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by dechenpa
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4765

Re: New Topic

I wonder though, if this has not also been a problem all the way through in traditional dharma societies? When I say 'I wonder' I really mean: I don't really know. But it can be inferred by reading great commentaries etc - the 8 worldly concerns are always the norm; resisting them via a genuine eng...
by dechenpa
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4765

Re: New Topic

Do westerners only aspire to be Buddhist as long as it doesn't conflict with their pre-existing world views? ... It seems like many are “ insert political label here ” before they are Buddhist. I have been involved in Buddhism for many years, and I agree with your observations. It seems that you ei...
by dechenpa
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 103
Views: 5210

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

You are looking at it in terms of justice, which is a Western concept, bound up with the gods of the ancients (primarily Zeus) and Mosaic law, and divine providence. In Buddhism, there are no divine arbiters of justice, there are only actions and their results. The hells are projections of our own m...
by dechenpa
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Liberate all living beings
Replies: 25
Views: 1769

Re: Liberate all living beings

Shantideva: ‘If the perfection of giving
 Means dispelling the poverty of beings, 
How did the earlier protectors perfect it, 
When beings are still poor?’

 It is taught that the perfection of giving
 Is the intention to give to all beings 
All of one’s possessions, along with the results of doing ...
by dechenpa
Tue May 21, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu Shentong quotes
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: Karma Kagyu Shentong quotes

From the Uttaratantra: Nothing whatsoever to be removed, Not the slightest thing to be added. Truly look at truth, and truth is seen. When seen, it is complete liberation. The element is empty of adventitious stains Which are characterized by their total emptiness, But it is not empty of supreme qua...
by dechenpa
Tue May 21, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: New Sakya Translation: Sonam Tsemo's Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra
Replies: 4
Views: 2461

Re: New Sakya Translation: Sonam Tsemo's Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

Its certainly interesting to see the different directions later Sakya masters went in with their commentaries. Lhopa Kunkhyen Rinchen Pal followed Sonam Tsemo very closely apart from the use of logic. Thogme Zangpo seemed to depart from their model somewhat, with a different structure and style. But...
by dechenpa
Tue May 21, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: New Sakya Translation: Sonam Tsemo's Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra
Replies: 4
Views: 2461

New Sakya Translation: Sonam Tsemo's Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

Dear Dharma Friends, We have a major new translation to be available on June 3 - Sonam Tsemo's (1142-1182) commentary on Śāntideva's classic guide to the Buddhist path, the Bodhicaryāvatāra or 'Entering the Bodhisattva Conduct'. Sonam Tsemo's commentary, reflecting his many years of study with philo...
by dechenpa
Sun May 19, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu Shentong quotes
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: Karma Kagyu Shentong quotes

While the cat’s away.... :tongue: ********** It would be even better if they contributed more quotes from Karma Kagyu masters regarding Shentong. But please remember that it was Karmapa III, Rangjung Dorje, that formally established Shentong as the view. Earlier citations won’t have that vocabulary...
by dechenpa
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam w Togal as dzogrim
Replies: 31
Views: 3165

Re: Yidam w Togal as dzogrim

Although you could argue KonChok Chidu (or even LaDrup Tigle Gyachen) are not yidam practices, in some sense they are Lama practices that function as yidam practices, and both of these definitely have Togal as well. Konchok Chidu has everything, soup to nuts... This is true but according to Tsewang...
by dechenpa
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: New translation: Commentary on Distinguishing Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom
Replies: 2
Views: 575

New translation: Commentary on Distinguishing Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom

Some of you will be familiar with Karmapa Rangjung Dorje's text, ' Distinguishing Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom ', or Namshe Yeshe , and perhaps its well-known commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul. Now we have a new English translation of another commentary, 'The Lamp that Dispels Darkness', composed...
by dechenpa
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Jampa Thaye
Replies: 38
Views: 4179

Re: Lama Jampa Thaye

I think perhaps we need to think about motivation and application here. If I understand correctly the position held by Lama Jampa it is not about sectarianism per se. ( but he is not my teacher) it's about collecting wangs in a 'hobbyist' fashion without the practical possibility of doing them just...
by dechenpa
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Sapan on distinctions and diversity
Replies: 16
Views: 2491

Re: Sapan on distinctions and diversity

I don’t have time or resources to mount a full study of teachings that I don’t practice myself, but I would like to develop a less stereotypical view of Sakya dharma, so if you can recommend any resources, please do. Thanks Lama Jampa Thaye's Rain of Clarity: The Stages of the Path in the Sakya Tra...
by dechenpa
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Sapan on distinctions and diversity
Replies: 16
Views: 2491

Re: Sapan on distinctions and diversity

One wonders what Sapan would have made of Konchok Chidu, etc. And Lamdre itself is not immune to charges of Tibetan innovation. He does say on the Three Vows Many religious traditions abound, hailed As whispered and single recipient traditions. They are acceptable if they agree with the tantras But...
by dechenpa
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Sapan on distinctions and diversity
Replies: 16
Views: 2491

Re: Sapan on distinctions and diversity

Sapan's consistent point is to purify corruptions of the dharma by always pointing back to the sutras, sastras and tantras as sources of truth and exposing whatever does not appear in those sources as Tibetan innovations. His criticisms of mahamudra, Vajrayogini blessing bestowal, the distinction of...
by dechenpa
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change
Replies: 11
Views: 1456

Re: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change

Karma Thinley Rinpoche wrote an interesting essay on this topic, supporting the idea that some of the non-definitive teachings - like Mount Meru and eclipses, are subject to revision. https://dechenfoundationbooks.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/telescope-of-faith/ More and more though science is being tre...
by dechenpa
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Teacher & Root Guru
Replies: 48
Views: 25712

Re: Teacher & Root Guru

But does it matter? Is it not the "moral" of the story that counts for much more than it's historical veracity? When practice lineages are expounded and you hear that so-and-so received the teaching from Vajradhara Buddha via the Vajrayogini do you sit around analysing the material and historical v...
by dechenpa
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Teacher & Root Guru
Replies: 48
Views: 25712

Re: Teacher & Root Guru

You seem to forget that these were initially ORAL traditions, so when they were written down does not necessarily reflect when they were initially expounded and practiced. Sure, all the tantras were collected and preserved in places such as Oddiyana. Shastras, however, were not part of this. What a...
by dechenpa
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Teacher & Root Guru
Replies: 48
Views: 25712

Re: Teacher & Root Guru

This idea that the 50 Verses on were written by Aryasura or Ashavagosha is widespread, but it cannot be right. The 1st Century CE is far too early for this text, which quotes the Guhyasamaja root tantra (the second verse, though unattributed, comes from this tantra), and hence must have been written...

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