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by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: What is Dzogchen?

haha wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:58 am
Isn't the appearance the aggregate?
There are all kinds of appearances: internal, external, pure, impure, nonafflicted, afflicted, and so on.
by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

What then is your definition of the relative and your definition of the ultimate? Consult Candrakīrti. But in brief, an ultimate truth is the object of a veridical cognition; a relative truth is the object of a nonveridical cognition. I misspoke. It should have been "The regime that avoids the two ...
by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

Yes, but why when causes and conditions are not found (and therefore appearances are not found as well since there are appearances only because of causes and conditions) they are not "destroyed"? Because unlike shattering a pot with a hammer, the appearance under analysis do not vanish. For you, si...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 38
Views: 996

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:36 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:05 pm
I know of no legitimate practice of Shiva as a Buddhist yidam...
I do.
In what Buddhist tantra was it taught?
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 38
Views: 996

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

To what extent is Shiva seen as having any level of realisation in this literature/lineages? Tibetan Buddhist Shiva practices range from him being a mundane protector, to a Yidam. I know of no legitimate practice of Shiva as a Buddhist yidam, but in the Nyingma School Siva is an important dharmapala.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 38
Views: 996

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

Regardless, the point still stands; if Hindu tantra is wrong how did Minapa attain Buddhahood if his guru was Shiva and he presumably would have practiced Saiva tantra? The Tibetan text of Mīnapa's story begins by stating that his caste was fisherfolk, his guru was Mahādeva, and his siddhis were mu...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 38
Views: 996

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

The Naths are very late. The first mention of Goraksha is by the Indian Buddhist Pandita, Vibhūticandra in the early 13th century. There is no evidence that the siddhas you mention were Naths, since the earliest mention of all these figures is in Buddhist texts. I am going by the hagiographies and ...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garab Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Garab Dorje

So does that make all of the Karmapas emanations of Guru Rinpoche? That's the idea. I can't think of distinct examples otherwise right now, but similar things would be like saying that such-and-such is an emanation of Ananda, or of Vimalamitra, etc, and then the subsequent incarnation of the Tulku ...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 38
Views: 996

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

But if the Hindu Tantric path is so mistaken then how is it that there are 4 Nath Siddhas (5 if you include the kapala siddha Kapalaka) included in the list of 84 Mahasiddhas? The Naths are very late. The first mention of Goraksha is by the Indian Buddhist Pandita, Vibhūticandra in the early 13th c...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 51 Mental factors vs 80 Indicative Conceptions
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: 51 Mental factors vs 80 Indicative Conceptions

Can anyone shed some light on the differences between the Abhidharma's grouping of the 51 mental factors (sems byung) and the 80 indicative conceptions (rang bzhin brgyad cu'i kun rtog) which are referenced in Dzogchen texts? Are they completely different systems, are they related? Any reading reco...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garab Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Garab Dorje

Do all schools of Tibetan Vajrayana view Garab Dorje as a Nirmanakaya? If not, who doesn't and why? Thanks! Anyone who accepts Dzogchen teachings does. Those who do not, don't. Both the 3rd Karmapa and 5th Dalai Lama are known as being Dzogchen adepts. Does that mean that these schools accept Garab...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garab Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Garab Dorje

mechashivaz wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:20 pm
Do all schools of Tibetan Vajrayana view Garab Dorje as a Nirmanakaya? If not, who doesn't and why? Thanks!
Anyone who accepts Dzogchen teachings does. Those who do not, don't.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 51 Mental factors vs 80 Indicative Conceptions
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: 51 Mental factors vs 80 Indicative Conceptions

Can anyone shed some light on the differences between the Abhidharma's grouping of the 51 mental factors (sems byung) and the 80 indicative conceptions (rang bzhin brgyad cu'i kun rtog) which are referenced in Dzogchen texts? Are they completely different systems, are they related? Any reading reco...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

Since you disagree that in the final analysis, causes and conditions themselves cannot be found, therefore you are holding the position that in the final analysis that causes and conditions themselves can be found. Therefore causes and conditions are real, not illusions. And because you say that ca...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: What is Dzogchen?

That’s the problem with Madhyamaka. Yet appearances do appear. Hence the need for Yogacara. I don't think Madhyamaka denies appearances. If I'm not mistaken, it just prefers not to make much in the way of positive assertions about them, sticking instead to reductive statements about them. Maybe we ...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

Nothing that appears in the relative can be found in the final analysis, including the causes and conditions themselves. Agree? It is the causes and conditions that give rise to appearances. Since the causes and conditions themselves cannot be found, therefore it is accurate to say that there is no...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1352

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

Malcolm: you said every Trump supporter is "racist" in this thread? No. I said “Everyone who is not a racist is appalled by Trump.” There are many Republicans who are appalled by Trump, but support his policies. On the other hand, all Trump supporters that I personally know are racists and admit it.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

It is the basis for what? Relative phenomena or ultimate phenomena or both? It is the basis. You can call it the nature of the mind, if you like, thought that is not perfectly accurate. Appearance is Nothing in the final analysis. But Appearance is not Nothing. Therefore, Nothing is Not Nothing See...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1352

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

Norwegian, The sheer ignorance and vitriol you display regarding Trump is what's sad. See the things he's accomplished and re-evaluate yourself. ►Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. This is not a win. ►Pull the United States out of the Iranian nuclear deal. This is not a win. ►Stand up to...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 57
Views: 2105

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

It is the basis for what? Relative phenomena or ultimate phenomena or both? It is the basis. You can call it the nature of the mind, if you like, thought that is not perfectly accurate. Appearance is Nothing in the final analysis. But Appearance is not Nothing. Therefore, Nothing is Not Nothing See...

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