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by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prajñāpāramitā and it's most influential commentaries.
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Prajñāpāramitā and it's most influential commentaries.

Thank you. I was unaware of the Nyingma commentary. Paltrul's is mostly a slightly edited down version of Tsongkhapa's, from what I recall. Yes, for the most part. Tsongkhapa's commentary is quite representative of the Sakya tradition coming from Yag ston, who was the pre-eminant commentator on thi...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prajñāpāramitā and it's most influential commentaries.
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Prajñāpāramitā and it's most influential commentaries.

Hi, I'm interested in the most influential sutras and commentaries of the Prajñāpāramitā teachings. I am leaning towards studying the Abhisamayalamkara. https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Beyond-Prajnaparamita-Realization-Commentaries/dp/1559393564/ref=pd_sim_14_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1559393564&pd_rd_r...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 322
Views: 11875

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Since people think it's a mental health issue, my idea is a required psychological evaluation and background check for anyone trying to purchase these guns. In addition to a criminal background check, access to your mental health history, academic record, employment, social media history...which al...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we know if our predominant state of life is that of Buddhahood?
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: How do we know if our predominant state of life is that of Buddhahood?

Minobu wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:04 pm
everything is Buddha
Even Trump?
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 94
Views: 2837

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

There is another ekayāna narrative concerning the liberation of the Arhantaḥ, from the Venerable Nāgārjuna's Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra It is quite unlikely that the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra is a composition of Nāgārjuna. See Bronkhorst, Language and Reality: On an Episode in Indian Thought , from pa...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

Tiago Simões wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:49 pm
What's the one you would recommend to gain more knowledge on death and dying?
The best description of the death process can be found in ChNN's Birth, Life, and Death. It is the clearest and most profound resource in English.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 86
Views: 3699

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

PeterC wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:10 pm
and if one day we should encounter a machine seeking the same, I’m sure we would not withhold transmission on the grounds that it was unqualified.
You've been watching too many episodes of Humans.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 322
Views: 11875

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I am sure that a lot of people here are going to strongly disagree with this but what worked in Australia will not work here in the US...period. American culture is too deeply entrenched with heroes, guns and violence going all the way back to the founding of this country. "Shot heard around the wo...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Two solutions for karma and not-self paradox
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Two solutions for karma and not-self paradox

I read a short note on karma that states there is a 'non aggregate self ' or a self beyond the 5 aggegates to explain the concept of karmic rebirth. "The Buddha, however, postulates transcendent consciousness or Buddha consciousness beyond the aggregates. He does not limit the analysis to impermane...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5135
Views: 437615

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

LolCat wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:13 pm
I remember reading that every meal should be a Ganapuja, that is what sparked my question.

You can accomplish that merely by reciting om ah hum over your food and then seeing it as the five meats and five nectars. No need to get meat or booze.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 94
Views: 2837

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

There is another ekayāna narrative concerning the liberation of the Arhantaḥ, from the Venerable Nāgārjuna's Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra It is quite unlikely that the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra is a composition of Nāgārjuna. See Bronkhorst, Language and Reality: On an Episode in Indian Thought , from pa...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 94
Views: 2837

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:11 am
Everything that arises is subject to dissolution.
All arguments depend upon the premises upon which they are based. When those change, the argument changes, as well as the rebuttal. I was questioning narratives to which you are married. I was not defending any narrative of my own.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3174

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Worldly life and mundane concerns are meaningless. I think that's all that is being said. What's meaningless today might be meaningfull tomorrow, it's relative, and not letting go of relative thinking too binds one to the wheel of life and death. To me meaningful and meaningless are fantasies the c...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3174

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

fuki wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:48 am
Glad to be a Zenny, we dont give birth to concepts and then discuss if they have meaning haha
Zen forums must be very silent then.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3174

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

aflatun wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:05 am

But the cessation of, and the pursuit of the cessation of-affliction --> action --> suffering --> affliction- is meaningful, isn't it? Perhaps we're using the word "meaning" in different ways though.
The Dharma is meaningful. Life isn't.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3174

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

As I note above, ‘I wonder if the question as to whether ‘life has a purpose’ was ever really articulated in traditional Buddhist narratives... I still say the statement that ‘life has no meaning’ is nihilistic, and nothing said here will persuade me otherwise. Over and out. As to your first point,...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3174

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism. that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps. Life has no meaning because life by defi...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3174

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism. that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps. Life has no meaning because life by defi...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 860

Re: Ngakpas

I might go along with that, but I am not sure that is what Joesph means. Anyway, I thought there was a lot of special teachings needed for giving other people transmissions? /magnus Depends on the teaching. But anyone who has been a chöpön, knows everything they need to know to give empowerments. E...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 860

Re: Ngakpas

"When sentient beings ask for teachings, a bodhisattva gives them." Yes, but wouldn't you also say depending on whether the Teacher thinks the student(s) asking are ready for and capable of holding those teachings. One doesn't give a loaded gun to a toddler. In some cases it may be compassionate no...