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by DGA
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seventeen Tantras Volume 1 & 2
Replies: 23
Views: 601

Re: Seventeen Tantras Volume 1 & 2

Congratulations, Malcolm, on this publication. I hope it finds its audience. I'm glad Wisdom is getting behind these projects. Meanwhile... The first division includes the three essential tantras: the Self-Arisen Vidyā, the Self-Liberated Vidyā, and the Without Syllables. If one knows these three, ...
by DGA
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seventeen Tantras Volume 1 & 2
Replies: 23
Views: 601

Re: Seventeen Tantras Volume 1 & 2

Congratulations, Malcolm, on this publication. I hope it finds its audience. I'm glad Wisdom is getting behind these projects. Meanwhile... The first division includes the three essential tantras: the Self-Arisen Vidyā, the Self-Liberated Vidyā, and the Without Syllables. If one knows these three, o...
by DGA
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 7124

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

Never said they were the same. I also quoted Avatamsaka Sutra. Do you also think this is not valid? I know you didn't ask me, but I'd like to venture an answer anyway. I think the Avatamsaka Sutra and the Yogacara teachings are great, but they are provisional. I think you might agree, based on this...
by DGA
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Copying sutras using one's blood
Replies: 11
Views: 300

Re: Copying sutras using one's blood

pael wrote:How widespread practice is copying sutras using one's blood?


today? I don't know, but I have heard of someone who copied the entirety of the Avatamsaka Sutra (!!!) in his own blood.

Here's some context.

https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/i ... /9174/3032
by DGA
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 7124

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

Quoting Chan masters in Dzogchen-related threads is actually quite helpful, it turns out -- proves that Chan and Dzogchen are indeed quite different beasts. Never said they were the same. I also quoted Avatamsaka Sutra. Do you also think this is not valid? I know you didn't ask me, but I'd like to ...
by DGA
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 104
Views: 1574

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

Here we go from J. Stone's Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism Univ. of Hawaii Press Thus the 'contemplation of mind' in Nichiren's teaching is not the introspective meditation on the moment to moment activity of one's (unenlightened) mind....."'Embracin...
by DGA
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 104
Views: 1574

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

It seems to me that this conversation might be more productive if we rephrased one of Astus' earlier questions to be a bit more specific. This is an attempt to get more clarity. According to Nichiren... *does practicing the daimoku lead to Buddhahood? or *does the practitioner of the daimoku, in the...
by DGA
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: how to practice the Anapanasati Sutta?
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: how to practice the Anapanasati Sutta?

This is all well and good but I don't understand how you follow these instructions. Are you supposed to go through the first four instructions in one sitting? or are you supposed to contemplate one per sitting or do you recite each instruction once in your head before moving on? Practice instructio...
by DGA
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from a monk in Calgary, AB Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Hello from a monk in Calgary, AB Canada

Hello all. I'm a recently ordained monastic, a getsul (novice) in the Karma Kagyu (17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje). I was ordained by the Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche at Thrangu Monastery Canada in Richmond BC in the Summer of 2016. I'm not a new practitioner, but as far as monks ...
by DGA
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..
Replies: 44
Views: 2171

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..

Oh yes, I feel extremely fortunate to have had help along the way and continue to find support for my practice. Longchenpa and Chan texts are very close to my heart, yet my main teachers were not Buddhist and never taught or told me to do any sitting practice. In fact, they pointed out the very sam...
by DGA
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 104
Views: 1574

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

According to Buddha Shakyamuni, all the Buddhas are always teaching sentient beings according to their capacities. That's not an idea exclusive to Nichiren's teaching--that's Mahayana Buddhism 101. Now, about this: ...why didn't he just tell them to chant NMRK from day 1? Some very useful Buddhist p...
by DGA
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 104
Views: 1574

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

The practice of NMRK is nothing other than single minded concentration on the real aspect of reality. That may be the meaning of NMRK. The explicit practice--the recitation of those Sino-Japanese characters--Buddha Shakyamuni did not teach that, as you acknowledge. I think that's uncontroversial. S...
by DGA
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..
Replies: 44
Views: 2171

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..

To DGA: You have to trust yourself. I don't mean 'self' as in the ordinary mentation that goes on. That is full of dilemma and duality. The trust is in your own Being, which is present, here and now. How can words show you this? It is a sudden 'knowing' that is not full of knowledge/information. Th...
by DGA
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 13282

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Grigoris wrote:
Norwegian wrote:When people say that we have to use methods from other vehicles like Vajrayana if we practice Dzogchen, this then seem to imply that Dzogchen is not sufficient, that it's not enough...

The amount of miscomprehension in this post is staggering...


For example?
by DGA
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..
Replies: 44
Views: 2171

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..

It seems to me that if someone is answering a question about something on an online forum, it is entirely appropriate to ask that person about his or her background related to that question. It's OK if that person doesn't know what he or she is talking about, so long as that person is open and respo...
by DGA
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..
Replies: 44
Views: 2171

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..

There is a huge difference in realizing Mahamudra or Dzogchen and the thought "being on the path". As we can for example say okay, I can do whatever I want since afflictions are empty and are not somewhere or somewhat else. And so "I can act by them". This can be a huge problem ...
by DGA
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..
Replies: 44
Views: 2171

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..

What I'm driving at is How does a person be moral and ethical without circumstances? There's no need for morals or ethics if there is no action. And there are no actions without circumstances. Maybe I don't understand the question? It is integral to "gauge" growth based on resistance or o...
by DGA
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..
Replies: 44
Views: 2171

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra and Pali Buddhist morals & meditation..

The Dzogchen/Mahamudra path, in my mind, does have a correlate in the Pali texts insofar as Bare Awareness/Attention is concerned as pertains to the path. How are "bare awareness" and "attention" defined? how are these elaborated in both traditions? If you are claiming they corr...
by DGA
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche European Teaching Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 736

Re: Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche European Teaching Tour 2017

As an aside: I would appreciate it if someone with the means to do so could invite Loppon Ogyan Tenzin Rinpoche to the U.S.
by DGA
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche European Teaching Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 736

Re: Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche European Teaching Tour 2017

Why is he giving so many empowerments? It would be difficult to join all of them. You don't have to attend all of them. Just one would be sufficient. He surely has his reasons for doing what he is doing. As a rule, it is a generosity of spirit, kindness, and compassion on his or her part that motiv...

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