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by Malcolm
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

What do you mean by 'text based logic'?... I do have a bias in favor of the sutra. If that is 'text based logic', then that is an accurate characterization. Your hermeneutical criteria has been overdetermined by Western text critical scholarship. Can you imagine any traditional scholar arguing abou...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 231
Views: 10732

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

yagmort wrote:
Malcolm wrote:...People like Magnus were quite proper to correct him...

unlike you he didn't present any support to his arrogant remarks...


The last thing in the world that Magnus is, is arrogant.
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

The Buddha's parinivana dates to roughly around 407 BCE if you follow the dates put forward by Cousins, etc, much earlier if you follow more traditional dates. Yet you claim that Lotus itself dates to a period 300——500 years later. So, is it 1) the Buddha's teaching or 2) merely the work of an insp...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

smcj wrote:
But basically, yeah. Indications of Buddha Nature are expressed in normal life too, although in immature, incomplete, stunted ways--at least as per the Vajra Master of Sherab Ling Monastery.


I prefer what the Buddha says. Your mileage may vary.
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

The Lotus dates from First c. BCE ~ First c. CE. So, it is not even the Buddha's teaching. Make it all rather moot then. That's ridiculous. Thanks for the drive by. The Buddha's parinivana dates to roughly around 407 BCE if you follow the dates put forward by Cousins, etc, much earlier if you follo...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

The Buddha never taught anything that remotely resembles this. (On the basis of the Buddha's teaching in the Lankavatara Sutra) Some schools equate the Tathagatagarbha with the Alayavijnana (which they claim is intrinsically pure) and thus the basis, or cause, of all wholesome actions. Some schools...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I think my pro-Christian postings probably need a disclaimer. I see Christianity as effectively unworkable--for me at least. (For me), being a practicing Christian would be like trying to put on a production of "Hamlet" when the only script you've got has mostly been put through a paper s...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Minobu wrote: :popcorn:


Exactly.
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

The Lotus dates from First c. BCE ~ First c. CE. So, it is not even the Buddha's teaching. Make it all rather moot then. all Mahayana sutras as you know start with thus i heard. My point was, what is the point of all this arguing about what the Saddharmapundarika Sūtra means if one does not even be...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Queequeg wrote:
The Lotus dates from First c. BCE ~ First c. CE.


So, it is not even the Buddha's teaching. Make it all rather moot then.
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 231
Views: 10732

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

Malcolm, being incorrect is not a problem. It is, if like Lay-Man, you hastily proclaim things as fact when you actually do not have all the facts before you. Lay-Man participated actively in spreading his ill-sourced info. He is responsible for that. People like Magnus were quite proper to correct...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Yes, had you bothered to read the tathāgatagarbha sūtras (try Shri Māla Devi sūtra, for example) or even the Uttaratantra, you would have understood only Buddhas can seen tathāgatagarbha, not even 10th stage bodisattvas can seen it. For common people like ourselves, tathāgatagarbha is only somethin...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I, in my daily life, see plenty of examples of other (non-Buddhist) people that seem to be doing a much better job of this, so I am in no position to condemn their path. Pointing out to someone who imagines they are going to New York when they are actually headed to LA is not condemning someone's c...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Vipaśyāna is dependent on right view. There is no Dzogchen tantra that states otherwise, much less any other teaching of the Buddha. Moreover, in Dzogchen, awakening is dependent on a guru's direct introduction. And all those Sutra Mahayanis staring at their Tathagatagarbha, confused as hell, waiti...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

CTR was trying to help people with no experience of Vajrayāna during the seminaries from 1973-1980 gain a (very) gross approximation of Vajrayāna view by using examples from European intellectual history. Taking him literally on this point is mistaken. When reading CTR's books, all edited from f-bo...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Ask yourself how is it possible that a German man with no experience at all of Buddhadharma, let alone Vajrayāna, can understand and experience things in a completely Vajrayāna way? Because true insight is not dependent on "-isms and schisms", but on one's enlightened nature. You, as a Dz...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 231
Views: 10732

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

In that regard i am thankful to Lay-Man as he stated both names and dates by naming 18th century and Khyentse, Kongtrul and Wangpo right away in his first reply. . And he was incorrect. I am quite certain if one keeps poking at the pile of texts which survived we will find even earlier examples of ...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 301
Views: 7908

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

I'd like to think it could open a few minds here and there. Before people's minds are "open," they actually ought to first understand the subject matter. And CTR definitely did not know what he was talking about! :shrug: Ask yourself how is it possible that a German man with no experience...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

I made two points here that are not contradictory. 1. The sutra itself does not support your contention that Shakyamuni's life span is mere upaya to inspire faith. To arrive at that position one must introduce assumptions not found in or supported by the text. Everything is interpretable. Your noti...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

As a follow up note: C, you seem to have interpreted the "Word games" comment as directed at you personally. That is not the case. I do think your prose is difficult to understand, but the "Word games" comment was directed at the substance of your comment. In your comment you ap...

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