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by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 430

Re: Nichiren and Tantra

- suchness is not a state, so is its realization. That's why i told you confuse buddha nature with view. I did not say a state of suchness, I said "a state of equipoise..." However, the term "state" is used for suchness in such sutras as the PP in 8000 lines and so on. Buddhanature is a view. Ordin...
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 430

Re: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Buddhanature is a view. Ordinary people have to take it on faith since they cannot see the dharmakāya of the buddhas for themselves. Only buddhas can see the dharmakāya. Well i think the practice that Nichiren laid out is tantric in nature. It is certainly true that Mantrayāna certainly deeply infl...
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 430

Re: Nichiren and Tantra

- suchness is not a state, so is its realization. That's why i told you confuse buddha nature with view. I did not say a state of suchness, I said "a state of equipoise..." However, the term "state" is used for suchness in such sutras as the PP in 8000 lines and so on. Buddhanature is a view. Ordin...
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: The DJKR Topic

So should the teachers be seen as Buddhas or as fallible human beings? If you say "a bit of both" then you have to clearly outline exactly how much of each in order to avoid future misunderstanding. If you say "neither" then you need to come up with something new coz clearly the current situation i...
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 430

Re: Nichiren and Tantra

The true path is not really a "path" as it does not lead to anywhere in or out of the three spheres. ...like Tiantai is arbitrarily denied being? Well, he did not tell you that the sutra also teach - incalculable eons are but as long as a single thought. - trichiliocosm is but as large as a single ...
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

passel wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:53 am
Huh. Then who modern day would represent the Nyima Drakpa folks? Anyone teaching the West?
I am not sure who transmits his termas, but his lineage of karling shitro is also widespread in Kathog and so on.
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1127

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:23 pm

In referring to nagas, or ghosts or whatever, they cannot be determined by deduction.
Sure they can. Deductions always depend on what assumptions one holds.
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

In which case both sides were following mad guides? No, Nyingmapas who have an opinion about this generally feel that Migyur Dorje was the problem. You can read about about this conflict in Brian Cuevas's book on Karling Shitro. Yes, well, I am sure the followers of Mingyur Dorje would have a diffe...
by Malcolm
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

Dumb question but I’m assuming you guys mean the Palyul Mingyur Dorje who was the prodigy teacher/student to Karma Chagme? (And is there a connection to the current Mingyur Rinpoche, or is that just a coincidence of names?) No, Yonge Migyur Dorje, a Karma Kagyu terton with close ties to the tenth K...
by Malcolm
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 54
Views: 1423

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

I respect everyone's choice in not taking initiations within a certain lineage. But there's no reason to imply that the entire Gelug school, by virtue of its core lineages being transmitted through a samaya breaker, is now broken and impotent. I have to agree. And it might be good intended, but wha...
by Malcolm
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

For example, there was a conflict between the terton Nyima Drakpa and the Yonge Terton, Mingyur Dorje. To this day many Nyingmapas will not receive the transmission of any of Yonge Mingyur Dorje treasures. Likewise, many Kagyus avoid the transmission of Nyima Drakpa's transmission of the Karling Zh...
by Malcolm
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 192
Views: 3579

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

This is called "dissembling." One day... when all of my child support obligations have been expiated, I might give up household life to pursue vigorous Buddhist study and argue with you in strenuously pedantic fine detail about seemingly abstruse vectors of Buddhist doctrine until, eventually, like...
by Malcolm
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

Inspired by the discussion in this thread: Nobody's perfect. Suppose you're testing a teacher and notice certain faults in his behaviour. Which kinds of faults of a teacher are harmless and which are actually "contaminating" the transmissions he could possibly give, so that it is not advisable to t...
by Malcolm
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

I don't think its the same meaning. Might be something lost in my explanation, but the Threefold Separate Truth is distinguished from the Threefold Integrated Truth. It may be a subtle difference, but its considered very significant in Tientai. The two truths are inseparable, no matter which way th...
by Malcolm
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

Different words, same meaning —— that is exactly now the Gelugpas understand buddhanature. The Gelugpas would merely point out that relative and ultimate are isolates of one entity, but they are unified in that given entity. I don't think its the same meaning. Might be something lost in my explanat...
by Malcolm
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Tendai and Gelugpa - from Nichiren and Tantra

Tendai is not skeptical towards the two truths, they simply reconcile them into a third truth, which is more or less the same as the widespread notion that the two truths are inseparable. That is not wholly correct. That is Three Truths in the Separate Teaching. That is not Three Truths in the Perf...
by Malcolm
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 54
Views: 1423

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

I would never take any teaching that has a lineage through Pabhongkha. But HHDL holds many non-Gelug lineages and I would happily receive any of those from him. Otherwise... Sounds pretty sectarian to me It is not sectarian to wish to avoid receiving lineages from a teacher who openly advocated the...
by Malcolm
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 54
Views: 1423

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

The only thing you really need to ascertain is whether his lineage goes through Pabhongkha or not. I personally would never receive any teaching that comes through this teacher, for obvious historical reasons. It is not good to have negative feelings about any lineage master. So that is really most...
by Malcolm
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 430

Re: Nichiren and Tantra

Tientai is a gradual path, even its Perfect teaching is in fact a gradual path. Why do you say so? It is pretty clear from the descriptions of the perfect teaching path found in various places. In theory it is nongradual, but in practice it is gradual. But it is like smelting iron: [in the process ...
by Malcolm
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Tantra - Split from Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 430

Re: Nichiren and Tantra

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:58 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:43 pm
It means in this body one transcends the all the paths and stages.
Your comment is short on detail, but this sounds like the Tientai Sudden and Perfect Teaching.
Tientai is a gradual path, even its Perfect teaching is in fact a gradual path.