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by Malcolm
Tue May 22, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 583
Views: 21958

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

The second amendment was originally instituted in order ensure the right of southern militias to fetch escaped slaves. i always thought it was a snub towards the British who outlawed civilians to have guns during the revolution. Nope. It was an amendment designed to appease slave owners. https://ww...
by Malcolm
Mon May 21, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 583
Views: 21958

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

The second amendment was originally instituted in order ensure the right of southern militias to fetch escaped slaves. I dunno, Greg. I mean, it seems like countries with greater gun constraints also have more constraints on other things, too. Aussies have more constraints on both guns and on the in...
by Malcolm
Sun May 20, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

And thus begins the program of interpreting sūtras and tantras according to what one wishes they said Malcolm, when I have to choose whom I trust, either you or the realized Tibetan masters from whom I have received teachings on phowa and the bardo, I choose the realized Tibetan masters. Deal with ...
by Malcolm
Sun May 20, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

PS: not saying it has to be interpreted this way, I'm just saying those passages don't neccessarily have to be taken literally. And thus begins the program of interpreting sūtras and tantras according to what one wishes they said, instead of what they actually say and what authentic masters such as...
by Malcolm
Sun May 20, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

All that was stated was that it will take millions of human years to attain buddhahood once one is reborn there, if one is an ordinary person. I understood you very clearly. And that is what I refuse to believe... Then you refuse to believe what sūtras say on the subject, and in that case, there is...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Sorry guys, but all teachers from whom I have received Phowa and Bardo teachings agree that being led to a pure land is favourable to a human rebirth, including the passage by Thrangu Rinpoche I've quoted earlier: When we are about to be reborn and enter a new existence, it is best to close the doo...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Yes, after millions and millions of human years have gone by. Why would it take millions and millions of years? http://www.kagyulibrary.hk/uploads/scripture/file/58-en.pdf This aspiration prayer also has information. According to the translation one kalpa is one day there. It is quadrillions of kal...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Yes, after millions and millions of human years have gone by. Why would it take millions and millions of years? Have you any idea of how long a day in Sukhavati is in human years? One day in Sukhavati equals one kalpa of the Bhadrakalpa. In another simple explanation, there are four different lengt...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

What about phowa? That's only going to a pure land, that is not being liberated. Yes, but the main reason you want to go to a pure land is not that it's some kind of spiritual Disneyland where you can enjoy yourself, it's because that's where you'll reach enlightenment. Yes, after millions and mill...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Temicco wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 4:36 am
The reason why the Tibetan tradition refers to practitioners of Buddhadharma as “insiders” is that there is no theory of salvation by an external savior in Buddhadharma.
Whoa, where did you learn this from?
HH Sakya Trichen, HH Dalai Lama and many others.
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Even telling them to focus on an activity deity such as Jambhala is of no benefit, since these activity deities are not complete paths. Only bodhisattvas like Mañujuśrī, Avalokiteśvara, Tāra, and so on will function in this way for ordinary people who have no regular yidam practice. If they have “t...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

So, to be clear, the party line is that every being who has ever been liberated has realized the Dzogchen view (which we could say = Prajñāpāramitā = Mahāmudrā, except in manner of presentation and practice; same result, except for the varieties of rainbow body)? And this regardless of the level of...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

That is just not how things work in the bardo. Isn't one's experience of the bardo conditioned by culture and prior training or lack thereof? First, we have to distinguish between the common bardo (antarabhāva) teaching found in Abhidharma, and so on, with the bardo presentation found exclusively i...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 18
Views: 873

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

Jingang wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:21 am
Just a question on the Amitabha mantra. The most common one is Om Amideva Hrih. However I also read it by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche as Om Amitabha Hrih.

Is anyone familiar with the latter?
The former is a Tibetsn corruption of the latter, however it is so diffuse now as to have become canonical.
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

??? Praying to enlightened beings to lead you to a pure land while you're in the bardo is one of the standard teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. See for instance this quote: Thrangu Rinpoche, The First Twelve Days of the Bardo p.21: same text, p.22: http://www.rinpoche.com/teachings/bardo.pdf Are you s...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

What if the "other" to whom you pray liberates you not as a reward for your faith but through revealing to you that you were never really bound? That He is actually the basis of all you have ever experienced? That "you" are a temporary appearance manifesting in, as, and through Him? Hopefully "his"...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

The idea that one can be saved by another is an externalist, eternalist, theistic view. It is not compatible with the Buddha's teachings. ??? Praying to enlightened beings to lead you to a pure land while you're in the bardo is one of the standard teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. See for instance thi...
by Malcolm
Sat May 19, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

No one can hand liberation to you. The idea that one can be saved by another is an externalist, eternalist, theistic view. It is not compatible with the Buddha's teachings. What if the "other" to whom you pray liberates you not as a reward for your faith but through revealing to you that you were n...
by Malcolm
Fri May 18, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 283
Views: 6682

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Also, you will have no problem to believe that he'll be able to transfer you into a pure land when you pray to him in the bardo. Sorry, Malcolm, I really don't see what sense it makes to start some discussion about the question if this is called liberation or not. If one reaches liberation immediat...
by Malcolm
Fri May 18, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 41
Views: 992

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

Basically, even the worst Dzogchen practitioner is guaranteed birth in the four natural nirmanakāya buddhafields, 125 human years in each, at the end of which time (500 hundred human years), one will attain full buddhahood in the Amoghasiddhi's buddhafield. This is much better than the endless mill...