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by PeterC
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dharmakaya aspect?
Replies: 20
Views: 602

Re: Dharmakaya aspect?

Tashi delek! Garchen Rinpoche have repeatedly mentioned that Tara is the Nirmanakaya aspect and Vajrayogini is the Sambhogakaya aspect. So, who is the Dharmakaya aspect? It seems to me that I've missed something, because I've never heard the name of the third, apart from '....and the Dharmakaya asp...
by PeterC
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Do we even really need to care very much about the tulku system? Systematic recognition of tulkus was a solution to Tibet-specific socio-economic problems around management of monasteries. If it does not function today, due to the massive changes in the roles and funding of monasteries in the past c...
by PeterC
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Who is making things up? Can you qualify this? With specifics please. All my teachers have emphasized devotion and gratitude towards the teacher and the teachings more than prescriptive advice, though of course that's needed at times. IMO sometimes the prescriptive advice becomes an impediment to t...
by PeterC
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Who is making things up? Can you qualify this? With specifics please. All my teachers have emphasized devotion and gratitude towards the teacher and the teachings more than prescriptive advice, though of course that's needed at times. IMO sometimes the prescriptive advice becomes an impediment to t...
by PeterC
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I’m going to have to come out on the ‘boring pedant’ side of the debate, as usual. For some things. The Dharma is this uniquely valuable and precious gift that we encounter only through a remarkable alignment of unlikely coincidences. It is quite the single most important thing that we can encounter...
by PeterC
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Sonam Wangchug wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:05 am
Sorry I misread your comment in opposite order
No problem at all - thought that might have been the case!
by PeterC
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Pick your teacher, Dudjom rinpoche, Dilgo khyentse rinpoche, Sakya trinzin rinpoche, Penor rinpoche, Minling trichen rinpoche, Namkha drimed rinpoche, Taklung tsetrul rinpoche, Tulku urgyen rinpoche, Thinley norbu rinpoche, 16th gyalwang karmapa.. They are all extremely clear about this in their te...
by PeterC
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Pick your teacher, Dudjom rinpoche, Dilgo khyentse rinpoche, Sakya trinzin rinpoche, Penor rinpoche, Minling trichen rinpoche, Namkha drimed rinpoche, Taklung tsetrul rinpoche, Tulku urgyen rinpoche, Thinley norbu rinpoche, 16th gyalwang karmapa.. They are all extremely clear about this in their te...
by PeterC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:20 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:42 am
It's only helpful to demarcate the boundaries of what the Buddhadharma is vs. what is not the Buddhadharma.
Like Rangtong vs Shentong, for example... ;)
Oh thats a pretty straightforward issue. The answer is 42, apparently.
by PeterC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sc...
by PeterC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1522

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Perhaps the idea of guru-less vajrayana mediated by the Sangha through the Dharma is too radical, but perhaps not. If you believe that it is possible for there to be Vajrayana without the guru, you have not understood the teachings of the Vajrayana. It's not a question of how radical the idea is: i...
by PeterC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Could be possible the're all pointing to the same thing but using different language to explain it? No - the language makes it very clear that we’re talking about totally different things. You think Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, Gnosticism doesn't lead to enlightenment? I severely doubt that. No, I don’...
by PeterC
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

One of them has a creator god, an immortal soul, no reincarnation, sin. The other has pratityasamutpada, anatman, karma. We could go on but the distinction here is sufficient - this is a gap that cannot be closed by posting some deeper meaning, unless you posit that one side is a provisional teachi...
by PeterC
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

ford_truckin wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:58 am

Could be possible the're all pointing to the same thing but using different language to explain it?
No - the language makes it very clear that we’re talking about totally different things.
by PeterC
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Talking about genuine spirituality in Abrahamic religions is like me talking about the amazing academic training I received in the army. In the US at least, joining the military has historically been a way to get yourself funded through college without it costing you an arm and a leg. Though of cou...
by PeterC
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I’m not sure you’re fairly representing either the Buddhist perspective - even the East Asian version, which is way more substantialist than its Indian antecedents - or the Christian/Islamic/Talmudic perspective. One of them has a creator god, an immortal soul, no reincarnation, sin. The other has p...
by PeterC
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1842

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

In my experience the god of Abraham and the peoples who believe are grossly misrepresented and misunderstood even by those who believe and worship. For me the deepest meanings of those texts and the deepest meanings of the buddha's teachings (I base this on my interpretive of the lotus sutra) have ...
by PeterC
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantra siddhi
Replies: 25
Views: 692

Re: Mantra siddhi

This is sort of the crux of my question. Some statements glorify certain mantras to grant attainment by relying on the mantra. I am merely trying to discover which mantras are glorified in this way. It's common knowledge that GR and VY do, but my curiosity is what other mantras have this glorificat...
by PeterC
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantra siddhi
Replies: 25
Views: 692

Re: Mantra siddhi

It also says that such a statement is merely used to describe the greatness of the mantra and the text. This is sort of the crux of my question. Some statements glorify certain mantras to grant attainment by relying on the mantra. I am merely trying to discover which mantras are glorified in this w...
by PeterC
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2381

Re: Antifa at it again

“The only defense against violent, evil people are good people who are more skilled at violence.” I'm not sure it's skill. It's the majority actually revealing itself to be a majority, rather than remaining indifferent....least bad option. +1, excellent summary. May I quote your post on another sit...

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