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by smcj
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt

How to have/feel faith? In the Tibetan traditions by practicing NgonDro. One of the signs of successful NgonDro is a deepening of faith in the 3 Jewels and a better understanding of karma. I don't like idea of faith. Yep. Not many western people interested in Buddhism do like the idea. If I liked i...
by smcj
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt

Bodhisattvas vow to postpone enlightenment for themselves and vow to aid countless beings by taking many births. If one attains enlightenment in the fastest way through Vajrayāna does it contradict Bodhisattva's vows? Actually the way I understand it is that by prioritizing others before themselves...
by smcj
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt

Do they help us/me? How we can receive their help? I haven't felt their help clearly. Yep. That's the big magilla. If we were to readily feel their help there'd be a whole lot less skepticism around here. The actual answer to your question is in the last chapter of the "Uttartantra", whic...
by smcj
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 1806

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

What philosophical concepts do you think you need to believe in in order to practise dzogchen? I have it on good authority that belief is useless so, presumably, the correct answer is none. :smile: Also on the same good authority, I'd like to nominate the following idea/belief/view: A human being h...
by smcj
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: North American Kagyu Monlam 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 45

North American Kagyu Monlam 2017

Toronto Canada, July 28, 29, & 30, 2017
http://www.ksdl.org/blog/
by smcj
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "All Buddha-Nature is One"
Replies: 63
Views: 1796

Re: "All Buddha-Nature is One"

odysseus wrote:
DGA wrote: "all Buddha-nature is one"


Zen would answer: "One what?".

So do the Gelugpas.
by smcj
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ati Yoga shedra NY Aug 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 156

Ati Yoga shedra NY Aug 2017

Aug 26-31 2017 in upstate New York.
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche will teach. He is of the Dudjom R. flavor of Nyingma practice.

http://www.padmasambhava.org/cal.html
by smcj
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 21
Views: 695

Re: Rebirth

I am hoping those knowledgeable in the other Mahayana Traditions can explain how it is talked about in their school and also experiences and or things that have helped deepen their understanding on this teaching. The later Mahayana schools have the concept of the 8th consciousness, the alaya-vijnan...
by smcj
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 278
Views: 7841

Re: original buddhism

ChNN has a take on this topic. On pgs. 16-17 of "Dzog Chen and Zen" he shoots down the whole "historicity = authenticity" perspective, then concedes that a historian would say the Shravakayana preceded the Mahayana. If you're interested in this topic and have the book it is a nic...
by smcj
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 119
Views: 13015

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Malcolm wrote:The most widespread school of Buddhism in ancient India were the Pudgalavadins, who insisted, based on the hinayana sutras. That there was an inexpressible self that was different than the aggregates

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by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

Yes, two people, sitting side by side, practicing Mahakarunika, the four armed form of Avalokiteśvara, could be practicing completely different teachings based on whether they received a carya tantra transmission or an anuyoga transmission. Wow. I had no idea. I guess I'll have to start paying more...
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

So the difference between levels of tantras is more a function of empowerments than deities. So if I understand you correctly, it depends on the specific empowerment given. That means two people could be sitting side by side doing the same practice the same way, but if one had a more elaborate empo...
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

Grigoris wrote:
smcj wrote:So then the standard 4 arm Chenrezig is which level of tantra?
Every level, as far as I have been taught.

As in there are different versions for all 4 levels, or as in the standard Tongton Gyalpo version has elements of each level?
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

Re self-generation, Malcolm answered the question. HHDL wrote about this, don't recall which book, but he says the same thing, re self generation in lower tantras. Thanks guys. I don't want to be a bother, but that gives rise to two more questions. So then the standard 4 arm Chenrezig is which leve...
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

I can see where DW gets the reputation for being orthodoxy central. But hey, aren't there lots of forums that allow all kinds of stuff? Shouldn't at least one actually stick to the actual subject?
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 278
Views: 7841

Re: original buddhism

The Gelug approach is to combine both sutra and tantra, I wonder if this view may have sense in other traditions too....

I suspect so.
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dilgo Khyentse on mushrooms
Replies: 16
Views: 749

Re: Dilgo Khyentse on mushrooms

If you're lost in the woods sometimes it is ok to climb a tree to scout out where you are. But if you want to get where you're going you've got to climb back down and walk on the ground. Climbing the same tree over and over isn't going to get you anywhere.
by smcj
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 278
Views: 7841

Re: original buddhism

This is what I think renunciation means: It is actively engaging oneself to be free from the cycle of existence and can only attained when one has complete freedom of action where one is not driven by any internal delusion or external illusion. This is where the 4NT is important as a starting point...
by smcj
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

I'm always keen on being told what a discussion is actually all about, rather than me imagining what it is being about. Especially so if it is the whole DW community at large telling me so. And especially especially so, if in addition it is me who started the thread in the first place. Sorry about ...
by smcj
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 62
Views: 2369

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

I was asking the question because I am pretty certain that self-generation must have existed in the past outside of tantric circles too (e.g. in non-tantric shaman societies). It's just an obvious idea to visualize yourself as a deity to obtain his/her power. I think I can speak for the DW communit...

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