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by smcj
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: higher yoga tantras
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: higher yoga tantras

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by smcj
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 309
Views: 8389

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

pael wrote:Afflictions can be reduced?

Afflictions can not only be reduced but also eliminated. That goes for both emotional and cognitive afflictions. Generally that is what Dharma practice is about. Once they are removed the Buddha Nature spontaneously expresses itself.
by smcj
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 309
Views: 8389

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

It really does not correspond with the picture you paint of the tathāgatagarbha being this engine of bodhi driving everyone to awakening regardless of their religious affiliation. Recently Gyalton R., who is "Vajra Master" at Situ R's monastery in India, came by and gave a teaching. Durin...
by smcj
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 309
Views: 8389

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Otherwise, as the Buddha said: All tīrthikas are crazy, proclaiming extremes of existence and nonexistence, therefore, they will not be liberated. My own example of this misunderstanding is the Sistine Chapel. If you believe that the here and now is real, then the spiritual realm must be some some ...
by smcj
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 309
Views: 8389

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I think my pro-Christian postings probably need a disclaimer. I see Christianity as effectively unworkable--for me at least. (For me), being a practicing Christian would be like trying to put on a production of "Hamlet" when the only script you've got has mostly been put through a paper sh...
by smcj
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 309
Views: 8389

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Back in the early '60s Shenpen Hookam asked CTR what she should read to better understand Buddhism and he told her to read Meister Eckhardt. I guess CTR came across him at Oxford.
by smcj
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 149
Views: 15658

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

My personal goal in this life is to be as integrated as I can be. I have still have a lot of work to do on that score, but I am trying. That for me is the main point, in case anyone cares. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=8318&p=102251&hilit=advaita%20greg#p102251 Best wishe...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

If you assume that the basis of Advaita and gzhan stong are similar, you have really erred in your view. I once forced Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso to admit.....that there was no substantial difference between Advaita Vedanta and Gzhan stong in terms of how they presented their view Do you think that pos...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

There is no similarity in terms of the basis, path, and result, that was the essence of Khenpo Tsultrim's reply, and I agree with him. There is no buddhahood in Advaita. I'm a Buddhist, not an Advaita Vedantan. We haven't been talking about the similarities in the Path per se. That's a whole other ...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

You know that Shentong posits a universal ground. You know it. I know you know it. You know I know you know it. I know you know I know you know it. Then why do you insist on playing ignorant about it? I know no such thing. I once forced Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso to admit (I have a witness, incidentall...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

This is all a discussion of one's own dharmatā, not a soul, nor an overarching universal pleroma. That's the Mind Only perspective. As you well know, the same terminology is used in Mind-Only (Cittamatra/Yogacara) and Empty-of-Other (Shentong/Great Madhyamaka). I don't need to tell you this. And I ...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 149
Views: 15658

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

A 2010 post: I once forced Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso to admit (I have a witness, incidentally) that there was no substantial difference between Advaita Vedanta and Gzhan stong in terms of how they presented their view. His only response was a sectarian polemic "But there is no buddhahood in Vedant...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

Ok, then in English I'll say that the 3 natures are imaginary, dependent, and ultimate, with the ultimate as being empty of anything other than its own innate pure qualities and Buddha Nature.

Pretty standard Shentong view and terminology.
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: how to make an urgent needs be met with Buddhism?
Replies: 32
Views: 546

Re: how to make an urgent needs be met with Buddhism?

Thanks for the story :smile:

I forgot to say that I personally saw that. It's not a rumor I heard somewhere.
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

The point is that there is no point to eternalism if there is no eternal agent or object. Defining terms: I'm using "eternalism" to refer to an Ultimate Reality that is unborn or non-manifest. My understanding of "soul" is an identity or something manifest that is unchanging. Fo...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: how to make an urgent needs be met with Buddhism?
Replies: 32
Views: 546

Re: how to make an urgent needs be met with Buddhism?

I've told this story many times, but I like telling it so here it is again. Kalu R was walking down a pier. A seagull got caught in a fishing line. One of our guys untangled the gull and offered it to Rinpoche for a blessing. The bird was terrified and was flapping one wing and trying to peck anybod...
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

Malcolm wrote:What is the point of eternalism if isn't something to be eternal?

As Shakespeare said, "The play's the thing". Even so, every play needs a stage. Nothing about a play is permanent.
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

krodha wrote:
smcj wrote:Of course the alayavijnana, the 8th consciousness which goes from life to life, has bee accused of being akin to a soul.

You really like souls and Jesus.

And eternalism. You forgot eternalism. Actually souls not so much.
by smcj
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2137

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

Of course the alayavijnana, the 8th consciousness which goes from life to life, has bee accused of being akin to a soul.

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