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by smcj
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 38
Views: 503

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

“Blessings” are what alters karma. Blessing is a consequence of faith, it is not an external magical power changing people's karma, but a product of one's own devotion. 'The compassion and blessings of the Three Jewels are inconceivable, but nevertheless their ability to reach into us depends entir...
by smcj
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 38
Views: 503

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

What on earth does that have to do with the subject of the thread SMCJ? From the OP: So, apparently there is a critique from the Theravada school that absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the concept of karma as something strictly individual “Blessings” are what al...
by smcj
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 38
Views: 503

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Ok, give up? It's Tai Situ Rinpoche, "Ground Path and Fruition" p.102, 103.

Unlike Westerners, Tibetans are not religio-phobic.
by smcj
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 38
Views: 503

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Guess the source: If I am a clean vessel, when the milk of blessing is poured in, it will stay pure. If I am a dirty, sour vessel then even the snow lion’s milk will sour in me. We say that the snow lion’s milk is the most powerful, the most precious milk, but the minute it touches my sour vessel it...
by smcj
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Differences between sects
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: Differences between sects

Queequeg wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:42 pm
Some people may have objection but I found Reginald Ray's two volumes, "Secret of the Vajra World" and "Indestructible Truth" informative. I do not follow a Tibetan tradition, though.
“Indestructible Truth” has the material on the 4 traditions.
by smcj
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: What if seeing a lama as pure was less about lifting a lama up and more about bringing purity
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: What if seeing a lama as pure was less about lifting a lama up and more about bringing purity

passel wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:14 am
What if seeing a lama as pure was less about lifting a lama up and more about bringing purity down?
If by “down” you mean accessible, that’s what it is.
by smcj
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

But why not leave a space for: we don't actually know, and it doesn't particularly matter that we don't know.
That works for me!

But you can also add in “I don’t care” ’cause I like my buddhist practice.
:tongue:
by smcj
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: In the footsteps of Tilopa and Naropa and Shantideva
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: In the footsteps of Tilopa and Naropa and Shantideva

“Taking Refuge in the Sangha” means finding safety from perpetuating your own b.s. For substance abusers this is best done initially in a 12 step program. Once you’ve gotten clean and sober you can advance further and get into authentic Dharma. Once you’ve got an authentic practice going you can pra...
by smcj
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

what can neither be experienced nor inferred is truly unknowable
The premise in Buddhism is that the Ultimate can be experienced. Therefore it’s not a mystery—except to those that haven’t had the experience.
by smcj
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

The above is from KTGR and is modern Karma Kagyu doctrine. It isn't necessarily equivalent to what Dolpopa wrote. ***** However it should be noted that Dolpopa wasn't a Hindu trying to contaminate Buddha Dharma with a tirthika philosophy. He was a Sakya scholar that was trying to give a voice to som...
by smcj
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. p.66: ...Shentong does not accept the Cittamatra view that consciousness is truly existent. They hold the Madhyamaka views that it is non-arising and without self nature. edit for brevity This non-conceptual Wisdom Mind...
by smcj
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

BTW I came across this video of Shenpen Hookham talking a bit about Shentong. For those of you that don’t know her she’s both a student of and translator for KTGR. Her Oxford PhD. thesis, published as “The Buddha Within”, got the whole issue of Shentong in Karma Kagyu rolling. Somewhere around the 3...
by smcj
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

I have been present when three different Vajra teachers on three separate occasions were asked about the relationship between Buddhadharma and Vedanta. All three dismissed the possibility of their leading to the same goals... one with a good deal of forcefulness as he was concerned about the degree...
by smcj
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?
Replies: 25
Views: 903

Re: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?

Well the current Karmapa is certainly non-sectarian: https://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa-in-manhattan-tibetan-community-turns-out-in-force/ That’s not the Karmapa candidate Diamond Way follows. —————————— It’s important for you to know you don’t have to put up with something that makes you uncomfortabl...
by smcj
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

The question is whether we need to be engaging in Buddhist/non-Buddhist synthesis of our own.
If that is the question that answer is no. I’ve not done it here.
by smcj
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Kagyu Mahamudra is unthinkable and unrecognisable without all that. Well, yes and no. I live with a dozen 3 year retreat graduates and a good number of them were never schooled in this stuff. Others were schooled in it, with some getting schooled after retreat. And even the ones that heard KTGR per...
by smcj
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

I think the one that’s most important to study is the Shravakayana “no self”. It’s the one the gets you to look at your own being from a different perspective.
by smcj
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Since this is a Kagyu thread, we can mention that KTG says in Stages of Meditation on Emptiness that Buddhist philosophical schools are simply praxis. Ao there is no real need for us to 'unify' them as such, only to make skillful use of them. Different views are appropriate for people with differen...
by smcj
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6817

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

...they accept Nagarjuna's theory to refute/negate others views or duality. But not to establish their own views.
That’s what we’ve got Asanga for.

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