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by Malcolm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 1738

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: 132

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: 56
Views: 1879

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: 56
Views: 1879

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: 56
Views: 1879

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: 56
Views: 1879

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: 635

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: 5202

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 ...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

TrimePema wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:35 pm
Thank you! What is the difference in activity of non-arya and arya bodhisattvas?
Range.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

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 7:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

I don't buy it that they progress faster than Mahayanikas but good for them if they do. A Vajrayāna practitioner, by virtue of their practice, can gather the two accumulations necessary for full buddhahood in a very short period of time. This is impossible in the cause vehicle. Of course there are ...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

I took "come back lifetime after lifetime" to mean emanation. It simply means rebirth in samsara. Is emanation possible before the bhumis? How else would one be in control of rebirths? One only gains control over rebirth at the eighth bhumi. If self-liberation has nothing to do with maintaining sam...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 1738

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
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Any indulgence without sacrificing the main point is appreciated. I suppose in an ideal world, such polemics would be framed in similar style to the how the Mulamadhyamakarikas are framed to Shravakas - Setting forth the Mahayana view of emptiness but doing so whilst only relying on Shravaka pitaka...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Hi, My name is Anders and I am a mahayanika for a goodly number of years now. I read much of the sutras quite literally, take the avatamsaka cosmology at face value, am an ekayanin who takes a fuzzy view on how long the path to buddhahood has to take, and either way think the whole "get there as fa...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Lotus Sutra translation
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: New Ltus Sutra translation

SonamTashi wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:33 pm

I'm more interested in the Tibetan version anyway.
There are many corrections made upon the Tibetan translation in this rendition by PAR. He is one of the world's top translators, and also, couldn't be a nicer person.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Lotus Sutra translation
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: New Lotus Sutra translation

That is possibly the clumsiest and slowest document format I've ever seen- couldn't see a link to download the file- is it available in pdf etc? http://read.84000.co/data/toh113_84000-the-white-lotus-of-the-good-dharma.pdf This translation is definitely the gold standard of all English translations...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

A bit of a basic question but: How does deity yoga differ from a practitioner with siddhis to communicate directly with a mahasattva or Buddha? Deity yoga is a path. If someone has siddhis already, why would they need Vajrayāna? Also: Visualization of oneself as a deity at a glance strikes me as a ...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 1738

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

My comments are rhetorical. My answer to your question is this basic teaching on dependent origination. Each particular dharma is, because all other dharmas (collectively, dharmadhatu) are. The dharmadhātu is not a collection of all dharmas. The dharmadhātu is the nature of all dharmas. LOL, yes, t...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 1738

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Basic. Critical. Profound? :shrug: Are you using this as a proof, or are you asking me a question? My comments are rhetorical. My answer to your question is this basic teaching on dependent origination. Each particular dharma is, because all other dharmas (collectively, dharmadhatu) are. The dharma...

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