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by Jeff
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 737

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

Inspired by the discussion in this thread: Nobody's perfect. Suppose you're testing a teacher and notice certain faults in his behaviour. Which kinds of faults of a teacher are harmless and which are actually "contaminating" the transmissions he could possibly give, so that it is not advisable to t...
by Jeff
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 344
Views: 11316

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

That was why I asked whether non-Buddhist system of practices actually teach the abandonment of all views (which logically should be at the end of the path). As I mentioned before, I don't think they do. I don't think it matters. If one has true insight into the nature of phenomena then somehow I d...
by Jeff
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 527
Views: 13773

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

muni wrote:Ask Rinpoche? :smile:

Maybe Gyalwa Rinpoche, H H Dalai Lama: “ do not compare me with Jesus, since he is a great master”.
This attitude seems to be a teaching, somehow. Or I am wrong?
Yes, an excellent teaching.
by Jeff
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are demons mentioned in Buddhism actually just bad karma?
Replies: 14
Views: 853

Re: Are demons mentioned in Buddhism actually just bad karma?

Hie everyone. I was wandering if demons mentioned in Buddhist scriptures are simply the bad karma that we experience? Now, if our minds create karma, then karma would "know" our wrongdoings, our deepest dark fears, and our negative actions. And it would be all in our alaya consciousness. Thanks The...
by Jeff
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 85
Views: 16671

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Thanks for the question. I'm not a very good communicator, as you might have guessed! My statement was in reference to the title of the thread. Some spiritual people can enter into a deviation that is an obsession with siddhi. Also, because we live in the West, and during a dark age, people tend to...
by Jeff
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can one fall down from the Bodhisattava bhumi?
Replies: 32
Views: 1812

Re: Can one fall down from the Bodhisattava bhumi?

There is a stage of realisation called "non-retrogression" which is widely identified with the 8th bhumi, at which point there is full retention of all realisations and powers going forward. Prior to that, bodhisattvas are susceptible to losing some of their progress, though at the level of the bhu...
by Jeff
Mon May 29, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Crisis of Faith
Replies: 44
Views: 2615

Re: Crisis of Faith

I'm been reading: http://www.sutrajournal.com/the-tantric-age-a-comparison-of-shaiva-and-buddhist-tantra-by-christopher-wallis http://www.alexissanderson.com/uploads/6/2/7/6/6276908/sanderson_2009_the_saiva_age.pdf It says that half of the Cakrasamvara tantra was copied from an earlier Shivite tant...
by Jeff
Mon May 29, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Three Types of Bodhisattvas
Replies: 15
Views: 926

Re: The Three Types of Bodhisattvas

In my dreams every type, depending on my qualified delusions. But yes, the importance of courage. “May I liberate all sentient beings from their suffering and establish them on the level of perfect enlightenment.” Opening the very heart and so a chance to erase delusions. :smile: Well said. :smile:
by Jeff
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: From Impermanence to Buddhahood
Replies: 67
Views: 2952

Re: From Impermanence to Buddhahood

Impermanence is the gateway to emptiness. Emptiness is the gateway to non-birth. Non-birth is the gateway to Buddhahood. "What is the Buddha’s path? It is the bodhi-mind, the mind of Nirvana. To walk on the Buddha’s path is to follow the path of the Great Enlightened One, the one who attained the G...
by Jeff
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9572

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

Is it just that a Buddha loses the ability to discern? Discernement (as we ignorant beings experience it) requires a dualistic relationship with the object of discernment, this requires a misidentification of the skandha as self. I believe that a Buddha does discern other beings, but not in the sam...
by Jeff
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9572

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

The Ārya-ghanavyūha-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra is the final section of the Avatamsaka Sutra. So then would Buddhahood be like hitting the eject button? Losing the ability to differentiate like Great bodhisattvas? If so, what is the point of the Sambhogkaya? To enjoy (bhoga) the Dharma together (sam) with ...
by Jeff
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9572

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

Then how would you respond to the Avatamsaka Sutra... . The Ārya-ghanavyūha-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra is the final section of the Avatamsaka Sutra. So then would Buddhahood be like hitting the eject button? Losing the ability to differentiate like Great bodhisattvas? If so, what is the point of the Sambh...
by Jeff
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9572

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

This not a Tibetan idea, this is throughout Mahāyāna in Indian texts. Can you please point me to those? It is based on statements in the Lanka such as: There is no buddhahood in the desire realm, it is accomplished in Akaniṣṭha. And: In the divine palace of Akaniṣṭha free from all misdeeds, always ...
by Jeff
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is a buddhafield
Replies: 11
Views: 848

Re: What exactly is a buddhafield

The way that I've always understood it, the buddha-field is the manifestation of clear insight projected from the presence of a Buddha in an environment. Effectively, just by virtue of existing in space, the Buddha has a palpable effect on reality itself and the way that reality is perceived. It is...
by Jeff
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ultimate Truth
Replies: 245
Views: 12167

Re: Ultimate Truth

Buddhahood is clearly created as before following a spiritual path there was no Buddhahood. In Tantra, sometimes generation stage is called 'creation stage'. It's the realisation of a creative yoga. Generation stage creates a blueprint for enlightenment in the form of the Deity body, mandala and so...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ultimate Truth
Replies: 245
Views: 12167

Re: Ultimate Truth

Awakened people don't get jaundice, but they may appear to from our point of view. By awakened I assume you mean enlightened, not just liberated. The Nirmankaya exists at a level of manifestion and hence may have both pure and impure aspects based upon the realm of manifestation, hence the body can...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ultimate Truth
Replies: 245
Views: 12167

Re: Ultimate Truth

If an awakened person has jaundice, they will see conches as yellow, just like anyone else. Awakened people don't get jaundice, but they may appear to from our point of view. By awakened I assume you mean enlightened, not just liberated. The Nirmankaya exists at a level of manifestion and hence may...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ultimate Truth
Replies: 245
Views: 12167

Re: Ultimate Truth

Buddhas manifest in accordance with our karma. They can emanate and give the appearance of sharing our perceptions because that's the most skilful way to help us. They don't actually have to see things the way we see them in order for them to be able to help us - in fact, it helps that they don't. ...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 2360

Re: The importance of direct experience

I remember having no problem understanding "Form is emptiness" but scratching my head over "Emptiness is form." Maybe I was overthinking it (as I tend to do), but form seems to unravel nicely into emptiness while emptiness is kinda sorta no-thing to begin with ... so how could it "ravel" into form?...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 2360

Re: The importance of direct experience

I've had reasonably intimate contact with the Heart Sutra for several years -- a sangha I belonged to recited it whenever they met -- but have never studied it. Very nice. Paraphrasing... The Heart sutra states that emptiness is the realization that form = emptiness and that emptiness = form and th...