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by Matt J
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 26
Views: 400

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: 56
Views: 547

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: 8
Views: 436

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: 745

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: 18113

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...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?
Replies: 78
Views: 2851

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?

No doubt, if the Dzogchen Atiyoga is the primordial vehicle, which rather than being a philosophical system is the direct, nonconceptual Vision (of) the primordial state, and which qua primordial vehicle is (as stated in the Samten Migdrön) the universal ancestor of all vehicles, by no means could ...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?
Replies: 78
Views: 2851

Re: Dzogchen/Mahamudra & Vichara......same or different?

It is logical to hypothetize that Shaivism may have had its roots in Bön, which prevailed in the region of Mount Kailash ever since Tönpa Shenrab Miwochei established it there some 3.800 years ago, and which contains its own Dzogchen teachings, part of which may have leaked into Shaivism . --- Chog...
by Matt J
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 1841

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

That's why all this talk is useless. It is just abstract mental posturing. People say one thing, but may do another given the situation. One of the wise things about the Buddha's teachings is a recognition that the world is not fixed, and neither are our behaviors. If we want to know what to do in a...
by Matt J
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 1841

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

Are you saying that Tibet also did not resist violently? Or have an army it used for violent means?

Malcolm wrote:
That very much depends. In most cases, I think Buddhists will flee such a situation or resist nonviolently— for example, Tibet
by Matt J
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Don't pay for Dharma Books? (from: "Buddhahood in this life")
Replies: 40
Views: 1606

Re: Don't pay for Dharma Books? (from: "Buddhahood in this life")

Look, if someone REALLY wants this book and has Dzogchen transmission, and seriously cannot afford it, I will sponsor a copy for shipment within the continental US. Contact me via PM.
by Matt J
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Don't pay for Dharma Books? (from: "Buddhahood in this life")
Replies: 40
Views: 1606

Re: Don't pay for Dharma Books?

Everyone runs into difficulties and barriers at some point in practice. Eventually, one needs to reach a point where we trust the teachings more than we trust the judgments of our own minds. The purpose of dharma is not to make us comfortable, it is to set us free. And these obstacles can be the ver...
by Matt J
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Don't pay for Dharma Books? (from: "Buddhahood in this life")
Replies: 40
Views: 1606

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

That's easy: translators won't be able to afford the time and resources to translate books any more. It's called dependent origination, and it applies as much to dharma books as anything. If people don't pay, translators don't get paid, and if translators don't get paid, they will have to do somethi...
by Matt J
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Root Lama versus Dzogchen transmission
Replies: 98
Views: 4467

Re: Root Lama versus Dzogchen transmission

Some teachers combine them fairly actively already--- the sons of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for example. I want to combine all of them actually. Thank you, Stefos My own personal feeling is that one needs to choose a path and work at it, rather than combining various instruc...
by Matt J
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconciousness/Conciousness at awake/sleep transition
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Unconciousness/Conciousness at awake/sleep transition

I believe you do the same practice as you do during the day, and it just gets more continuous. Have you looked at Dream Yoga and the Cycle of Day and Night?

javier.espinoza.t wrote:i understand very well what is this experience, what i'm saying here is that i don't know how to go further :reading:
by Matt J
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconciousness/Conciousness at awake/sleep transition
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Unconciousness/Conciousness at awake/sleep transition

I meant "lucid dreamers and OBErs."

Matt J wrote:It's sounds to me that what you are describing in the famous "vibrational state" familiar to meditators and OBErs.
by Matt J
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconciousness/Conciousness at awake/sleep transition
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Unconciousness/Conciousness at awake/sleep transition

It's sounds to me that what you are describing in the famous "vibrational state" familiar to meditators and OBErs.
by Matt J
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on karma
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Books on karma

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche wrote a great book called Karma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters.
by Matt J
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The doctrine of no-self - teaching device or metaphysical truth?
Replies: 69
Views: 2398

Re: The doctrine of no-self - teaching device or metaphysical truth?

It's empty.

fckw wrote:What status do (Vajrayana-) Buddhists give to the open, space-like quality of mind in relation to an epistemic or ontological position?
by Matt J
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the location of the mind
Replies: 68
Views: 3648

Re: What is the location of the mind

You don't need a PhD or in-depth education to be a yogi--- that is for scholars. You need access to the teachings from some one who can provide practice instructions and resolve doubts, i.e. a teacher. Higher practices are often simpler, not more complicated. Hui Neng was traditionally presented as ...
by Matt J
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 2831

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

I agree. The left is conceding the high moral ground and choosing to mirror the tactics of the right. I'm not surprised, but I must confess I am quite disappointed at the views here. As Bodhisattvas dedicated to ending the suffering of all beings, it seems a bit inconsistent to grab immediately onto...

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