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by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bumpa
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Bumpa

True, no doubt, for most people, but you could be doing a practice with vase generation, when you should really have one. But by the time you get to that stage, you would probably have learnt what you need to know about it. If you are doing practices that involve vase generation, you basically are ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

It is a critique of the assertion that the Buddha is separate from the threefold world. Where did I ever assert such a thing? Why produce a polemic against a point I am not raising? I said buddhas by definition are free of affliction. In response, you wrote a few thing lines, became indignant that ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

It is a critique of the assertion that the Buddha is separate from the threefold world. Where did I ever assert such a thing? Why produce a polemic against a point I am not raising? I said buddhas by definition are free of affliction. In response, you wrote a few thing lines, became indignant that ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:30 pm
Zhiyi was not teaching some masturbatory intellectualism as you suggest.

I never suggested this anywhere.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:30 pm
Your remarks really don't convey much except your own tendencies. Its unfortunate that your default approach is to belittle and demean what you don't know.
That is an ad hominem remark. Remove it.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

But, you're also not comprehending what I wrote. Then it is up to you to explain your point in a form which is comprehensible. In other words, if you are not asserting buddhas possess afflictions, just what are you attempting to explain? If you are trying to explain for example, that liberation and...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

The point you seem to think you make was addressed before you made it. How so? The discussion here is whether buddhas can possess afflictions in any form at all. I explained it. You dismissed it. What else is there? You offered an assertion, not a proof. A proof involves a citation, a reasoning, an...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:30 pm
The point you seem to think you make was addressed before you made it.
How so? The discussion here is whether buddhas can possess afflictions in any form at all.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Sigh. :roll: Congratulations. You're the winner! Taken on the face of it, your statement "Buddha includes the afflictions" cannot be taken literally. You're basically making the argument that a buddha defines afflictions through exclusion. Another sigh. :roll: Great argument and exposition of your ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

The fire is evil/affliction. The above is how Ven Zhiyi says the Buddha "is" evil/afflicted/the devil. It is not a straightforward equivalency like some people have been arguing. I understand that the metaphor. There is no mention of buddhas possessing afflictions in that passage. There is only men...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: nagarjuna basics?

So I was hoping for a quick and dirty description of what nagarjuna taught? Nāgārjuna is the first Mahāyāna author. It is recorded that he recovered the Perfection of Wisdom Sūtras from the Nāgā realm, where they had been stashed until time was ripe for their promulgation in India. Where is this hi...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intellectualism and Dzogchen
Replies: 37
Views: 612

Re: Intellectualism and Dzogchen

NNR is not about buddhist teaching. Sure he is, it is all he teaches. He generally begins with the 4NT, the five indriyas, etc. Please revise your comment. I don't think so. Buddha teaching was not created by "mistaken dualistic mind of human beings". It is not "the real root of our suffering and o...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

All I can say, is, read it one more time, the part I am commenting on is in the beginning, before the talk of dharmakāya & saṃsāra. like inside bamboo there being the nature of fire. It is not yet the object of fire, which is why it exists but does not burn The above is relevant to how evil/afflict...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: nagarjuna basics?

I recommend that you read the Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya before Nāgārjuna, for the simple reason that the categories and concepts that Nāgārjuna addresses in his work are based on an earlier Buddhist framework that is quite elegantly and thoroughly explained in the Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya . Seconded. Also...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

The doctrine that the Buddha has afflictions is a little misleading. Taken literally, it is a ridiculous fallacy. The Buddha is discernible to us only as the enlightening function. The Buddha appears only in response to afflictions. The Buddha is the perfect liberation of afflictions and nothing mo...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 134
Views: 2406

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

So are the latencies of Ven Zhiyi, such as the latent fire "inside" of bamboo at all times, is this fire still considered "fire" despite not manifesting, and functionally not existing for all intensive purposes until it is brought out? Are these latencies understood as manifestations? According to ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bumpa
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Bumpa

You don't need a Bumpa for your home shrine, unless a lama is coming to bless your house. True, no doubt, for most people, but you could be doing a practice with vase generation, when you should really have one. But by the time you get to that stage, you would probably have learnt what you need to ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intellectualism and Dzogchen
Replies: 37
Views: 612

Re: Intellectualism and Dzogchen

I presume you meant "freedom from four extreme" Sakya Madhyamaka, but what abt Gelug Madhyamaka? It’s just fine. Debating with Gelugpas is just sport, there is nothing wrong Tsongkhapa’s Madhyamaka, though some of his explanations suffer from prolixity. I see,and I think I had read somewhere that Z...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intellectualism and Dzogchen
Replies: 37
Views: 612

Re: Intellectualism and Dzogchen

MAdhyamaka Prasanga and Dzogchen are very compatible, actually. I presume you meant "freedom from four extreme" Sakya Madhyamaka, but what abt Gelug Madhyamaka? It’s just fine. Debating with Gelugpas is just sport, there is nothing wrong Tsongkhapa’s Madhyamaka, though some of his explanations suff...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intellectualism and Dzogchen
Replies: 37
Views: 612

Re: Intellectualism and Dzogchen

I'm just going to put this out there as a burning question that I have. Is there an all encompassing compendium of literature for a Nyingma practitioner? I know about those 2 books of volumes of Nyingma texts, but do they leave a lot out? I've got the important singular text here and there, like WO...