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by Phenomniverse
Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 15258

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

as a child whenever I would visit an awe-inspiring place in nature, I would feel a deep sense of "the divine." If I hadn't "happened upon" a guru who showed me how to incorporate that kind of experience, I'm not sure Buddhism would have "worked out" for me. I just couldn't take seriously any path t...
by Phenomniverse
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Outer, inner, secret, innermost secret
Replies: 0
Views: 617

Outer, inner, secret, innermost secret

I'm not sure if this post belongs in this forum or elsewhere in the Tibetan section, admin please move it if need be. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the schema of outer, inner, secret and innermost secret refers to in a general sense. I understand them to be something like outer: ritual ...
by Phenomniverse
Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about stream entry in Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 4624

Re: A question about stream entry in Mahayana

I was told (though others disputed with me on the point) that once one becomes a stream enterer one is irrevocably bound to become an arhat. You can't change your mind at that point and enter the bodhisattva path. This is the Hinayāna point of view. This is not the Mahāyāna view of the matter. Does...
by Phenomniverse
Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about stream entry in Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 4624

Re: A question about stream entry in Mahayana

First bhumi is Mahāyāna stream entry according to the presentation if the Abhisamayālamkara. How can the other path attainments be interpreted from a Mahayana perspective? For example, in a sadhana it says 'the state of a non-returner is attained'. Is non-returning not something to be avoided for a...
by Phenomniverse
Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about stream entry in Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 4624

Re: A question about stream entry in Mahayana

It is mentioned as part of the sravaka path - for instance in the Diamond Sutra. But if one has bodhicitta - aims for buddhahood - then it is not relevant. Sravakas eventually turn to the bodhisattva path according to the one vehicle scheme as presented primarily in the Lotus Sutra. Stream entry ma...
by Phenomniverse
Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about stream entry in Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 4624

A question about stream entry in Mahayana

I'm wondering what place stream-entry and other path attainments (culminating in arahatship) have in Mahayana Buddhism? Are they mentioned, and if so how are they understood in the context of the Bodhisattva ideal of remaining in samsara for the benefit of all beings? If you attain stream entry does...
by Phenomniverse
Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Basic breakdown/arrangement of the sutras
Replies: 4
Views: 854

Re: Basic breakdown/arrangement of the sutras

Ok I'll keep the worms canned for now then ;) I'll check out Red Pine's book, thanks.
by Phenomniverse
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:59 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Basic breakdown/arrangement of the sutras
Replies: 4
Views: 854

Re: Basic breakdown/arrangement of the sutras

Thanks Johnny. I found the three turnings wiki article soon after I posted the question, and that does give the basic structure that I'm looking for, but I'd like to see a more elaborate discussion with reference to the specific content of the sutras pertaining to each of the turnings. Also, the wik...
by Phenomniverse
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Basic breakdown/arrangement of the sutras
Replies: 4
Views: 854

Basic breakdown/arrangement of the sutras

I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a basic breakdown of the different groups of sutras, if such a thing exists. Something like, these are the Prajnaparamita sutras, this is what they generally have in common and this is (very briefly) how each one develops that theme. And s...
by Phenomniverse
Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: self-arising vs front-arising visualisation
Replies: 7
Views: 2108

Re: self-arising vs front-arising visualisation

Thank you. I guess there's no strong evidence of the sort I was looking for in Tibetan Buddhism, although maybe Bon has some more characteristically numinous aspects to its lower 'shamanic' vehicles.
by Phenomniverse
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: self-arising vs front-arising visualisation
Replies: 7
Views: 2108

Re: self-arising vs front-arising visualisation

The distinction between 'numinous' and 'mystical' experiences comes from the academic field of phenomenology in comparative religion. Numinous refers to experiences of a divinity apprehended as distinctly 'other' than oneself, usually characterised by trembling, awe and potentially fear. The term wa...
by Phenomniverse
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Forthcoming translation of Ralo's namthar
Replies: 6
Views: 1487

Re: Forthcoming translation of Ralo's namthar

There's another (brief) biography here:
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by Phenomniverse
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:34 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: self-arising vs front-arising visualisation
Replies: 7
Views: 2108

self-arising vs front-arising visualisation

I was wondering if anyone had any good references/sources for information that discusses the distinction between practicing visualisation of the deity in front of oneself or above ones head versus visualising oneself as the deity? Specifically I'm looking to find a connection between these two stage...
by Phenomniverse
Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:41 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Enlightenment story of the Buddha in a sutra?
Replies: 6
Views: 2081

Re: Enlightenment story of the Buddha in a sutra?

Thanks guys, I appreciate the assistance. :thanks:
by Phenomniverse
Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Enlightenment story of the Buddha in a sutra?
Replies: 6
Views: 2081

Enlightenment story of the Buddha in a sutra?

I'm looking for a primary source (ie a sutra) in english which succinctly describes the enlightenment of the buddha under the bodhi tree. Can anyone suggest which sutra I should be looking for?
by Phenomniverse
Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dr. Sanderson: Phowa etc. are directly from Saivism
Replies: 239
Views: 29066

Re: Dr. Sanderson: Phowa etc. are directly from Saivism

There's a reference in the Tantraloka (I think) regarding the origins of the Kashmiri Shaivite lineage lying on the border of modern India and Tibet, in a region that I believe at that time would have been the kingdom of Zhang Zhung/Shang Shung. Which makes me wonder about potential (pre-historic?) ...
by Phenomniverse
Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do Tummo-practitioners describe this?
Replies: 21
Views: 3445

Re: Do Tummo-practitioners describe this?

Zenman, if you want to know about Tummo, check out Lama Yeshe's book: The Bliss of Inner Fire.

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