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by Sherab
Wed May 15, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 751

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

A huge paradigm shift in how people live is all that will change it. It can come through us being forced to by the cataclysmic stuff one can imagine, a gradual shift to more sustainable ways of living, or both. I imagine it will be some degree of both, but can't predict the ratio, and neither can a...
by Sherab
Wed May 15, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1179

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

This is kind of a sister post to the one in the Mahayana forum about Buddhas and Bodhisattvas being real, because I figured the Tibetan/Vajrayana approach was different enough to maybe give a different answer. Are Buddhas like Tara or Vairocana, bodhisattvas like Manjushri or Chenrezig, Dharma prot...
by Sherab
Tue May 14, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

You have not explained why arhats need to be awakened by the Buddha. I have not even touched that topic, so what explanation do you want? Because I used it to argue for a non-causal path. I was suggesting previously that Arhats following a causal path attained only temporary liberation and need to ...
by Sherab
Sun May 12, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

If analytical cessation is all that is needed, then the Buddha need not awaken arhats so as to lead them to buddhahood. It is a type of cessation, and as such can apply to both the complete elimination of klesavarana and jneyavarana, as the provided quote from the Cheng Weishi Lun states. It does n...
by Sherab
Sun May 12, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Ratnamegha - intrinsic nature
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Ratnamegha - intrinsic nature

Thanks to the 84,000 translation group this magnificent sutra is now in English. For those who can read the Tibetan original of this sutra, what is the Sanskrit equivalent of 'intrinsic nature' ? The sutra seems to make it a synonym for suchness or reality etc. chos nyid (dharmata) To be crystal cl...
by Sherab
Sun May 12, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Ratnamegha - intrinsic nature
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Ratnamegha - intrinsic nature

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:10 pm
Thanks to the 84,000 translation group this magnificent sutra is now in English.

For those who can read the Tibetan original of this sutra, what is the Sanskrit equivalent of 'intrinsic nature' ?

The sutra seems to make it a synonym for suchness or reality etc.
chos nyid (dharmata)
by Sherab
Sat May 11, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

The cessation achieved by arhats is from following a causal path. That is why the Buddha has to awaken them subsequently from their temporary cessation and lead them to buddhahood. Analytical cessation applies to both sravakas and bodhisattvas. If analytical cessation is all that is needed, then th...
by Sherab
Fri May 10, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

The path to permanent liberation is non-causal. Among the three unconditioned dharmas (AKB I.5-6, vol 1, p 59-61) there are two types of cessation: with and without analysis, of which the former means nirvana, and the latter just ordinary cessation of things. So liberation has not only a cause in g...
by Sherab
Thu May 09, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

SunWuKong wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:19 pm
In samadhi, the "conditioned" and "unconditioned" don't look any different at their source. That's why it's called samadhi.
"Conditioned" and "unconditioned" are merely labels, conventions for communication in the relative via language. The state of buddhahood is ineffable.
by Sherab
Thu May 09, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

there is a path to temporary liberation and a path to permanent liberation. So, there is agreement on the matter of there being a path one needs to follow in order to become liberated. The path for temporary liberation is causal. The path to permanent liberation is non-causal. That is how I look at...
by Sherab
Wed May 08, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

Yes, but why should this imply that the relative is all there is? No such implication was made. The point is that there is no unconditioned apart from the conditioned, furthermore, that there is a path to liberation. It is actually the other way round, there is no conditioned without the unconditio...
by Sherab
Tue May 07, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

As I mentioned before, logically speaking, there is no path that can take a practitioner from the conditioned to the unconditioned. This is because what is conditioned and what is unconditioned are mutually exclusive. That is an erroneous logic that fails to take account of what conditioned and wha...
by Sherab
Mon May 06, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

Accumulation of merit and wisdom is not denied. then it is very much a relative and causal path to buddhahood Without the unconditioned there is no liberation from the conditioned. Udana 8.3 'Good son, the term 'unconditioned' is also a word provisionally invented by the First Teacher. Now, if the ...
by Sherab
Mon May 06, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

Accumulation of merit and wisdom is not denied. then it is very much a relative and causal path to buddhahood Without the unconditioned there is no liberation from the conditioned. Udana 8.3 'Good son, the term 'unconditioned' is also a word provisionally invented by the First Teacher. Now, if the ...
by Sherab
Mon May 06, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

There is a path to cessation/liberation and there is a 'path' to buddhahood. Only if you do not accept the ekayana doctrine is there three paths. Not if the path of liberation must be travelled before the path to buddhahood. The former path is a path in the relative. The latter path is a 'path' in ...
by Sherab
Sun May 05, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1219

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

I think Viach is right. There is a path to cessation/liberation and there is a 'path' to buddhahood. The former path is a path in the relative. The latter path is a 'path' in the absolute. The former path is causal; the latter path is not. Logically speaking, there is no path that can take a practit...
by Sherab
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Over 200 dead in Sri Lanka terrorist attack
Replies: 21
Views: 655

Re: Over 200 dead in Sri Lanka terrorist attack

Having read the Koran this is insane and contrary to the wishes of the Prophet and against the political, economic and personal safety interests of Muslims in Sri Lanka. This makes no sense, particularly since the attacks by Buddhists last spring on Muslims. This smells a bit fishy. The Qur'an was ...
by Sherab
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 3072

Re: One truth?

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your takes. So do different traditions point to the same one truth? My provisional conclusion ... it's an interesting question <for those who like to think about things like this>, but not worth putting too much energy into, as it risks prapanca. And I doubt it could e...
by Sherab
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 3072

Re: One truth?

Consciousness is seeking a home, a basis to abide on, i.e. a truth, therefore the non-abiding and homelessness teachings of prajnaparamita Dharma may be frustrating for an I that acquires consciousness as 'mine' and this frustration may undermine motivation to pursue the path from the outset. That ...

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