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by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2816

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

His Buddhism is a result of a thousand years of doctrinal politics Buddhadharma is really not about politics at all. You can blame certain Dalai Lamas for corrupting political elements. I think the Thirteenth Dalai Lama was right to call upon the great Terton Sogyal to bring an end to the political...
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2816

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

Tsongkhapafan wrote:
Furthermore, to deny a self althogether is nihilism. A merely imputed self does exist.


Please help me understand your position. is a "merely imputed self" anything more than a mere imputation? which is to say, a thought?
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2816

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

But the truth is emptiness and that is not realised by meditating on conventional phenomena such as the nature of the mind. WRONG! What is the nature of mind? If you meditate on the nature of mind, what will you see? I'll tell you what you will see! Your beloved fetish: Emptiness. The whole point o...
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2816

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

........................ ......... ..................... The method to cause emptiness to appear is the syllogistic reasoning that Malcolm doesn't believe is necessary in order to realise the Dharmakaya. says who? Guru Tsongkhapa Do you have a reference for this? I'd like to have a look at the pass...
by DGA
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2816

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

There's a reason why there are four empowerments in HYT - they plant the seeds for the four bodies of a Buddha. Cultivating one seed, i.e., that planted by the fourth empowerment, is not sufficient. It is absolutely sufficient: For example, the trikāya chapter in the Suvarnaprabhāsa Sūtra states: F...
by DGA
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are Tibetans racist?
Replies: 29
Views: 635

Re: Are Tibetans racist?

IMO, "racism" is an imprecise and badly overworked word. In the present context, for example, are Tibetans really a "race"? What does the word mean, really? Certainly there are vast phenotypical (meaning visually apparent ) differences between Tibetans who come from the border a...
by DGA
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are Tibetans racist?
Replies: 29
Views: 635

Re: Are Tibetans racist?

As a culture they've got a lot of catching up to do in a lot of areas. This sounds a more than a little arrogant, like you mean "they have to do a lot to catch up with our enlightened Western outlook". Just a modern form of imperialism. sure, because appreciating it when others are not bi...
by DGA
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: World Zen Fellowship
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: World Zen Fellowship

I actually was able to find a Soto group in my neighborhood! It didn't show up on any searches for some reason, but I saw it while looking at a different group's Facebook page. Thank you for your advice. Good. You might want to check out that Tendai group too. If you're in or near Del Ray, the cafe...
by DGA
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What BROOK A. ZIPORYN says about Nichiren in his book:Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Budd
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: What BROOK A. ZIPORYN says about Nichiren in his book:Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Bu

Shakyamuni, Jesus, Lennon, and Bob Dylan (among others). Here are the specifics: Nichiren twists the sutras, willfully reverses the TianTai doctrine, spits poisonous promises of dire consequences for any who doubt him, indulges in wild vainglorious fantasies, curses all other schools, breaks the gen...
by DGA
Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eastern and Western 'Mindfulness'?
Replies: 17
Views: 409

Re: Eastern and Western 'Mindfulness'?

Achieving Mindfulness at Work, No Meditation Cushion Required From the article: There are two approaches to mindfulness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern view indeed positions meditation as an essential tool to achieving a mindful state. But the Eastern view is more about quieting the mind and susp...
by DGA
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren vs Tientai or Nichiren originality
Replies: 14
Views: 270

Re: Nichiren vs Tientai or Nichiren originality

These expressions by previous teachers were not singled out as practices in and of themselves, but expressions of refuge within more comprehensive rituals. Nichiren identified NMRK as a complete practice. This is accurate. Nichiren wrote that Tientai used the daimoku as a practice, but do not made ...
by DGA
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 973
Views: 39652

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

There really is such a thing as too much democracy.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/su ... 0521685092
by DGA
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are Buddha's attendants here?
Replies: 9
Views: 288

Re: Who are Buddha's attendants here?

Karma Jinpa wrote:
Is Shakyamuni paired with Medicine Buddha (Yakushi, Kusurishi Nyorai) and Amitabha (Amida Butsu) elsewhere, in other sanzon? Is that common, uncommon, or even unheard of?


viewtopic.php?f=64&t=24330

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by DGA
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 163
Views: 10690

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Norwegian wrote:It's $21.49 on Amazon.com. That is quite affordable.


It's less on abebooks.com (at least in US dollars)
by DGA
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 4354

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Tsongkhapafan wrote:However, the mental image of a unicorn exists.

And since the mind is a sense the pink unicorn is as "real" as that horse over there.


As real as a dream, which is to say: not real at all.
by DGA
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 4354

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

It's the opposite of something. That's a conceptual designation. You haven't demonstrated that there is such a thing as "the opposite of something" existing. Similarly, I could claim that the square root of -1 exists simply because I have named it. But it doesn't exist except in the imagi...
by DGA
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 4354

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

So they exist in the way that things do not exist. This is the way appearances are to be regarded, according to Buddha Shakyamuni: “So I say to you, This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world: “Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; Like a flash ...
by DGA
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: NPR interview with Claire Brown on Buddhist Economics
Replies: 6
Views: 264

Re: NPR interview with Claire Brown on Buddhist Economics

For some reason, "buddhist economics" just doesn't sound right. I Wonder what it is ... :roll: It sounds like what Bhutan does with its gross national happiness statistics. attempts like this usually don't hang together. I haven't read Dr Brown's book so no comment on that specifically, t...
by DGA
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 4354

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

You're saying that I am saying that phenomena are not dependently arisen. I'm not saying that. Blue exists only for a mind that experiences it. In which case it does not actually exist since it is dependently arisen. It exists as appearance, and in that way exists. So they exist in the way that thi...
by DGA
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 4354

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

Yes, of course! All non-things are existent. Even nothing is an existent. how do you demonstrate the existence of nothing? It's the opposite of something. That's a conceptual designation. You haven't demonstrated that there is such a thing as "the opposite of something" existing. Similarl...

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