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by Jeff H
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1083

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

I previously posted a link to an FPMT Kadampa Center in North Carolina because I thought the article had referred to NC. But I'm getting too old to rely on my memory: the article actually referred to Northern Virginia. So I have to agree, it probably was one of those "other" centers!
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1083

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

PeterC wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:54 pm
Given the reference to “Kadampa Buddhism” at the start, it seems the writer was attending a NKT center. What sort of journalist writes an article on “Buddhism” but doesn’t pick up on the significance of that?
Actually, it probably wasn't NKT. There's an FPMT Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC.
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 58
Views: 1885

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

Paul Krugman wrote an interesting oped about the valid economic theory behind a 70% tax rate on the extremely wealthy back in January. It’s worth a read. The Economics of Soaking the Rich His position can be summarized in these quotes, but the article goes into more depth about why it makes sense. T...
by Jeff H
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 58
Views: 1885

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

The fact that most of the candidates are mouthing progressive positions seems like a political “dog whistle” to me. They are telling the big-money-donors they can rally the popularity of progressivism, but will toe the established Democratic line once in office. I think there are two reasons politic...
by Jeff H
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1083

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:59 am
As I see it: ...
Thanks. I appreciate your thoughtful perspective.
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1083

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

Will the deeper teachings that undermine many modern conventions take eventually? If they do, it won't be thanks to pap like this in an otherwise respectable magazine. I don’t think this article is remotely about Buddhism, notwithstanding references to Pema Chodron and an unattributed quote from Sh...
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 7316

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

My sincerest apologies if I have misunderstood you. In my reading, it sounded like identifying LTK’s bhumi and whether or not he (and you) had fully overcome all afflictive ignorance significantly impedes your ability to discern the path from such afflictions. To be sure, abandoning afflictive emoti...
by Jeff H
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 7316

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

Jeff H, going back to your OP - I think your intuitions around this are quite correct. As far as resolving the tension goes, I think the exemplar here is HHDL. Of late he has been teaching the Tsong Khapian view of emptiness (textually via the Indian masters) and - at the same teaching - giving Dzo...
by Jeff H
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 7316

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

Stevie, thanks very much for resurrecting this old thread. I’m still struggling through my rereading of it, but there’s some good stuff in here. However, I’m afraid you’ve lost me now regarding your interest in it. I accept LTK as a master who has something of great value to impart to me. I don’t se...
by Jeff H
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 7316

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

These posts are getting too long to quote entirely, so I've just included specific paragraphs. Nevertheless there is still the fact that it is taught that afflictive ignorance is overcome first, on the 8th bhumi, before cognitive ignorance can be overcome which leads to buddhahood. So near the end o...
by Jeff H
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 7316

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

So, Stevie, I read my first post in the thread (not the whole thread) and went back over your questions. I had some thoughts and I’m posting my replies. I’m afraid this is a bit loosey-goosey, though, as they are my gut reactions. As to your first quote in this thread quoted below: 1. “ objects to b...
by Jeff H
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 7316

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

Hello Jeff H I've noticed that you've quoted several passages of the Lam Rim Chenmo in this thread. Since I am specially interested in LTK's presentation of Madhyamaka I would like to discuss your quotations or only one or some of them, depends. ... Hi Stevie. I've been reading your posts in other ...
by Jeff H
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 1676

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

I think Wayfarer is providing some very good direction for your inquiry. I’d just like to offer a narrative I use to try and understand the process. Nothing lasts for two moments. Every instance of anything we can know in conventional reality arises, abides, and abates in a moment. That applies to a...
by Jeff H
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 1026

Re: Is anyone home?

If you demand materially based proof, there will only ever be an infinite regression. That’s the best a mind can do when the issue is presented backwards. A more relevant question is how can you support belief in a first cause? The inability to conceptualize such a thing is the argument for no first...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "From the beginning"
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: "From the beginning"

... This "pure from the beginning" just means "innately pure." I can't say I quite get all the grammar, but this idea of idiomatic usage, not to be taken too literally, makes sense to me. I think it's good to be aware of such usage because in other contexts the language is often quite precise. Than...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "From the beginning"
Replies: 2
Views: 336

"From the beginning"

Could someone clarify for me why I find the phrase "from the beginning" so often in Dzogchen? In context it seems to mean that such and such has never not been the case. But the word "beginning" seems to imply a first cause and first event. Instead of "[it] has been pure from the beginning", why doe...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is love an attachment?
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Is love an attachment?

Love is all about the other and attachment is all about the self. They are polar opposites. Relationships in the conventional world are always a mixture of those two. We make commitments in conventional life. Some of them can and should be reconsidered and possibly abandoned. But particular care is ...
by Jeff H
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1600

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Without putting words in her mouth, I have understood many of my teacher’s lessons to mean that the essence of non-virtue is discord and the essence of virtue is harmony. Discord implies isolation, fear, and conflict. Harmony implies caring, loving, and compassion. Buddhahood is perfect harmony and ...
by Jeff H
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Concordance
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Concordance

That's why this site is just the same conversation, over and over. Indeed... Mahamudra vs Dzogchen Which mala Some lama said something different from some other lama I can’t be bothered to read a book, can someone explain this quotation to me? Chogyam Trungpa - discuss. Your view of emptiness is wr...
by Jeff H
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 1157

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Thank you for explaining. I do confess though that it still leaves me in the dark as to how any of this manifests in your life. Sorry, but I don't get the problem. If your interest in Buddhism is purely academic, then there is no need for it to manifest in your life. But I think most of the people ...

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