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by PeterC
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1283

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

QQ: there's no need to insult Tucker Carlson like that with the F word, especially on a Dharma forum. And you're implying he says what he says only because of money - which is a projection as you have no evidence for that. Well, actually, there is. Since we're talking about him - which isn't someth...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 1812

Re: What is Dzogchen?

...therefore it is accurate to say that there is nothing, truly nothing. Disagree? That’s the problem with Madhyamaka. Yet appearances do appear. Hence the need for Yogacara. I don't think Madhyamaka denies appearances. If I'm not mistaken, it just prefers not to make much in the way of positive as...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1283

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

Too old. If he wins he will probably be dead by the end of this first term. There's no upper age limit, and unlike trump, he's not showing signs of dementia. Have you seen trump drinking from a cup recently? He needs to use both hands Sanders isn't a bad guy but a bit too extreme. For some voters, ...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 55
Views: 2133

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

ford_truckin wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:17 am
amanitamusc wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:07 am
Since we are talking Mahasiddha's.Osho had a sweet tooth for Tilopa. :yinyang:
https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Sky-Tan ... 0525474404
Osho the greatest non-buddhist master of all time :bow:
:popcorn:
by PeterC
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1283

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

The story of the compassionate ship captain: http://venyifa.blogspot.com/2008/09/story-of-compassionate-ships-captain.html The Iraq War was not justified however, imo. Unfortunately, soldiers don't get to decide which wars they fight in. My father served in the Vietnam War, but was always opposed t...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 55
Views: 2133

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

The Nath Mahasiddhas are a problem only if you consider the Nath history to be authoritative. A doctrine-adherent Buddhist probably would not. From a historical perspective, it would be most easily explained by seeing the Nath lineage as a modified offshoot of Buddhism in the first place - or at lea...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1283

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

I'm curious. With Buddhism being an anti-war religion, how can anyone calling themselves a Buddhist actively support a candidate who served in the Iraq war? Plenty of people serve in wars and consider themselves Buddhists: plenty of rulers have considered themselves Buddhist and engaged in war. The...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1283

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

The democrat candidate who would be most likely to beat trump is probably Sanders. Bernie 2020. Too old. If he wins he will probably be dead by the end of this first term. There's no upper age limit, and unlike trump, he's not showing signs of dementia. Have you seen trump drinking from a cup recen...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1283

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

The democrat candidate who would be most likely to beat trump is probably Sanders. All the polling indicated he would easily have beaten trump in 2016, and with trump's approval ratings now, he will just be in a stronger position. Yes, he's left-leaning (by the US standards, which are themselves abs...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 1812

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I once forced Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso to admit (I have a witness, incidentally) that there was no substantial difference between Advaita Vedanta and Gzhan stong in terms of how they presented their view. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=8318&p=102251&hilit=advaita%20greg#p102251 I think ...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 1812

Re: What is Dzogchen?

However the distinction about Dzogchen not being monistic is IMHO actually a pretty important one, that merits spending the time to understand. If one confuses Dzogchen with Advaita then one does hold wrong views. Conversely I would argue that if one isn't practicing Dzogchen then one probably shou...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 1812

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I would grade the student as wrong if they said 'monism' with either the 'mon' or the 'ism' :) Monism is a general property of certain philosophical systems. Within this category there are multiple ways in which this property could be asserted - a universal consciousness, a shared primal substance,...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 55
Views: 2133

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

You’re being a bit too liberal with your interpretation of Ramana Maharshi’s advice. He means “exclude all phenomena” in a literal sense, not simply as a temporary means to avoid distraction. Are you sure you are not being too literal? It is true that lots of Buddhist traditions, both within and ou...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 1812

Re: What is Dzogchen?

y If you were to go to an “Introduction to Western Philosophy 101” class and put on the final exam... ——- Fill in the blank; _______ is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. ——- ...what would be the correct answer? The student would guess 'das ding an sich', and they would be wro...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 1812

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Dzogchen is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. If you were to go to an “Introduction to Western Philosophy 101” class and put on the final exam... ——- Fill in the blank; _______ is the single state of all relative and ultimate phenomena. ——- ...what would be the correct answer...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 20
Views: 2649

Re: Favorite Sutra?

Just one?

Kalama Sutta (the first sutra I ever heard)
Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra (the first sutra I ever read)
Aggi-Vaccagotta Sutta
Tathagatagharba Sutra
by PeterC
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2225

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

...if none of the sutras were spoken by Shakyamuni Buddha himself? Why or why not? If none of the sūtrāṇi were spoken by Śākyamunibuddha then Buddhism doesn't exist. The question is as to whether or not Śākyamunibuddha is the inheritor of a long line of wisdom dispensed by similar Buddhas stretchin...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2225

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Wayfarer and Astus are working within a view that supposes linear course of development. You're responding with particular teachings about the instantanousness of the teachings. Your response is not actually responding except to implicitly assert that your view is correct and considering Dharma as ...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2225

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Are people influenced by the various stories of the Buddha, his disciples, and later masters? If yes, then history matters. As for the influence of historical research on practice, it's often found in reform and revivalist movements. Some possible examples: Honen , Menzan Zuiho , Taixu & Yinshun , ...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2225

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

I'm used to reading lineages that start with, say, Samantabadhra, and go through several non-human teachers. How am I to validate those through historical research? Why should you? On the other hand, I assume when it comes to lineages of Lu Sheng-yen and such, then critical thinking and research is...

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