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by PeterC
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 69
Views: 913

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

which itself is a slightly apocryphal text. What does that even mean? The textual history is complex, even by the standards of the Chinese canon. If I remember correctly, the longest version only shares six of forty fascicles with the oldest (and shortest) version. Now the quotation earlier in this...
by PeterC
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 39
Views: 675

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

Thank you for all the responses, Im surprised it took me until now to look up lamrims. As far as a lamrim that best transitions into dzogchen practice - which lamrim(s) should I study? Are they all for the most part the same when discussing the three scopes, and just different with views of emptine...
by PeterC
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions
Replies: 16
Views: 340

Re: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions

Hi Peter. It's an off-the-cushion problem. I've noticed there has been an increase in disturbing emotions and I think it's due to increased sensitivity. I seem more are of suffering and not just my own. I find it's been making me a little 'ratty'. There may be other causes but it seems to have co-i...
by PeterC
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 69
Views: 913

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

The original question was whether the buddhanature of insentient things had an Indian antecedent or was a Chinese innovation. I haven’t seen in this thread a reference to an Indian source making this argument, apart from a peripheral reference in the Nirvana sutra, which itself is a slightly apocryp...
by PeterC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 39
Views: 675

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

If you want a proper answer, you should invest the time to read a book that explains it properly - you will not regret that investment of time, it will make subsequent teachings you receive a lot easier to place in context and understand. Thanks for the advice. Any 1 book that you know of can lay i...
by PeterC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions
Replies: 16
Views: 340

Re: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions

Is this primarily an on-the-cushion or an off-the-cushion problem? If it's the former, my personal approach to disturbing emotions during that sort of practice is to strengthen the visualization - much as if you're doing shamatha with an object, if your thoughts and emotions distract you, you can in...
by PeterC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 28
Views: 749

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Dechen Norbu wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:25 am
post enlightenment mmmmmmm (insert homer)
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by PeterC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Replies: 27
Views: 895

Re: Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö

I'm genuinely interested in knowing if this teacher is qualified - there aren't a lot of people giving widespread public instruction on Kalachakra practice these days, it's a very important system, if this guy is the real deal then it would be good to know. But we must seek the truth from facts. In ...
by PeterC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 39
Views: 675

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

What you're looking for is a lamrim text. There are multiple variants in different traditions, all are good. As a relatively accessible one, I would suggest Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation. I would strongly advise against seeking this sort of systematic overview from an internet forum. Any sh...
by PeterC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 28
Views: 749

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Yeah, I think your hunch may be a little bit off. They're rare, but you can find practitioners of both Ch'an/Zen/Seon and Dzogchen or Mahamudra. I'm a bit more familiar with Chinese tradition, but I've heard korean zen (Seon) practitioners sometimes have tantric influence. Undoubtedly, some go for ...
by PeterC
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 28
Views: 749

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

It is a futile exercise to compare the two, as there are (as far as I know) no people alive who are sufficiently advanced and knowledgeable practitioners in both systems to be able to contrast them from experience. So all we can do is compare language in texts and make conjectures - which can be int...
by PeterC
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 69
Views: 913

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Actually, I was perhaps a bit too hasty when I said "cannot be traced to the Indian roots". I'd love to be proven wrong. Here's my attempt to prove myself wrong, quoting the Nirvana Sutra: Even though he has said that all phenomena [dharmas] are devoid of the Self, it is not that they are completel...
by PeterC
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 3 top NON Bhuddhist, Fiction Books you have read..in your LIFE
Replies: 25
Views: 521

Re: 3 top NON Bhuddhist, Fiction Books you have read..in your LIFE

bokki wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:05 pm
BULGAKOV
MASTER AND MARGARITA.
That is a great book. Also "Heart of a Dog".
by PeterC
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 14
Views: 510

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

What strikes me is that there is a remarkable overlap between Alt Right, Gamergate and MOGTOW/incel/PUA BS. It may be that all this hate and aggression is sublimated sexual frustration. As John Lennon sang, "But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao Ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow" Wan...
by PeterC
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 14
Views: 510

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Counterpoint: from another angle, it looks like they are winning. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/the-battle-that-erupted-in-charlottesville-is-far-from-over/567167/ It's quite a good article, thank you. I think it illustrates a phenomenon that is sweeping not only the US but E...
by PeterC
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 14
Views: 510

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Counterpoint: from another angle, it looks like they are winning.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/ar ... er/567167/
by PeterC
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 15
Views: 658

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Gendun Chopel's Ornament of the Thought of Nagarjuna, translated by Lopez as "The Madman's Middle Way"
by PeterC
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2188

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

For me the most essential thing is receiving teachings from a siddha guru. In that way no matter how near or far, if one practices sincerely with devotion accomplishment is assured. Yes, this is the most important thing. Kevin... {I don’t actually disagree w anything in your post BUT:} Doesn’t that...
by PeterC
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4522

Re: Who is America ?



Simpler, better times...
by PeterC
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4522

Re: Who is America ?

People here are also ignoring the long armed struggle waged by black Americans against slavery, including the black battalions in the Union army. That is far fetched. You'd have to make that connection. You'd have to identify a continuous militarist tradition in the black community. The military li...

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