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by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Dranyen wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:29 pm
Hi- Can anyone advise on what form of Yamantaka this is?

I have reached out to the hosting center to ask, but haven’t heard back.

Thanks!
Vajrabhairava,
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Fine. Malcolm, you re-state Dharmakirti's argument as follows: All conditioned things have causes. Mind, being conditioned, has a cause. If mind has a material cause it must come from the body . If mind does not have a material cause it must have a nonmaterial cause. If the mind has a nonmaterial c...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:39 pm
Please try.
No. But since I trust you, and I know you wuv me, I'll take it on faith for now.

:heart:
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by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

In other words, acceptance of rebirth by that practitioner is not the result of a reasoning process. The old Dharmakīrti heuristic All conditioned things have causes. Mind, being conditioned, has a cause. If mind has a material cause it must come from the body. If mind does not have a material caus...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

The only nonmaterial thing that can cause mind is mind. Shockingly, the old Dharmakirti heuristic appears to have the same issues as the old Descartes heuristic. I could poke as many holes in this as I could with Aquinas' "proofs" for the existence of God. Please try. You make a lot of assertions, ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

In other words, acceptance of rebirth by that practitioner is not the result of a reasoning process. The old Dharmakīrti heuristic All conditioned things have causes. Mind, being conditioned, has a cause. If mind has a material cause it must come from the body. If mind does not have a material caus...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Are you saying that proving rebirth via induction is not only possible to do for a beginning practitioner, but necessary ? Of course. What would be the point of wanting to attain buddhahood unless one wants to be free of birth? If one does not accept rebirth, there is no need for Buddhadharma at al...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 138
Views: 8983

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Matylda wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:58 pm
Well, if you will become a zen master, then you will understand the real meaning of above quotations.
Pretty sure Astus considers himself a Zen master already.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 138
Views: 8983

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Astus wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:21 am

The smrtyupasthana is considered mainly a sravakayana method.

By whom?
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Yes, and I'd go further. If someone is incapable of placing some degree of irrational faith in some flying pink hippo (such as god, free will, immortality, etc), in some variant, consequently the only strictly logical alternatives are either "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die" or gun-in-the...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

People who do not accept rebirth are utterly wasting their time studying and practicing Buddhadharma. There is no point to it. If you want to be a "better" person, or have less anxiety, etc., you don't need Buddhism at all. Yes, and I'd go further. If someone is incapable of placing some degree of ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Do we really hold the mistaken cognitions of ordinary people to be the standard of truth? Is it really necessary to build a CERN Large Hadron Collider in my basement in order to convince myself that the Higgs boson particle exists before I start learning about chemistry? In terms of ascertaining re...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

It cannot be demonstrated either empirically or logically. See Dharmakirti, he shows rebirth is true via logic. It is not demonstrable empirically because ordinary people do not have a means of cognition available to them with which they may verify it. Yes unfortunately I don't subscribe to Gnostic...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 316

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:34 pm

It cannot be demonstrated either empirically or logically.
See Dharmakirti, he shows rebirth is true via logic. It is not demonstrable empirically because ordinary people do not have a means of cognition available to them with which they may verify it.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 160
Views: 2558

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: 160
Views: 2558

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: 3314

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: 160
Views: 2558

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: 3314

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: 3314

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 ...