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by Matt J
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 60
Views: 2143

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: 60
Views: 2143

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: 60
Views: 2143

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: 60
Views: 2143

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: 1393

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: 529

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...
by Matt J
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 political compass
Replies: 20
Views: 748

Re: POTUS 2020 political compass

How is I’ve a leftist libertarian? Sounds like a contradiction in terms.
by Matt J
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3957

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

Ju Mipham Rinpoche states that we start from relative concepts. Accordingly, we need concepts to bridge from the conceptual to the non-conceptual. So we have the conceptual and non-conceptual ultimate that serves to point beings from being mired in concepts to the non-conceptual ultimate. Or, as the...
by Matt J
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 2631

Re: Secular Buddhism

Yes, I think it is true that meditation can assist in building strong habits. To push the analogy perhaps a little too far, a person raised in a culture dedicated to short attention spans would be the equivalent of some one who, due to bad eating habits, lack of exercise, and nutrition, ends up with...
by Matt J
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 1085

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

Not necessarily. Take a look at shitro, for example. Or the whole "Feeding Your Demons" methodology by Lama Tsultrim. https://www.lionsroar.com/how-to-practice-feeding-your-demons/ It’s a clever and probably correct formulation to speak of something like sleep as being a worldly god or a source of r...
by Matt J
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 2631

Re: Secular Buddhism

I totally disagree-- I think we are heading into a dharma ending age. Not because we are stepping away from the old ways, but rather because Buddhism requires a non-renewable resource that is rapidly squandered: attention. In my former life, I did a lot of trial work. Back in the day of Clarence Dar...
by Matt J
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 1085

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

I'm not sure exacly what is meant by deities, but in Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Trungpa suggests that we usually take refuge in the Three Lords of Materialism. Expanding on that, I would say that people in the West often take refuge in various forms of pleasure, money, and power. Such ab...
by Matt J
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to Read Sutras? Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?"
Replies: 14
Views: 466

How to Read Sutras? Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?"

Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?" thread. I am curious, how do you all work with these kinds of Sutras? Many sutras, with a few exceptions, seem to me to very long, dense, and theoretical--- I will admit that I haven't read very many of them straight through. And when I do, it seems like th...
by Matt J
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 2631

Re: Secular Buddhism

I've never fully gotten the desire that people feel to narrow the gates of Buddhism. For me, I would like to see it flung open as far and as wide as possible. The Mahayana teaches that Buddhas will take any measure of forms in order to help other beings. I don't see why Buddhism cannot take a secula...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3957

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

As far as I know, there are two basics types of knowledge: direct knowledge, which is known in your present experience, and inference, which is not. Certainty, or as the Western philosophers say, incorrigibility, can only come from direct experience. Accordingly, if you want to find out if the tatha...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Can I play Dungeons and Dragons?
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Can I play Dungeons and Dragons?

Nooooooo, don't do it! You might end up insane or in a Satanic cult or (insert 1980's mass hysteria object here)!

by Matt J
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3147

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Rather, the West was obsessed with it until the post-structuralist and post-modernist movement. Academically, the West has lost any sense of an objective truth. I would argue over the years this has filtered from the academy into popular consciousness, as evidenced in the “truth is what you say it i...
by Matt J
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3147

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

I think you're reading too much into what I've written here. Which is part of the point--- what we see is colored by our minds, our experiences, etc. I don't think what I wrote is culturally dependent, and I also wrote "provisionally as objective," carefully choosing my words. Imagine new celestial ...
by Matt J
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3147

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Dependent origination and karma are core Buddhist beliefs, backed up by numerous references in Suttas and Sutras and a near-unanimity amongst Buddhist teachers in all cultures. Hell is not. Maybe the question is this: can you be a Buddhist without believing/understanding/gaining insight into depende...

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