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by smcj
Mon May 21, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 1st Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Re: 1st Notes

137 views of my post to date.
Anybody take a look at the book yet?
by smcj
Sat May 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6648

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Even telling them to focus on an activity deity such as Jambhala is of no benefit, since these activity deities are not complete paths. Only bodhisattvas like Mañujuśrī, Avalokiteśvara, Tāra, and so on will function in this way for ordinary people who have no regular yidam practice. If they have “t...
by smcj
Fri May 18, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6648

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

There is actually no evidence for the historical personality, Jesus of Nazareth, apart from Christian sources.
Uh huh. And how many contemporaneous records do we have about Sakyamuni? Nāgārjuna? Padmasambhava? Milarepa?
by smcj
Wed May 16, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Visiting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Replies: 10
Views: 386

Re: Visiting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

We had a woman from Tokyo spend 3 weeks here trying to get an interview with HHK. That was the entire purpose of her trip. She failed.

But maybe Bhutanese have it easier.
by smcj
Wed May 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6648

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

As a generalization I think it safe to say that Tibetan lamas do not share--or even understand--our antipathy with "religion". They understand that we don't like monotheism, because they don't like it either. And they really don't understand how our antipathy towards Christianity gets imported into ...
by smcj
Tue May 15, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 1st Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 175

1st Notes

https://www.amazon.com/Turning-Toward-Awareness-Stop-Suffering-Start-Living-George/dp/1480857025/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526393545&sr=8-1&keywords=turning+toward+awareness This was written as a way to introduce Dharma to non-practitioners. However it has a very unusual, maybe even unique, perspecti...
by smcj
Tue May 15, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6648

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

,,,not to mention his affinity for the apophatic approach. None of this resembles Dzogchen or Buddhism in general in any way.
Nāgārjuna isn’t apophatic?
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When this veneration is directed towards the most worthy objects of homage — the Triple Gem — the merit generated is vast and powerful. Such merit, accumulated in the mind, has the capacity to ward off obstructions to the fulfillment of one’s virtuous undertakings and to support their successful co...
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When this veneration is directed towards the most worthy objects of homage — the Triple Gem — the merit generated is vast and powerful. Such merit, accumulated in the mind, has the capacity to ward off obstructions to the fulfillment of one’s virtuous undertakings and to support their successful co...
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Ok, so at dinner tonight I asked 3 different western lamas about this thread. I asked if you could say that "merit = good karma", as in something that is produced by an action before it ripens as result. I presented the opposing viewpoint as saying that there is only action and result in a two-step ...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Ibid
Kongtrul wrote:"Merit" refers to the cumulative effects of meritorious actions.
I'm good with that. YMMV.
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

If I remember correctly, you're currently residing at a monastery or center, yes? So here's what you should do: If that place has a qualified Khenpo, you should kindly ask that Khenpo to give you teachings on Vasubandhu's Karmasiddhiprakarana ("The Treatise on Action"), or his chapter (fourth) on K...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Torch of Certainty, chapter on Mandala Offerings. p.93:
Kongtrul wrote:"Merit" refers to the cumulative effects of meritorious actions.
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When I sit down to practice my intention is to create good karma. After I am done I dedicate the merit. That is the way 100% of my teachers have taught me. It's just that simple.

So all I can say is, whatever floats your boat.
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

From Wiki:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipāka
Vipāka (Sanskrit and Pāli) is a Buddhist term that refers to the ripening or maturation of karma
(formatting mine)


Karma that has ripened is “vipaka”.
Unripened karma is not “vipaka”.
Does everybody agree?
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

There is a sequence: 1. An action, which produces 2. Karma, which after some time ripens into 3. Outcome/vipaka. Or don’t you believe in “unripened karma”? Karma means literally action so 1 and 2 are the same. /magnus So you are saying that the idea of “unripened karma” is nonsense? When I sit down...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

what is produced is called “merit” or “good karma”. No, the outcome of an action is not good karma, it is good karma VIPAKA. A good OUTCOME (vipaka) of ACTION (karma). It is not rocket science. If you are going to use a term, use it correctly. There is a sequence: 1. An action, which produces 2. Ka...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Karma' is the word for your action(s). “Action/karma” can be positive, negative, or neutral. Once you talk about the quality of an action (pos, neg, or neutral) you are talking about a potency, an energy, that your action has produced . (You cannot talk about karma ripening without positing it in a...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Merit=good karma. No. Virtuous action creates merit/good karma. You can accumulate a store of merit/good karma. In the common Mahayana you must accumulate merit/good karma and awareness oth in order to become enlightened. When merit/good karma ripens it is experienced as happiness or good circumsta...