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by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

So, it seems to make more sense that instead of jumping to negative assumptions about others, we ought to give our fellows the benefit of the doubt. I think the Buddha said it the best, "Mañjuśrī, seeing afflictions is bodhi." My observation of sentient beings is that they are afflicted. Plain and ...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

If thats the theory that motivates one's practice, then the training is there when the toe is stubbed and the jerk cuts in front. Its easy to only talk the talk in any practice. Malcolm knows well that view guides practice. I'm not sure why the negativity. It is very easy to delude oneself with thi...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:20 pm
It is the ideal we strive for, however imperfectly.
Hence, all the stubbed toes and road rage.
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

All this concern with where a Buddha attains enlightenment is a problem of supposing enlightenment is gained rather than what we are. If you wish to regard yourself as a buddha encased in afflictions, that is just fine. Now, about those afflictions... Distinguishing afflictions in that way is a wro...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 16
Views: 662

Re: What's an emanation?

I'm bringing up this topic again because, as it turns out, this theme is consequential for how some practitioners approach their practice, and how certain practices are understood. To give an example from a DW thread a few years ago, here are portions of some posts that show how one particular inte...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4759
Views: 403606

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Pero wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:45 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Pero wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:59 pm
What's the difference between a dbang chen and regular dbang?
a dbang chen has a very elaborate section for the vase empowerment. This is main difference.
I see, thanks.
Usually has a sand mandala or some kind of cloth mandala as well.
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 776

Re: Mala Etiquette

If really Gurú Padmasambhava gave directions on mala characteristics, then it is important. Is the posted info reliable? The info I posted came from Gyatrul Rinpoche ( "The Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra'') but I'm afraid I don't know the exact source the Lama was quoting. Malcolm alluded to t...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4759
Views: 403606

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Pero wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:59 pm
What's the difference between a dbang chen and regular dbang?
a dbang chen has a very elaborate section for the vase empowerment. This is main difference.
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4759
Views: 403606

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

heart wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:57 am

It will for sure be instructions, but wangchen seems unlikely. I don't think there is a wangchen for mandarava, I never heard ChNNR talk about that.
Yes, there is in fact a dbang chen for Mandarava, but he gives it very rarely.
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 2224

Re: Santa La Muerte

Tenma wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:38 pm
Could you give an example of an affliction?
Desire, hatred, and ignorance. These are three afflictions. They are the forces that drive samsara.
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:56 pm


And to quote myself:
Queequeg wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:18 pm
(And so ends my zen master in a motley bit)
And to quote myself:
rhetorical posturing
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 229
Views: 4187

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

ahh i get this as Buddhism moved geographically it was met with all sorts. i thought Dzogchen was a Bon thing basically at it's roots..and for some Mahayanists they saw fit to incor[porate it into buddhism . so there is no Bon thought in Dzogchen it is pure Buddhist thought? No, there is no Bonpo t...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9818

Re: Western Myth of Zen

any practice one with Mahāyāna motivation becomes a Mahāyāna practice How can motivation be a sufficient criteria? That would mean even a mistaken idea about the path leads to buddhahood. No, that consequence is an exaggeration. Mistaken ideas about the path are impediments to awakening, but they a...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Some Buddhisms, not naming any in particular, not even the Buddhism of this subforum necessarily, seem to insist that ordinary beings are already completely enlightenment Buddhas & that there is no progress to be made, no afflictions to be lost, the radical thing is when this is believed of both th...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

All this concern with where a Buddha attains enlightenment is a problem of supposing enlightenment is gained rather than what we are. If you wish to regard yourself as a buddha encased in afflictions, that is just fine. Now, about those afflictions... What Buddha? What afflictions? The afflictions ...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9818

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Your answer is a non sequitur. In that case I was simply wrong in my presumption that by that you were rejecting the whole section on there being more to Mahayana than having motivation. :anjali: The point was that you cited a passage from a sūtra which referred to āryabodhisattvas. But there are o...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 77
Views: 1532

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:09 pm
All this concern with where a Buddha attains enlightenment is a problem of supposing enlightenment is gained rather than what we are.
If you wish to regard yourself as a buddha encased in afflictions, that is just fine. Now, about those afflictions...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9818

Re: Western Myth of Zen

I don’t accept the 55 level scheme. I don't think that's a problem, since it is not important in Zen except for some advocates of gradual practice. The point still remains, however, that to have the bodhisattva motivation one needs some level of faith and understanding as well. Your answer is a non...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9818

Re: Western Myth of Zen

I don’t accept the 55 level scheme. This refers strictly to āryabodhisattvas. It does not refer to bodhisattvas on the paths of accumulation or application. What I meant is that vow is not enough, one also needs some level of understanding, faith, renunciation, and compassion, since without those ev...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 89
Views: 1027

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Nowhere, that is where. Nevertheless, the universal healthcare thing is a no-brainer. Conservative economists in the 60's were calling for UH because they recognized that no one can make intelligent choices in a healthcare marketplace, and a free market depends on the ability to make rational and i...