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by smcj
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 13
Views: 317

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: 2372

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: 1016

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: 1016

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: 1016

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: 151
Views: 16206

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: 151
Views: 16206

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: 1016

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: 17
Views: 393

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: 17
Views: 393

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: 17
Views: 393

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: 38
Views: 888

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: 773

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: 773

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: 773

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: 12
Views: 292

Re: Sexual Harassment

Eat pizza and stop going to the gym. Works every time.
by smcj
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 17
Views: 393

Re: About Alara Kalama

Come friend, let us now lead this community together.' "In this way did Alara Kalama, my teacher, place me, his pupil, on the same level with himself and pay me great honor. But the thought occurred to me, 'This Dhamma leads not to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to stilling, to direct...
by smcj
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 920

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

Personally I refrain from defending Dharma and instead encourage them to follow their beliefs. I have enough quotes from the Bible that I feel are worthwhile to give them a positive reaction. Although I’m not doing this as a judo-type move it does work out. I don’t see a reason, need, or any benefit...
by smcj
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: higher yoga tantras
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: higher yoga tantras

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