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by smcj
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 32
Views: 961

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Anyway, IME most Tibetan practitioners believe that Buddha’s and Bodhisattvas are actively available to help. Yes. They are (or can be) available to help with life problems and spiritual growth both. Obviously as Buddhist deities then premise is that samsara cannot be made satisfying, so the latter...
by smcj
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 52
Views: 3508

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

And here I was thinking Dzogchen practices were their own thing and that each deity sadhana was its own thing.
I wonder where you’d get that kind of idea.... :shrug:
by smcj
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyigma and Kagyu differences
Replies: 18
Views: 599

Re: Nyigma and Kagyu differences

I’m not an expert, but I’ve heard that the 3 divisions on Highest Yoga Tantra (Father, Mother, Nondual) loosely correspond to Maha, Anu, and Ati Yoga. But I’m not well educated on the matter. It would be nice if Cone contributes to this thread. ***** There is less emphasis on monastic vows in Nyingm...
by smcj
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Chenno chanting
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Karmapa Chenno chanting

Thanks for the correction. You just saved yourself from a bunch of inquiries.
by smcj
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 798

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

Tell them that in your last life you were an Amazonian in an uncontacted tribe. That was too rough so you’re going easy on yourself this time around. Then suggest they try it themselves next time.

Then run like hell ‘cause you’re gonna get your butt kicked for being a smart ass white guy.
by smcj
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Chenno chanting
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Karmapa Chenno chanting

the language of the supplications found in thun zhi lamai Naljor is actually somewhat rough, demanding, almost desperate in nature, and not polite. So.......
I take that as an indication you’re fairly fluent.
by smcj
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Chenno chanting
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Karmapa Chenno chanting

However, the language of the supplications found in thun zhi lamai Naljor is actually somewhat rough, demanding, almost desperate in nature, and not polite. So.......it depends on how you say it and the state of your devotional extremity, I suppose!
I hadn’t heard that. Thanks Cone.
by smcj
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: HH Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley XVII quote

I’d like for my previous post, and therefore this thread, removed. It’s inappropriate. If not, then let me walk it back by saying that if someone is being defensive about a Dharma subject, that says to me that idea in question is not appropriate for that person at that time. Dharma should not be imp...
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion: An End To Violence?
Replies: 57
Views: 994

Re: Compassion: An End To Violence?

To clarify, for the purposes of this thread I'm not really talking about a permanent solution to suffering, but rather a dramatic reduction in violence. I agree that even in a violence free world there would still be psychological suffering.
A reduction in violence is desirable, no doubt about it
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Stepping Down
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: Stepping Down

Thanks for representing the Pure Land approach. This place will be less well-rounded without you.
:namaste:
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion: An End To Violence?
Replies: 57
Views: 994

Re: Compassion: An End To Violence?

What if the solution had nothing to do Buddhism? Would Buddhists still be interested in world peace in that circumstance? Sure! Buddhists don’t object to large scale agriculture or modern medicine. World peace, if it could be achieved, would be good. However the teachings say either it wouldn’t las...
by smcj
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion: An End To Violence?
Replies: 57
Views: 994

Re: Compassion: An End To Violence?

[What if most of the money we currently spend on dealing with all of that was reinvested in schools, health care and so on? To what degree can we imagine such a world? I believe the world we live in today, with all its faults, would look like Paradise to anyone born from the dawn of humanity up unt...
by smcj
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote
Replies: 4
Views: 353

HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote

Last year HHK 17 (O.T.) gave a Green Tara Wong and teaching in NYC. He ended the talk by saying. The problem isn’t ‘ignorance’. The problem is the mind you have right now. I think that’s an exact quote. So if something that is taught in Dharma conflicts with how you or I see things, maybe it’s becau...
by smcj
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1607

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Frankly I find it depressing that after shedding centuries of medieval superstition we now see people eagerly embracing superstition because it comes in exotic packaging. But what if the “medieval superstition” works ? It would be a crying shame to continue taking refuge in our hip-slick-&-coolness...
by smcj
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1607

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

I agree with you 80%. But in North America there are a bunch of vegan ultrapure™ yogis strutting around stinking up the place. They take purity too far in a very fundamentalist Christian sort of way. It becomes about being better than others. Telling how pure or impure someone is by outward appeara...
by smcj
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1607

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

I don’t have an opinion about purifying objects, etc.
I just like my :soapbox:
by smcj
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1607

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

...the whole purification business basically can be boiled down to doing daily a quarter of mala of Vajrasattva or if you are a DC folk doing mantra of purification... Just FYI 25 V. mantras a day keeps unripened karma from ripening further. It’s like just paying the interest on your credit cards. ...
by smcj
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: Books on Shentong

Isn't Dolpopa's mountain doctrine kind of the seminal Shentong text? That’s what initially got the ball rolling. But it’s a little over-the-top on some issues. I believe the innate presence of the kayas in the unenlightened is one contentious issue. Later authors refined it. HH Karmapa III was a co...
by smcj
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: Books on Shentong

The Third Karmapa, Ranjung Dorje's commentary on Nagarjuna's Dharmadhatustava is understood as a classic primer in the Shentong tradition, as far as I understand. The title in English is “In Praise of Dharmadhatu”. It includes Karmapa III’s commentary. Anything by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. Also good...

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