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by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

My understanding is that a bodhisattva vows to continue suffering and taking rebirth in samsara until samsara has been emptied of all beings. My understanding of budhahood is that buddhas do not suffer anymore. Was Shakyamuni a bodhisattva prior to becoming a Buddha? How about other Buddhas, such a...
by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

My understanding is that a bodhisattva vows to continue suffering and taking rebirth in samsara until samsara has been emptied of all beings. My understanding of budhahood is that buddhas do not suffer anymore. Was Shakyamuni a bodhisattva prior to becoming a Buddha? How about other Buddhas, such a...
by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government

A British Government minister has announced the policy to kill those British Citizens who went to fight for Daesh overseas. Alternatives have been discussed, such as refusing them re-entry and/or citizenship, but is killing the best way to assure the future safety of the UK? Killing people who are ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Power
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Buddhism and Power

Following up on the recent thread on "Lust": It seems to me that Buddhist traditions do not account well for power and relations of uneven power. I would like to be proven wrong on this point. Not sure it answers your post but perhaps a good place to start? http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/buddhas-te...
by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Power
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Buddhism and Power

Just a layman's guess, but would not the Dharma's universalism mitigate against power and uneven power relationships? I just cannot associate power hierarchies and "pecking order" with any Buddhist teaching, although I cannot supply any "anti-power" citations... I think this is right, and some cont...
by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Power
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Buddhism and Power

Following up on the recent thread on "Lust":

It seems to me that Buddhist traditions do not account well for power and relations of uneven power. I would like to be proven wrong on this point.
by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

csmorg96 wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:56 am
How do followers of Mahayana sects reconcile the bodhisattva vow to continue taking rebirth with Shakyamuni's complete enlightenment?
I don't see the contradiction that you seem to see. Would you please explain what you mean by 1. the bodhisattva vow and 2. Shakyamuni's complete enlightenment?
by DGA
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 54
Views: 853

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

Attachment, yes. But sensuality is singled out in the Sutra quote that no one, even DGA, who is trained in the EA tradition, I believe, is willing to address. Why is it singled out? Why does it get so much traction here and throughout history? Because folks, included the Buddha, were hung up on it?...
by DGA
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 54
Views: 853

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

What's lust for the purpose of this discussion?

Does it correspond to any particular category in the Buddha's teachings?

Is it the opposite of monogamy?

Is it an act, a mental state, a bad habit...?

I'm trying to track this discussion but it seems a bit diffused.
by DGA
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: questions on karma
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: questions on karma

I'd like to give this recent thread a bump
by DGA
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 192
Views: 3662

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Here is what Nichiren teaches about men such as Malcolm... "The Bodhisattva Manjushri says. 'I have only constantly proclaimed and preached the Sublime Dharma Flower Sutra.' The essence among the eight characters [of this phrase in the Chinese text] is the two characters 'Only constantly'(yui jo). ...
by DGA
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 192
Views: 3662

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Here is what Nichiren teaches about men such as Malcolm... These kinds of polemics are not only cheap, but excessively parochial, not to mention completely anachronistic. I mean didn't Nichiren also say similar things about people Kukai, Shan Dao, Ennin, etc. I wouldn't mind being compared to them ...
by DGA
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:44 am
"the guru drinks bourbon"
Not a problem.

But if "the guru drinks bourbon with cola," then a serious issue has emerged.

:cheers:
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

I think that sets the table pretty well. I can't claim any expertise in any of these subjects, though. When I was reading Reginald Ray's intro to Tibetan Buddhism, I got the sense that the Middle in Tientai kind paralleled the ultimate reality of the Shengtompa view. Isn't ultimate reality associat...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

Its probably oversimplistic to view Tendai as unanimous regarding the role of sutrayana vs mantra practices- a wide variety of viewpoints existed on a number of subjects- which is not to say the proposition is incorrect just that it may not be universally held. Stone touches on some very diverse pr...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

The point of view on the relationship of Sūtra and Mantrayāna in Tendai is a little similar to the Gelugpa school in that both schools subordinate Vajrayāna practices to a sūtrayāna view. Needless to say, there is much dissent from this perspective both in Japan and Tibet. That's OK as far as it go...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

The point of view on the relationship of Sūtra and Mantrayāna in Tendai is a little similar to the Gelugpa school in that both schools subordinate Vajrayāna practices to a sūtrayāna view. Needless to say, there is much dissent from this perspective both in Japan and Tibet. That's OK as far as it go...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

The point of view on the relationship of Sūtra and Mantrayāna in Tendai is a little similar to the Gelugpa school in that both schools subordinate Vajrayāna practices to a sūtrayāna view. Needless to say, there is much dissent from this perspective both in Japan and Tibet. That's OK as far as it go...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 62
Views: 1712

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

How about reading Pabhongkha's book Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand? Should we avoid places where they talk about him? HHDL devides Phabongkha's life into two: the early and the older Phabongkha. He performed great work when he was younger and he was a great practicioner as well. Later in his l...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: questions on karma
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: questions on karma

1. How does karma work? 2. How does karma deal with emptiness? 3. How does buddhist karma differ from hindu karma? 1. Karma refers to actions. Causes and effects. If you plant an apple seed, what kind of fruit will that plant bear? Apples. Similarly for actions and their results. 2. Emptiness is an...