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by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I don't know if I'm articulating these ideas well. I'm on the outside looking in on this Tibetan stuff. I am a Lama Norlha student. I live at his monastery. I have samaya with him and his sangha. I’m not going to be able to help you sort out his lama drama. I’ve not been able to definitively sort i...
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

So lets be clear. A claim is being made that convincing allegations of sexual predation are obviated if we cite the appearance of a common meteorological phenomenon? “Obviated”? (Synonyms: preclude, prevent, remove, get rid of, do away with, get around, rule out, eliminate, make/render unnecessary)...
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

Can you link the circular rainbow picture? I don't think I've seen one before.
I don’t remember how to upload from my iPhone. It should be on the Kagyu Thubten Choling Facebook page.

He passed away in Feb. so the circular rainbow should be in April.
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

Get these creeps out of here. So what, like a trained dog, they can rap about the illusions of self and regurgitate 2500 years of Buddhist philosophy. This avatar/reappearance racket just causes people to go stupid. A creep is a creep. I’d like to add an epilogue to the Lama Norlha drama. Before he...
by smcj
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 39
Views: 1884

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

I know nothing about the specifics of that situation. But I do know that Dharma is having a rough time in the 21st Century. I am so lucky to have met the lamas I met in my youth. Things were simpler then. Best thing to do is whatever we can with our own practice. If we are successful, then the vario...
by smcj
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

In Sogyal’s case it was public knowledge. He was successfully sued for it in the ‘90s. What has changed recently is our societal response to it.
by smcj
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra
Replies: 13
Views: 475

Re: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra

...you may also find some of these talks useful.

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Thanks!
by smcj
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra
Replies: 13
Views: 475

Re: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra

Ok, since there are people here that know the text, anybody want to share a thought or two on it?
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For me I see it as two texts. The first 3 chapters are about the 3 Jo’s. The las 4 are about Buddha Nature.
by smcj
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra
Replies: 13
Views: 475

Re: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra

gb9810 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:24 pm
Lingpupa wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:24 am
As you see there is quite a bit to choose from. FWIW my own recommendation would be the one first mentioned by kirtu, i.e. https://www.shambhala.com/buddha-nature.html. A huge amount of careful work went into its preparation.
+1 for this
+ another 1.
by smcj
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Three Yanas, Ringu Rinpoche
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: The Three Yanas, Ringu Rinpoche

:thanks:
by smcj
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

passel wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:46 am
How come no one can just admit that we’re all just doing the best we can with whatever tools we can find?
Oh I’ll admit that alright. The question at hand is how to best appreciate, and therefore how to best utilize, the tools we have found in Dharma.
by smcj
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I anticipate someone starting a new thread, "What's an authentic tradition?" I thought that was what we were discussing! :rolling: Check out 1:06:00 to 1:13:00 in this video for a rap on purity (as opposed to authenticity). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_gsa8ux8Uo Kinda hard for Vajrasattva to d...
by smcj
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

You enjoy your pure vodka and I'll enjoy my blended whisky and we'll hopefully all get drunk on the realisations. I prefer a car analogy. You seem to think the only authentic pure Ford is a prototype Model T that Henry himself made by hand. I think a 2019 Mustang GT is every bit as pure a Ford as a...
by smcj
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

One of the reasons the Buddha is described as a good doctor is because, like a good doctor, the medicine he prescribes is based on the illness the patient is suffering from, not based which medicine he has a special liking for. Similarly, it's useful to remember that what is the exact right medicin...
by smcj
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Ya know, the whole point of the precious human rebirth teaching is to make the point that we have access to teachings that are alive and fully capable of leading us to enlightenment in this life. So I f you guys want to dismiss that idea by saying all the teachings we have are impure I think you’re ...
by smcj
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Some Drikung lamas and some Nyingma lamas in my experience have no trouble invoking what they seem to regard as inherent purity wrt practice (but note this is still a dependent arising because the result does depend on causes and conditions). The Uttaratantra addresses this directly in Ch 4. The Bu...
by smcj
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

An unsympathetic person would ask: if innovations in the teachings of the Buddha are impurities, and masters such as Tsongkhapa have introduced innovations, then did masters such as Tsongkhapa introduce impurities into the teachings of the Buddha? If a master is enlightened he can add or alter. Gom...
by smcj
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: Hofstadter

...was looking for what buddhist philosophy and the concept of paradox have in common.
I’ve always suspected that “interdependent origination” was better translated as “paradox”.
by smcj
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2155

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Kadampa itself is also a re-presentation of the teachings and was newly developed by Atisha. I think everybody accepts this new development from Atisha.
I don’t think Atisha invented anything. He imported Mahayana that was already present in India.

Right?

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