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by Matt J
Tue May 26, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Momentariness
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Momentariness

If the effect is already in the cause, then there is no need for other actions to occur to bring it about. That is to say, if the tree is inherent in the seed, there would be no need for sun, soil, water, etc. The seed would produce the tree (or trees) by itself. Clearly, it does not. Nor is any one...
by Matt J
Mon May 25, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 92
Views: 2547

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

Sorry to be controversial, but I think it is possible to be done wrong. Zen, according to the traditional summary attributed to Bodhidharma is: A special transmission outside the scriptures, Not depending on words and letters; Directly pointing to the mind Seeing into one’s true nature and attaining...
by Matt J
Tue May 19, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 141
Views: 2040

Re: Nihilistic view

This comes up in a number of contexts. In the Pali, a nihilist would also deny rebirth. Ancient India had atheist/materialists called Carvakas that taught that death was complete annihilation. In this sense, many modern Westerners are nihilists. sounds logical to me. I just wonder how somebody can b...
by Matt J
Tue May 19, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of online empowerments
Replies: 36
Views: 999

Re: Validity of online empowerments

I totally didn't prepare myself. I didn't know anything about the visualizations, etc. Changed my life.
javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 4:24 pm
i did the experiment and discovered that if one does not prepare onerself, is such a waste of time; and that if one do prepares oneself, there is an actual chance.
by Matt J
Sun May 17, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Netflix shows recommendations for kids 11-13, please?
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Netflix shows recommendations for kids 11-13, please?

Dark has a lot of sex and violence.
Dan74 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 7:07 pm
Our lot have already seen The Last Airbender (and loved it). The daughter (11) is watching Brooklyn Nine Nine at the moment. Another suggestion was Dark.
by Matt J
Sat May 16, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Netflix shows recommendations for kids 11-13, please?
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Netflix shows recommendations for kids 11-13, please?

Good news: Avatar the Last Airbender is back on (the cartoon). Very entertaining, with a dash of Buddhist philosophy thrown in.
by Matt J
Tue May 05, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 430

Re: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety

If you post on the forum, they will usually reply within a day or so.
tomdzogchen27 wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 4:07 pm
Also, I haven't been able to contact any of their instructors, since I am not having an interview with them for 20 days. Anyhow, any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
by Matt J
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Flight of Garuda best translation
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: Flight of Garuda best translation

Totally agree. EPK's version is typically used in teaching settings in my experience.
heart wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:38 pm
Toenail wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:17 pm
Hi,

what is the best translation of flight of Garuda available?
Erik Pema Kunzang :smile:

/magnus
by Matt J
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lama Surya Das walks into Town Bagel in Massapequa and says...
Replies: 34
Views: 1074

Re: Lama Surya Das walks into Town Bagel in Massapequa and says...

Nah, nihilism is impossible. To quote Gendun Chophel from the Madman's Middle Way: There are those who fear that if vases, pillars, and so on were refuted through reasoning, everyone would come to espouse nihilistic views of nonexistence. Their worries are pointless. For in the case of ordinary, eve...
by Matt J
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lama Surya Das walks into Town Bagel in Massapequa and says...
Replies: 34
Views: 1074

Re: Lama Surya Das walks into Town Bagel in Massapequa and says...

Also, it is one of the Madhyamaka "diamond splinters." If one thing cannot be established, then many "one things" also cannot be established. I'm relooking at Hua Yen with Francis Cook's Jewel Net of Indra. What are your favorite Hua Yen resources? To get out of the stale "oneness" versus "multiplic...
by Matt J
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 92
Views: 2547

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

How would a Zen student find the proper teacher who can demonstrate the state in your mind?
Meido wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:29 pm
It needs to be grasped under a teacher who can demonstrate that state.
by Matt J
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you remember teachings when triggered?
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: How do you remember teachings when triggered?

I would say it sounds like you need to take it easy with yourself. You have an entire lifetime (many lifetimes, per the Buddhist teachings) of habits to work through. Buddhist practice may take some time to deeply sink in and alter the deep down habits we have. There is one area of my life however, ...
by Matt J
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3641

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

I think this example relies on a dualistic dichotomy between "real" and "unreal." You will see this in Samkhya schools. They would say it doesn't matter. But in Buddhism, there is no "real" underlying the "unreal." From a Buddhist POV, it may matter a lot--- if you continue in the illusion of the cu...
by Matt J
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 73
Views: 6611

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

He is also doing retreats now.
PeterC wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:54 am
Yes, but then I would have to join Facebook, which is a wretched hive of scum and villany
I feel your pain.
PSM wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:38 am
Oh god, I've just joined Facebook in order to get access to Malcolm again... :crazy: :techproblem:
by Matt J
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 73
Views: 6611

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

He is carrying on in the Facebook group Ask the Acarya. I would strongly recommend Malcolm's Dzogchen course on this site. It's excellent. The first lecture is free - it explains the history of the different lineages and empowerments - and that alone is information that's hard to find anywhere else ...
by Matt J
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 73
Views: 6611

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Thanks I couldn’t find it!
by Matt J
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 73
Views: 6611

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

What course? I don’t see a course.
PeterC wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:24 am
I would strongly recommend Malcolm's Dzogchen course on this site. It's excellent. The first lecture is free - it explains the history of the different lineages and empowerments - and that alone is information that's hard to find anywhere else
by Matt J
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches
Replies: 61
Views: 2603

Re: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches

Duckworth lays this out in his Tibetan Philosophy of Mind and Nature. Phenomenology means the study of consciousness from a first person point of view-- how it appears. Ontology refers to how things are: empty. I think this is just his way of reconciling the relative nature of Cittamatra and the ult...
by Matt J
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Excellent New Forum
Replies: 14
Views: 1065

Re: Excellent New Forum

I'm sorry to hear about your condition. Have you found bardo or death preparatory teachings that you've found helpful? Most of them seem so abstract and theoretical. I would list two exceptions: primarily oral teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche and Andrew Holocek. I asked that this sub-forum be created...

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