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by Matt J
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 168
Views: 1901

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

The suttas are typically not considered definitive from a Mahayana POV. If you consider the Tahagatagarbha Sutras and the Tantras, you get a far different view then what is set forth in the suttas. Also, in the Mahayana traditions I am most familiar with (Tibetan Buddhist/Zen), the Buddha does not t...
by Matt J
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 168
Views: 1901

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I think this is a vast oversimplification. Not all concepts are created the same. Some point to the truth, and others do not. Even conventionally, there is valid and invalid cognition. With the ultimate, there is conceptual approaches that lead one to the non-conceptual. Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche goes ...
by Matt J
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 168
Views: 1901

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I think I know what you're trying to convey--- it is something that I struggled with for a while. One teacher said noted that Buddhism has awareness like in Advaita, but we "don't add a lot of cosmic wu-wu to it." The major difference I've found between Buddhism and Advaita approaches is the emphasi...
by Matt J
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 908

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

We can't know for certain anything outside of our experience--- if the standard one applies is incorrigibility (i.e. 100% certainty). If that were the case, it would be difficult to live one's life not knowing, for example, if the next step will plunge you into a deep endless void. But this is not a...
by Matt J
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 745

Re: Is anyone home?

One interesting experiment/method I've tried is instead of asking an abstract question such as "Who is looking," I instead ask "What do I think is me in my experience right now?" Usually, there is a gross or subtle "sense of self." It might be a feeling tone, a bodily sensation, a mental image. Once...
by Matt J
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I suggest The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life by Ricard and Revel. Ricard presents Buddhism pretty in-depth to his father, who is a philosophy professor. It tackles a lot of questions scientific-minded Westerners have about Buddhism. Ricard had another conversa...
by Matt J
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Looking for book(s) with shedra style teachings, not too many volumes
Replies: 10
Views: 1046

Re: Looking for book(s) with shedra style teachings, not too many volumes

PSL has a complete shedra series. I haven't read these, but there other books are top notch.

https://www.padmasambhava.org/chiso/boo ... t-8-books/
by Matt J
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 4259

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Not in the same way they don't, at least not in my experience. We tend to artificially reduce Shamatha to a "technique", i.e watching the breath, focusing on A etc... However, it is more a quality to be developed rather than mere technique. Therefore, whatever practice helps in pacifying / tranquili...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 4259

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

That's a bit of a straw man. Any practice that fosters an unhealthy attachment is problematic. Personally, I think shamatha is under-practiced in the West. I find it hard to believe that a lay person (as most of us are on this forum) would have any issues with "too much" shamatha. I would think that...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 4259

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

How so? What type of shamatha?
PeterC wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:58 am
Which statement? The second - that training too much in shamatha can make it difficult to recognize the natural state - is something that a number of reputable teachers will tell you
by Matt J
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 2578

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

Per Newsweek, he said: “My family and village people call me mad. Once they suggested I should visit a psychologist. I told them ‘I don’t require any, maybe you should go’ because he is my god and I am not bothered about stuff others say,” he said, according to Australia’s 9 News. https://www.newswe...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 30
Views: 2508

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

I can give you my general impressions of Tergar. I live in a dharma hot spot, with many local centers of various kinds. However, after an exhaustive exploration of various local groups, I have been and continue to work through Tergar. There are a few reasons: 1. Various options. Tergar offers both a...
by Matt J
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 35
Views: 2307

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

I did not review the videos, but from my personal experience only, I think that Zen and Dzogchen are pointing in the same direction. Some of the methods are identical. I think that Dzogchen teachings has been systemitized in a way that Zen has not, which has positive and negative aspects.
by Matt J
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 17
Views: 1196

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

If some one came and took all of my Madhyamaka books (and I have many), I would fight to keep at least two: Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrum Gyamtso Rinpoche and the attendant commentary by Andy Karr called Contemplating Reality . They are both very accessible and pra...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 3377

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

It strikes me that the time one needs to spend with a guru is determined by--- I would guess--- one's guru. If some one feels that they need to spend a lot of time with a guru, then they should probably find some one who offers that. I can also see people who want to offer advice for people who do n...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1752

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

I think you have to start where you are. I can say that unlike Cone and Malcolm, I am a lazy, busy householder who practices far less than he should and reads way too much. Even so, with the right set of practices, major transformations can occur. When I first started practice, I had gone through ma...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 21211

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I do. It helps create a culture where this type of behavior is deemed publicly unacceptable.
smcj wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:53 pm
You aren't actually saying anything but seem to be chastising others for talking,
Do you see benefit in re-hashing lama dramas? How so?
by Matt J
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings
Replies: 40
Views: 2225

Re: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings

You don’t necessarily need a local sangha. You can travel for retreats. Tsoknyi Rinpoche comes to Crestone once a year as does Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—- they also have online support. You can also travel: I recently went waaay down to Mexico to get instructions from a teacher. It is a matter of prio...

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