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by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

emaho wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 7:36 am
Oops, yes, I meant if you understand god as a person or not.
Nope. Not that.

But once you get into yidams and dharmapalas it can sure seem that way.
by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

I guess it runs down to the question if you have a personal or non-personal understanding of god. If you mean “God/Buddha is a person”, then no I don’t believe that. In fact, if you read the linked article, Situ R says that if there are any mental processes happening then it isn’t “Buddha”. If you ...
by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

Funny you say that, because for me that is exactly the reason why he could not be equated with God, I think the analog to God is rather the primordial essence :smile:
Good chance primordial essence and godhead are fungible. At least that’s kinda my interpretation of Situ R’s quote.
by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

Anyways, I suspect that if Situ R. was to anonymously post here he would be shot down as not knowing what he was talking about. Just sayin' Doesn't need much fantasy to imagine that :smile: What I meant to say is just that I don't really see what sense it makes to equate Buddha and God. If he had s...
by smcj
Thu May 24, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

I don't know if it's slander....but I think the quotes, taken out of context, lead to assumptions that are not borne out by What Rinpoche is saying. Which is why it is incumbent upon people to read the context in the above link. Forget about his perspectives on Christianity. Just ignore that. It's ...
by smcj
Thu May 24, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

I would have guessed Eckardt Tolle, because I find the idea of equating Buddha and God completely misguided.... The link above is actually from Situ R.'s "Creation and Completion". In another section he talks about leaning towards being an eternalist--of sorts. There is nothing that is not primordi...
by smcj
Wed May 23, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

Norwegian wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 6:36 am
D. Tai Situ, as that's what a simple Google search reveals.
spoilsport. :cry:
by smcj
Wed May 23, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Re: Guess who said this?

krodha wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 5:46 am
Ah yes, another www. jesuswheel .net moment.
So your guess as to who said it is...who?
by smcj
Wed May 23, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 25
Views: 443

Guess who said this?

This is supposed to be a poll, but I can't figure out how to format it that way. If a mod would make it a real poll that would be nice. Here are the quotes: I don't mind saying "god", this is not a problem for me. One is spelt G-O-D. The other is spelt B-U-D-D-H-A. There is no difference to me; it i...
by smcj
Mon May 21, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 1st Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: 1st Notes

137 views of my post to date.
Anybody take a look at the book yet?
by smcj
Sat May 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 373
Views: 8468

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Even telling them to focus on an activity deity such as Jambhala is of no benefit, since these activity deities are not complete paths. Only bodhisattvas like Mañujuśrī, Avalokiteśvara, Tāra, and so on will function in this way for ordinary people who have no regular yidam practice. If they have “t...
by smcj
Fri May 18, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 373
Views: 8468

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

There is actually no evidence for the historical personality, Jesus of Nazareth, apart from Christian sources.
Uh huh. And how many contemporaneous records do we have about Sakyamuni? Nāgārjuna? Padmasambhava? Milarepa?
by smcj
Wed May 16, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Visiting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Visiting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

We had a woman from Tokyo spend 3 weeks here trying to get an interview with HHK. That was the entire purpose of her trip. She failed.

But maybe Bhutanese have it easier.
by smcj
Wed May 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 373
Views: 8468

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

As a generalization I think it safe to say that Tibetan lamas do not share--or even understand--our antipathy with "religion". They understand that we don't like monotheism, because they don't like it either. And they really don't understand how our antipathy towards Christianity gets imported into ...
by smcj
Tue May 15, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 1st Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 204

1st Notes

https://www.amazon.com/Turning-Toward-Awareness-Stop-Suffering-Start-Living-George/dp/1480857025/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526393545&sr=8-1&keywords=turning+toward+awareness This was written as a way to introduce Dharma to non-practitioners. However it has a very unusual, maybe even unique, perspecti...
by smcj
Tue May 15, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 373
Views: 8468

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

,,,not to mention his affinity for the apophatic approach. None of this resembles Dzogchen or Buddhism in general in any way.
Nāgārjuna isn’t apophatic?
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1059

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When this veneration is directed towards the most worthy objects of homage — the Triple Gem — the merit generated is vast and powerful. Such merit, accumulated in the mind, has the capacity to ward off obstructions to the fulfillment of one’s virtuous undertakings and to support their successful co...
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1059

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When this veneration is directed towards the most worthy objects of homage — the Triple Gem — the merit generated is vast and powerful. Such merit, accumulated in the mind, has the capacity to ward off obstructions to the fulfillment of one’s virtuous undertakings and to support their successful co...
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1059

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Ok, so at dinner tonight I asked 3 different western lamas about this thread. I asked if you could say that "merit = good karma", as in something that is produced by an action before it ripens as result. I presented the opposing viewpoint as saying that there is only action and result in a two-step ...