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by Bakmoon
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 4503

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

You can read Ajan Chah and he seems to talk about some concepts pretty close to BN. There is a parallel to Buddha nature in the Thai Forest Tradition. They use the term original mind, and the interpretations of it vary quite a bit. The most outlandish understandings of which teach straight up atmav...
by Bakmoon
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 4503

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

On the other hand folks over at the other Wheel argued that this luminosity is simply an aspect of contact, and anything else is overreaching. You can have a look at the thread I linked. _/|\_ Mahāyāna forum, Mahāyāna rules. :anjali: Sure thing, but the sutta in question is a Pali sutta, hence the ...
by Bakmoon
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 4947

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

CedarTree wrote:How is awakening related to the individual?
I'm not sure if I understand the question. Could you clarify?
by Bakmoon
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Zen
Replies: 344
Views: 19985

Re: Tibetan Zen

Since the conditioned is never established, how can the unconditioned ever be established?[/i][/list] M Just because the unconditioned cannot be established does not mean that it is not there. It simply means that the unconditioned can never be established through conventional reasoning. Like I arg...
by Bakmoon
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emotional and Verbal Abuse from Partner's Parents
Replies: 10
Views: 1044

Re: Emotional and Verbal Abuse from Partner's Parents

What do I do? Other than remain in the present moment? How can I continue to show loving kindness to someone who is hurting a loved one before my very eyes? Remember that being a 'good Buddhist' doesn't mean being passive and letting others hurt the people around them. If action needs to be taken t...
by Bakmoon
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's your opinion on Triratna Buddhist school?
Replies: 7
Views: 1063

Re: What's your opinion on Triratna Buddhist school?

I actually rather like the materials and talks they have put out over the years. Yes, they had the sex scandal with their leader but he is retired now. I do disagree with their emphasis on members primarily taking teachings from them even though they describe themselves as an ecumenical organization...
by Bakmoon
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 7954

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

The mind and it's emptiness together are one entity, inseparable, just as space and the characteristic of space are not two separate entities, whereas clothe and its dye are not one entity and not inseparable. The Mahasiddha Virupa observed, the sole difference between space and the mind is that a ...
by Bakmoon
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 7954

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Emptiness is the very nature of the mind itself, but it is not mind, thus there is a non-deluded duality or nominal distinction between mind and emptiness. . For as long time as you maintain this idea, you will be as far from Buddhahood as the earth is from the sky. I don't understand. From what I ...
by Bakmoon
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 7954

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

*bangs head against wall* Why do people try to philosophise things that even worldly people can know directly with their valid cognizers? Perception isn't the only valid cognizer though. And we can't take everything ordinary people commonly accept at face value. Some of it is contrary to reason, an...
by Bakmoon
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 7954

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Even insects know what lack of obstructive contact is. For example, an insect will walk across a table as long as it can sense the obstructive contact of the table’s surface, but will turn back when it reaches the edge of the table where the obstructive contact ceases. It seems that the insect know...
by Bakmoon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 7954

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

According to Malcolm in this thread: (1) emptiness is unconditioned (2) emptiness is not really an object, it is a state of things. But (3) Malcolm had in other threads spoken of emptiness as dependent arising (reference: Nagarjuna). And, (4) it is often said, emptiness itself is empty. (The emptin...
by Bakmoon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 4666

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

If returning to older, more pacifistic traditions will turn the Jihad tide, I'm all for it - hasten the day. :) The real key to this will be stopping Saudi Arabia from using their oil money to spread Salafi teachings all over the Muslim world, and to rebuild the key institutions of religious educat...
by Bakmoon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 4666

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

What Sam Harris is saying is that the Muslim world needs an enlightenment and a reformation, the same way that the West had an enlightenment and a reformation. Christianity had a very violent, brutal history too, but the West is different today because of the reformation and the enlightenment. The ...
by Bakmoon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 7954

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

There is actually a difference in the object: sūtra emptiness is the coarse emptiness, realized by a coarse, analytical mind. Vajrayāna emptiness is a subtle emptiness, realized by a subtle, nonanalytical mind. Are they different emptinesses, or are they the same emptiness being perceived in a coar...
by Bakmoon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 3705

Re: Emptiness nutshells

How about this from Lama Shang (trans. Peter Alan Roberts): In brief, to think that things "are" is the root of attachment to everything. Nice, thanks. But one thing confuses me a bit. HHtDL said something like "Things exist, but we misunderstand how they exist." Which seems to go against what Lama...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: buddhahood according to the lotus sutra?
Replies: 12
Views: 906

Re: buddhahood according to the lotus sutra?

What I mean is what is this buddhahood which we all possess? What is our fathers estate? What is the jewel sewn into our clothes? What is the treasure inside our storehouse? This is explained in more detail in the various Tathagata-garbha Sutras. I think the one that gives the most explicit teachin...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: buddhahood according to the lotus sutra?
Replies: 12
Views: 906

Re: buddhahood according to the lotus sutra?

What I mean is what is this buddhahood which we all possess? What is our fathers estate? What is the jewel sewn into our clothes? What is the treasure inside our storehouse? This is explained in more detail in the various Tathagata-garbha Sutras. I think the one that gives the most explicit teachin...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Jain Anekantavada in Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: Jain Anekantavada in Buddhism?

Javierfv1212 wrote:Actually, its a bit more subtle than "all these positions are wrong"
Agreed, but sometimes it is useful to use simplification for the sake of contrast.
by Bakmoon
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Jain Anekantavada in Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: Jain Anekantavada in Buddhism?

Jain Anekantavada is a bit different. In Anekantavada, the response would be that all of these possibilities are in some sense partially true. The Buddha's response is that all of these positions are wrong because they are based on false assumptions, not that they are all partially correct parts of ...
by Bakmoon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Differences in Paths of Mahāmudra, Dzogchen, and Prajñāparamitā
Replies: 16
Views: 1751

Re: Differences in Paths of Mahāmudra, Dzogchen, and Prajñāparamitā

Until very recently I thought Prajnaparamita was a teaching, like the Heart Sutra or Diamond Sutra, and not a "Path". But I recently had a friend attend a Prajnaparamita initiation. Who knew? :shrug: Often the term Prajnaparamita is used as a synonym for the general bodhisattva path to contrast it ...

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