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by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Dzogchen masters do not privilege sūtra views over Vajrayāna views -- this is a point you seem to have never understood. In his "Big Red Book" Dudjom R. explains that Dzogchen is superior specifically because it has the Great Madhyamaka/Shentong view. We have had that discussion before. I have quot...
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Actually, the assertion that there is no basis is precisely the meaning of Dzogchen, Mahāmudra, and Prajñāpāramitā. With Prajnaparamita yes. With Mahamudra and Dzogchen it depends on who you talk to. Every Dzogchen master I've ever met or read has said that the views of Dzogchen, Mahamudra, and Pra...
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Actually, the assertion that there is no basis is precisely the meaning of Dzogchen, Mahāmudra, and Prajñāpāramitā. With Prajnaparamita yes. With Mahamudra and Dzogchen it depends on who you talk to. In "Myriad Worlds" Kongtrul writes: What is the fundamental nature of the original primordial groun...
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Chapter 9 of the Kunjed Gyalpo as per The Supreme Source goes so far as to say that "the vehicles based on the principle of cuase and effect" are tied more "to the external" and that "they are erroneous paths" in the sense that they display "an imperfect understanding of the condition of the indivi...
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 61
Views: 1979

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

If something that is pure and perfect from very beginning, what is there one purifies? As an ill-informed dilettante, my idea is that "purifies" is a little misleading. Pristine consciousness is absolutely free. In fact it is so free that it can get tangled and constricted. That constriction, while...
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 61
Views: 1979

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

If something that is pure and perfect from very beginning, what is there one purifies? As an ill-informed dilettante, my idea is that "purifies" is a little misleading. Pristine consciousness is absolutely free. In fact it is so free that it can get tangled and constricted. Think of a rope all snar...
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

There is no primordial state. You might want to make a somewhat more nuanced post than that. Perhaps try, "A classical Indian philosopher, such as Nagarjuna, would say such an idea is a Hindu heresy." Or perhaps, "That kind of idea crept into certain types of Dharma only late in the game due to a m...
by smcj
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 723

Re: proclaiming awakening

Define "enlightenment" Define "samadhi" I think samadhi is a strong shamatha practice, being able to place your mind on a desired object at will without distractions or stupor for extended periods of time. I think enlightenment is the removal of limiting obscurations (karmic, emotional, habitual, i...
by smcj
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 723

Re: proclaiming awakening

If you have heard of a Buddhist teacher publicly speaking of their meditation experiences and/or realizations, please share. This is second hand hearsay, but supposedly in the “80s Zong R was giving the Guhyasamaja initiation in India, and during the wong he said that the greatest living practition...
by smcj
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I'm beginning to think that the only Buddha Field we really need these days is when all war, social injustice, disease, poverty, and ecological problems are solved. Plus animal rights, veganism, renewable energy, and a guarantee of personal fulfillment for every individual at birth. Plus this arrang...
by smcj
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5165

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

There’s a story where the previous Kalu Rinpoche was told about Plato’s cave. He immediately related to it and said something to the effect of, “Yes, and I am the one who stood up, turned around, and saw things as they really are.”

Can’t source it, but thought I’d share anyway.
by smcj
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Not to mention that great masters actually teach Vajrayana in the west, and as such clearly disagree with you.
Ah yes, but are we willing to practice it the way they teach it without mixing in our own unaware preconditions?

As evidenced by our attachment to our views, no.
by smcj
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Personally I find addiction, criminality, disease, and war absolutely and totally unacceptable. Yet I am told all that is still just part of “The Great Perfection”. So I assume at some point I will have to drop my unaware objections to life in order to see that. But since I’m happy to just be a lowe...
by smcj
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

My point being, if you (we, me) are not willing to risk everything on the Vajrayana path, maybe you/we/me should not follow this path.
As I’ve said elsewhere, maybe Vajrayana should not be taught to Westerners.

Just a thought.
by smcj
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 1818

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

A teaching I got that’s of possible relevance: In the Guru Yoga what we are actually devoted to is the Dharmakaya. The first analogy given for this was that the Dharmakaya is like snow on a mountain. Our devotion is like sunlight that melts the snow. When the snow melts the Lama is the pipeline thro...
by smcj
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Malcolm wrote: No, he did, published under pseudonyms.
Ok. Don’t be shy. Like...who?
by smcj
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

It occurs to me that “An Olive Branch” would most likely not have a license to practice law in Canada. Or France, where they have been mentioned in regards to the Rigpa situation also. Here is An Olive Branch's website https://www.an-olive-branch.org/ . Here are the princpals https://www.an-olive-b...
by smcj
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Apparently the law firm is Wickwire Holm...
It occurs to me that “An Olive Branch” would most likely not have a license to practice law in Canada. Or France, where they have been mentioned in regards to the Rigpa situation also.
by smcj
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I read it, the law firm is based in Halifax, Olive Branch is not. Shambhala is in Halifax. The sentence is badly written. In its letter to the Shambhala community, the council also announced that it has hired a law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the group’s international headquarters, to do an indep...
by smcj
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8903

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Which law firm or PR manager are you referring to? I can't seem to find anything about 'Hilgitz'. The law firm is “An Olive Branch”. Their white paper: https://www.an-olive-branch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/An-Olive-Branch-White-Paper-on-Clergy-Misconduct-and-the-Misuse-of-Power.pdf They were n...

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