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by smcj
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive

I like HH Karmapa (O.T.) and Situ R., however I have not had enough contact with either to be able to speak from personal experience.

I haven’t had contact with HHDL either, but he has proven himself over and over again.
by smcj
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: wrong autocorrect
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: wrong autocorrect

I don'r know anything about windows 10
WINDOWS!?!?!
:techproblem:
by smcj
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 51
Views: 1494

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

So when the physical body dies, what continues to live on? What word does Buddhism use to describe that? In “Mind Only” view it’s the alaya vijnana, a.k.a. all base consciousness, a.k.a. storehouse consciousness, a.k.a. 8th consciousness. No fixed identity is attached, therefore it is not “atman”. ...
by smcj
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1541

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

While orthodox Shingon requires a Shiso (guru), it seems a much less “guru-centric” system than Tibetan Vajrayana in terms of day to day on the ground actual practice. My impression only. So it is at least possible to imagine a vajrayana in which the guru relationship is perhaps not eliminated but ...
by smcj
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action
Replies: 18
Views: 422

Re: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action

In Tibetan traditions we also talk about how reality is perfect as it is; but there we talk about the perfect functioning of karma: that things are as they are (as they should be) because of cause and effect.
:good:
by smcj
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dharmakaya aspect?
Replies: 20
Views: 626

Re: Dharmakaya aspect?

Are we assuming the Dharmakaya is an inert void? I don’t think that is accurate.
by smcj
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 51
Views: 1494

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Anyway, IME most Tibetan practitioners believe that Buddha’s and Bodhisattvas are actively available to help. Yes. They are (or can be) available to help with life problems and spiritual growth both. Obviously as Buddhist deities then premise is that samsara cannot be made satisfying, so the latter...
by smcj
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 52
Views: 3623

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

And here I was thinking Dzogchen practices were their own thing and that each deity sadhana was its own thing.
I wonder where you’d get that kind of idea.... :shrug:
by smcj
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyigma and Kagyu differences
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Nyigma and Kagyu differences

I’m not an expert, but I’ve heard that the 3 divisions on Highest Yoga Tantra (Father, Mother, Nondual) loosely correspond to Maha, Anu, and Ati Yoga. But I’m not well educated on the matter. It would be nice if Cone contributes to this thread. ***** There is less emphasis on monastic vows in Nyingm...
by smcj
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Chenno chanting
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Karmapa Chenno chanting

Thanks for the correction. You just saved yourself from a bunch of inquiries.
by smcj
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 820

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

Tell them that in your last life you were an Amazonian in an uncontacted tribe. That was too rough so you’re going easy on yourself this time around. Then suggest they try it themselves next time.

Then run like hell ‘cause you’re gonna get your butt kicked for being a smart ass white guy.
by smcj
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Chenno chanting
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Karmapa Chenno chanting

the language of the supplications found in thun zhi lamai Naljor is actually somewhat rough, demanding, almost desperate in nature, and not polite. So.......
I take that as an indication you’re fairly fluent.
by smcj
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Chenno chanting
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Karmapa Chenno chanting

However, the language of the supplications found in thun zhi lamai Naljor is actually somewhat rough, demanding, almost desperate in nature, and not polite. So.......it depends on how you say it and the state of your devotional extremity, I suppose!
I hadn’t heard that. Thanks Cone.
by smcj
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: HH Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley XVII quote

I’d like for my previous post, and therefore this thread, removed. It’s inappropriate. If not, then let me walk it back by saying that if someone is being defensive about a Dharma subject, that says to me that idea in question is not appropriate for that person at that time. Dharma should not be imp...
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion: An End To Violence?
Replies: 57
Views: 1003

Re: Compassion: An End To Violence?

To clarify, for the purposes of this thread I'm not really talking about a permanent solution to suffering, but rather a dramatic reduction in violence. I agree that even in a violence free world there would still be psychological suffering.
A reduction in violence is desirable, no doubt about it
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Stepping Down
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Stepping Down

Thanks for representing the Pure Land approach. This place will be less well-rounded without you.
:namaste:
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion: An End To Violence?
Replies: 57
Views: 1003

Re: Compassion: An End To Violence?

What if the solution had nothing to do Buddhism? Would Buddhists still be interested in world peace in that circumstance? Sure! Buddhists don’t object to large scale agriculture or modern medicine. World peace, if it could be achieved, would be good. However the teachings say either it wouldn’t las...
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion: An End To Violence?
Replies: 57
Views: 1003

Re: Compassion: An End To Violence?

[What if most of the money we currently spend on dealing with all of that was reinvested in schools, health care and so on? To what degree can we imagine such a world? I believe the world we live in today, with all its faults, would look like Paradise to anyone born from the dawn of humanity up unt...
by smcj
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote
Replies: 4
Views: 362

HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote

Last year HHK 17 (O.T.) gave a Green Tara Wong and teaching in NYC. He ended the talk by saying. The problem isn’t ‘ignorance’. The problem is the mind you have right now. I think that’s an exact quote. So if something that is taught in Dharma conflicts with how you or I see things, maybe it’s becau...

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