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by Malcolm
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 24
Views: 790

Re: Subtle body

My take: Does the nervous system exist conventionally? What about the cardiovascular system? There are both abstractions taken from viewing the body from outside, they exist in a conventional senseonly as categories of phenomena. Even if you take a basic AP&P class you will see they don't really ex...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

they have those sample basic structure, the verses for recitation in the KT and throma are four line, but not two line. But one really ought not be negotiating the number of syllables. One should just do whatever practice ones teacher asks one to do. Got it, thanks! Agreed on number of syllables, w...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Pema Osel Ling is Dudjom Yangsi Pema Shepa Dorje’s NA seat. Many people begin with Khandro thugtik or Throma Ngondro directly. Thanks for the response! Am I correct in understanding that all three ngondros have the same underlying practices, but that those two are more extensive in the number of re...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Hi, I hope that you are all doing well. I am interested to hear about any experiences that anyone here has had with the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro and/or with Pema Osel Ling/Vajrayana Foundation. I've listened to some of the teachings from Lama Sonam Rinpoche and others, and I find the concise nature of...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 24
Views: 790

Re: Subtle body

1. Does the subtle body exist conventionally? Or is it just a way to work with with our anatomy and physiology? My take: Does the nervous system exist conventionally? What about the cardiovascular system? There are both abstractions taken from viewing the body from outside, they exist in a conventi...
by Malcolm
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving pointing out without knowing
Replies: 15
Views: 953

Re: Receiving pointing out without knowing

I am of the opinion that pointing out occasions should always be clearly indicated. If they are not, then we might have situations like these where there is doubt as to whether something happened or not. The opposite should also be true though, that someone believes they have recognized etc. when t...
by Malcolm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:11 pm Buddha Nature and Dzogchen
There are some unforced errors in this presentation.
by Malcolm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving pointing out without knowing
Replies: 15
Views: 953

Re: Receiving pointing out without knowing

florin wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:07 pm I am of the opinion that pointing out occasions should always be clearly indicated. If they are not, then we might have situations like these where there is doubt as to whether something happened or not.
Ditto.
by Malcolm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

Abstract by Alex Gardrner: Tibetans received the teaching first in the eighth century with the translations of the sūtras, but it only began to have an impact in the eleventh century with the translation of the Ratnagotravibhāga. Conforming to neither Madhyamaka nor Yogācāra, buddha-nature has been...
by Malcolm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving pointing out without knowing
Replies: 15
Views: 953

Re: Receiving pointing out without knowing

Daniel Kenny wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:26 am “Real nature”? :shrug:
One’s dharmata.
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

Therefore, it is said to be an object of faith for people like us, but not something we can ascertain directly. We can only infer it through reasoning. I thought our good intentions and good sense were indicators of Buddha Nature’s presence in us. However it is on a greatly diminished scale and con...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

. Since Buddha Nature cannot be an object of consciousness, it is not subject to the same deconstructions as other objects. Buddha nature is in fact an “object“ of a Buddha’s omniscience. It’s the dharmakaya “encased” in afflictions. This is why only Buddhas can perceive it, according to sutrayana....
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

This link will bring to you to the home page https://buddhanature.tsadra.org/index.php/Main_Page Enjoy! Thanks. ***** Everybody that visits the website should relax their dependence on Nagarjuna’s philosophy a bit. Trying to squeeze many interpretations of Buddha Nature into Madhyamaka is like tryi...
by Malcolm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:46 pm In short, Brunnhölzl’s presentation of Buddha Nature as it existed in India was more or less compatible to Malcolm’s position.
Well, Karl is a good scholar, so that is not surprising.
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 1351

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

zhing bcu - ten defects or the ten objects are: 1) The enemy of the Three Jewels, 2) the enemy of the master, 3) The samaya violator, 4) the perverted one, 6. the hostile one, 7. The samaya enemy with a wicked character, 8. The one arriving to the congregation, 9. the harmer of everyone, 10. the th...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?
Replies: 34
Views: 867

Re: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?

The context is that the fact that composite things are impermanent is not a sufficient cause for their parts to be impermanent. I am not saying that the parts are permanent, I am saying that their possible impermanence does not follow from the fact that they are parts in a larger whole (which is im...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: Tsadra Foundation website rollout on Buddha Nature

Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:23 pm I think a lot of DW proclamations of “no forM of Buddhism believes X” type of statements will be disproven.
Buddhist beliefs are N+1. The question is whether or not such beliefs are Buddhist in Name Only [BINO], for example, the Pudgalavādin position.
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?
Replies: 34
Views: 867

Re: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?

The context is that the fact that composite things are impermanent is not a sufficient cause for their parts to be impermanent. I am not saying that the parts are permanent, I am saying that their possible impermanence does not follow from the fact that they are parts in a larger whole (which is im...
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 1351

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

Did people misread the post, or am I ? Either you misread it or I wrote it poorly, probably more the latter than the former. My question was basically this - in order to use wrathful means to 'forcefully liberate' a being, I believe there are certain criteria in place that the being-to-be-liberated...
by Malcolm
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

Twice in Khunu Lama's Praise of Bodhicitta - verses 29 & 271 - these words appear. What do they refer to - buddhahood or great compassion or ??? It is a mistranslation of BodhimaNDa (byang chub snying po) which actually refers to the seat (maNDa) of awakening. Thank you Malcolm :bow: So bodhimanda ...

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