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by pueraeternus
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: Tiantai Meditation

For an introduction to the basics of Tiantai meditation, Ven Dharmamitra's 2 books "The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation" and "The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime" is a good place to start: http://www.kalavinka.org/.
by pueraeternus
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wiccan arts and the Mahayana
Replies: 65
Views: 832

Re: Officially being a Wiccan and pure lander

You may never have much spectacular success in Wicca. Frankly speaking, for all the effort put into it, what you get out of it is not worth a fraction of what you put into Dharma practice. Practicing Dharma guarantees a positive effect, but practicing Wicca does not. It can be, but chances are not t...
by pueraeternus
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wiccan arts and the Mahayana
Replies: 65
Views: 832

Re: Officially being a Wiccan and pure landek

You cannot achieve much mastery in Wicca as a hobby. If you do so, you can at most be not too bad at divination, but that's it. If you want to truly have some achievement in magick, you will have to do a lot of preliminary practice every day and learn all the basics. Then maybe some of your spells ...
by pueraeternus
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wiccan arts and the Mahayana
Replies: 65
Views: 832

Re: Officially being a Wiccan and pure lander

You cannot achieve much mastery in Wicca as a hobby. If you do so, you can at most be not too bad at divination, but that's it. If you want to truly have some achievement in magick, you will have to do a lot of preliminary practice every day and learn all the basics. Then maybe some of your spells w...
by pueraeternus
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wiccan arts and the Mahayana
Replies: 65
Views: 832

Re: Officially being a Wiccan and pure lander

What do you really want to achieve in Wicca? Do you want to be able to perform magick, or you like the idea of being in a coven and don't really need to achieve any mastery? If the first, then you can't really do it as a hobby or part time, since it takes a lot of study and effort to develop those a...
by pueraeternus
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 344
Views: 15331

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

(On the basis of the Buddha's teaching in the Lankavatara Sutra) Some schools equate the Tathagatagarbha with the Alayavijnana (which they claim is intrinsically pure) and thus the basis, or cause, of all wholesome actions. Some schools? Which schools? Can you name some for me? Not really, no. "Som...
by pueraeternus
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 135
Views: 5682

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Someone who is always knocking down "lesser" paths is a sign of low realization. The inability to discern a correct path from a wrong path and a higher path from a lower path is a form of ignorance. By your reasoning, it is also incorrect to state that nonBuddhist paths do not lead to any realizati...
by pueraeternus
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva questions
Replies: 45
Views: 3151

Re: Vajrasattva questions

Thanks, Malcolm. :reading: In East Asia, this tantra is titled the Vajrasekhara Sutra. You can find it translated in BDK's Two Esoteric Sutras: http://www.bdkamerica.org/book/two-esoteric-sutras No. the Vajrasekhara Tantra (Sūtra) is a different text. From the BDK link, the Sanskrit name matches th...
by pueraeternus
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva questions
Replies: 45
Views: 3151

Re: Vajrasattva questions

Bumping this thread as i didn't want to start another topic. I'm looking for information about the root Tantra of Vajrasattva and the origin of the 100 syllable mantra and i'm strugling to find any original texts or detailed accounts other than the root tantra's name, Dorje Gyan, or Vajra Ornament....
by pueraeternus
Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 56
Views: 4434

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

Not a movie, but I watched Sci-fi's Dune series a few times.

Also, Jerome Bixby's "Last Man from Earth".
by pueraeternus
Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chomsky on Lesser Evil Voting
Replies: 43
Views: 3072

Re: Chomsky on Lesser Evil Voting

I tried to read the article but have comprehension challenges with dense prose. Interesting thread in any case :emb: What he is saying is that in essence, there are real world consequences in elections. If one votes only as a form of self-expression, and totally ignore the real world consequences, ...
by pueraeternus
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chomsky on Lesser Evil Voting
Replies: 43
Views: 3072

Re: Chomsky on Lesser Evil Voting

I tried to read the article but have comprehension challenges with dense prose. Interesting thread in any case :emb: What he is saying is that in essence, there are real world consequences in elections. If one votes only as a form of self-expression, and totally ignore the real world consequences, ...
by pueraeternus
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chomsky on Lesser Evil Voting
Replies: 43
Views: 3072

Re: Chomsky on Lesser Evil Voting

Sadhu sadhu!

Thank goodness for Prof Chomsky talking some sense into the Bernie Bros.
by pueraeternus
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dhyana in Zen
Replies: 49
Views: 5701

Re: Dhyana in Zen

Silent illumination is like a form of conjoined dhyana and vipashyana. I understand that Silent illumination and Shikantaza combine shamatha and vipashyana. What is the relationship between dhyana and shamatha? In most contexts dhyana and shamatha refer to the same goal - absorption or meditative s...
by pueraeternus
Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:20 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dhyana in Zen
Replies: 49
Views: 5701

Re: Dhyana in Zen

The Ten Oxherding Pictures suggest a graduated approach in Zen. Is it possible that these have a correspondence with levels of Dhyana? The equivalent Nine Stages of Tranquility found in the in the Mahamudra tradition (depicting an elephant instead of an ox) definitely illustrate a graduation of med...
by pueraeternus
Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Huang Po's One Mind & Dzogchen
Replies: 30
Views: 3287

Re: Huang Po's One Mind & Dzogchen

The following is just a clip: "During our investigation, it is shown individually that each of the three teachings expounds its own philosophy of how to directly access the complete and perfect fruition (i.e., a sympathetic resonance with one's awakened mind; a simultaneous access to one's all-enco...
by pueraeternus
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Huang Po's One Mind & Dzogchen
Replies: 30
Views: 3287

Re: Huang Po's One Mind & Dzogchen

We already have such a text, it is called bsam gtan mig dgron by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe. Chinghui Jianying did a dissertation in 2010, titled "Being and knowing in wholeness Chinese Chan, Tibetan Dzogchen, and the logic of immediacy in contemplation" that references Nubchen's work. https://scholarshi...
by pueraeternus
Sat May 03, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Using Astral Projection for Dharma Practice
Replies: 54
Views: 3531

Re: Using Astral Projection for Dharma Practice

Also couldn't I learn anything regarding the Dharma at a Pureland? As well as take refuge, Bodhisattva vows, and empowerment? . Nope. You would have problems to practice the bodhisattva path because there are no suffering beings or obnoxious deluded beings in a pure land. Actually where did you get...
by pueraeternus
Sat May 03, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Kalachakra practice in Sakya
Replies: 35
Views: 6701

Re: Kalachakra practice in Sakya

Vajratantrika wrote:Just adding to my previous post, this is the form to request an account with IKN.
Thanks. Actually I did sign up with IKN earlier, but found nothing relevant to the particular transmission given by HHST. It is still a very useful site in general.
by pueraeternus
Fri May 02, 2014 5:39 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Mistranslating Gampopa?
Replies: 14
Views: 1332

Re: Mistranslating Gampopa?

I see it as: Grant your blessing so that my mind may turn towards the Dharma. Grant your blessing so that the Dharma leads me onto the Path. Grant your blessing so that the path may clarify confusion. Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom. Turning one's mind to the Dharma, one fee...