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by Matt J
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 463
Views: 26865

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: 81
Views: 1020

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: 81
Views: 1020

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: 81
Views: 1020

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:...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 81
Views: 1020

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

No, it is not complicated. For example, I can read a book about rain, theorize about the rain, argue about rain, but none of this is direct experience of the rain. For direct experience, I simply need to go outside when it is raining. That is direct experience of rain. And there need be no rain-er f...
by Matt J
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 81
Views: 1020

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

I don't think we are connecting on what is meant by direct experience. Direct experience is what is happening, right now. It is always certain--- what is uncertain is what we think or say about it. We can focus on some parts versus others, or form concepts about what it means, or argue about its met...
by Matt J
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 81
Views: 1020

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Where the whole project goes offline, in my mind, is the first word--- imagine . What we are doing here is leaving the certainty of direct experience, and entering into the world of thought to create imaginary worlds and to compare them. Once we are creating imaginary worlds, we can create them howe...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 3595

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: 64
Views: 1122

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: 13
Views: 635

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: 812

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: 19259

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: 2973

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: 2973

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: 1908

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: 1908

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: 1647

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: 1647

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: 1647

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: 4563

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...

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