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by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 16
Views: 516

Re: doctrinal unity

None of these ideas are particular to Zen--- they are all found within the Tibetan traditions. In addition, there are correlates to those ideas in non-dual Shaiva Tantra. Even using non-traditional methods like slaps and strange behavior has a long history in Tibetan Buddhism. Having practiced for s...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 56
Views: 7686

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

Are people just digging for stuff to be worried about? I've never heard a single teacher talk on this topic.
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Different criteria. Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Different criteria. Why?

I wouldn't take the Tibetan presentation to actually align with the historical schools. The presentation is useful as a method for elaborating the Tibetan view, but not at all useful for elaborating non-Tibetan views. I would also keep in mind that many modern forms of sutric meditation probably fai...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1772

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I wasn't able to find the analysis in prior posts. Is there a link? Are you all suggesting that the Dzogchen taught by Kagyu masters (i.e Thrangu, Mingyur, Tsoknyi, Dzogchen Ponlop etc. Rinpoches) is compromised somehow by a Shentong stance? The heart of Dzogchen as far as I understand is not a conc...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1772

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I have really come around to the Shentong presentation via the Kagyu presentation. First, it seems to be based in experience rather than logic and dialectics. Second, it really enhances the sense of compassion one has both for oneself and for all sentient beings. I have often found a lot of Nyingma ...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1772

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I struggle to see any difference between shentong and a Madhyamaka-Yogacara synthesis. If I recall correctly, Brunnholzl makes the argument that what is called shentong is simply that. In any case, gzhan stong as a view in itself is at odds with Dzogchen... however describing Dzogchen as a Madhyamak...
by Matt J
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1772

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I found investigating dreams to be helpful. Take a dream: you have a flower that may still require sunlight, water, and soil to grow. You could even have dream scientists studying dream objects and telling us everything is made of dream matter. Yet none of it actually exists--- there is not even an ...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 750

Re: proclaiming awakening

I imagine that the costs outweigh the benefits. If some one claims enlightenment, you either take them at their word or you don't. You can't verify it, so you are no better off with a claim as without. The only real way to verify that a practice works is experientially, through practice. If you trus...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Best Masters of Mahamudra
Replies: 14
Views: 981

Re: Best Masters of Mahamudra

I would definitely second Tergar for a number of reasons. I think the organization as a whole is definitely one of the best dharma groups I've ever encountered. I've been practicing with them for the last few years. First, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and his lamas are great teachers who speak from exper...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 63
Views: 2192

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

- What is for you then so specific different between Dzogchen and Mahamudra ? It means you have studied Dzogchen and compared it to your actual practice of Mahamudra, when i understood your story. Yes, that's right. - What kind of Mahamudra are you practising and in what Tibetan Tradition ? I'm fol...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5894

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

I don't know much about the person, but Khenpo Acho is a modern practitioner (1998?) that is said to have achieved rainbow body. May I ask if anyone knows of cases where a practitioner of dzogchen (either Buddhist or Bön) achieved a full-fledged Rainbow Body of Great Transference (jalus phowa chenpo...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 63
Views: 2192

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Personally, I find Mahamudra MUCH easier to work with than Dzogchen. Dzogchen is like being thrown into the deep end of the pool. Mahamudra can be much more step-by-step. I also find that a continuing study of Madhyamaka has been extremely useful.
by Matt J
Fri May 18, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?

In the Jewish interpretation, as espoused by Maimonides, God interacts with humans through the faculty of imagination. The more highly developed the person, the more personal the interaction. Moses was said to have the most direct (but not entirely) vision of God. Others who were not as developed ha...
by Matt J
Thu May 17, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?

I'm not a scholar, but Moses Maimonides gave some of the most philosophical, rational explanations of the Old Testament.

You can read a summary here:

https://thetorah.com/does-god-speak/
by Matt J
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Physicalist Theory of Mind
Replies: 254
Views: 16570

Re: A Physicalist Theory of Mind

Well maybe s/he’s changed over the past three years.
Coëmgenu wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:14 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:57 pm
Jayarava wrote:You might as well be a Jehovah's Witness.
What a sad thing to say when you aren't looking very good in an exchange.

"I'll just bury myself deeper if you don't mind!"
by Matt J
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1731

Re: Help on shamatha

Matthew, I have personally found it difficult to learn any meditation techniques outside of a retreat. However, there are also online classes one can take (many of them will discount/reduce/eliminate the cost depending on the student). Have you tried to learn from some one who's been there? One onli...
by Matt J
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 23
Views: 1520

Re: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism

I would agree that Vajrayana is not synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism, but I would not trust most of the article. TB teaches Vajrayana, but not all Vajrayana is Tibetan. I don't think this is controversial. What is more controversial is this author's penchant for identifying traditions, making bold c...
by Matt J
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: student-master relationship in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 1670

Re: student-master relationship in Vajrayana

That depends on the teacher. Some expect a more personal relationship than others. How is a relationship between the student and the thacher in Vajrayana - practically speaking? Is it necessary for the relationship to be personal? And at what point? Which practical considderations should one do in t...
by Matt J
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Last Jedi? What'd you think?
Replies: 17
Views: 580

Re: Last Jedi? What'd you think?

SPOILER ALERT I liked how they inverted all the paradigms. The first movie was obviously just a remake of the original Star Wars, well-done but about worn and bland. Of course, a lot of people never saw the original Star Wars, so it was a way to reboot the movie. But to actually invert the sci-fi / ...
by Matt J
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 2577

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Have you explored the Gelugpa presentation of emptiness? It sounds like you’d like it. They don't arise ultimately, they do arise conventionally, sometimes people (not just anyone) say they don't arise conventionally either. When nothing arises, even conventionally, what is the point of even positin...

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