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by Malcolm
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China
Replies: 21
Views: 340

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

never trust a guy with a beard :rolling: Bzzzzzzt... Irrelevant comparison. Try again. Not all bearded guys support Holocausts and ethnic cleansing, racism, sexism, etc... Nor are all bearded guys responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people... Fascists, on the other hand... hmmm...I du...
by Malcolm
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences

It is a symbol of kadag and lhundrup, Everything is included, even mahāmudra. Symbols are just symbols, but one can attain awakening using a symbol, as is clearly stated by Manjuśrīmitra. Is there really a difference between using it to proceed through the four “yogas” as opposed to just trying to ...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 59
Views: 1880

Re: Morality of stockholding

There is nothing immoral about owning stocks as long as they have nothing to do with guns or alcohol. Owning shares of energy companies is wildly unethical and immoral in my opinion. According to buddhist morality: "A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences

It is a symbol that contains the entire meaning of the path of Dzogchen. Ok ... so when we read Tilopa, he says: When you look into space, seeing stops. Likewise, when mind looks at mind, the flow of thinking stops and you come to the deepest awakening. That sounds to me like it can’t apply to tigl...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 59
Views: 1880

Re: Morality of stockholding

Josef wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:50 pm
Ricky wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:48 pm
There is nothing immoral about owning stocks as long as they have nothing to do with guns or alcohol.
Owning shares of energy companies is wildly unethical and immoral in my opinion.
You mean oil and gas companies. Solar and wind, not unethical at all.
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences

I’m a little out of touch these days - sutra versus tantric versus essence styles - is that a discussion in dzogchen? No. Dzogchen is strictly part of secret mantra. Even in Semde. Ok. So out of curiosity in e.g. CNNR style, the tigle is considered to be - not a generic image? It is a symbol that c...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 164
Views: 2775

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Bikkhu Bodi has a series on the Lotus Sutra on youtube, IIRC he concurs that the dragon king's daughter did not turn into a man before attaining enlightenment & views the "turn into a man" proposition as a cultural distortion not supported by the text. It is precisely supported by the text: sāgaran...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Preparation for Ordination in Nyingma
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Preparation for Ordination in Nyingma

I am making this thread more on behalf of an online group and its potential members who would be Nyingma Buddhists rather than myself. The questions is how to best prepare as a lay Buddhist in one’s practice prior to ordaining in the Nyingma school of Buddhism? I am aware that in Nyingma just like ...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra main differences

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:01 pm
I’m a little out of touch these days - sutra versus tantric versus essence styles - is that a discussion in dzogchen?
No. Dzogchen is strictly part of secret mantra.
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

the Yogācārabhūmi śāstra, the encyclopaedic and definitive text of the Yogacara school This is by Asanga and (probably other authors). the Mahāyānasūtrālamkārakārikā, which presents the Mahāyāna path from the Yogācāra perspective the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga, a short Yogācāra work discussing the disti...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

That's what I figured. It doesn't really seem to be a "school" in the sense of Yogācāra or Madhyamaka, or at least if it ever was, its distinctiveness is hard to find account of, other than the practice of naming Buddha-nature. I think there is evidence it was a school in India, one to which there ...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

Are there any examples of a work or thinker who is specifically and only/strictly "of the Tathāgatagarbha school " though? One who is not also a Madhyamaka or Yogācāra thinker? I only ask out of my own ignorance on the subject. There are the ten Tathāgatagarbha sūtras, and the Uttaratantra. Apart f...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China
Replies: 21
Views: 340

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

He has a 3 year timetable to bring the rule of law & freedom to China: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/billionaire-guo-wengui-wants-regime-change-beijing-034446185.html Guo said he has met ten times with Bannon, the one-time Goldman Sachs investment banker and head of influential ultraconservative outlet...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I think her language is suggesting that Tathagatagarbha formed a separate tradition beside that of the Yogacara in China (A few people like Zongmi and Chengguan classified it as such) not that Buddha Nature arose in China. Tathāgatagarbha was a separate tradition from Madhyamaka and Yogacāra in Ind...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 147
Views: 9267

Re: Western Myth of Zen

No, the four foundations of mindfulness are found throughout all Buddhadharma. And the four noble truths are not? Also, do you know a Mahayana tradition that actually practises what is written in the Satipatthana Sutta? People studying Abhidharma in the Tibetan tradition practice them in the same m...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 147
Views: 9267

Re: Western Myth of Zen

There are far more sources for the four foundations of mindfulness than that sutta. Mahāyāna is very rich with them. The question still remains: who practises them? Also, what constitutes a "Mahayana smrtyupasthana" is not the same as in Theravada. Hence it is neither practised nor accepted because...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I think her language is suggesting that Tathagatagarbha formed a separate tradition beside that of the Yogacara in China (A few people like Zongmi and Chengguan classified it as such) not that Buddha Nature arose in China. Tathāgatagarbha was a separate tradition from Madhyamaka and Yogacāra in Ind...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 147
Views: 9267

Re: Western Myth of Zen

No, the four foundations of mindfulness are found throughout all Buddhadharma. And the four noble truths are not? Also, do you know a Mahayana tradition that actually practises what is written in the Satipatthana Sutta? However, even if the four foundations of mindfulness are discussed, it is diffe...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 861

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

... it is pointless to discuss this issue with someone who holds a physicalist perspective ... A "physicalist perspective" is not the proper way to engage with the argument ... that matter cannot produce mind. Is that ... more or less correct? PS: Just to re-cap, I made the assertion that rebirth c...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 147
Views: 9267

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Astus wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:41 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:46 pm
By whom?
By those who say that the sravakayana is the four noble truths.
No, the four foundations of mindfulness are found throughout all Buddhadharma.