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by smcj
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Scenario 1 and scenario 2 are different scenarios.
Both scenarios are extreme.
Lessons should be learned from both, but both should be avoided imho.
by smcj
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Scenario 1: Naropa and Milarepa. Scenario 2: Ösel Tendzin and SMR. I think both scenarios should be taken into consideration in a dedicated Buddhist forum. In summary my point has mostly been that, as serious as scenario 2 is, it does not completely invalidate scenario 1. However in the version of M...
by smcj
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Sure but in the case of SMR and Sogyal almost every Vajrayana student is likely their vajra sibling, no? Vajrayana sibling? I don’t know what that means. I suggest staying away from lamas that display corrupt behavior and make “crazy wisdom” rationalizations. That will prevent the worst problems. T...
by smcj
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Right! But I feel like this gets us back to the original question: Given that I ought to practice as if my teacher were actually an enlightened master, if my teacher were to do something like rape someone, would there be any grounds for viewing it as pure or would it automatically mean my master wa...
by smcj
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I think a distinction should be made between a theoretical, legalistic, technical perspective versus a “for all practical purposes” perspective on this issue. Do you mean like this or another way? Theoretically I would say it is possible to have a bodhichitta motivation here. Legalistically I would...
by smcj
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I think a distinction should be made between a theoretical, legalistic, technical perspective versus a “for all practical purposes” perspective on this issue.
by smcj
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

TsultimNamdak wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:31 am
Pema Chödron steps down as an acharya.

https://shambhalatimes.org/2020/01/16/l ... a-chodron/
That SMR is returning to Shambhala as an active teacher is also a news flash for me.
by smcj
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

....for the purpose of self-gratification, or else motivated by some mental affliction. How could that ever be anything other than harmful? What you just described is harmful on every level. In your description both the act and the motivation are completely black. The victim is immediately harmed a...
by smcj
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

This is a Vajrayana discussion in a Dzogchen thread... Oops, right you are. However I think that it is in a Dzogchen forum simply because of having been split off from an authentically Dzogchen thread. I think the mods should move it someplace more appropriate. In the context of keeping pure vision...
by smcj
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Vajrayana still operates within the context of the Bodhisattva vow. You dont need to be a Vajrayana practitioner to develop siddhis. What I am talking about is the fact that one cannot talk about the circumstances of committing a seemingly negative act with bodhichitta intention without mentioning ...
by smcj
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Those are Vajrayana-esque stories. The Bodhisattva Vow to commit one of the physical non-virtues of body or speech if love and compassion deem it necessary is Mahayana. Let’s keep our Yanas straight. Hm. I've been talking about Vajrayana this whole time. I’ve been speaking in the specific context o...
by smcj
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Those are Vajrayana-esque stories.

The Bodhisattva Vow to commit one of the physical non-virtues of body or speech if love and compassion deem it necessary is Mahayana.

Let’s keep our Yanas straight.
by smcj
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

Isn’t there something like the nine stages of meditation which when complete is the ‘single pointed concentration of the desire realm’ My opinion, unsupported by anything whatsoever, is that ‘single pointed concentration of the desire realm’ means being able to give your full attention with 100% ef...
by smcj
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I am sorry but unless you show me that the most extreme form of sexual misconduct (rape) is used in jatakas, or any other buddhist (or maybe even non-buddhist) story for the benefit of all beings I am not convinced. If you’re ok with that conclusion I’m okay with it. Nothing says you need to be con...
by smcj
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharma Transmission
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Dharma Transmission

Blackthorne wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:56 am
How does one find a teacher or better yet how does one find a tradition or path to receive dharma transmission?
You can start with Google.
Where do you live?
by smcj
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

So if sex crimes are actions of body why are they by definition not done with bodhichitta motivation? I don’t understand what that means. Try that again. Keep in mind “crimes” are a legal issue. What may be legal in one place may be illegal in another. The other issue that it is related to, and som...
by smcj
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 113
Views: 1713

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:17 am
No.
+1

Of the Tibetan lamas whose political views I know, most tend towards the conservative.
by smcj
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 118
Views: 4074

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

The reasoning for this would be the following: although negative actions of body and speech can sometimes be positive, any negative action of mind is always negative; If you see someone being chased by an attacker, and you lie to the attacker about which way they went, that’s a lie. But the circums...
by smcj
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avici hell eternal?
Replies: 30
Views: 1824

Re: Is Avici hell eternal?

TrimePema wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:19 pm
smcj wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:10 am
tellyontellyon wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:24 pm
'Time' itself is a quality of Samsara.
Isn’t Avici Hell samsara? :shrug:
DKR says something like "avici hell is the conceptual mind that can't recognize awareness."
Then all of us are there! :crying:
by smcj
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avici hell eternal?
Replies: 30
Views: 1824

Re: Is Avici hell eternal?

tellyontellyon wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:24 pm
'Time' itself is a quality of Samsara.
Isn’t Avici Hell samsara? :shrug:

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