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by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

Malcolm wrote:You clearly are not paying attention to the thread of the conversation.
Oops. How embarrassing.
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

Actually this point is off topic. The more pertinent and interesting point is how the individual is understood in terms of no-self. The Ultimate is remote. The individual is immediate. :focus: Umm, it is precisely on topic, since it addresses the issue of first causes, etc. So your explanation of a...
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

Some tantras make such statements, but they are not literal statements, they are interpretable statements, defined as such in the tantras themselves, as well as their commentarial literature. But you will never find such statements in the sūtras. Actually this point is off topic. The more pertinent...
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 222
Views: 47457

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

That's because you can't produce a sūtra passage which says this; though certainly in the tantras you can find passages which _seem_ to say things like this; but they cannot be taken literally, nor are they meant to taken literally. Well, because, tantras. Okay, so the tantras do say it, but they d...
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: aloha from oregon happy solstice!
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: aloha from oregon happy solstice!

FPMT is a pretty good organization.
Being homeless in a pandemic must be a nightmare.
Welcome!
OR is my place of birth. I am homeless as well.... welcome
Both you guys need to get a place to live. It’s okay to get the necessities of life together!
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

That's because you can't produce a sūtra passage which says this; though certainly in the tantras you can find passages which _seem_ to say things like this; but they cannot be taken literally, nor are they meant to taken literally. Well, because, tantras. Okay, so the tantras do say it, but they d...
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

....the self-created ultimate source of all being
Hmmm...wonder where I’ve heard that before...?
Not in any Buddhist text.
Not taking the bait. There are better things in life to do.
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

...one of the simplest refutations ive seen of a static cause giving rise to a dynamic effect is that its impossible as cause and effect cannot be dissimilar. In other words “static cause” an oxymoron, right? Not to theists. The Aristotelian term would be "first cause" in the Merriam-Webster's defi...
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 827

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

...one of the simplest refutations ive seen of a static cause giving rise to a dynamic effect is that its impossible as cause and effect cannot be dissimilar.
In other words “static cause” an oxymoron, right?
by smcj
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva Question(s)
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Vajrasattva Question(s)

Depends on the empowerment. There's Vajrasattva in Kriya Tantra (I think) and Anuttarayoga Tantra as well. Yoga tantra, not Kriya. I'm pretty sure I've heard of Gelugs offering Kriya Tantra Vajrasattva empowerments, but I'll have to check. The single figure Karma Kagyu ngondro version with the legs...
by smcj
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2586

Re: Sunyata and Nihilism

In the 3rd Turning teachings, emptiness is Buddha Nature, which definitely includes compassion.
by smcj
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2586

Re: Sunyata and Nihilism

When he visited here and spoke to our nuns that were doing their 3 year retreat, H.H. 17th Karmapa said, “Emptiness is positive.” Seems relevant. Venerable Nhất Hạnh translates "emptiness" as "boundlessness." I don’t think that’s quite the same thing. If something is Empty of Self, there’s nothing ...
by smcj
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2586

Re: Sunyata and Nihilism

When he visited here and spoke to our nuns that were doing their 3 year retreat, H.H. 17th Karmapa said, “Emptiness is positive.”

Seems relevant.
by smcj
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Recommended online Tibetan courses
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Re: Recommended online Tibetan courses

....but the Tibetan teaching methodology doesn't work so well for me.
Lol, I think we all can agree with that!
by smcj
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 1031

Re: Practice question

PadmaVonSamba wrote:So, “removing the causes of perpetual dissatisfaction”
:good:
by smcj
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1606

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

From the conventional point of view, we can say that the meditative equipoise of the Aryas is the subject and the Dharmadhatu is the object. And it is on such a basis that the Dharmadhatu can be considered an object of knowledge. It is quite acceptable to speak in such terms. But that makes it too ...
by smcj
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Recommended online Tibetan courses
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Re: Recommended online Tibetan courses

I’ve heard of him before. Good idea.

Thanks.
by smcj
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Recommended online Tibetan courses
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Recommended online Tibetan courses

Does anyone have experience with online Tibetan language courses? Focus would be on Dharma language.
by smcj
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have I made 5th heinous crime?
Replies: 13
Views: 376

Re: Have I made 5th heinous crime?

To get the full effect of Karma 4 "things" are needed: 1. You know exactly what you are doing 2. You want to do it 3. You do it, or pay s.o. to do it for you 4. When it's done you are very satisfied if one, or two of the 4 is lacking, you will have a lesser karmic effect. So you think what I have d...
by smcj
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have I made 5th heinous crime?
Replies: 13
Views: 376

Re: Have I made 5th heinous crime?

1. I do my practice in English.

2. Sanghas will always have differences of opinions in them. That’s to be expected. I doubt that you have enough influence to actually create a schism in the sangha.

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