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by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

There are various teaching methods employed by the Buddha in the Lotus Sutra... Teaching methods are methods used by someone to explain something. Methods of attaining awakening in common Mahāyāna are restricted to the six perfections. The six perfections take a long time to complete, birth after b...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

illarraza wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:24 pm

Our teachers are Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Daishonin, teachers without peer.

Mark
In this sūtra, including the chapter you mention, there is no actual method demonstrated for an ordinary person to attain buddhahood in a single lifetime.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

Thanks Malcolm. I figured that surrender would be the word you would have difficulty with. It does seem to equate with complete trust in this context, but it is a term more open to being misconstrued. The only surrender a student has to make is to surrender the idea that they can extricate themselv...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Ricky wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:26 pm
Buddhas having the ability to take someone out of samsara by reciting that particular buddha's name?
If someone with full faith recites Amitabha's name, they will take rebirth in Sukhavati. But it is still a slow path.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

Sakya Pandita states: "Criticism" does not refer to criticizing the master out of some slight anger. "Criticism" refers to statements such as "This master is evil, with corrupted discipline, who does not act according to the Dharma, and so on. Such criticisms result in a downfall. In other words, i...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

Being a sycophant is unhealthy, but on the other hand each of us needs to continually examine whether the autonomy we seek is actually driven by ego. The point of being a guru is to help sentient beings discover freedom. The point of being a guru is not to have sentient beings surrender themselves ...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

With respect to Avalokiteśvara (Kanon), of course Avalokiteśvara can manifest in any of the six lokas and bring solace to sentient beings in those realms. But no one can liberate anyone from any thing. Liberation is won by one's own effort alone. No one can practice the path for you. Wait,you mean ...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

DGA, the entire point of Prof. Nattier's article is the Thubten the Tibetan Buddhist monk was appalled that the Lotus Sutra contradicted everything he was taught. Professor Nattier does not actually specify just what is was that Thubten the monk found challenging. She actually does not know, so she...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

You don't have to be born as a human, specifically as a human male to reach liberation. In order to attain buddhahood, one must be born a human being with eight freedoms and ten endowments. One cannot attain buddhahood if one is born in any other condition— hell being, preta, animal, asura, or deva...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

Being a sycophant is unhealthy, but on the other hand each of us needs to continually examine whether the autonomy we seek is actually driven by ego. The point of being a guru is to help sentient beings discover freedom. The point of being a guru is not to have sentient beings surrender themselves ...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

Do you mean to say when the guru is unqualified? things become unhealthy? When they harm their students for their own benefit, or if they give an empowerment which they have not themselves received, etc., this renders a guru "unqualified." ChNN tells a story about a cat guru who had a lot of mice d...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

CTR is supreme! "An example of Padmasambhva’s acting as a father figure for Tibet was the warning that he gave King Trisong Detsen. The New Years celebration was about to be held, which traditionally included horse racing and archery, among the other events. Padmasambhava said, “there shouldn’t be ...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

No, which kind of vajrayana are you practicing? The one that critics the guru? Sorry haven't heard of that one yet. Must be new. Good luck with that. Sakya Pandita states: "Criticism" does not refer to criticizing the master out of some slight anger. "Criticism" refers to statements such as "This m...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

illarraza wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:19 am
Slow and laborious like a horse and buggy (your Buddhism). Quick and svelt like a Concorde jet (the Lotus Sutra Buddhism of Nichiren).
Puffery is found in all lineages.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

If an eleven year old Dragon girl, can instantly transform into a Buddha the possiblity it open to all. Especially without lifetime after lifetime of practices to purge our bad karma. The eleven year old nāgā princess was already an eighth stage bodhisattva, not an ordinary sentient being. In other...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 63
Views: 1138

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

MeToo makes me happy for my daughter. Happy to an extent for my son, but also concerned for how the backlash against boys just got another round of ammo. Just tell him to keep his hands to himself and his head down. Why stop there? How about castration of all boys? That should be the next logical s...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3270

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

So some behaviour of the guru is unacceptable, while some is acceptable? But wouldn't that contradict the foundation of Buddha Dharma? Vajrayana is extremely dangerous in that regard. It does not contradict anything. And Vajrayāna is only dangerous for blind fools who leave their brains along with ...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1227

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:44 pm
Thankful to all for pointing out flaws regarding this thread (and my other personal failings).

But no one has mentioned the biggest blunder - using the wrong Capitol for the title of this thread - should be Capital.
We are all too old for spelling flames...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Road Trip
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Colorado Nyingma Centers

Virgo wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:12 am
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:42 pm
Virgo wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:34 pm


It seems like a very important land.

Kevin
Tara Mandala is a true beyul.
Have you been there before Malcolm?

Kevin

Yes, I was there for a couple of weeks last summer.
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 159
Views: 2459

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

If there is a conflict between Sutta/Sutra and Abhidhamma/Abhidarma, are you telling me the latter is authoritative? The teaching derivative of the Buddha's Pure and Far Reaching Voice, not the Voice itself? You should not conflate Abhidhamma with Abhidharma. According to tradition, the essence of ...