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by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: The DJKR Topic

It’s just unfortunate DJKR is highlighting that in the context of these scenarios. I disagree. If you don't apply it in these scenarios, where do you apply it? Good point. Everybody involved in these incidents (except maybe for one instance) are intelligent adults. Saying that it is 100% the teache...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: The DJKR Topic

In some U.S. states clergy/congregate intimacy is a crime. In most states it is a civil matter, regulated by fiduciary laws. Depending on the specific state, it is possible for the congregant to successfully sue even if they are the ones that initiated the relationship, and even if it continued for ...
by smcj
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1127

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

As a Dharma practitioner, however, you will never realize the true nature of your mind if you negate rebirth and karma... ...because if you do you will by necessity be reaffirming your commitment to your own oattachments (to this life) and to your own delusions (present understandings and opinions)...
by smcj
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 17
Views: 435

Re: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

New small fire near Boulder Creek, CA. FPMT has a retreat land called Vajrapani that is located very close to there. The app on my phone has a map that shows it in close proximity.
by smcj
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 61
Views: 2448

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

...tantra is really useless without a strong foundation in general Mahayana, and as so many masters point out repeatedly, activities focused on the aims of this life don't even qualify as dharma, let alone Mahayana. Focus on studying and practicing renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness. Without t...
by smcj
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

can Love be proved?
by smcj
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Buddhapalita comments on this: Those for whom emptiness is proper as an intrinsic nature, everything mundane and supermundane is proper. Those for whom emptiness is not proper as an intrinsic nature, for them everything mundane and supermundane is improper. If I’m even in the ballpark, Buddhapalita...
by smcj
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

I think Malcolm is using the word to meansomething like: right, correct, true to form, apropos, appropriate, demonstrating accurately, etc.

But I could be wrong about that.
by smcj
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 152
Views: 16341

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

https://dharmawheel.net/posting.php?mode=quote&f=39&p=410560p Now all of these concepts make sense to me except for buddha nature. After all, how can we have an essential nature if we are ultimately empty and impermanent, with no reality as any single thing ? That is our nature. Nāgārjuna said: Wha...
by smcj
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 152
Views: 16341

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Nāgārjuna again: For those whom emptiness possible, everything is possible; for those whom emptiness is impossible, everything is impossible. Yes, it really should reald: For those whom emptiness proper, everything is proper; for those whom emptiness is not proper, for them nothing is proper. Buddha...
by smcj
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Yes, it really should reald: For those whom emptiness proper, everything is proper; for those whom emptiness is not proper, for them nothing is proper. Buddhapalita comments on this: Those for whom emptiness is proper as an intrinsic nature, everything mundane and supermundane is proper. Those for ...
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 18
Views: 474

Re: About Alara Kalama

Which is a good reason to not dismiss out of hand non-Buddhist traditions. We do not in fact know that Alara was a Samkhya teacher. The only source that mentions this is the Buddhacarita, written more than half a millenia after he passed away. Whatever he was, w do know that Alara wasn’t a Buddhist...
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 18
Views: 474

Re: About Alara Kalama

Presumably this is Alara Kalama's community? Do we know this? Or is this a matter of connecting dots? A quick search suggests Alara Kalama taught in Vaisali - but that Kesaputta, where the Kalamas lived is about 50km away. Connecting dots. This fact might also, however, make them inclined to give e...
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 18
Views: 474

Re: About Alara Kalama

As I’ve said elsewhere, if you understand this episode to be the backstory to the famous “Kalama Sutta”, it changes the entire meaning of the KS. How so? Gotama was recognized as Alara's equal and invited to lead the community. Instead he blew them off and left. So later, after his enlightenment, h...
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1127

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

There’s a perspective where Enlightenment has no discernment whatsoever. Both the appearance of a Buddha and his teaching of the Dharma is spontaneous. He doesn’t assess what is the correct teaching to give, but because of the rightness of the Buddha Nature appearing amongst the causes and condition...
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: karmapa dispute and nydahl group
Replies: 18
Views: 805

Re: karmapa dispute and nydahl group

He was not the first Westerner authorized to teach Karma Kagyu tradition, gelongma Palmo (a.k.a Freda Bedi) was. I know Sister Palmo was highly regarded but I had not heard she was authorized to teach. Did she? I don’t think she ever did retreat. Yes, she even gave teachings to Ole and Hannah thems...
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: karmapa dispute and nydahl group
Replies: 18
Views: 805

Re: karmapa dispute and nydahl group

He was not the first Westerner authorized to teach Karma Kagyu tradition, gelongma Palmo (a.k.a Freda Bedi) was.
I know Sister Palmo was highly regarded but I had not heard she was authorized to teach. Did she? I don’t think she ever did retreat.
by smcj
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: karmapa dispute and nydahl group
Replies: 18
Views: 805

Re: karmapa dispute and nydahl group

...thinks Ole's organisation is a cult and Ole is not legit. Ole started out in the ‘70s as the first westerner to be authorized to teach in the Karma Kagyu tradition. As H.H. Karmapa 16’s peesonal student he could give Refuge and give Dharma talks. I don’t know about his official status after HHK ...
by smcj
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual Harassment
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: Sexual Harassment

Eat pizza and stop going to the gym. Works every time.