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by Malcolm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 19
Views: 195

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Here is a scholarly article on Tiantai for the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by Brook Ziporyn, Professor of Chinese Religion at University of Chicago Divinity School, Traditional Buddhism gives a rather commonsensical account of sentient experience: every moment of sentient experience ...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 19
Views: 195

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

How am I supposed to understand a 2000 year old text, written in an ancient language, full of Buddhist cosmology I don't understand? Commentaries have been written on these sutra's that get to the heart of the matter in a much easier format to digest... Then read some reliable commentaries. Abhidha...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 19
Views: 195

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

I've read the diamond sutra and synopses of the other two. I don't have time to read them. The LS is 500 odd pages and the FG is over 1000 If you don’t read them, how can you even begin to understand them. BTW, you will not find the doctrine of interpenetration in the actual words of the Avatamska ...
by Malcolm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 19
Views: 195

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Ok, I'm confused about the different worldviews in the three sutra's of lotus, diamond (i.e. wisdom) and flower garland sutra's? My understanding is that: So the lotus sutra teaches the Buddha is eternal No, the Lotus Sutra teaches that Shakyamuni Buddha has a really, really, really long (but finit...
by Malcolm
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1491

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

I think I can. The MMK 24:17-19 could not be more clear: Whatever arises in dependence, that is explained as emptiness; that [emptiness] is dependently designated, that is the middle way. Why? There exist no phenomena that are not dependently originated, Therefore, there are no phenomena that are n...
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1491

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

The 'third' truth is simply the first two truths. No, I don't think you can make such a reductionist statement. I think I can. The MMK 24:17-19 could not be more clear: Whatever arises in dependence, that is explained as emptiness; that [emptiness] is dependently designated, that is the middle way....
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1491

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Coëmgenu wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:02 pm

The 'third' truth is simply the first two truths.
No, I don't think you can make such a reductionist statement.
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-duality in dzogchen
Replies: 26
Views: 991

Re: Non-duality in dzogchen

smcj wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:53 pm
I think Lopön Tenzin Namdak and Kongtrul have differing opinions on this matter. That's ok as far as I'm concerned. To each his own.
They don have differing opinions actually, but in your strange misconception of the Dzogchen, you imagine they do.
by Malcolm
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1491

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Separate topic, perhaps: what is in TienTai that is not in Nagarjuna? The third truth stands out. Perhaps there is a tendency to confuse the two truths of Madhyamaka and the threefold contemplation of the dharmadhātu in Tiāntāi. The threefold contemplation seems to be intended to realize this, in p...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2489

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

IMO such a person would just believe that karma, DO, and so on, are processes that, in the end, govern the behaviour of what arises out of material processes. That is to say, they would believe in karma, DO, etc., as 'meta'-processes that govern material processes to produce emergent non-material p...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 136
Views: 12184

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

If Gzhon nu Dpa’ bo stobs ldan is teaching a retinue (which includes Vajrapani) that is merely an emanation of his own pristine consciousness, then when this buddha sees the appearances of six realms of samsara it must be the case that the beings in each realm must also be emanations of his pristin...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2489

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if one sees that all things and the world, in all directions and times, are empty and without self-nature, then one knows it’s foolish to speak of rebirth. It would be foolish to speak of rebirth as an ultimate princi...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-duality in dzogchen
Replies: 26
Views: 991

Re: Non-duality in dzogchen

I am trying to fully understand the principle of "non-duality" in dzogchen. Specifically understanding hownthe following are not contradictory: the division between subject and object is an illusion, the dharmakaya of all buddhas is one, but mindstreams of sentient beings are separate. Seems there ...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2489

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

pael wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:14 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:00 pm

... the mind is a product of material processes...
Can logic refute this?
Yes.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Khorwa Dongtruk in the Nyingma Kahma
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Khorwa Dongtruk in the Nyingma Kahma

This could mean many things. One thing is Khorwa Tongtrug as a specific form of red Avalokiteshvara, another thing is Khorwa Tongtrug as a term used in inner tantras. There is no practice of Khorwa Tongtrug in Nyingma Kama (Kama gyepa collection) - at least not in the one put together by Dudjom Rin...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche's termas
Replies: 6
Views: 961

Re: Mipham Rinpoche's termas

Mipham Rinpoche was not a terton, he was supposed to reveal termas but he refused to. This is debatable. Some of his Gesar texts are written under the name, "Bse ru 'Od ldan dkar po," the White Luminous Rhinoceros, and bear gter shad. I am not referring the earlier Gesar terma that is included in M...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2489

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Dharmakīrti offers the best arguments in support of rebirth, but he does so in a series of questions, a decision tree, to ascertain if it is even worth discussing the issue with an opponent of the Buddhist view in general. For example, if someone believes that the mind is a product of material proc...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 55
Views: 1041

Re: Another day in America

I find it hard to believe that the leaders of these countries rank a human life somewhere below a chicken and a dog's life. Believe it, sadly. The US Constitution has been interpreted to protect an individual's right to bear arms. There is big money involved in making sure that doesn't change, rega...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 55
Views: 1041

Re: Another day in America

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:17 pm
people keep saying "do something"...I wish we would...
We know what do to: thoughts and prayers, people, thoughts and prayers.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 136
Views: 12184

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

a timely post. i was just going to post a question about attachment and clinging. your command of the subject is impressive. could have listened to you rap for another hour. seemed like it was cut short Yes, it was a 4 hour conversation, actually. does the entire recording exist somewhere? Wisdom h...

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