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by Matt J
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 64
Views: 945

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Having been around the Dharmawheel of different traditions, the thing that distinguishes Buddhism from other religions is blind faith. Rather, faith in Buddhism comes from experience. The Buddha did not say to believe the teachings but to come and see for yourself. Buddhist teachers give us actual p...
by Matt J
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 64
Views: 945

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Just because some one is an expert is one area doesn't mean they are an expert is all areas. I'm sure Jigme Lingpa though the earth was flat, that Mount Meru was the center of the universe, that the sun went around the earth and all sorts of stuff. I don't know what the life expectancy of a Tibetan ...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 64
Views: 945

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Stuff like this put me off of Vajrayana for a long time. I mean, I had no interest in becoming a Medieval Tibetan and still have no interest. I suppose it is fine for those who want it, but for those who don't, the Vajrayana tent is a big one. There are very old school lamas with jokes that are at l...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Books on Shentong

Anything by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso.
by Matt J
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 708

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

I would choose based on the teachers available. Choosing a tradition without a teacher who can humanize and explain it is not very useful.
by Matt J
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 468

Re: We dont exist anywhere?

Defilements are due to habits of mind. People hope they can have a giant cosmic orgasmic experience that wipes all the defilements out, but I have yet to see it. Most of the time we overcome defilements by repeated insight and working our practice over time.
by Matt J
Wed May 08, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche & Laurie Anderson
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche & Laurie Anderson

Sam Harris is doing a show with him too in CA
by Matt J
Mon May 06, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 25
Views: 1010

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

From the Karmapa's site: Vajradhara is the primordial buddha, the dharmakaya buddha. Vajradhara, depicted as dark blue in color, expresses the quintessence of buddhahood itself. Vajradhara represents the essence of the historical Buddha’s realization of enlightenment. https://kagyuoffice.org/kagyu-l...
by Matt J
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1611

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

I used to think of the goal of practice the same way--- you have some great spiritually orgasmic experience and then all your bad traits dissolve. I thnk we get fooled by the stories of the rare practitioners who achieve full enlightenment because of an action of the master. But these stories often ...
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: 66
Views: 1432

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: 66
Views: 1432

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: 1404

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: 364

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: 1404

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: 66
Views: 1432

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: 25
Views: 1010

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: 25
Views: 1010

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: 25
Views: 1010

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: 25
Views: 1010

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.

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