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by Sherab
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

IMy question is this: I understand that light reflected from objects and making contact with the eye gives rise to eye consciousness, but how do thoughts which are sensed by the mind giving rise to mind consciousness arise? This is how I see it: Each individual has a fundamental ability to know. Wh...
by Sherab
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 906

Re: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?

Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism? When I first became interested in Buddhism, vajrayana looked the least attractive to me compared to the other forms. Nevertheless, I ended up with vajrayana. I did not "choose" vajrayana. I ended up in vajrayana by virtue of circumstances. Now, I can't imagine...
by Sherab
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

And this is the text he's teaching: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/jigme-lingpa/prayer-ground-path-and-fruition What is the significance of the starting character ༂ in the prayer? It is the tertons mark, different for different tertons. /magnus What are the other terton's marks?
by Sherab
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

rang.drol wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:57 pm
And this is the text he's teaching: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... d-fruition
What is the significance of the starting character in the prayer?
by Sherab
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 3842

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

None of this answers the question as to why anybody should care what HHDL's view on European migration policy is. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a major international figure. That usually means whatever such a person says or does, is viewed with interest. He is a Nobel Laureate (the Nobel Peace Pri...
by Sherab
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 3842

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

Unfortunately HHDL does not understand the issues or the history. ... Kirt But surely HHDL does understand human nature..... and reality. He is omniscient wrt Buddhadharma. Human nature - no, not completely because cultures are different and he didn't understand that westerners were capable of self...
by Sherab
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 3842

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/dalai-lama-says-europe-belongs-to-europeans Quite honestly, I have to agree with H.H. I am not super happy about it but I am starting to be afraid that their religion driven culture will prove to be incompatible with our European ones. What do you...
by Sherab
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 3842

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/dalai-lama-says-europe-belongs-to-europeans Quite honestly, I have to agree with H.H. I am not super happy about it but I am starting to be afraid that their religion driven culture will prove to be incompatible with our European ones. What do you...
by Sherab
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 945

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

The Buddha is an atheist. The Buddha was probably the first to use the argument of evil against the existence of an almighty God.

https://inthewordsofbuddha.wordpress.co ... -buddhism/

http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=946
by Sherab
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 1015

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

Dependently existent is madhyamika, is it not? So the domain of samsara is not non-existent, but also not 'truly existent'. It has a degree of reality. "Dependent existents" is refuted as wrong view in Madhyamaka. To begin with, the Buddha taught the following [all citations below translated by Mal...
by Sherab
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The idea of control automatically requires a subject and object. Therefore relative control is all that can be sensibly talked about in the realm of phenomena i.e. the realm where causality operates. But I see the Buddha as being free of all dependencies even while in the world. This combined with ...
by Sherab
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3075

Re: Realization

Yeah, not quite. In dzogchen is totally different. Your primordially pure state is the nature of all dharmas. The Kunjed Gyalpo says:" I am the root of all dharmas. I am the nature of all dharmas, of all existence. Apart from my nature, nothing exists" You do understand that primordially pure state...
by Sherab
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

It is something that we can test in our experience, by seeing if we can control it. So, in this case, if by "self" is meant the (supposed) "controller of the experience" we can verify its absence by contemplating the impossibility to have control on experience. Hence, if there is no controller, the...
by Sherab
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

It is something that we can test in our experience, by seeing if we can control it. So, in this case, if by "self" is meant the (supposed) "controller of the experience" we can verify its absence by contemplating the impossibility to have control on experience. Hence, if there is no controller, the...
by Sherab
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leaving a teacher (ChNN)
Replies: 20
Views: 1471

Re: Leaving a teacher (ChNN)

Miroku wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:17 am
Yeah, that is better wording. What I think he might be finding weird is that suddenly instead of doing GY+SoV he feels more interested in doing sex session guru yoga even tho the former is easier.
:rolling: Sorry can't help noticing the typo. Can't unnotice it now.
by Sherab
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

I don't recall the Buddha actually using the Catuṣkoṭi form of analysis himself. I can only recall the Buddha using it only in relation to its use by his opponents. Would appreciate if someone could provide examples in the Suttas or Sutras where the Buddha himself resorted to Catuṣkoṭi analysis in ...
by Sherab
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Incidentally, the "Noble Silence" itself is position 4, the eel-wriggler's. The difference is that the amaravikṣepa has no thesis, and the Buddha, allegedly, has a thesis, which is dependent origination. That is really the only thing separating the Buddhas and the eel-wrigglers. Of course, above, w...
by Sherab
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Incidentally, the "Noble Silence" itself is position 4, the eel-wriggler's. The difference is that the amaravikṣepa has no thesis, and the Buddha, allegedly, has a thesis, which is dependent origination. That is really the only thing separating the Buddhas and the eel-wrigglers. Of course, above, w...
by Sherab
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Brahmaja sutta 2.27 'What is the fourth way? Here, an ascetic or Brahmin is dull and stupid. Because of his dullness and stupidity, when he is questioned he resorts to evasive statements and wriggles like an eel: "If you ask me whether there is another world. But I don't say so. And I don't say oth...
by Sherab
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2091

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Have you read the whole Brahmajala sutta? It is about wrong views or about views. According to it you can never say for example "reincarnation " without committing to a wrong view or to a view at all!! Can anybody say anything without committing to a view? -Even Buddha himself! It is a wonderful su...

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