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by Malcolm
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 492

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:36 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:26 pm
As above, the dominant culture of Bactria, etc., was Persian.
Maybe, but you haven't really provided any evidence.

The ruling strata though, were definitely Hellenistic.
Read a history devoted specifically to Central Asia.
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 492

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

It seems the name that has been omitted in the above was Alexander the Great, whose empire it was that straddled Gandhara, and whose language and artistic culture had profound influence in that part of the world. The Questions of Kind Milinda were an account of a dialogue between a Buddhist monk, V...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 492

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Here's a nice video to put things in historical context: https://youtube.com/watch?v=IQATsepKoLE&t=748s It was not a "Greek Empire" it was a Hellenistic Empire of Macedonians. There was no Greece back then, there was the Macedonian Empire that had initially conquered and unified Hellenic city state...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 190
Views: 28951

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=6591#p78290 I'm assuming that 2018 Malcolm overrides 2012 Namdrol? One statement is made from the point of view of Great Perfection, the other statement is made from the point of view of general Vajrayāna. While the vehicles may contradict each other, the low...
by Malcolm
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 190
Views: 28951

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

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 some fools who think that gathering the two accumulations are unnecessary for buddhahood...
by Malcolm
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 635

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

Speaking from experience, missionary activities straight up just do not work. Imo, missionary work would be one of the quickest. Ways to hurt the dharma. No one likes a missionary. One of the things Buddhism has going for it in the West is not being pushy. Definitely. How would you like hearing on ...
by Malcolm
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: Merit needed to see Buddhas

from my readings, buddhas only make an appearance in human flesh once there are no traces of dharma left in the world. This is specifically regarding a supreme nirmanakaya such as Shakyamuni, but there are other types of nirmanakaya forms it’s taught. Yes, and we do not have the merit to see the Bu...
by Malcolm
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: Merit needed to see Buddhas

Since motivation of bodhisattvas & buddhas is same - to help as many beings as possible become free of all obscurations & suffering, our merit may have little to do with their appearance. They teach & help devas too, whose types of suffering we would not consider suffering at all. The hell beings, ...
by Malcolm
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen

the.eleven wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:50 am
Acquainted with tantra, yes.

However, would it be incorrect to assert that as long as concepts are proliferating there is no dzogpa chenpo?
Stillness and movement are the same state.
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

That makes no sense at all. Why would a Buddha appear when sentient beings least need them??? :shrug: Buddhas do not appear when sentient beings have so much merit they do not need them, and when they have so little merit they cannot be helped. We are nearing the lower end of that curve. What would...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

Well, maybe we aren't. After all, this is why Śākyamuni passed on. We justify it as a lesson in impermanence, things like lifespan and so on are inextricably linked with merit. Since a Buddha is beyond karma, etc., their appearance in the world is a function of the merit of living beings in the wor...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 42
Views: 3586

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

krodha wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:39 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:46 pm
It is quite clear he knew prior to his passing that he was going to pass soon.
What indication did he give?
Please read the letter translated by Sangye.
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Merit needed to see Buddhas

Split from https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=27705 The reason I say this is because, in my opinion, he was clearly a realized person, I never doubted this. But he might be trying to teach us some other lesson than "you guys aren't good enough for the likes of me". ;) Well, maybe we aren'...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 42
Views: 3586

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

No, I don't think so. But you can think what you like. Well, the Buddha's teachings on life spans and what influences them is pretty clear AND it pretty funny to hear you (somebody so opposed to the notion of collective karma) to be arguing about the influence of collective merit. The reason I say ...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 42
Views: 3586

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

This happened because of our collective lack of merit. He was not especially old, unlike HH Dudjom Rinpoche, HH Dilgo Khyentse, HH Penor Rinpoche, and HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. I think you will find that it may have something to do with his store of merit. No, I don't think so. But you can think...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 635

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

According to Lionsroar.com, Shambhala is to close it's NYC center in Manhattan. Based at 22nd Street between 5th and 6th, the article states that they can no longer afford the $30k per month rent. Are we seeing the first tangible knock on effect of the recent scandal? Frankly, it is ridiculous and ...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen

But now I wonder: is dzogchen truly realizable without some acquaintance with tantra? Dzogchen is part of secret mantra, so no. In other words, it is part of "tantra." Now, maybe what I'm talking about is not dzogchen proper at all, but anuyoga or some lower level. If so, it seems fine to practice ...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 42
Views: 3586

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The first has lots to do with samayas and it is mostly fault of the students if there are breakages and it takes toll on teachers lifespan (unless teacher broke them ofc). I'd say that it is highly irrelevant if he is a head of a lineage or a head cheerleader really. I don't think lineage head and ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 42
Views: 3586

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

Refugee wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:01 pm
I still question that. A lesson in impermanence & the problems of samsara can go a long way. He told my lama he will not Yangsi so we have Dewachen Buddha to look forward to. May his activities reach countless beings 🙏
When given lemons, make lemonade.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2134

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

ford_truckin wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:36 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:34 pm
ford_truckin wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:28 pm
What kind of siddhis is a first year bodhisattva supposed to manifest?
A first year bodhisattva? None.
Sorry I meant first level/bhumi.
The signs of progress of bodhisattvas on the stages is detailed in the Dasabhumi Sūtra.

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