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by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus
Replies: 12
Views: 264

Re: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus

Right now, I'm basically exiled. As in, not allowed to come to the center until I change my view. So this is what I need to fix but upon examining it and being very honest I don't think that there's anything very wrong. And I don't think a lama should require that of their student. Personality cult...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

You are conflating two different uses the term "dharma": the first refers to teachings; the second refers to discrete entities that bear characteristics. Your use of the term samskara, while found in some Vipassana circles, is really derived from Hinduism, unless you are referring to a) the second ...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 52
Views: 771

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

Enryu84 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 8:48 pm
You can reach enlightenment without knowing anything, just by meditating.
Umm, no, this is completely false. This is not what the Buddha taught.
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

Hey everyone, I was wondering if there are Nyingmapas who only practice HYT without Dzogchen? Or is the general consensus that if you have the karma to meet a Nyingmapa lama you probably have the superior capacity for Dzogchen? There are Nyingmapas who mainly focus mahayoga and anuyoga. But the goa...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46078

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Plus any small business owners out there will tell you they want government ou of their way and not an expanded plan to increase them as your silent partner. Yes, because small businesses hate roads, bridges, electricity, telephones, and the US Post Office. :roll: This anti-government rhetoric is e...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts

she doesn't translate "rDo la gser zhun" as "written with gold on stone" that's good - but I wouldn't translate it as "Pure Golden Ore " either :smile: Mipham glosses the title in this way: [T]he intimate instruction of how to meditate is the treatise exemplified by a skilled smith smelting the ele...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46078

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

All media views human activity as an entertainment to be sold. It views everything as a commodity, Including social change movements and culture. Regards Including crayons and pastels? What about oil paint? Latex? Acrylic? Art as a medium is also a commodity, someone famously said all art is propag...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46078

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Danny wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 pm
All media views human activity as an entertainment to be sold. It views everything as a commodity, Including social change movements and culture.

Regards
Including crayons and pastels? What about oil paint? Latex? Acrylic?
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

Buddha never used the term "self" to refer to an unconditioned, permanent, ultimate entity. He also never asserted that there was no conventional "self," the subject of transactional discourse. So, it is very clear in the sutras that the Buddha negated an ultimate self and did not negate a conventi...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Momentariness
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: Momentariness

Does momentariness imply things coming out of nothing?if the cause ceases completely before the effect even begins to arise,how do effects arise? there must be things beginning the arise as soon as its cause begins to dissapear,but then why call it momentary? This doctrine is the hardest buddhist d...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

There is no utility in the metaphor, it does not correspond to Buddhist theories/doctrine of mind. I think I made that clear from the beginning. If you believe it does correspond, then the onus is on you to find a doctrinal source that supports it. If course it doesn't. The Buddha teaches anātma, n...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

Anatman is the negation of an unconditioned, permanent, ultimate entity that moves from one temporary body to another. It is not the negation of "Sam," "Fred," or "Jane" used as a conventional designation for a collection of aggregates. Since the Buddha clearly states in many Mahāyāna sūtras, "all ...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

Is anatman a denial of the self? Of course. It is the negation of an absolute self, but not "the self" used as a name for the collection of aggregates. Would it be accurate to say that it is the negation of absolutism? or the dogmatic "ism" in worldly views regardless of it taking a negative or pos...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

The meaning of the self usually depends on context. My unsolicited advice: say that the self is like a tree that contains two birds. One bird eats of the fruits, struts to and fro, defecates, sleeps and wakes, dies, and is reborn to repeat the process. The other bird simply watches... And dies of s...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1773

Re: Nihilistic view

...except that i don't see anything spiritual either in confirming or denying the self. Good for you! Anatman is one of the four defining characteristics (Four Dharma Seals) of a Dharma. Any body of teaching that does not include Anatman cannot be Dharma. So somebody out there obviously considers t...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46078

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Danny wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 9:04 pm
It's important not to get locked into information ghettos.
Yes, this is what newspapers of record are for, etc. Not that they are perfect, they all make errors. But in general, the sales of advertising forced newspapers to strive for objectivity in reporting.
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

Varis wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:30 pm

I assume by common people you mean Tibetan/Himalayan folk beliefs, right?
Yes.
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46078

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Well lets answer a question with a question, Where do you go to get trusted news? https://www.thebalancesmb.com/what-is-propaganda-and-how-does-it-work-2295248 By the same author: Q: Is Breitbart News a credible news source for you? Why or why not? No. True journalists have no agenda, with the opin...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46078

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Do public broadcasters have any significant influence on the US public opinion? No, however, the cable news channels do have such influence. In particular, Fox News has an enormous influence on a certain subsection of the American public, older, racist (whether they admit it or not), white people w...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

But the elements disperse at death etc and are just part of your conditioned existence. The bLa lingers after death and acts like a sentient spirit AFAIK. This is because among common people, there is an ambiguity between bla and consciousness. Barbara Gerke has perhaps one of the best summaries I'...

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