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by Matt J
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 50
Views: 669

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

Thanks. I found this from Gethin: The bare notion of bhavaṅga consciousness is not unfamiliar to students of Theravāda Buddhism. It has been discussed briefly by a number of writers over the years. However, as with many other basic conceptions of Buddhist thought, if one searches for a straightforwa...
by Matt J
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 50
Views: 669

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

I don't know, that's pretty much how it was described. Sadly, I lack the encyclopedic knowledge of a Malcolm as Astus and cannot simply produce quotes on command. But the common analogy was like having a bunch of wood for a fire. You could burn it very slowly, through ethical living, or more quickly...
by Matt J
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1023

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Which parts of Daoism do you find conflict with dependent origination, karma, dukkha, etc.? I'm not saying they are the same, I am saying they are compatible. It is not a matter of syncretism or perennialism--- Daoism and Chinese Buddhism matured together. Sometimes they were fierce rivals vying for...
by Matt J
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tsogyelgar Upper Shrine Room Burned to the Ground
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Tsogyelgar Upper Shrine Room Burned to the Ground

Wait, Tsogyelgar? I thought maybe it was Tsegyalgar-- the communities established by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. But further research revealed this an organization belonging to some one named "t.k.": In one moment t.k. will be giving exquisite finely detailed traditional teachings on the subtle ...
by Matt J
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1023

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Daoism and Buddhism are totally compatible, if you mean East Asian Buddhism. They grew up together and were eventually integrated together. The Complete Reality School (Quanzhen) assembled Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian practice. The Secret of the Golden Flower is more Buddhist than Daoist in my vi...
by Matt J
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 50
Views: 669

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

I have not heard that. When I practiced Theravada, we were always told that the practice would eliminate residual karmic impressions. Otherwise, what is the point of practice? In the Mahayana ripening Karma can be transformed. As far as I know this is not so in Theravada, Karmic fruits are "set" the...
by Matt J
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

Depends on how you define "sentient being." You can narrowly refer to ordinary beings, or broadly include Buddhas in the English term. Sentient beings is a term used to designate the totality of living, conscious beings that constitute the object and audience of Buddhist teaching. Translating variou...
by Matt J
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

There is a lot of overlap between Buddhist Tantra and Shaiva Tantra--- they both developed around the same time and place. You can consult Prof Alexis Sanderson's write up, the Saiva Age for more academic research. Christopher Wallis has written an article based on that, and has his own book, Tantra...
by Matt J
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

Well, they are primordially enlightened sentient beings who are depicted as blue skinned and often sitting in yab yum with their consorts, for example. I beleive different traditions have different names for the primordial Buddha. Samantabhadra for Dzogchen, Vajradhara for Kagyu Mahamudra, and Vairo...
by Matt J
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

I beleive different traditions have different names for the primordial Buddha. Samantabhadra for Dzogchen, Vajradhara for Kagyu Mahamudra, and Vairocana for East Asian Buddhism (i.e. Zen) based on my experience. If you ask me, they all bear a striking resemblance to Shiva.
by Matt J
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

I have never gotten the visualization part of practice. I don't know if others feel the same way, but for me, growing up in the West, a lot of the symbols and so on lack the feeling of sacredness and/or power they would have had I been raised in a Buddhist culture. While I was raised Catholic, I hav...
by Matt J
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Readability of Usernames
Replies: 41
Views: 735

Re: Readability of Usernames

I hate it when people say “grumpy old man” instead of curmudgeon. You kids and your lack of 16th century terms! :lol:
Queequeg wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:10 pm
The points on both sides have some merit, though, Simon (サイモン :tongue: ), you're kind of sounding like a grumpy old man.
by Matt J
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

I think what is often overlooked in these discussions is the difference in meditation techniques and how this is applied. I think this is often overlooked because people approach this from a theoretical perspective, and seldom receive meditation instructions in both traditions. Basically, Buddhist t...
by Matt J
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Online Courses/Shedra's
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Online Courses/Shedra's

Tergar has a series of courses and an online forum for Vajrayana. They have a lot of prior courses that you can take at your own pace. If you meet the requirements, it may fit the bill. Some specific courses require transmission, but most do not. It is a good course for many and has many stand alone...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Depends on the teacher and student. In Tergar, reading, discussion and practice are all encouraged if it fits. For me, it really helps to set my practice right. If I hadn’t come across Mipam’s Lamp To Dispel the Darkness, I might still be spending a lot of time resting in the dullness. Reading and d...
by Matt J
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

That is incorrect--- the Rangtong and Shentong views are not mutually exclusive. Typically, the Shentong is considered to be of the tradition of Asanga, and Rangtong to be of Nagarjuna. However, the Kagyus have not selected one over the other. Rather, they hold both Nagarjuna and Asanga in high rega...
by Matt J
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Stop right there--- emptiness in a general Mahayana context and an eternal infinite metaphysical substance are exactly the opposite. Emptiness typically refers to the unfindability of self and phenomenon, or to put it another way, the absence of any unitary, independent, permanent self. The three pr...
by Matt J
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Some Direct Path teachers (i.e. Sri Atmananda) state that every night when you go into deep sleep, you achieve nirvikalpa samadha. This is also echoed in the teachings of Swami Dayananda. In other words, ultimate enlightenment is eternal deep sleep. That does not sound appealing to me. I've heard si...
by Matt J
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

That was me, not Brunnholzl. I put the quotes back in for clarity. Sorry, I was trying to do italics quotes like Astus. Practice is a path of subtraction, not addition, which makes a HUGE difference in how your approach meditation, thoughts, etc. Getting these ideas right is only important because i...

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