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by smcj
Mon May 22, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11234

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

So how does this thread relate to the "DI Always Works" thread?
by smcj
Mon May 22, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11234

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Are you equating 'mind essence' with 'buddhanature'?

Personally I do, but that's just me.
by smcj
Mon May 22, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

I thought these were the oldest buddhist manuscripts. They were discovered fairly recently in western Pakistan or Afghanistan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhāran_Buddhist_texts
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is Esoteric Buddhism?
Replies: 18
Views: 432

Re: What is Esoteric Buddhism?

Are there other things at also lose their function if people blab about them? Yep. Like what you and your wife do in private is cheapened if you brag to your buddies about it. That cheapening of it makes it less special, which makes the bond between you and your wife weaker. Can you see the similar...
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2524

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

I'd like to nominate the normal guruyoga as one of the most problematic of TB's teachings/practices for Westerners. Recently I've been able to have some informal discussions about it with a Kagyu lama and it ends up not a problem if fully understood. It just seems to need more explanation than peopl...
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2524

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Malcolm wrote:The point is that all teachings one has received and their lineages are included within one's own state, represented in the visualization.

Elegant.
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2524

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

My impression is that it skips the historical lineage(s) and just goes to the heart of the matter with the guru being the primordial "AH". That's actually kind of elegant, as it precludes making the practice into a personality cult.
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2524

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

However, Ati guruyoga is about the easiest practice in the world.

Serious question: How is Ati guruyoga different than regular guruyoga?
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11234

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

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by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11234

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

But the fact that he continues to state that the point of Dzogchen is the same as Advaita (nondual consciousness) to me shows that he misunderstood the intent of Dzogchen teachings. Not everyone has a need to keep Dzogchen so unique that there can be no comparison (contamination) to anything else. ...
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2524

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

What I'm NOT saying is that everyone should practice Dzogchen.

Nice of you to allow for that.
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 61
Views: 829

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

PuerAzaelis wrote:...to play devil's advocate for a minute - better, to what end?

Well the stock answer would be towards the benefit/enlightenment of all sentient beings.
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 759

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

I have always said that it's not Trump we really have to worry about, because he is basically incompetent to serve as President, and eventually it had to show up.. It's the next one we have to watch out for. If Trump had a heart attack and died today he has still done permanent damage to our intern...
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 103
Views: 10770

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Malcolm wrote:
Anonymous X wrote:Why would Buddhanature not be impermanence?


Because it is a contradiction in terms. Buddhanature is not a conditioned thing. Therefore, it cannot be impermanent.

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=25570
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: TOS wishful thinking

I like this too. From "6 Paramitas and 8 Fold Path".
shaunc wrote:The test of any religion in my opinion is not whether it makes your life better but whether it makes the lives of those around you better.

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=25545
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 61
Views: 829

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

With permission I'm going to quote it. :thumbsup:
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 759

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

...then that will be checkmate.

Not until his base turns on him. Elected officials all look forward to winning their next election. They're not going to shoot themselves in their own fee just because a civics teacher might say they could or should.
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 61
Views: 829

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

Dharma Flower wrote:The test of any religion in my opinion is not whether it makes your life better but whether it makes the lives of those around you better.

I hadn't heard that before. I like it. Did you just make it up?
by smcj
Fri May 19, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 759

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Looking quickly at the Salon article i read it as saying he isn't being impeached.
Salon wrote:The only possible route for Trump to be ousted from the presidency is for him to voluntarily resign.

How do read it otherwise?t
by smcj
Fri May 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 759

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

I guess the left has fake news too.

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