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by smcj
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1322

Re: sems and rigpa

I’m told Malcolm is on Facebook.
by smcj
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1322

Re: sems and rigpa

Malcolm once said it’s like gold. Gold doesn’t suddenly or slowly become gold. It’s already gold.

I can’t cite his post, and I can’t say it would apply to your specific question, but I thought I’d chime in with it.
by smcj
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1109

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

The Jataka Tales establish his karmic trajectory. That’s different than having realized a bhumi.
by smcj
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1109

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

Even in the Theravada,the Buddha was not an “ordinary” sentient being. Anyone hang out over at DhammaWheel? Sounds like a question for those guys. ~~~~~ He transitioned from an unenlightened human to a fully enlightened human, right? His status was just like we are now. I think the references to hi...
by smcj
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 71
Views: 1981

Re: Secular Buddhism

smcj wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:48 am
Qq wrote:When one lacks faith, they can only see to the extent of their own mind. Being uncultivated, there is nothing remarkable.
That’s nicely worded.
On another thread I’ve just been introduced to the idea of the “Dunning-Kruger Effect”.

Seems related.
by smcj
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1109

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

There is no Buddhism where Shakyamuni Buddha is seen as "being an ordinary human who happened to become enlightened". /magnus that is the theravada view, isnt it? or are you distinguishing between arya reincarnations and sentient beings? No, read my lips: there is no Buddhism where Shakyamuni Buddh...
by smcj
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anyone know this “rinpoche”
Replies: 20
Views: 1079

Re: Anyone know this “rinpoche”

In California Mt. Shasta and Santa Cruz are both hot spots for crackpot gurus.

Caveat emptor.
by smcj
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1109

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

Mirror, You're taking what you see at face value, believing in the seemingly dualisitc display and then thinking about what you see with your deluded mind. This is what all we sentient beings do, but, if you could develop pure perception, things might look totally different to you. At the moment, y...
by smcj
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1109

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

they are here to benefit other beings. i don't think they need to purify their negative karma. imagine a prison you once escaped. you know the route out or you may figure a new one. you decided to go back to help your inmates escape. you wear prison clothes again and you are under the same strict r...
by smcj
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 71
Views: 1981

Re: Secular Buddhism

Dharma has a very different sense.

Like what?
by smcj
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1109

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

I used to play guitar quite a bit. Then I gave it up. After a few years I tried to pick it up again. I was so rusty I had to almost start from scratch. However I progressed very very quickly. But that only lasted until I got close to the level of playing I was at when I put it down. Then improving b...
by smcj
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 71
Views: 1981

Re: Secular Buddhism

Qq wrote:When one lacks faith, they can only see to the extent of their own mind. Being uncultivated, there is nothing remarkable.
That’s nicely worded.
by smcj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Can I play Dungeons and Dragons?
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Can I play Dungeons and Dragons?

If people brought as much energy and interest to their meditation as they do to their video games, we’d have a lot of realized beings among us.
by smcj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3069

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

Brunnhölzl says HH Karmapa VIII’s position is that since Buddha Nature is “Empty of (anything) Other” than it’s own pure Nature, sentient beings are exactly what B.N. is not . Therefore you cannot say sentient beings either have or or are Buddha Nature. That’s kind of an outlier perspective, but it’...
by smcj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Can I play Dungeons and Dragons?
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Can I play Dungeons and Dragons?

Just don’t take the vows of a fully ordained monk. They wouldn’t be allowed to play. But they can’t have sex or drink either. Plus they have to shave their heads and wear robes, etc.
by smcj
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3069

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

My current understanding is that there is authentic and inauthentic living. In both cases there is nothing inert (self) that can limit how living is manifested. Inauthentic living is constricted by the illusion that one’s personality is one’s essence. This constriction by necessity entails suffering...
by smcj
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva and Green Tara Initiations in the context of difficult mental and physical health. Advice,opinions, thoughts
Replies: 16
Views: 584

Re: Vajrasattva and Green Tara Initiations in the context of difficult mental and physical health. Advice,opinions, thou

From Rigpa Wiki: Four powers or four strengths (Tib. བཤགས་པའི་སྟོབས་བཞི་, shakpé tob shyi, Wyl. bshags pa'i stobs bzhi) — the essential elements in the practice of confession. power of support (རྟེན་གྱི་སྟོབས་, ten gyi tob; rten gyi stobs) power of regret (ཉེས་བྱས་སུན་འབྱིན་གྱི་སྟོབས་, nyejé sünjin ...
by smcj
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Passing of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Replies: 21
Views: 1228

Re: Passing of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Somehow I feel the rain is fitting. If you’ve got the ***** to handle it, sure. I don’t. There’s video of some Kagyu lama alive today in eastern Tibet that spent years outside on a rock. (white robes=?) People couldn’t talk him into going inside. He wanted to stay on that rock. So they built a hut ...
by smcj
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What do Tibetan Teachers mean by "degenerate times"?
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: What do Tibetan Teachers mean by "degenerate times"?

I’ve been told it’s because of the level of defilements in people’s minds.

As a former substance abuser I can easily agree with that. .
by smcj
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Violent dogs
Replies: 26
Views: 720

Re: Violent dogs

....before one can make these sort of activity mantras work, one has to have accomplished the power of at least one mantra. Then one "has" ngak/mantra and can apply that power to other mantra. But have to actually accomplish at least one mantra. “...actually accomplish at least one mantra.” That’s ...

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