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by £$&^@
Sun May 19, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

I was at a teaching from Chime Rinpoche when he said with a smile “Anyone of you could jump straight into the awakened state immediately, but you won’t, because you don’t believe me. You think you have to know stuff first”. :smile:
by £$&^@
Sun May 19, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

Find a teacher. Cross check their pedigree to ensure that they are lineage holders. Follow their instructions. Leave your beliefs and opinions outside the door. There ya go. It’s not easy. But it is simple. Here is the OP, Note ‘It’s NOT easy.’ Note ’check that their pedigree to ensure that they ar...
by £$&^@
Sun May 19, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

I understood there's more to it than finding a teacher - it relies on finding a guru, doesn't it? I mean, university lecturers in Buddhism are teachers, and there are others that teach the subject of Buddhism. But finding a Vajrayana teacher is a matter of finding a heart connection with a spiritua...
by £$&^@
Sun May 19, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

I said simple. Not easy. :smile: It’s the very simplicity that drives us to over complicate everything and heap piles of conceptualisation over direct experience . aah, the classic ace under the sleeve argument. to put it simple, we don't know when a person have had a primordial exp. nor if the per...
by £$&^@
Sat May 18, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

I said simple. Not easy. :smile:
It’s the very simplicity that drives us to over complicate everything and heap piles of conceptualisation over direct experience.
by £$&^@
Sat May 18, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmYpHub5bfY&list=PLw4WJR-Kk6nMeQMWlOyM2DruhvDRSX2N6&index=2&t=0s ETA The first video "Interview with Ponlop Rinpoche" is the one I'm referencing. Can't figure how to isolate it from the playlist, sorry. As Rinpoche says it’s important not to look too far away. If you...
by £$&^@
Sat May 18, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

I remembered while watching this that the first time I saw Ponlop R. he was 17 years old. He was giving teachings at the Earth Sciences Department at Oxford University. Shenpen Hookham translated for him because his English back then was pretty basic. But essentially he was already fully formed, and...
by £$&^@
Sat May 18, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 49
Views: 1251

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’ve had a similar experience. I replied to a post on this forum. Next Googled a term used in the o.p. and found a similar reply I had made on another forum, including the same quotation from the same teacher. I had no memory of the previous discussion at all... :thinking:
by £$&^@
Sat May 18, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

Find a teacher. Cross check their pedigree to ensure that they are lineage holders.
Follow their instructions.
Leave your beliefs and opinions outside the door.


There ya go. It’s not easy. But it is simple.
by £$&^@
Sat May 18, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1152

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

But my thoughts are ignorant and defiled! Well, there's another thought. At 1:07:00 HHKarmapa talks about Vajrasattva dissolving into you at the end of the practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_gsa8ux8Uo He says that it is a "rather high threshold" since either you become pure like the deity ...
by £$&^@
Fri May 17, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1152

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

This is kind of a sister post to the one in the Mahayana forum about Buddhas and Bodhisattvas being real, because I figured the Tibetan/Vajrayana approach was different enough to maybe give a different answer. Are Buddhas like Tara or Vairocana, bodhisattvas like Manjushri or Chenrezig, Dharma prot...
by £$&^@
Fri May 17, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1152

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

No school of Buddhism considers individual human beings to be fictional either.

They do see them as arising in Shunyata and returning to Shunyata.

And no school of Buddhadharma sees Dieties as more real than human beings.

That would be Hindudharma.
by £$&^@
Fri May 17, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 49
Views: 1251

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Renunciation as generally understood carries the implication that by giving something up or pursuing an ahedonistic lifestyle insight will arise spontaneously. I see no evidence that this is the case. Renunciation in Vajrayana /Dzogchen is more about undermining the idea of the person who enjoys/suf...
by £$&^@
Fri May 17, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 49
Views: 1251

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Renunciation is still in Mahayana and Vajrayana. You’re right. But what may distinguish the renunciatory teachings of Theravada and, say, Zen is Buddha-nature. Buddha-nature is an unambiguously altruistic principle that encourages people, including monastics, to look beyond themselves, and act for ...
by £$&^@
Fri May 17, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1152

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Yidams are as real as your thoughts. But it's by this practice that one can recognize that all such images, of self and other, thoughts, phenomena, etc., are mere appearances conjoined with that Supreme Bliss. True accomplishment is when one can reside in that state without distraction, no matter w...
by £$&^@
Fri May 17, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1152

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Yes, I’ve heard that too Cone. :thumbsup:
by £$&^@
Thu May 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?
Replies: 21
Views: 406

Re: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?

Which brings us back to a definition of “real”. To quote Chime Rinpoche once more “ they are as real as you are”. Which from one perspective is not very “real” at all. I think we need to avoid saying that Avalokiteshvara (for example) is MORE real than we are. To do so skirts dangerously close to so...
by £$&^@
Thu May 16, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?
Replies: 21
Views: 406

Re: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?

I think I have made my views clear. :smile:
by £$&^@
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this gym rat says to me
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: So this gym rat says to me

It’s the norm.
In all dealings with the world if we forget that we are the minority and that we hold views that are not valued by most then we are doomed to perpetual puzzlement.. :smile:

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