnosticism doesn't lead to enlightenment? I severely doubt that. No, I don’t. They do not teach, either in philosophy or experientially, the same view of emptiness. That’s abundantly clear for Sufism and Gnosticism. For Vedanta, as countless discussions on this si...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sc...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sch...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1787

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

The answer is obvious, isn't it? I would think so, but when people start to argue about whether Pratyekabuddhas are awakened or not, well... It seems the obvious is not so obvious! Clearly all Paths are not the same. They certainly differ at the very highest levels of View... It seems that some peo...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Lets be clear here ‘FiveSkandhas’ . You are suggesting that the Vajrayana in its entirety has become, or is becoming obsolete and is being replaced by a newer form or expression of Buddhadharma which is posited on collegiate principles rather than on living and authoritative transmission from guru t...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 57
Views: 1321

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, another well-regraded and well-known Buddhist, said not long ago he thought the next Buddha would be the sangha. I take this to mean that the age of “gurus” and leaders is passing, and that in the future people will study and practice the Dharma as equals. Thich Nhat Hah...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 712

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

They may well have been magnificent works when new. But in the end they arose, sustained a while and then passed. Like all compounded things.
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 712

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

At the end of the day, I feel more for the individuals who caused the destruction, just imagine the potential karma... I wonder how many people here were aware of the Bamiyan Buddhas BEFORE they were destroyed? I sure wasnt. So i dont think i could authentically express an emotional attachment to t...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1054

Re: What is magic?

Which means frankly that half the year no one in the UK would know the time.. that might matter.

This is luddite nonsense.

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