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by smcj
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 193
Views: 30435

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Malcolm wrote:The basis is the basis is the basis, whether it "rises up" or not. Anyway, here the basis is just the mind essence, one's unfabricated consciousness.
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by smcj
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

Varis wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:17 pm
Additionally, Chan absorbed the remnants of Chinese Esoteric Buddhism. As a result you have tantric sadhanas still being transmitted by some Chan teachers.
I’d not heard that before. But I’m not surprised. It sounds like one of the “soups” I posted about earlier.
by smcj
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can you see the A?
Replies: 21
Views: 439

Re: Can you see the A?

I don’t see an A, but I do see an AH.
by smcj
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 24
Views: 579

Re: Agency

Or is the emptiness of Buddhanature pretty much 100% agreed upon in all Buddhist traditions? In the Tibetan traditions Buddha Nature can be the jurisdiction of Cittamatra (Mind Only) or Shentong (Empty-of-Other). They use many of the same texts, with different interpretations, and use the same term...
by smcj
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 193
Views: 30435

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Because all entities can be perceived veridically, it is found that all entities can be apprehended with two natures. When some object that is perceived veridically, that is true. All [objects] perceived falsely are said to be relative truths. Candra continues: "The buddhas that know with correct w...
by smcj
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Signing Off
Replies: 36
Views: 3753

Re: Signing Off

I’ve learned a lot from you. Thanks ever so much.

Good Journey
by smcj
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dharmadhātu and gzhi
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Dharmadhātu and gzhi

Shortest Dzogchen thread ever!! :twothumbsup:
by smcj
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Shentong and Rangtong
Replies: 7
Views: 1563

Re: Shentong and Rangtong

Then i would easy agree to Great Madyamika more than to Prasangika Madyamika.
In Nyingma and Jonang Great Madhyamaka is their term for “Empty of Other” (=Shentong).
by smcj
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difference?
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Difference?

A lot of what you’re asking about are the histories of how and when the teachings came from India to Tibet. The different lineages have different stories. The also have different approaches and emphasis. You’re asking for a lot of information. If you rely on the internet you’re going to get spotty a...
by smcj
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

The problems that our friend Sherab is encountering in this discussion seem to arise from trying to take madhyamaka as a position, rather than a method. It is hard to find inconsistencies in argumentation that makes no positive assertions. It may be hard to find inconsistencies, but you can still f...
by smcj
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

...therefore it is accurate to say that there is nothing, truly nothing. Disagree? That’s the problem with Madhyamaka. Yet appearances do appear. Hence the need for Yogacara. I don't think Madhyamaka denies appearances. If I'm not mistaken, it just prefers not to make much in the way of positive as...
by smcj
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

...therefore it is accurate to say that there is nothing, truly nothing. Disagree?
That’s the problem with Madhyamaka (not including Tsongkhapa’s version).
Yet appearances do appear.
Hence the need for Yogacara.
by smcj
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

"Arising from conditions" too does not answer my question because it is an answer that makes sense only to relative phenomena.
It made sense to Tsongkhapa.
by smcj
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

The next person of import is an 11-12th century fellow named Yumo Mikyo Dorje, a master in the Bro lineage of Kalacakra. He is the one who is considered to have elaborated a so called "tantric gzhan stong." What is the difference between "tantric Shentong" and "sutra Shentong"? I've not been able t...
by smcj
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

That's what I thought, and seems to be really a pretty basic mistake if I'm understanding correctly, because any phenomenon whatsoever arises via dependent origination. It's not about finding something 'outside' of this process, but rather realizing the nature of the process itself. Do you know how...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

However the distinction about Dzogchen not being monistic is IMHO actually a pretty important one, that merits spending the time to understand. If one confuses Dzogchen with Advaita then one does hold wrong views. Conversely I would argue that if one isn't practicing Dzogchen then one probably shou...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

However the distinction about Dzogchen not being monistic is IMHO actually a pretty important one, that merits spending the time to understand. If one confuses Dzogchen with Advaita then one does hold wrong views. Conversely I would argue that if one isn't practicing Dzogchen then one probably shou...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I would grade the student as wrong if they said 'monism' with either the 'mon' or the 'ism' :) Monism is a general property of certain philosophical systems. Within this category there are multiple ways in which this property could be asserted - a universal consciousness, a shared primal substance,...
by smcj
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I think these analogies can be misleading when they are taken beyond what the analogies intended. And there is a tendency for people to do that. When the nature of the relative phenomena (things in the realm of cause and effects) and the ultimate (things that are not in the realm of cause and effec...
by smcj
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 3372

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Dzogchen is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. y If you were to go to an “Introduction to Western Philosophy 101” class and put on the final exam... ——- Fill in the blank; _______ is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. ——- ...what would be the correct answ...

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