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by zerwe
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 17
Views: 257

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Maybe the 4th stanza describes the valid way to see them? Is that nominal existence/designation? Yes, I believe that is correct. However, I am not sure that the 4th stanza is necessarily explicit in the sense that it says that they exist as a "mere designation," "merely labeled by mind," or "in mer...
by zerwe
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 17
Views: 257

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

I might be wrong, but I am pretty sure that this stanza points to the following-- If one refutes the aggregates, if one refutes their conventional existence, thus perceiving them as non-existent--this is nihilism, then you will be unable to see Nagarjuna's final intention that emptiness and depende...
by zerwe
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 17
Views: 257

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

I might be wrong, but I am pretty sure that this stanza points to the following-- If one refutes the aggregates, if one refutes their conventional existence, thus perceiving them as non-existent--this is nihilism, then you will be unable to see Nagarjuna's final intention that emptiness and dependen...
by zerwe
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Namaskaram everyone.
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Namaskaram everyone.

:namaste: Welcome
by zerwe
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?
Replies: 22
Views: 1460

Re: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?

IMO, take your time. It takes time to develop faith and belief. Chakras, Wind energies, and Channels is probably the least of ways
your ability to believe will be challenged.
Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3585

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

IMO, we have the Eight Freedoms and Ten Richnesses. The only thing that separates us from actualizing Dharma is honest practice, a lack of faith, and a self-cherishing attitude. When I examine (check up) I may think that I am living in refuge and guru devotion, but really I am living in the eight-wo...
by zerwe
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Madhyamaka books
Replies: 11
Views: 1051

Re: Madhyamaka books

Wisdom Chapter of Introduction to the Middle Way --Candrakirti Meditation on Emptiness--Jeffery Hopkins Maps of the Profound--Jamyang Sheyba's Great Exposition of Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Views on the Nature of Reality --Tans. Jefferry Hopkins http://www.uma-tibet.org/index-2.html . (Many translati...
by zerwe
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Hello Everyone

Welcome!
by zerwe
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Arya Tara
Replies: 12
Views: 602

Re: Books on Arya Tara

In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress--Source texts from India and Tibet on Buddhism,s Great Goddess by Martin Wilson

And, yes I second the Beyer recommendation.

Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyung Ney
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Re: Nyung Ney

LYWA also offer LZR's "Abiding in the Retreat" which is a compilation of teachings
serving as a commentary for the practice. FPMT also offer a manual/guidebook for performing
this ritual as well.

Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2217

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

I am not certain that you will necessarily find examples in Sutra (or purported words of the Buddha himself-whatever that means, IDK).
The Catuskoti, at least in terms of actual examples from a textual source, I believe is primarily associated with Arya Nagarjuna.

Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 3061

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

I doubt that this is a Gelug, Vajrayana, or Mahayana specific view on Guru devotion, but LZR always seems to place a much greater emphasis and importance on the level of devotion rather than closeness of contact when it comes to receiving the blessings of the guru. I came across this today and it ma...
by zerwe
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Gaden Mahamudra
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: Gaden Mahamudra

Wisdom Publications has just released a book of Lama Yeshe's teachings on Mahamudra.
Maybe that would prove useful.

Shaun
by zerwe
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 17
Views: 1058

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Introduction to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara), Candrakirti w/ Ju Mipham's commentary Meditation on Emptiness, Jeffery Hopkins Maps of the Profound--Jamyang Shepa's Great Exposition on Buddhist on Non-Buddhist views on the Nature of Reality, trans. Jeffery Hopkins The Two Truths-Guy Newland Jan W...
by zerwe
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kathmandu Valley Pilgrimage/Nagarjun Hill/Jamacho questions
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Kathmandu Valley Pilgrimage/Nagarjun Hill/Jamacho questions

Hi all, I will be traveling to Nepal next Spring for Tour/Pilgrimage/Trek. The more I read about Kathmandu valley, the more excited and intrigued I become about different sites and I hope for as much opportunity for practice/ merit making as possible. Currently, I have been reading some of Keith Dow...
by zerwe
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 4143

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

Why do Gelugs claim this They do not claim that things exist without self-nature. They claim that things exist dependent on imputations made upon a collections of parts. They claim that the emptiness taught by the Buddha is simply the emptiness of true existence that is the absence of the inherent ...
by zerwe
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does this Vajrasattva practice require empowerment/initiation by a lama?
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Re: Does this Vajrasattva practice require empowerment/initiation by a lama?

Instruction from LZR himself and other FPMT teachers; this is fine for daily practice, but you can not visualize yourself as the deity (really any deities) without having received a Great initiation (HYT). In this case you are to visualize the deity in front and carry on with the rest of the practic...
by zerwe
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Madhyamaka Resources
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Madhyamaka Resources

Nagarjuna's root text Candrakirti's Madhyamakavatara w/ commentary by Ju Mipham There are a few presentations on the web of The Four (sometimes Five) Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way--Ju Mipham's mkhas 'jug comes to mind ........ Jeffery Hopkins UMA site has lots of resources.... Shaun :nam...
by zerwe
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

My experiences with the aforementioned texts by Chandrakirti and Shantarakshita are that they are steeped in the debates between Tenet systems. And, if I am not mistaken the wisdom section of Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara is as well. With that said I feel that with these texts it is first nice to ap...
by zerwe
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: how much does chicago style change?
Replies: 5
Views: 827

Re: how much does chicago style change?

In another lifetime I was once a graduate student who dabbled in ethnomusicology and we used
Chicago exclusively. Now, as far as changes in the latest edition is concerned, that I happily have to say
I have no idea.
Shaun

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