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by DGA
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Power
Replies: 3
Views: 80

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: 6
Views: 101

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: 52
Views: 792

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: 52
Views: 792

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: 122

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: 3656

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: 3656

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: 620

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: 1676

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: 122

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...
by DGA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 192
Views: 3656

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

For sure, the devotional aspect of Buddhist practice can be very important for us rural bumpkins. The devotional aspect of Buddhist practice is certainly important to me, and I have reason to believe it's important to other Buddhists, including many who frequent this subforum. I rejoice in the devo...
by DGA
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 192
Views: 3656

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

You could also just call these Buddhas Vajrasattva, Vajradhara, Samantabhadra, Amitabha, Akshobhya, Adibuddha, our Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, since he actually appeared in this world to teach us. This takes us back to Nichiren's teaching: Why revere other Buddhas when this one is close by and reaching...
by DGA
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Would you agree with this statement??
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Would you agree with this statement??

Tirisilex wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:30 am
I've been thinkin about the phrase Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is form. I'm wondering if other Buddhists agree with this phrase: "Reality is Illusion, Illusion is Reality."
no reality, no illusion
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 14
Views: 447

Re: What's an emanation?

i think everyone seems to now have a handle on Dharmakaya...thats all down to this site...and malcolm was a big part of it......just saying. :soapbox: an emanation for me is like a movie theatre...different images on the screen which make you think and feel differently at different times....but it ...
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 14
Views: 447

Re: What's an emanation?

That view is not unique to Tientai/Tendai or Shingon. That's normative Mahayana. And it doesn't correspond from the view in the thread I linked in the OP, which describes all Buddhas not named Shakyamuni as emanations of Shakyamuni. In other words, if you are correct, and I think you are, then the ...