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by Tiger
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?
Replies: 114
Views: 13744

Re: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?

Samsara is characterized by cause and effect. So living in samsara, how can one rely on the methods that are beyond cause and effect? In Samsara, according to my understand, being practice Dharma, to attain a goal. So the goal and practice are causally related. In what way, then, is Dzogchen, beyond...
by Tiger
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?
Replies: 114
Views: 13744

Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?

"Guru" and "practice" are causes here, and "self-emergence" is result. :rolling: lol so you think that adding together a guru plus practice produces buddhahood? Because that is the absurd statement your words are conveying here. Maybe you want to rethink this angle... It is logic 101. Without a Gur...
by Tiger
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hwa Yen Sect of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

Hwa Yen Sect of Chinese Buddhism

Firstly, why is there no separate subforum for the Hwa Yen sect of Chinese Buddhism? As far as I know, it was a historical school which was quite comparable to Pure Land and other sects in popularity. However, I am not sure if it still exists in the Sinosphere and other parts of East Asia. Or probab...
by Tiger
Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28804

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

"Guru" and "practice" are causes here, and "self-emergence" is result. :rolling: lol so you think that adding together a guru plus practice produces buddhahood? Because that is the absurd statement your words are conveying here. Maybe you want to rethink this angle... It is logic 101. Without a Gur...
by Tiger
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Best meditation for my circumstance? Maybe someone can help?
Replies: 15
Views: 2806

Re: Best meditation for my circumstance? Maybe someone can help?

Sorry for suggesting a Theravada method in a Mahayana forum, but Metta meditation would not only be easy for you to do but also reap benefits faster. If you shower kindness towards every being that you encounter (human, animal, bird, insect etc) while walking by the street, then your mind will be fi...
by Tiger
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Brahmayana Buddhism?
Replies: 1
Views: 622

Re: Brahmayana Buddhism?

Brahmins have the history of plagiarizing on other traditions and philosophies and claiming them to be theirs. Just to give some examples, Shankara learned much of his metaphysics from his Guru, who's own Guru admittedly was influenced by Nagarjuna's works, and at the end it is Shankara who calls Bu...
by Tiger
Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difference between Sutras and Tantras
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: Difference between Sutras and Tantras

Here, Malcolm, this is the Translator's not of Vajra-Suchi, that I was referring to, which shows that Brahmins usually were prejudiced heavily against Buddhism. A few days since my learned old Bauddha friend brought me a little tract in Sanscrit, with such an evident air of pride and pleasure, that ...
by Tiger
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difference between Sutras and Tantras
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: Difference between Sutras and Tantras

Malcolm,

Your post shows more similarities between Tantras and Sutras than differences. Why were the Tantras called "Tantras" instead of "Sutras"? Their format is similar to the Sutras and they contain discussions on Dharma, practices, moral discussions etc just as Sutras do.
by Tiger
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difference between Sutras and Tantras
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: Difference between Sutras and Tantras

Why were the western academic scholars biased against Hinduism alone, not Buddhism? I will have to search sacred-texts website again, but I read in the preface of a translation that the English scholar had done the translation while seeking help of a Pandit from Benaras, the sacred city of the Hindu...
by Tiger
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difference between Sutras and Tantras
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Difference between Sutras and Tantras

I am familiar with Sutras (and Suttas), but not much with the Tantras. In what way are both different from each other? 1. Are Tantras exclusively like training manuals of various Yogic and ritual practices unlike Sutras which contain both practices as well as metaphysical, moral and general discussi...
by Tiger
Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28804

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

Emptiness used in Madyamika is different than used in Dzogchen. Only the conceptualization or expression of it based on concepts and words is different. I am afraid, the emptiness is same for both. Emptiness is not mere a negation of something Nor is it in Madhyamika. Please update yourself about B...
by Tiger
Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28804

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

... point of view, or tawa, is developed by looking at an object. You consider that this is good, that is bad, judging as though you were looking at an object. Your senses are pointed at an object, and you do an analysis and form a judgment. In that way, maybe, you can develop some type of intellec...
by Tiger
Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How can substances alter consciousness?
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

How can substances alter consciousness?

As far as I know, consciousness is beyond form and substance according to Buddhism. It is like space. And just how if you punch in the air (space) you are not going to affect space or its properties in anyway, shouldn't any material thing also have no affect on consciousness (or mind)? Then why does...
by Tiger
Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28804

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

Both here (page 2 of this thread), and elsewhere you have claimed that "skillful means" are somehow inferior to "definitve meaning". Isn't it the Dzogchenpa who claim their path to be beyond cause and effect? Skillful means for what in that case? Your vehicle is beyond concepts, yet you use concept...
by Tiger
Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28804

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

It seems Dzogchenpa's take pride in their vehicle being 'beyond concepts' which is good. But tell me, is Buddhahood a concept even in Hinayana? Leave aside, Buddhahood, do you have conceptualization in the fourth Jhana or beyond? 1. You have a Dzogchenpa who was directly introduced (in a blink of an...
by Tiger
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 17357

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

I would like to add that just because something is a norm doesn't mean it is right (in the sense of Buddhism, as not being unwholesome karma). For example, it is normal to drink human blood among some African tribes, but it is certainly not a wholesome karma. Similarly, it is normal to stone a woman...
by Tiger
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 17357

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

This is true. Nowadays people put their own cravings and own interpretation of the 'dharma' before anything else. You all pick and choose what you want to hear. When you hear something that is harsh and bitter you immediately throw it away, and you chase after the things that satisfies your own sel...
by Tiger
Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Spiritual Countries have more Suffering/Demons?
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Why Spiritual Countries have more Suffering/Demons?

Despite being myself from India, my opinion for the origination of Buddhism in India, of all places, is because of the geography. India is a place which is basically at the center of Asia, with moderate temperature, neither too cold like Europe, nor too hot like African and middle-Eastern countries,...
by Tiger
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?

AFAIK Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is quite different from Adibuddha Samantabhadra. They are both two different entities. FWIW the Sanskrit dictionary Amarakosha lists the term "Samantrabhadra" as an epithet of Buddha. So as much it can be used to refer any Buddha (in principle) V :good: It is also he...
by Tiger
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Four Stations of mindfulness
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Four Stations of mindfulness

In the Sutras (and Suttas) it is said that practicing Four Stations of mindfulness will definitely lead to enlightenment and that all the Buddhas of the ten directions have taught the same. So can practicing Four stations of mindfulness be the cause of Samyuksambodhi? I personally believe that this ...