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by Sherab
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:13 pm
Sherab: I thought I understood your posts but apparently I didn't. Apologies.
It is rare to see such honesty. :anjali:
by Sherab
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Nāgārjuna again: For those whom emptiness possible, everything is possible; for those whom emptiness is impossible, everything is impossible. I think this cannot be taken as an absolutely true statement. Why? Because that would mean that it is possible for a Buddha to become a deluded sentient bein...
by Sherab
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

This is maybe not the answer you're looking for... I wasn't looking for any answer. If there is anything I was looking for, it is an on point and well-argued rebuttal of my statement. Yes, I'm interpreting Nagarjuna so we can talk about it.... And I have already explained why that is not an on poin...
by Sherab
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Nāgārjuna again: For those whom emptiness possible, everything is possible; for those whom emptiness is impossible, everything is impossible. I think this cannot be taken as an absolutely true statement. Why? Because that would mean that it is possible for a Buddha to become a deluded sentient bein...
by Sherab
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Nāgārjuna again: For those whom emptiness possible, everything is possible; for those whom emptiness is impossible, everything is impossible. I think this cannot be taken as an absolutely true statement. Why? Because that would mean that it is possible for a Buddha to become a deluded sentient bein...
by Sherab
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

deleted. double post.
by Sherab
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 927

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

Be a second Malcolm Smith lol. Great if you can do that but I never had that in mind. You just have to look for principles underlying the teachings by asking why the Buddha taught this or that, and see how the teachings of the Buddha are interconnected. Might be better get armed to the teeth with r...
by Sherab
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 927

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

liuzg150181 wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:28 am
Be a second Malcolm Smith lol.
Great if you can do that but I never had that in mind. You just have to look for principles underlying the teachings by asking why the Buddha taught this or that, and see how the teachings of the Buddha are interconnected.
by Sherab
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 927

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

You should equip yourself with various reasonings why the teachings of the Buddha are true. This will give you the necessary self-confidence when your beliefs are being 'attacked'. You should also research on Christianity to understand why it is false. That way, you feel compassion for them when the...
by Sherab
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha as a god
Replies: 24
Views: 892

Re: Buddha as a god

Not sure when but the hindu traditions at some point welcomed him into the fold of avatars. He is regarded as the 8th i think. Hindus believe in 10 main avatars but there are countless others they accept including jesus . The hindu concept of das avatar( 10 descents of the diving into human) could ...
by Sherab
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 15
Views: 791

Re: enlightment in one life

i am a very practical person, i don't like doctrin...so i was asking you (and myself) HOW we can reach enlightment... i know the theory ...etc etc but which is the way? Relying on a realized master is in fact the only way to attain awakening in a single lifetime. When you rely on a realized master,...
by Sherab
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Spiritual experiences do not lead to liberation nor enlightenment. Only direct knowledge/wisdom does. Spiritual experiences can become obstacles to liberation and enlightenment when coloured by wrong views. I do not deny that non-Buddhists spiritual experiences can have beneficial effects, but the ...
by Sherab
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Don't confuse post-meditative frameworks of interpretation, with meditational experiences. A person may not possess the language needed to express their experience. Take the language used in early translations of the Kungyed Gyalpo as an example. Perhaps you don't read religious texts within its ow...
by Sherab
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I think it does. Just imagine telling a believer in an Almighty Creator who is the source of all lives including the believer''s, that he, the believer must abandon any idea of the Almighty Creator, ideas he was taught to be true and eternal. It would be entirely inconsistent with the philosophy of...
by Sherab
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

No they don't, only buddhism teaches emptiness of all dharmas. Namaste It central to all dharma traditions however you label them to give up dharma when the time is right. From the essence of all Upanishads (Vedanta ) we have Bhagavad Gita~ moksha yoga 18.66 sarva-dharman parityajya Sarva~ all dhar...
by Sherab
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

That was why I asked whether non-Buddhist system of practices actually teach the abandonment of all views (which logically should be at the end of the path). As I mentioned before, I don't think they do. I don't think it matters. If one has true insight into the nature of phenomena then somehow I d...
by Sherab
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I think even a complete surrender of the self to the Divine would involve a grasping at a self and something Divine. Otherwise, there is nothing to surrender to and nothing to surrender to. With any practice, in the beginning, there is somebody doing something. When I say a complete surrender, I me...
by Sherab
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Yes, but they are technically Buddhist no? No, they do not belong to any -ism as they are liberated under their own steam and have no followers (since they don't teach). So that means they don't belong to any specific club. As far as I am concerned, someone who follows the teachings and practices o...
by Sherab
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I don't know too but I have not read as yet the abandonment of all views in meditation in other religions other than in Buddhism although I think in Taoism there could be something similar but I am not sure. Though I do wonder what complete surrender of the self to the Divine would be like. Maybe t...
by Sherab
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9464

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Also, if liberation is possible in non-Buddhist Dharma, then in a kalpa where the Buddha Dharma is not present and a Buddha has yet to turn the wheel of Dharma, then liberation would be possible in such a kalpa. That would contradict what the Buddha taught. It is possible. Pratyeka Buddhas do it. Y...