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by smcj
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

To be born as a human is usually due to the karma of attachment and desire, isn't it? An emanation taking human form would do so out of bodhicitta and perfect skill in means. In that way, an important distinction exists between a nirmanakaya as a human body and an ordinary human being. It doesn't s...
by smcj
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

But if you become a buddha, you are a buddha, not a human. But still in a human body. If you want to define “human” as being in a state of unawareness I can accept that statement. I can also accept that “enlightened being” and “sentient being” are two completely different kinds of beings. However b...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 153
Views: 16427

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

The Buddha displayed awakening under the bodhitree, but in actuality, buddhahood is achieved in Akaniṣṭha Ghanavyuha according to Mahāyāna sūtra. And in the case of Śākyamuni, eons and eons ago. So you're saying Sakyamuni was not human? Correct, he was an emanation, not a human. https://dharmawheel...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

ibid: "Just like a red, blue, or white lotus — born in the water, grown in the water, rising up above the water — stands unsmeared by the water, in the same way I — born in the world, grown in the world, having overcome the world — live unsmeared by the world. Remember me, brahman, as 'awakened.' He...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

The Buddha displayed awakening under the bodhitree, but in actuality, buddhahood is achieved in Akaniṣṭha Ghanavyuha according to Mahāyāna sūtra. And in the case of Śākyamuni, eons and eons ago.
So you're saying Sakyamuni was not human?
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

What is attached love? Is it automatically any kind of familial or marital relationship, or maybe specifically self-cherishing in those relationships? I think many married folks would agree that marriage has taught me a great deal about cherishing the well-being of another over myself. I think the ...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

I think we should backtrack a bit and consider a hypothetical situation where the lama in question really is a Buddha. Maybe we should take Padmasambhava as an example. In that scenario is it wrong to deify a human? He seems pretty deified to me in the Nyingma tradition. Yes, it is wrong to deify a...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

I think we should backtrack a bit and consider a hypothetical situation where the lama in question really is a Buddha. Maybe we should take Padmasambhava as an example. In that scenario is it wrong to deify a human? He seems pretty deified to me in the Nyingma tradition.
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

It’s just unfortunate DJKR is highlighting that in the context of these scenarios. I disagree. If you don't apply it in these scenarios, where do you apply it? Good point. Everybody involved in these incidents (except maybe for one instance) are intelligent adults. Saying that it is 100% the teache...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 64
Views: 1323

Re: The DJKR Topic

In some U.S. states clergy/congregate intimacy is a crime. In most states it is a civil matter, regulated by fiduciary laws. Depending on the specific state, it is possible for the congregant to successfully sue even if they are the ones that initiated the relationship, and even if it continued for ...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1155

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

As a Dharma practitioner, however, you will never realize the true nature of your mind if you negate rebirth and karma... ...because if you do you will by necessity be reaffirming your commitment to your own oattachments (to this life) and to your own delusions (present understandings and opinions)...
by smcj
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 17
Views: 451

Re: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

New small fire near Boulder Creek, CA. FPMT has a retreat land called Vajrapani that is located very close to there. The app on my phone has a map that shows it in close proximity.
by smcj
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 61
Views: 2465

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

...tantra is really useless without a strong foundation in general Mahayana, and as so many masters point out repeatedly, activities focused on the aims of this life don't even qualify as dharma, let alone Mahayana. Focus on studying and practicing renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness. Without t...
by smcj
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1123

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

can Love be proved?
by smcj
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1123

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Buddhapalita comments on this: Those for whom emptiness is proper as an intrinsic nature, everything mundane and supermundane is proper. Those for whom emptiness is not proper as an intrinsic nature, for them everything mundane and supermundane is improper. If I’m even in the ballpark, Buddhapalita...
by smcj
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1123

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

I think Malcolm is using the word to meansomething like: right, correct, true to form, apropos, appropriate, demonstrating accurately, etc.

But I could be wrong about that.
by smcj
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 153
Views: 16427

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

https://dharmawheel.net/posting.php?mode=quote&f=39&p=410560p Now all of these concepts make sense to me except for buddha nature. After all, how can we have an essential nature if we are ultimately empty and impermanent, with no reality as any single thing ? That is our nature. Nāgārjuna said: Wha...
by smcj
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 153
Views: 16427

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Nāgārjuna again: For those whom emptiness possible, everything is possible; for those whom emptiness is impossible, everything is impossible. Yes, it really should reald: For those whom emptiness proper, everything is proper; for those whom emptiness is not proper, for them nothing is proper. Buddha...
by smcj
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1123

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Yes, it really should reald: For those whom emptiness proper, everything is proper; for those whom emptiness is not proper, for them nothing is proper. Buddhapalita comments on this: Those for whom emptiness is proper as an intrinsic nature, everything mundane and supermundane is proper. Those for ...