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by Malcolm
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2662

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

It’s not that I can’t answer your questions, it’s that I have already done so multiple times and have no interest in repeating myself ad nauseaum. What is this object? Any given object has two natures, according to Candrakīrti possesses two natures: one ultimate, one relative. If you are not happy w...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 44
Views: 1334

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

In what Buddhist tantra was it taught? Is Achi Chokyi Drolma yidam practice taught in a tantra? Or, for that matter, our Gomadevi? Gomadevi, like Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal, is a realized historical personage. In her case, she is a realized Dzogchen master who attained the highest realization. The...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Apart from moving, how could there be a mover? I can see the logic, but in everyday experience it is not hard to envisage an object that is at rest, that has been moving. A stone is thrown through the window, evidence of movement is provided by the breakage of the glass and the presence of the ston...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Conventionally/Relatively speaking: the skandha. Except that they are not you. You just think they are you. ;) If one claims the skandhas are agents, which one is the agent? I think Grig was referring to how ordinary people perceive some or all of the skandhas as the source of agency. Some will dis...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Why are you asking me? I didn't say they are agents. I said the opposite. You said, to paraphrase "relatively speaking, an agent is the skandha." I asked which one. Now you are misquoting me as well as taking my words out of context. :shock: You said: Conventionally/Relatively speaking: the skandha...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Conventionally/Relatively speaking: the skandha. Except that they are not you. You just think they are you. ;) If one claims the skandhas are agents, which one is the agent? Why are you asking me? I didn't say they are agents. I said the opposite. You said, to paraphrase "relatively speaking, an ag...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:56 pm
Conventionally/Relatively speaking: the skandha. Except that they are not you. You just think they are you. ;)
If one claims the skandhas are agents, which one is the agent?
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DOUBLE ENDED PHURBA?
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: DOUBLE ENDED PHURBA?

there are thangkas of the 84 mahasiddhas where lakshminkara has a one-pointed vajra in her hand..... so maybe used not only in shingon! i think you can find it at himalayan- art ressources One even finds one pointed vajras in Tibetan Buddhism, but they are most commonly seen in Shingon and Tendai r...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

So, just as there is ultimately no cause-ality per the Madhyamaka, there is no do-ality. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Ferdinand never does X. X is never done, by anyone or anything, period. X simply is, or isn't ... end of story. ? It is best if you consult the investigation into movement in the MMK, ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 44
Views: 1334

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

The Buddhist accounts predate the Nath accounts by some centuries, and this is irrefutable. The written accounts. The oral accounts? Yes, I know this is speculative. The oral accounts are originally Buddhist. To add to this, I am not sure if Dowman's book mentions this, but the context of the histo...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Rick wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:50 pm
Is it like the weather:

There is no snowfall agent/doer/entity that causes snow to fall (which it is doing quite nicely today).

?
No, a falling faller does not make any sense. As Nāgārjuna would put it, apart from snow that has fallen or has not fallen, presently there is no falling.
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DOUBLE ENDED PHURBA?
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: DOUBLE ENDED PHURBA?

What is the symbolism behind the double end? I have lots of information on phurbas but don't recall any explanation of this type. I'll have a stab (awful pun) and guess it is to do with destroying internal and external obstructions? Some describe them as a dorje - but with phurba blades? https://i....
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: Agency

Rick wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:34 pm
Who or what is the doer, that which does things: types this sentence, intends to learn the dharma, digests breakfast, has a thought, drives a car?
There is no typing typer, no learning learner, no digesting digester, thinking tinker, or driving driver.
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2662

Re: What is Dzogchen?

well, perhaps not, but the question stands. In Dzogchen teachings, bodhicitta, the aspiration for full buddhahood in order to benefit sentient beings, arises from seeing that sentient beings suffer because they have not seen the truth. Given that Dzogchen is part of uncommon Mahāyāna Secret Mantra,...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2662

Re: What is Dzogchen?

One question that often occurs to me in these debates is, from whence arises the 'energy of bodhicitta' in all of this? After all bodhicitta-compassion is the fundamental driving motivation of the bodhisattva. But it's not something that can be intellectually contrived, in my experience, nor is it ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2662

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

What then is your definition of the relative and your definition of the ultimate? Consult Candrakīrti. But in brief, an ultimate truth is the object of a veridical cognition; a relative truth is the object of a nonveridical cognition. What is this object? Any given object has two natures, according...
by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 44
Views: 1334

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

So the Buddhist accounts define them as Buddhists, and the Nath accounts define them as Nath. The Buddhist accounts predate the Nath accounts by some centuries, and this is irrefutable. The written accounts. The oral accounts? Yes, I know this is speculative. The oral accounts are originally Buddhi...
by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra
Replies: 44
Views: 1334

Re: Interesting excerpt from the (Hindu) Mahanirvana Tantra

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:37 pm
So the Buddhist accounts define them as Buddhists, and the Nath accounts define them as Nath.
The Buddhist accounts predate the Nath accounts by some centuries, and this is irrefutable.
by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Poker Player Donates Winnings-600K!!
Replies: 11
Views: 324

Re: Buddhist Poker Player Donates Winnings-600K!!

Clearly, the result of Gesar practice.

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by Malcolm
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2662

Re: What is Dzogchen?

haha wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:58 am
Isn't the appearance the aggregate?
There are all kinds of appearances: internal, external, pure, impure, nonafflicted, afflicted, and so on.

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