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by Matt J
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 17
Views: 367

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

Is it your position that the Lankavatara was not passed down from Bodhidharma to the early Patriarchs? Unfortunately, when I actively practiced Zen under the guidance of a teacher, I wasn't aware of the various schools of Buddhist teachings--- i.e. Madhyamaka, Yogacara, etc. I would say now that Zen...
by Matt J
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 17
Views: 367

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

I don't know about that. The prime text of Chan used to be the Lankavatara.
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:44 pm
And the essence of Chan be further reduced to Prajñāpāramitā, the quintessence of the Buddha's teaching and its source.
by Matt J
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 494

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Stupid question, but why count them, anyway? Wouldn't it be better to practice until the signs appear? How did this come about that it was important to count mantras?
by Matt J
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1338

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I've always wondered about that. Having absorbed quite a bit of Zen instruction and literature, I could never really find support the idea of a universal cosmic mind. However, it did appear that the one mind is one's own mind, the only mind that one ever really encounters. I know in Hua Yen they tal...
by Matt J
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Woman?
Replies: 71
Views: 2035

Re: What is a Woman?

I think emptiness points out the futility of any endeavor to draw lines, boundaries, and borders. I don't think dependent origination makes such things any easier. I suppose it depends on whether we want to take these teachings into daily life or not. Sort of ironic OP for a Buddhist forum given, yo...
by Matt J
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Woman?
Replies: 71
Views: 2035

Re: What is a Woman?

Sort of ironic OP for a Buddhist forum given, you know, emptiness.
by Matt J
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 26240

Re: The DJKR Topic

Yes, I stopped working on it. Anicca!
Malcolm wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:21 pm
nondualism.org seems to defunct.
by Matt J
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 26240

Re: The DJKR Topic

I think the moral of the story is to choose your teacher very carefully.
by Matt J
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?
Replies: 84
Views: 3900

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: 344
Views: 15322

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: 4115

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: 3542

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: 3542

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: 37
Views: 3161

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: 16855

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: 34504

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: 4093

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: 4093

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: 4093

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:...