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by Matt J
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?
Replies: 64
Views: 1581

Re: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?

I wonder how the multiple tulku phenomenon fits into the discussion. I've heard of body, speech, and mind tulkus, and in fact it was a plot point in Little Buddha. I attached a screen shot from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's Blazing Splendor and Tulku Thondop's Incarnation. I found this from HHDL: Usually ...
by Matt J
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9538

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Times like this, we need an emoji that pops its monocle and faints with a "Good Heavens!" CTR was trying to help people with no experience of Vajrayāna during the seminaries from 1973-1980 gain a (very) gross approximation of Vajrayāna view by using examples from European intellectual history. Takin...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17
Replies: 94
Views: 2601

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17

Chrome works for me.

pael wrote:Other streams doesn't work on Chrome for me. I mean other broadcasts. I tested this site on Senate Debate. Mozilla works. How I fix Chrome?
https://livestream.com/watch
by Matt J
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2319

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

I think non-clinging naturally arises the more that we see there is nothing fixed, solid, or enduring about anything. The lack of any fixed points at all also eliminates the basis for any lines, divisions, or boundaries. Everything is connected and in a state of constant transformation. A self would...
by Matt J
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2319

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

I think if you follow the meaning of emptiness to its root, there is no way any kind of self can be posited. The whole point of basic emptiness teachings are that there is no solid, enduring, ongoing, bounded entities of any kind, whether these body parts, sentient beings, objects, or anything else.
by Matt J
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to stop orgasms during meditation?
Replies: 34
Views: 1481

Re: How to stop orgasms during meditation?

I have the same thoughts as CedarTree--- it might be just piti, which isn't necessarily a problem unless you become attached to it. It sounds like you've been practicing Theravada style shamatha without vipassana. Are you following a path or a tradition?
by Matt J
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Zen
Replies: 344
Views: 12217

Re: Tibetan Zen

The Mahayana is generally an inclusive path, or depending on your model, becomes more inclusive as you go higher. As I have engaged in it more, it tends to encompass more--- it is actually the vision of non-duality to include everything. Nothing is left out. Thoughts are not demons, and the mind is ...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 464
Views: 29702

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

The thing I cannot fully shake is when you listen to Advaitins, they are always talking about identification. It is as though the key issue is to find the right target to identify with. So you won't identify with the body, energy, the parts of mind, the void (not the same as Buddhist emptiness no ma...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2502

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

What do you mean? Not sure I follow.
CedarTree wrote: Maybe you and some other members could chime in on how they view an "Individual Mind-stream" functioning in this system.

I would be interested to hear see this developed :)
by Matt J
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2502

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

I think you may be reading too much into TKR use of the words experience and realization. From what I recall, TKR was talking about the nyams, or specific meditation experiences that can arise. People confuse these superficial experiences with realization. Of course, this is a subtle point that is b...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2502

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

I'd say from my POV, it is the other way around. Experience is primary, it is a constant stream. Everything else is inference, stories, or focusing on part of that stream while ignoring others. So look at what happened here. We start with the undivided experience of rain, and now we have it divided:...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2502

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

No, it is not complicated. For example, I can read a book about rain, theorize about the rain, argue about rain, but none of this is direct experience of the rain. For direct experience, I simply need to go outside when it is raining. That is direct experience of rain. And there need be no rain-er f...
by Matt J
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2502

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

I don't think we are connecting on what is meant by direct experience. Direct experience is what is happening, right now. It is always certain--- what is uncertain is what we think or say about it. We can focus on some parts versus others, or form concepts about what it means, or argue about its met...
by Matt J
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2502

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Where the whole project goes offline, in my mind, is the first word--- imagine . What we are doing here is leaving the certainty of direct experience, and entering into the world of thought to create imaginary worlds and to compare them. Once we are creating imaginary worlds, we can create them howe...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 4742

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

The sutra approach is more of a Tibetan teaching tool than an actual assessment of other traditions. The idea is you read sutras and use logic to reason your way to the truth. The issue with vipassana is that the view of emptiness presented is not as thorough as TB--- for example, the self is discov...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 1717

Re: Emptiness nutshells

How about this from Lama Shang (trans. Peter Alan Roberts):
In brief, to think that things "are" is the root of attachment to everything.
by Matt J
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 20
Views: 1249

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

How would you ever know?
by Matt J
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: "Introduction to the Middle Way" 8 week online course begins today, June 7 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1093

Re: "Introduction to the Middle Way" 8 week online course begins today, June 7 2017

Ju Mipham Rinpoche in his Adornment of the Middle Way commentary on the Madhyamakalankara says there is only one flaw in Chittamatra--- establishing the mind as real. Once removed, he argues, the Chittamatra is a proper presentation of relative truth and is entirely consistent with Prasangika Madhya...
by Matt J
Mon May 22, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 21532

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Interestingly, I happened to go to a (public) teaching by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in which he distinguishes between simple knowing, thinking, awareness, and the clarity of the mind's essence. One point: translating rigpa correctly as knowledge is not some new innovation or groundbreaking insight - many tra...