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by smcj
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 40
Views: 1601

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

“All life is dissatisfying.” Still, that sounds pretty pessimistic to me….
How about, “It is impossible to find lasting satisfaction in ordinary life”?
by smcj
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shentong view
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Shentong view

That sounds about right from what I can tell.
by smcj
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ahimsa and pest control
Replies: 27
Views: 1434

Re: ahimsa and pest control

The operation of karma does not change. This is often brought up here, as it is a mistake to think that karma does not apply just because of some insight into emptiness. :good: However there are karmic cycles where you are basically forced to commit negative actions in order to survive. If you try ...
by smcj
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

Obstacles can be pleasant too. Getting the job or the lover you’re always wanted can derail your practice. That’s why Mara sent his daughters to seduce Sakyamuni.
by smcj
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 131
Views: 3897

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Sentient beings unfortunately are confined and suffering due to their ignorance regarding their nature. Even those with some experience with insights into their nature are still for the most part, confined and subject to suffering. This is accurate, Buddhism or not. Dzogchen with or without Buddhis...
by smcj
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5252

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Basis, path and result are indeed indivisible. This is a key point of Sakya teaching. Doesn't that distinction apply more so to the view from the level of the basis? I.e - Even if the path and result are indivisible, the strength and stability of ones recognition at the time of the path is not the ...
by smcj
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: refuge tree visualisation
Replies: 16
Views: 405

Re: refuge tree visualisation

I suck at visualizations, but I still feel like I am benefiting. A rough visualization is good enough—I hope.
by smcj
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 2142

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

Sometimes bad dreams or sings can be good and sometimes good dreams or signs can be bad. For instance when you're doing purification practices, bad dreams can signify that negative karma that would have ripened in your life is being ripened in the dream state. You are getting rid of bad karma is a ...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5252

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

I think it is fine that someone want to state this. There are a few choices on how to progress from here. 1. start calling each other names. 2. Maybe you can discuss how is the Buddhahood obtained through Dzogchen more complete? what are the characteristics of the Buddhahood that make it more compl...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5252

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche: So, with the practice of Dzogchen, if we have the capacity, we can realize Buddhahood within a single lifetime. When there are different views and different paths, they lead to different results. This is only logical. If we plant a seed of barley in the earth, it will ...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5252

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche: So, with the practice of Dzogchen, if we have the capacity, we can realize Buddhahood within a single lifetime. When there are different views and different paths, they lead to different results. This is only logical. If we plant a seed of barley in the earth, it will ...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 774

Re: Competitive meditators...

Always a favorite:

https://youtu.be/h5XnFAcjAJY
by smcj
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 20
Views: 616

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

I’d like to advocate for “dependent co-arising” to be simplified as “paradox”—or maybe even “Catch 22”.

Nah, that’s pushing it.
by smcj
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 40
Views: 1601

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Buddhism is for people that have defiled minds. If you're enlightened you don't need it anymore. That's in the texts.
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1533

Re: Buddhism on actors

But i agree...they must be very stable to begin with to succeed and live under all that pressure...more than the average person.. Nope. That is illusion. Just the opposite. Consider the example of the aging beauty queen. Unlike a doctor or lawyer, her entire financial base was built on her looks. A...
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1533

Re: Buddhism on actors

Also some actors are very generous with all the money they make to help others that are less fortunate ..... What do you think of the Actor Richard Gere...his teacher is the Dalai Lama..... I’m sure whatever guidance HHDL has given him is correct for his karmic trajectory. Also you should understan...
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1533

Re: Buddhism on actors

Well...how about this : https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN5_177.html Is acting included here ? Nice job of referencing. As my teacher said, there are black professions that a Buddhist should not engage in, like butcher or soldier. They are professional killers. But then there are others that ...
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1533

Re: Buddhism on actors

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:32 am
My opinion is....we are all professional actors...deserving of Oscars. ..
That's the problem.

Hiring surrogates doesn't help.
by smcj
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 2142

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

I can’t source it, but I remember Avivi Hell as being the lowest hell in samsara. It is the ultimate agonies tha can still be experienced dualisticly.

I remember Vajra Hell as bering described as total tantric union with the essence of suffering.

In any case it’s not something you want.
by smcj
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 1st Notes
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: 1st Notes

I knew him personally. Suffice it to say that I have accepted him as a genuine Dharma teacher. However I have no wish to convince anybody else about that, so I will keep the reasons to myself. I will share a little about what I know of his life and path, which will help people to understand where th...

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