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by monktastic
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Yoga thought experiment
Replies: 74
Views: 2373

Re: Guru Yoga thought experiment

I haven't read through the thread yet, so forgive me if this has been covered. The defilement is actually present in the teacher. The belief that something is "actually present in" something is precisely what the teaching of emptiness is trying to combat. So I take this as a pointer back to my own m...
by monktastic
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting

Thanks. I found this example interesting: So what would it be like to experience just a little bit of not-self? I got an answer to this question in 2003, on my first meditation retreat. ... “Yes, the grinding sensation is still there—the sensation I typically define as unpleasant. But that sensation...
by monktastic
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 1959

Re: Emptiness nutshells

I am fond of the characterization (from Rob Burbea) that there is no way that things "actually are." Saying that there is such a way, but that it is beyond our imagination, still leaves a ledge for the mind to hang on to.
by monktastic
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 13561

Re: original buddhism

pael wrote:Where to get Bodhisattvapitika Sūtra in English?
From a brief search it seems to be a synonym for the Avatamsaka Sutra, which can be found in many places (e.g., http://www.cttbusa.org/avatamsaka/avata ... ntents.asp).
by monktastic
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 5343

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

I dunno, this stereotypical hippie vegan who's doing it out of angst and is morally inconsistent isn't common in my world. Of my various vegan friends, most seem to live admirably compassionate lives in many facets. Choosing to reduce exploitation of animals for clothing or food appears to be a spon...
by monktastic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 13561

Re: original buddhism

Forgive me for butting in friends. Malcolm could you clarify something for me? I see you mention emptiness free from extremes, not just emptiness of the individual. So does that mean for you, Hinayana, not having such a doctrine of emptiness free of extremes (according to most), does not have this ...
by monktastic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 13561

Re: original buddhism

Forgive me for butting in friends. Malcolm could you clarify something for me? I see you mention emptiness free from extremes, not just emptiness of the individual. So does that mean for you, Hinayana, not having such a doctrine of emptiness free of extremes (according to most), does not have this ...
by monktastic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 40
Views: 1519

Re: Diets are dumb

I almost never allow myself to experience genuine hunger. At the first hint of it, I quickly find food and then generally eat well past the point of satiation. I've recently tried turning this around: allow myself to become uncomfortably hungry, and then only eat till satiation (resulting in "calori...
by monktastic
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 464
Views: 30578

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Sorry, this seems to be going over my head. If I read your last message correctly, there are things that I experience that do not originate from my individual Samantabhadra?
by monktastic
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 464
Views: 30578

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Thanks Malcolm-la. But doesn't this still mean everything I perceive as my (aka "the", to me) world?
by monktastic
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 464
Views: 30578

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

A: I understand the Primordial Buddha, also known as Buddha Samantabhadra, to be the ultimate reality, the realm of the Dharmakaya-- the space of emptiness--where all phenomena, pure and impure, are dissolved. This is the explanation taught by the Sutras and Tantras. However, in the context of your...
by monktastic
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Book on Non Conceptualization?
Replies: 13
Views: 882

Re: Book on Non Conceptualization?

Wayfarer wrote:Second that. Ain't SQL marvellous?
If you try creating something like Google using SQL you're gonna have a baaaad time :smile:
by monktastic
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hashang's view is actually profound[Extracted from a previous thread]
Replies: 12
Views: 754

Re: Hashang's view is actually profound[Extracted from a previous thread]

You probably already know about this, but: https://earlytibet.com/about/hashang-mahayana/ During the debate, Kamalaśīla asked what was the cause of saṃsāra by the symbolic action of whirling his staff around his head. [Hashang] answered that it was the apprehender and apprehended by the symbolic act...
by monktastic
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?
Replies: 78
Views: 3422

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?

Monktastic, The Theravadas don't have bodhicitta nor rlung nor Dharma protectors. Yes, and from the POV of much of Mahayana, they do not attain the same realization. This isn't the place to discuss that (nor am I the person to discuss it with), but given the very different metaphysical assertions t...
by monktastic
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?
Replies: 78
Views: 3422

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?

Other religions don't have refuge and bodhicitta. Of course, neither does Buddhism: it is the practitioners that have those things. For one who naturally takes refuge in the principle we happen to know as "Buddha," who knows what is possible?
by monktastic
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Harari - Sapiens and Homo Deus
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Harari - Sapiens and Homo Deus

I read Sapiens, only read a bit of Homo Deus. Interesting book. The author is a student of Goenka. Yes, apparently each year he does a full 60-day retreat! On the other hand, I'm a little surprised that his insight into religion seems to amount to little more than it being a convenient fiction to b...
by monktastic
Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: I am the Father of this world
Replies: 27
Views: 1877

Re: I am the Father of this world

I think that this is imbuing your own upbringing and biases into the term. But even most Christians are aware that calling their priest "Father" doesn't mean there's any sense of that person being their progenitor. "Father" just means the provider, care-giver, protector. The scriptures often refer ...
by monktastic
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:05 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Corporate "Mindfulness".
Replies: 76
Views: 11571

Re: Corporate "Mindfulness".

I might as well share my story now. I quit Google a few months ago. I joined in 2008 (as an engineer) partly because of their Search Inside Yourself program. As luck would have it, as I was joining, Chade-Meng Tan (the man who invented and developed it, and whom I now consider to have been a mentor)...
by monktastic
Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen for beginners
Replies: 21
Views: 2193

Re: Dzogchen for beginners

I once heard: It`s the mind buying less and less into the idea that the thoughts that appear in the mind are an actual and true description of something that is happening out there in the real world that is separate from the experiencing mind. The mind buying less and less into the belief, the non-...
by monktastic
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Evolution of consciousness - Attention Schema Theory
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Evolution of consciousness - Attention Schema Theory

This is the paper where they introduce AST: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00500/full We recently proposed the attention schema theory, a novel way to explain the brain basis of subjective awareness in a mechanistic and scientifically testable manner. The theory begins wit...