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by M.G.
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 54
Views: 1378

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

One of our favourite topics, especially with all the scandals and such. Many folks in Mahayana (incl Zen) and Vajrayana basically think it's ok for teachers to sleep with their students, even in secret, even when one of both are married. Teachers are human too, the reasoning goes, and not some perf...
by M.G.
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1829

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

So I'm trying to understand how the different teachings relate to each other. I started with tientai's 5 periods but quickly realised that it wasn't historically accurate. Realizing that the Mahayana doctrines aren't the words of the literal Buddha but later innovations, I wonder what the real Budd...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 29
Views: 1521

Re: L ron gardner

This Facebook quote was the best one though: I say I have "cracked the code" and understand Dharma, including Buddhadharma and Dzogchen, on a level above anyone else writing on this stuff. -- L Ron Gardner [/i] Like Cone said: you can't make this up! I actually thought some of his amazon reviews we...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 29
Views: 1521

Re: L ron gardner

Here’s a recent public FB quote by Mr Gardner: “...I'm the consummate expert in all the Great Spiritual Traditions -- Pali Buddhism, Yogacara, Zen, Dzogchen/Mahamudra, Advaita Vedanta, the Yoga Sutras, Kashmir Shaivism, Christian Hermeticism, Kabbalah, Daism, and Electrical Spirituality -- and I'll ...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?

Absolutely authentic within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. If you'd like to know more about bey-yuls, read One Step from Paradise , the story of Tulzhug Lingpa's attempt to go to a bey-yul on the slopes of Kanchenjungna (Kang Chen Dzod Nga) on the Sikkimese/Nepali border. Thank you! Will l...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?

I recently heard an acquaintance who is a fairly serious dharma practitioner made a reference about there being a notion of Bey-Yuls (transliterated, so spelling may not be correct) or hidden lands in Tibetan Buddhism. Is this authentic or just Western fantasy? And if the first, what can be publica...
by M.G.
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?

I recently heard an acquaintance who is a fairly serious dharma practitioner made a reference about there being a notion of Bey-Yuls (transliterated, so spelling may not be correct) or hidden lands in Tibetan Buddhism. Is this authentic or just Western fantasy? And if the first, what can be publical...
by M.G.
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama Dawa Mirror Divination
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: Lama Dawa Mirror Divination

One teeny caveat: I actually received one mirror divination from Lama Dawa which turned out to be inaccurate. I'm not in the slightest trying to attack his personal character here, which I believe to be good, he just happened to err in a divination. I believe those people I've met who testify for h...
by M.G.
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thodgal
Replies: 31
Views: 2277

Re: Thodgal

dzogchungpa wrote:I think "Thodgal For Dummies" is due out in 2018.
:rolling:
by M.G.
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Boddhisatvas experience a continuity of identity?
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Do Boddhisatvas experience a continuity of identity?

Malcolm wrote:
Temicco wrote:
Malcolm wrote:

Depends on how high. 8th stage on up, yes.
Source?
This is the stage in which bodhisattvas attain power over birth. Source, Abhisamayalaṃkāra, etc.
Thank you Malcolm.
by M.G.
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Boddhisatvas experience a continuity of identity?
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Do Boddhisatvas experience a continuity of identity?

Something I've wondered. How much continuity of identity, if any, do Boddhisattvas experience as between incarnations? It's hard for me to imagine that almost all of the components of identity - memory, personality, cognition - arent devastated or obliterated by death, but then again, I'm not any ki...
by M.G.
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What attracted you to Dzogchen?
Replies: 21
Views: 1739

Re: What attracted you to Dzogchen?

I actually wasn't initially attracted to Dzogchen, which I knew very little about when I began studying dharma. I was told by my guru at the time I would benefit from studying those teachings.

When I did look at them, though, their purity resonated.
by M.G.
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: English Language Material on Shingon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1090

Re: English Language Material on Shingon?

Would anyone be able to recommend good English language material on Shingon Buddhism? Thanks so much! shingon japanese esoteric buddhism https://www.amazon.com/Shingon-Japanese-Esoteric-Taiko-Yamasaki/dp/0877734437 Kukai: Major Works https://www.amazon.com/Kukai-Major-Works/dp/0231059337 mahavairoc...
by M.G.
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: English Language Material on Shingon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1090

English Language Material on Shingon?

Would anyone be able to recommend good English language material on Shingon Buddhism? Thanks so much!
by M.G.
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5088

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Whatever genuinely helps you is the best of all paths. binocular wrote: "Helps you to what end? As in the example above, one can have all kinds of goals, and there will be things that help one reach those goals. But that in and of itself doesn't guarantee that the goals are right." I'd say the goal...
by M.G.
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5088

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

PuerAzaelis wrote:
M.G. wrote:... having suffered real damage ...
Alcohol isn't for teacups.
I partly disagree.
I've drank great cocktails from coffee mugs.

:tongue:
by M.G.
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5088

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Great thread. The more I read and consider this, the more I'm convinced that the nature and history of current traditions and practices are, for all intents and purposes irrelevant. Don't know how that sits you you guys? I recall a philosophy professor at Uni (many moons ago now) stating wisely: It...
by M.G.
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5088

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

I do think the diligence serious practitioners put into the Vajrayana, such as years of practice retreats, bears real fruit though. I know of several people who've done 2 or 3 long term retreats and who came out somewhat scarred, full blown ego and with very strong sectarian attitudes. On top of th...
by M.G.
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5088

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Are accounts of siddhis the sign of a path being fastest? That doesn't sound quite right to me, though I'm interested in other people's thoughts. My own observation, which I freely admit is limited and of no value, is that the Vajrayana is an excellent path which has produced many masters and which ...
by M.G.
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5088

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

In my own experience, which people are free to disagree with or ignore, I'd say no. I don't believe any one path is inherently faster than any other.

I do think the diligence serious practitioners put into the Vajrayana, such as years of practice retreats, bears real fruit though.