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by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

So from this thread I gather that tantrikāḥ believe that they have received abhiṣeka from the 10-directional Buddhas. This is the same abhiṣeka that "common-path" (or whatever the appropriate term here is) bodhisattvāḥ receive at the close of the 10th bodhisattvabhūmi. This abhiṣeka takes place in ...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Can you explain how a non-arya bodhisattva of limited range actually benefits beings in the same way a less limited, arya bodhisattva benefits beings? If a common bodhisattva has a more limited range than an āryabodhisattva, it stands to reason they cannot immediately benefit as many sentient being...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Lecture by Ryoei Tyler, 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 154

Re: Lecture by Ryoei Tyler, 2013

What do you notice in it? Environmentalism? :shrug: What were you thinking would be noticed? I'll second the thank you for putting it up all the same though, it is a nice blurb. The transition from environmental sentiment to the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem, by way of an adaptation of B Ziporyn's local/glo...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Would it matter that non-arya Bodhisattvas may be very afflicted, does the force of the Bodhisattva aspiration ensure beings are benefited even if they don't consciously intend it? I can imagine Arya Bodhisattvas having powers like clairvoyance which would help them know what sentient beings need, ...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

2. What are good ways to get over such a major block to Manjushri practices (and prayers)? Go meet HH Sakya Trizin, Mañjuśṛī in person, and receive Mañjuśṛī practice from him. Just to clarify, do you mean the now Sakya Trichen (41st HHST) or the current 42nd HHST? Sakya Trichen, old habits die hard.
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

Well, just to play Devil's advocate, are you sure that he could not have had a change of heart and issued emanations to Jamdudvipa out of pity? Emanation, sure (the last sentence of his quote actually indicates the possibility of magical emanations). But reincarnation, well, he says no. To me it lo...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

Arupajhana7 wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:09 am
Want to add that the reason I asked question number 3 is that I would like to study the works of Mipham the Great but have some resistance to it because of the association with Osel Mukpo.
That''s a pity.
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

Given that it has come out that Mukpo has sexually abused many women I now feel quite negatively about him. I don't want to strengthen any karmic connections to him as a teacher. I now have very negative emotions come up whenever I think about Manjushri too. I actively avoid prayers and practices t...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

3. Is there really a consensus in the Tibetan community that Osel Mukpo is the reincarnation of Mipham the Great? What is the argument that he is? What is the argument that he is not? Mipham the Great said before his death that there he wouldn't be reborn in this world: Now is a critical moment in ...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Can you explain how a non-arya bodhisattva of limited range actually benefits beings in the same way a less limited, arya bodhisattva benefits beings? If a common bodhisattva has a more limited range than an āryabodhisattva, it stands to reason they cannot immediately benefit as many sentient being...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

What practices can you recommend that would lead to a realization of the first bhumi? Something simple would be nice. Ngondro practice, refuge, bodhicitta, Vajrasattva, Mandala offerings, and Guru Yoga. One does not really need any other practices. Where would shamatha fit in? In Vajrayāna, sadhana...
by Malcolm
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

My question is this: I understand that light reflected from objects and making contact with the eye gives rise to eye consciousness, but how do thoughts which are sensed by the mind giving rise to mind consciousness arise? Mental consciousness, unlike the other five consciousnesses, does not have a...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 1811

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

From the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism - "In Sanskrit, "dharma-realm," viz., "realm of reality," or "dharma element"; a term that has two primary denotations... [Abhidharma definition omitted] In the MAHAYANA, dharmadhatu is used primarily to mean "sphere of dharma," which denotes the infinite d...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I often hear and read how compassion is vital to Buddhist practice, alongside wisdom. My question is why is compassion important and how does it relate to wisdom? Love and compassion are the basis for Mahāyāna bodhicitta, the wish to attain perfect buddhahood for the benefit of sentient beings. How...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Signs at every stage of practice meaning lesser afflictions and supernatural phenomena? There are specific yogic markers outlined in Vajrayāna by which practitioners may judge their progress. There are specific yogic markers outlined in common Mahāyāna by which practitioners may judge their progres...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Thank you! What is the difference in activity of non-arya and arya bodhisattvas? Range. Forgive my obtuseness. Are you saying a non-arya being benefits countless beings in inconceivable ways just by having taken the bodhisattva vow and subsequently engaging in common activities like giving money to...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Is it OK to say that I find references to the 'common Mahayana' a bit daunting? In the context of modern culture, as distinct maybe from the context of Tibetan religious culture, Mahayana is anything but 'common'. It seems to indicate a tone of condescension. "Common" *(sādhāraṇa) refers to the set...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2233

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

How do you know you've accumulated anything by doing the practices? What if one remains stubborn, angry, and non compassionate? There are teachings concerning what signs arise at every stage of the practice. If one remains stubborn, angry, and without compassion, this is also a sign. This is a sign...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best location for naga puja
Replies: 16
Views: 650

Re: Best location for naga puja

Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:40 pm
What exactly is the relationship between nagas and snakes? Are all snakes considered a kind of naga, or are they just similar enough that nagas would feel offended like, "if you'd harm that being that's kinda like me, you'd harm me, too"?
Snakes (sarpa) are not nāgas.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sang and serkyem practice
Replies: 30
Views: 5229

Re: sang and serkyem practice

(1) Does one literally just separately make oneself a cup of tea, put it on one's puja table, and then consume it at the end? Yes. (2) I live in a crowded two-story apartment building. There is a grassy area behind my building where people and domesticated animals can't access, so I could toss the ...

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