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by smcj
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 92
Views: 1102

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Well, whether or not we are in the Kali Yuga, if we are Buddhists the task before us remains the same.
by smcj
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 92
Views: 1102

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Spend an hour in a crack house and you will believe this is the Kali Yuga. Seriously.
by smcj
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 92
Views: 1102

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

The criteria I was given for what constitutes the Kali Yuga was "the darkness in men's minds". Having personally had a reasonably severe substance abuse problem in the past I can believe that this really is the Kali Yuga. They didn't have crack or meth until modern times. Those create a mi...
by smcj
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Letter from Shamar Rinpoche on Vajrayana
Replies: 37
Views: 863

Re: Letter from Shamar Rinpoche on Vajrayana

I'm a short, fat, ugly old geezer without a lot of money. I couldn't get a girlfriend if my life depended on it. That's what Kurukulla is for, my friend. :smile: If there really was a meditative practice to get short, fat, broke, ugly old geezers laid it would make Vajrayana the biggest religion on...
by smcj
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Letter from Shamar Rinpoche on Vajrayana
Replies: 37
Views: 863

Re: Letter from Shamar Rinpoche on Vajrayana

"Without karmamudra, no Mahamudra." You have that in quotes. Are you trying to imply that it is coming from a reputable source? Harimoo is quoting Naropa's famous citation, who is the one who said this I'm a short, fat, ugly old geezer without a lot of money. I couldn't get a girlfriend i...
by smcj
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Letter from Shamar Rinpoche on Vajrayana
Replies: 37
Views: 863

Re: Letter from Shamar Rinpoche on Vajrayana

Harimoo wrote:"Without karmamudra, no Mahamudra."

You have that in quotes. Are you trying to imply that it is coming from a reputable source?
by smcj
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: buddhas and sex
Replies: 14
Views: 340

Re: buddhas and sex

I posted this before but dunno what happened. do buddhas have the ability to have sex for personal pleasure? Shakyamuni Buddha had a son, Rahula? Rahula's conception happened due to pointing finger? His son was conceived before his enlightenment. It is said that on the night before his enlightenmen...
by smcj
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: buddhas and sex
Replies: 14
Views: 340

Re: buddhas and sex

An actual real "Buddha" doesn't have desire.
by smcj
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 206
Views: 4564

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

Well, for starters, I don't think I've ever had "total confidence" in anything so I guess I find it hard to imagine that many people at empowerments have such confidence. It's also not clear what a master being "one with the deity of the mandala" means, so I would be surprised i...
by smcj
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 110
Views: 1542

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Thinking there is something static on which to stand is a recipe for disaster.

"Static"? Nope. "Stand on"? Nope.

But what about the idea of "the hook of compassion and the ring of faith" as something one can rely on? Kinda like a skyhook, lol.
by smcj
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Madhyamika deconstruction
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Madhyamika deconstruction

The simplest way to approach it is to look for something--anything--that is permanent. The idea here being that if something is totally "real" it has an essence that does not change. So for a simpleton like me impermanence=self empty. Yeah, I know that is an over simplification, but it is ...
by smcj
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 206
Views: 4564

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

"The criterion that determines whether or not the empowerment is truly received is the presence or absence of total confidence that the master giving the empowerment is one with the deity of the mandala . Even if, in a given situation, the disciples do not follow exactly all the details of the...
by smcj
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 8090

Re: Lama Norlha

Because of my work I've spent a lot of time in graveyards. Seeing a headstone from 100+ years ago that says "You'll always be remembered" is one of my favorites. Yeah, right. You're a grave robber by trade? :) I'm a retired film worker. I worked on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" off...
by smcj
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 206
Views: 4564

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

...I f you feel you have some kind of Mahayoga samaya with a teacher who has serially abused women, violently, for 20+ yrs and assuming you don't want to roast in the fieriest pit of Vajra hell without Dharma for almost eternity, I'm guessing you would not make it public. The premise of the quandar...
by smcj
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 206
Views: 4564

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

...according to DJKR if we have some kind of Mahayoga samaya and adopt a liberal democratic feminist view about a teacher who has serially abused women, violently, for 20+ yrs and make it public because private attempts at reform didn't work (over 20yrs) we will roast in the fieriest pit of Vajra h...
by smcj
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 8090

Re: Lama Norlha

Because of my work I've spent a lot of time in graveyards. Seeing a headstone from 100+ years ago that says "You'll always be remembered" is one of my favorites. Yeah, right.
by smcj
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 8090

Re: Lama Norlha

This is of topic, but I did have a stage when I was making too much of little things and coincidences and luckily my teacher help snap me out of it. It can be a slippery slope to mental illness, John. Ground yourself with some basic stuff - gardening, sport, cooking, looking after yourself and othe...
by smcj
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 8090

Re: Lama Norlha

My bad. I found someone that actually knows the history of the scratch on the Vajrasattva statue. He says it has been that way at least 6 years. So apparently there is no connection to the recent lama drama. I guess that's why I'm the only one here that though it was significant.

Sorry about that.
by smcj
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 206
Views: 4564

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

Malcolm wrote:Lamas are not deity impresarios.

Impresarios? No.
Conduit? Eh, maybe.
Embodiment? Supposedly.
Sambogakaya Service Provider? Too cutesy.

How would you put it?
by smcj
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 19
Views: 300

Re: Buddha Nature

The teachings on Buddha Nature come primarily/initially from the humans Asanga and Vasabandhu. There are a few texts, but the one that is the best synopsis is called "Uttaratantra Shastra". I find it best to read something simple like "Buddha Nature" by Thrangu R. It is a short e...

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