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by smcj
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Here is Asanga's root text, translated, chock full of descriptions and definitions: http://www.fairfun.net/my3/panna_my/b%20buddhism/PDFe-Books/Abhidharmasamuccaya-Col-Asanga_WalpolaRahula.pdf Ok, so that’s a “tl/dr” for me. NW, ya gotta understand that some of us here really are dilettantes.
by smcj
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Miroku posted this on a different thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=27974 Here's the link to the pdf. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19LiOHdzLwM0aVDVf9sTH3TNVWM2orqN2/view Garchin R. talking about 8 times Tara saved him: Today I will share a few stories about myself. In general, ...
by smcj
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.

The building in the foreground is the new monastery.

To the naked eye the colors were a little more pronounced, but admittedly it was not the most impressive of rainbows. Smartphone cameras are good, but not great. However it was still unmistakably a rainbow.
by smcj
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.

LNR was cremated today. When the group got back to the monastery they started doing long hours of chanting in Tibetan. I don’t know Tibetan, and there was work to be done for lunch, so I was outside. Then someone pointed out to me there was a faint sun rainbow above the monastery. Even to the naked ...
by smcj
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Two solutions for karma and not-self paradox
Replies: 19
Views: 476

Re: Two solutions for karma and not-self paradox

I understand Karma and reincarnation to say that there is continuity.

No-self says that there is no consistency.

I don’t see those two ideas as being mutually exclusive.
by smcj
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.

Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away tonight. Yesterday H.H. Karmapa came and gave him a private initiation. It was as good a time as any for him to go His life goals were to build a monastery in upstate New York and to get westerners through the traditional 3 year retreat. His monastery was finished in...
by smcj
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

He said; "It's enough to have an aspiration that it's true." I could do that and kept practising...... :bow: I believe it is impossible to bully yourself with self-will into having faith. All that is needed is an open and respectful mind, a sincere heart, and gentle, consistent, patient non-graspin...
by smcj
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Let me answer that by saying that the very traditional monastery I live in spends a good portion of its time doing ceremonies and practices that entail asking the deities for help of one kind or another. Here's a story along those lines: Some years ago (before I got here) they were building the mon...
by smcj
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

I have a question ¿do you expect something from some buddha?
Let me answer that by saying that the very traditional monastery I live in spends a good portion of its time doing ceremonies and practices that entail asking the deities for help of one kind or another.
by smcj
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

i don't. buddha nature is a concept The validity of which you are taking on faith. it points to an inexpressible fact for example: it is explained that if you really look for the permanent "i", the individual identity, you couldn't find it because it doesn't exist it is explained that if you really...
by smcj
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:23 am
as buddhist, sometimes i see faith as a degenerate practice
principle in buddhism is not faith, but knowledge
i mean experience. truth.
Do you see/experience every being's Buddha Nature?
by smcj
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3363

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Don't mess with me. I'm an expert Buddhism-er. Any perceived-as-postivist statements you make will be refuted and used against you. Thrangu R. "Buddha Nature: Ten Teachings on the Uttara Tantra Shastra" tr. Eric Pema Kunsang p.61: The third point, fruition, possesses four transcendent qualities: 1....
by smcj
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Some questions: What type of faith is a non-starter and unacceptable to us? Why is that so? Are those objections and preconditions regarding faith improperly coloring our understandin of Dharma?? Are the reasons that we object to faith, as approached in our western religions, still valid in the cont...
by smcj
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general

I like Snow Lion's "Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary." tr. Rosemarie Fuchs. The commentary is by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, so it is pretty authoritative if you're a Karma Kagyupa. I'm no expert, but I'm led to believe that the Uttaratantra is pretty much the go-to ...
by smcj
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 12
Views: 555

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

But in studying and meditating on Tsongkhapa’s distinction between inherent existence and mere existence, I eventually came to recognize how it is that I superimpose permanence even while I think I realize nothing could possibly be permanent. What do you mean by this? Try thinking about it like thi...
by smcj
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 1486

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

So do you guys think Karma is a culturally relativistic convention? The only way it could not be is if all cultures had the same values. Is that what you believe, despite all evidence to the contrary? Since you asked, I see the teachings on karma and reincarnation to be obviously culturally specifi...
by smcj
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 1486

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

So do you guys think Karma is a culturally relativistic convention?
by smcj
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace DZ related Q&A
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Alan Wallace DZ related Q&A

Interesting DZ related Q&A. In his second answer he talks about A common DW topic; how to verify rebirth.

https://youtu.be/e8M7cADCPZ8

Just thought I’d share.
by smcj
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 26380

Re: The DJKR Topic

A friendly observation. You spend a lot of time here debating opinions with people. Is that helping you more than using that time for studying and practicing would, since you actually live in in a monastery? I only started reading this forum because I have to sit through a lot of conference calls: ...
by smcj
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 26380

Re: The DJKR Topic

smcj, If you want to understand guru yoga, then you should receive teachings on this from a qualified teacher. Merely reading books will not do it I'm afraid. I live in a Karma Kagyu monastery. I’ve specifically asked about GY from the resident retreat master for the 3 year retreats. There are also...