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by smcj
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 173

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: 173

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...
by smcj
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?

The contents of mind (our thoughts and feelings) are what we presently know and experience. They have no true essence. They do appear, but they obscure the true nature of our mind, our Buddha Nature. Our Buddha Nature is authentic. “Real” would mean something that has an unchanging manifest essence ...
by smcj
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Missing Cat
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Missing Cat

:namaste:
by smcj
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Calling the Lama From Afar
Replies: 9
Views: 494

Re: Calling the Lama From Afar

He is your SSP (Sambogakaya Service Provider).
by smcj
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5549

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:05 am
smcj wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:47 am

Notice he does not disavow the principle entirely.
Why would he?
I have read on DW a few posts that opine against carte Blanche trust in the guru—ever.

Just sayin’....
by smcj
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1226

Re: Retreat Centers

Below are some of the first methods that immediately come to mind...
I live at a monastery and don’t utilize my time that well.

:bow:
by smcj
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5549

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

Some additional HHDL quotes from the link provided: https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2019/06/02/the-faultless-faulty-guru-teachings-from-the-14th-dalai-lama/ Only in particular situations and to particular practitioners should it be taught that all the guru’s actions are perfect. Notice he does...
by smcj
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Like a dream or a kind of dream?
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Like a dream or a kind of dream?

Truth is like an x-ray. When you can see it you can see through appearances and know how people actually are.
by smcj
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 467

Re: We dont exist anywhere?

Wayfarer wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:21 am

Absence of own-being doesn't mean that beings are non-living things - that is a mistaken understanding.
Exactly so.
by smcj
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 467

Re: We dont exist anywhere?

Two points I find helpful:

1. Your personality is a changeable configuration of your energies (I.e. your karma). It is not your essence.

2. Wanting to not suffer is an indication of your Buddha Nature being present. (Uttaratantra)

Anyway these points helps me with my thinking.
by smcj
Fri May 31, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist are making a massive mistake...
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Buddhist are making a massive mistake...

Dependent origination. =paradox. ~~~~~~~~~~ I think in some forms of Christianity “God” is defined as “the uncaused cause “. Or, in other words, the answer to the paradox of being—whatever that means. I’m good with paradox as an answer. YMMV. ~~~~~~~~~~ This mistake has caused Buddhism to be massiv...
by smcj
Thu May 30, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Devadatta
Replies: 15
Views: 444

Re: Devadatta

The passage seems to make clear the Buddha delivering medicine to mind of Devadatta's as opposed to physically attending him in person and I believe this is of deep significance. +1 Do you think I am wrong in assuming that this alludes to both the cause and cure for suffering are both products of o...
by smcj
Thu May 30, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Devadatta
Replies: 15
Views: 444

Re: Devadatta

tpk67 wrote:The passage seems to make clear the Buddha delivering medicine to mind of Devadatta's as opposed to physically attending him in person and I believe this is of deep significance.
+1
by smcj
Thu May 30, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1226

Re: Retreat Centers

Since this is in the Nyingma Forum is like to mention Gyaltrul R’s place in Southern Oregon and Chagdud Tilku’s Place in Northern California. I been to both for short visits only, but liked them. Sangye Khandro hangs out here I believe. http://www.tashicholing.org/ https://chagdudgonpa.org/visiting-...
by smcj
Wed May 29, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1226

Re: Retreat Centers

When you’re talking to places be careful about using the word “retreat “. Most traditional TB places will understand that to mean isolated full time meditation practice. They might even think you’re interested in a cloistered group 3 year retreat where you sleep sitting up in your meditation box.If ...
by smcj
Wed May 29, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1226

Re: Retreat Centers

There's a lot of ways older people can be of help besides heavy lifting and the like. Here there’s a lot of cooking, cleaning & shopping. Then there’s filling & emptying water bowls, prepping butter lamps (yuck!). Then there’s event stuff like reservations, parking, setting up chairs, & cleaning gu...
by smcj
Tue May 28, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1226

Re: Retreat Centers

You have to work a lot, as far as I have seen the situation isn't ideal for older people at this point. And they’re always in need of money. So your kids won’t appreciate you giving their inheritance away. I’m a retiree and I moved into one. But I don’t have a family and a minimal pension. I work a...
by smcj
Tue May 28, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4594

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

HHDL makes a distinction between Pali Suttas and Sanskrit Sutras. There’s no pejorative.

That works for me!
by smcj
Mon May 27, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Calling the Lama From Afar
Replies: 9
Views: 494

Re: Calling the Lama From Afar

:thumbsup:

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