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by smcj
Sat May 27, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?

In bowing and expressing devotion to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we are humbling the ego-self to let our Buddha-self shine through. The same idea with a different analogy I enjoy is that the deity is like a light switch and we ourselves are the light bulbs. That covers the deity as a divinity vs. the...
by smcj
Sat May 27, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?

Nyedrag Yeshe wrote:Many Sutras also reads that statues are in fact a kind of "Nirmanakayas"!

Nirmanakaya being the "physical manifestation of enlightenment". Yep.
by smcj
Sat May 27, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?

Given that we may be blind to what is good or harmful for us, in some prayers we ask the deity to use discrimination. For example, we say, "If this is good for me, may my wish be accomplished; if it is not good, may it not be accomplished," or "If this wish is not good, may its thoug...
by smcj
Fri May 26, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 13
Views: 345

Re: TOS wishful thinking

And the above is beside the fact that there's no way to verify if someone has examined their motivations before posting.

The terms of service would also need to define what motivations are acceptable.

True. That's why I titled the thread "TOS wishful thinking".
by smcj
Fri May 26, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Crisis of Faith
Replies: 33
Views: 834

Re: Crisis of Faith

Faith is confidence in what you're doing and why you're doing it. Its not blind.

Actually it's attachment to believing that things are as they appear that is blind.
by smcj
Fri May 26, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Why do Buddhists bow to statues?

They mistake the multi-representations of Bodhisattvas as a sign of polytheism. What people fail to understand is the fact that the statues in Buddhism are teaching aids and not statues of gods. All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas represent our nature and cultivation of virtue. I'm always amazed when peop...
by smcj
Tue May 23, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Oh I care, but in a dilettante's kind of way. Broad strokes are ok with me. I'll say this; his book has probably done more to promote Dzogchen in the general public than DW. In particular Dzogchen is promoted to that part of the public who would usually have zero interest in that type of topic. So e...
by smcj
Tue May 23, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

I'm looking at the book right now, he says word for word "the two traditions seek to provoke the same insight into the nonduality of consciousness". If I understand you right you believe that when he says "seek to provoke the same insight" he doesn't actually mean "the same...
by smcj
Mon May 22, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

So how does this thread relate to the "DI Always Works" thread?
by smcj
Mon May 22, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Are you equating 'mind essence' with 'buddhanature'?

Personally I do, but that's just me.
by smcj
Mon May 22, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 834

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

I thought these were the oldest buddhist manuscripts. They were discovered fairly recently in western Pakistan or Afghanistan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhāran_Buddhist_texts
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is Esoteric Buddhism?
Replies: 18
Views: 496

Re: What is Esoteric Buddhism?

Are there other things at also lose their function if people blab about them? Yep. Like what you and your wife do in private is cheapened if you brag to your buddies about it. That cheapening of it makes it less special, which makes the bond between you and your wife weaker. Can you see the similar...
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2792

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

I'd like to nominate the normal guruyoga as one of the most problematic of TB's teachings/practices for Westerners. Recently I've been able to have some informal discussions about it with a Kagyu lama and it ends up not a problem if fully understood. It just seems to need more explanation than peopl...
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2792

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Malcolm wrote:The point is that all teachings one has received and their lineages are included within one's own state, represented in the visualization.

Elegant.
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2792

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

My impression is that it skips the historical lineage(s) and just goes to the heart of the matter with the guru being the primordial "AH". That's actually kind of elegant, as it precludes making the practice into a personality cult.
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2792

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

However, Ati guruyoga is about the easiest practice in the world.

Serious question: How is Ati guruyoga different than regular guruyoga?
by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

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by smcj
Sun May 21, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

But the fact that he continues to state that the point of Dzogchen is the same as Advaita (nondual consciousness) to me shows that he misunderstood the intent of Dzogchen teachings. Not everyone has a need to keep Dzogchen so unique that there can be no comparison (contamination) to anything else. ...
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2792

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

What I'm NOT saying is that everyone should practice Dzogchen.

Nice of you to allow for that.
by smcj
Sat May 20, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 108
Views: 1583

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

PuerAzaelis wrote:...to play devil's advocate for a minute - better, to what end?

Well the stock answer would be towards the benefit/enlightenment of all sentient beings.

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