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by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2522

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

I'm sure time passes quickly in Sukhavati... Consider that most people born there have to wait five hundred years in that land before they can even hear to see Amitbha, 500 Sukhavati years that is... Well, like I always say, I'm going for Abhirati myself but I'm sure there are worse things to do th...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2522

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Still don't buy it. Just because it's written doesn't mean it's true. I just can't see how that would work, you see? Forget karma. We make ten recitations with the aspiration to be reborn in a pure land and we're off the hook? I mean, ten recitations are something so easy to perform that I wonder w...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2522

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Still don't buy it. Just because it's written doesn't mean it's true. I just can't see how that would work, you see? Forget karma. We make ten recitations with the aspiration to be reborn in a pure land and we're off the hook? I mean, ten recitations are something so easy to perform that I wonder w...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2522

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

pael wrote:
Malcolm wrote: However, Ati guruyoga is about the easiest practice in the world.

Do you mean easier than Amitabha chanting of Pure Land Buddhism?
I understood birth in Sukhavati is guaranteed by saying his name ten times.


Yes, it is a much more direct path than pure land practice.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

"What we should recognise is the state of nondual emptiness and cognizance." Rainbow Painting. p.173 "Cognizance" is how EPK has been translating gsal ba , generally rendered as "clarity." "You need to be able to dissolve dualistic mind in nondual awareness, rigpa...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

That he says both seek an insight into the non-duality of counsciousness doesn't mean that they both seek the same insight. He says on pg. 132, very clearly and unequivocally, that they seek the same insight. Moreover, in footnote 9, on pg. 210, he say: "Purists will insist on important differ...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Rangjung Yeshe that stick most, it seems, to rigpa = awareness. Yes, but that was years ago. The first person to use the term awareness for rig pa was Guenther in his earlier translations. John Reynolds used in his works, and still does — this has influenced the Bonpos quite a bit. Jean Luc Achard ...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 61
Views: 829

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Malcolm wrote:Permanent ... self ...

?!

Really?!



Yup, but you need to make sure understand that this is not taken literally.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 61
Views: 829

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

Minobu wrote:why can't someone please just explain Buddha nature in terms that is simple.
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Permanent, pure, self, blissful.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

smcj wrote:So how does this thread relate to the "DI Always Works" thread?


It always works because anyone who receives direct introduction will inevitably become a buddha, sooner, rather than later, including Sam Harris.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2522

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

pael wrote:Will Ati guruyoga compensate all those?


According to the boss, 100%.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

michaelb wrote: many translators like Keith Dowman, Richard Barron...


BTW, neither Barron nor Dowman translate rig pa as "knowing" or "knowledge."

Barron uses "intrinsic awareness," Dowman uses "pure presence," or something like that.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

It's Rangjung Yeshe that sticks to awareness. No, these days EPK leaves it untranslated because apart from a few holdouts, everyone agrees "awareness" is not the right word for " rig pa ." The problems with translations of terms is that the field shifts more rapidly than we can ...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Are you equating 'mind essence' with 'buddhanature'? In general, in Dzogchen and mahāmudra teaching mind essence = sugatagarbha. A Dzogchen commentary called the Vajra Bridge explains: The actual realization of one’s mind essence is the meaning of the sugatagarbha (one’s mind essence) arising simul...
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 747

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

PuerAzaelis wrote:When fabrications stop at least one of the aggregates have to stop since nothing is outside of the aggregates.


Which one? And who told you there was nothing outside of the aggregates? Certainly not the Buddha.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

michaelb wrote:This empty clarity is what Harris refers to as non-dual awareness...


He is mistaken inso far as he equates this empty clarity with the insight Advaita supposedly provokes.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

michaelb wrote:Either of you read Harris's book?


How can you say that when I quote actual page numbers and cite actual passages? You might to well to do the same.
by Malcolm
Mon May 22, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Some phenomenologists used 'cognisance' to refer to the kind of being-in-the-world in which the figure/ground tension melts away.


What does this have to do with Dzogchen?
by Malcolm
Sun May 21, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 309
Views: 11233

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Dzogchen and Mahāmudra seek to identify the so called mind-essence. Please explain the features and characteristics of mind-essence? Is mind-essence in any way cognizant? The mind essence is unconditioned, empty clarity. The mind is conditioned. A person who has directly perceived their own mind es...
by Malcolm
Sun May 21, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 747

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Malcolm wrote:Why do you insist that buddhanature is not knowable as an experience? Perhaps it is because you have never the experience of buddhanature?

How could it be an experience when cessation is the end of the aggregates? What is left to have any experience?


Cessation is the end of which aggregates now?

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