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by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

However the distinction about Dzogchen not being monistic is IMHO actually a pretty important one, that merits spending the time to understand. If one confuses Dzogchen with Advaita then one does hold wrong views. Conversely I would argue that if one isn't practicing Dzogchen then one probably shou...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

However the distinction about Dzogchen not being monistic is IMHO actually a pretty important one, that merits spending the time to understand. If one confuses Dzogchen with Advaita then one does hold wrong views. Conversely I would argue that if one isn't practicing Dzogchen then one probably shou...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I would grade the student as wrong if they said 'monism' with either the 'mon' or the 'ism' :) Monism is a general property of certain philosophical systems. Within this category there are multiple ways in which this property could be asserted - a universal consciousness, a shared primal substance,...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I think these analogies can be misleading when they are taken beyond what the analogies intended. And there is a tendency for people to do that. When the nature of the relative phenomena (things in the realm of cause and effects) and the ultimate (things that are not in the realm of cause and effec...
by smcj
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Dzogchen is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. y If you were to go to an “Introduction to Western Philosophy 101” class and put on the final exam... ——- Fill in the blank; _______ is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. ——- ...what would be the correct answ...
by smcj
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

There would be no correct answer since the notion of relative and ultimate phenomena are considered utterly different in Western Philosophy. And, the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena being referred to here is prajñāpāramita. The question was asked in the context of a wenstern phi...
by smcj
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

What is the difference between stating that "Dzogchen is the result that arose without a cause" and "Dzogchen has no cause and therefore is not a result?" If there is no difference, then since Dzogchen is not a result, then it does not arise. Then since Dzogchen is without a cause and does not aris...
by smcj
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Dzogchen is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. If you were to go to an “Introduction to Western Philosophy 101” class and put on the final exam... ——- Fill in the blank; _______ is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. ——- ...what would be the correct answer...
by smcj
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Dzogchen is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. If you were to go to an “Introduction to Western Philosophy 101” class and put on the final exam... ——- Fill in the blank; _______ is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. ——- ...what would be the correct answer?
by smcj
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

Further, Dzogchen is beyond mind, therefore, it cannot be proven with verbal formulas and it cannot be refuted by them. Dzogchen also cannot be confirmed with words. Does this mean (1) that Dzogchen is beyond cause and effect? (2) that Dzogchen is not a phenomenon (where phenomenon is that which ex...
by smcj
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2202

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

The naive are attached to forms;
The mediocre are detached from them.
Those with the highest intelligence understand
The nature of forms, and thus are freed.
I hadn’t heard that before. Nice. Thanks.
by smcj
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Are Trikaya levels?
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Are Trikaya levels?

TrimePema wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:14 am
smcj wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:08 pm
Ice, water, vapor.
hello, i am a block of ice. when i melt, will you be a vapor or a block of ice?
Hmmm. I don’t get what you’re trying to say. Want to try that again?
by smcj
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2202

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

PeterC wrote:The existence of a living practice tradition is infinitely more valuable than a speculative historiography.
Bingo.
by smcj
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2202

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

There is an interesting article on pātālas here: http://www.thlib.org/static/reprints/jiats/03/dls/mayerJIATS_03_2007.zip I noticed you didn’t give the link to this article listed in the contents: A Look at the Diversity of the Gzhan stong Tradition (24 pages) – Anne Burchardi I know, not your cup ...
by smcj
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dharma Transmissions at Shechen Monastery 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: Dharma Transmissions at Shechen Monastery 2019

I’ve heard good things about him.
by smcj
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2202

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

In my opinion, it would be kind of interesting if the Buddha never spoke ANY of the Mahayana sutras The idea that the only teachings that are valid are ones Sakyamuni personally spoke is demonstrably false. Even in the Pali Suttas often it is Ananda or someone else speaking. Sakyamuni only gives hi...
by smcj
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Are Trikaya levels?
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Are Trikaya levels?

Ice, water, vapor.
by smcj
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 830

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

As is easily seen across this forum and over on dhammawheel, other lineages have different perspectives on the Lotus Sutra. True. But the TOS here says that you’re allowed triumphalism in your own forum, so there’s no problem with this thread. Furthermore threads like this one function as a counter...
by smcj
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: About lists (Path)
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: About lists (Path)

Here is my compendium of lists, mostly from Pali Canon, but also lots of overlaps with Mahayana too: https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/Category:Buddha%27s_Lists Okay. So I tried to buy a copy and the cheapest I found was $95.00 used. Ya wouldn’t happen to have a spare copy you’d like to donate to a ...

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