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by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

A bit of a basic question but: How does deity yoga differ from a practitioner with siddhis to communicate directly with a mahasattva or Buddha? Deity yoga is a path. If someone has siddhis already, why would they need Vajrayāna? Also: Visualization of oneself as a deity at a glance strikes me as a ...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

My comments are rhetorical. My answer to your question is this basic teaching on dependent origination. Each particular dharma is, because all other dharmas (collectively, dharmadhatu) are. The dharmadhātu is not a collection of all dharmas. The dharmadhātu is the nature of all dharmas. LOL, yes, t...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Basic. Critical. Profound? :shrug: Are you using this as a proof, or are you asking me a question? My comments are rhetorical. My answer to your question is this basic teaching on dependent origination. Each particular dharma is, because all other dharmas (collectively, dharmadhatu) are. The dharma...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:59 pm
When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn't, that isn't.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.
Basic. Critical. Profound? :shrug:
Are you using this as a proof, or are you asking me a question?
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

As regards Pure Land this is incorrect. It is a teaching, especially for the degenerate era. Pure land teachings are not a quick path. Is there some explanation why certain Dzogchen/Mahamudra masters like Karma Chagme aspire for Sukhavati (he says the Sukhavati aspiration is his root practice), whi...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:05 am
Pratitya samutpada.
??? Is this an analysis in support of your thesis? How?
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Finally, we live in a degenerate era. No one can achieve awakening through any common Mahāyāna practice such as the six perfections, Chan, Zen, Pure Land practice, etc., in these times. Why? We are too afflicted. But in this degenerate era, we are also more intelligent, so Vajrayāna is also more su...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

How do you get around the whole "we eat meat, drink alcohol, have sex and engage in the kleshas still call this wisdom" practice thing without just discarding the classical Buddhist view of these matters altogether? I realize I didn't answer this explicitly: explicitly, the Buddha has taught that n...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

What's the main talking points of vajrayana that distinguishes it from common Mahayana? Skillful means. What's the deal with deity yoga? This is a very big question. The long and short of it however is that identifying oneself as a buddha one becomes a buddha. This only refers the creation stage. I...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

The particular Dharma is, upon analysis, the Dharmadhatu. This is a thesis in the form of an identity proposition, y = x. Let's see the analysis which proves your thesis: a given particular dharma is the dharmadhātu because...? Because, in the highly paraphrased words of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśv...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:10 pm
The particular Dharma is, upon analysis, the Dharmadhatu.
This is a thesis in the form of an identity proposition, y = x. Let's see the analysis which proves your thesis: a given particular dharma is the dharmadhātu because...?
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Zhiyi never makes a claim that anything he taught would withstand "ultimate analysis." He's very clear throughout his teachings that what he teaches is a way to understand. The conscious notion of upaya permeates throughout his works. In fact, this line of Zhiyi's that has gotten so much attention ...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

TienTai isn't authoritative here, or as authoritative as the Indic texts. Unless you can make a case for it, TienTai is basically irrelevant to the question of a layperson trying to read three basic Mahayana sutras, in the Mahayana forum. Not to mention that fact that neither the Lotus Sūtra nor th...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:05 pm
I am pointing out that the way people understand Zhiyi is wrong.
And I am merely pointing out why the epistemological claims you keep making for Zhiyi are unable to withstand ultimate analysis. Either the fault is your's or his. It doesn't matter to me either way.
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

It's not about emptiness in the way Malcolm keeps trying to jam it into. Actually, what Malcolm keeps asserting is Provisional Mahayana in Zhiyi's view. If he could stop with his pedantic schtick we might be able to explore this. As long as he keeps jumping up and asserting his opinions, we're stuc...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 88
Views: 1342

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I was wondering if the Tiantai point you're talking about is related to teachings on Ichinensanzen, rather than standard teachings on emptiness? Ie, the idea of interpenetration, that Buddhahood is inherent in the hells, etc? "Three thousand worlds in one moment...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1094

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I have to say, having looked at the previews of the book available on Amazon with the surprise me button, the text has rose-tinted glasses with respect to Traditional Buddhism. He calls the internet the "repository of debris from civilization." I can see Edmund Burke smiling from his grave. I wonder...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1094

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

The funny thing is that Lama Jampa is citing Sakya Pandita. He must know that as a dual Kagyu/Sakyapa, that many of the traditions he practices were highly criticized by Sapan as invalid. Well, as Emerson said: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and ph...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche's termas
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Mipham Rinpoche's termas

Any idea why he held this opinion? He probably saw the pitfalls of ever new termas. I dont think it was about pitfalls. More likely Mipham was giving reverence and homage to the earlier revelations that clearly have enough to keep sincere practitioners satisfied and lead to liberation. I think Miph...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 143
Views: 13114

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Is this Tantra a Dzogchen Tantra or a Maha or Anu Yoga Tantra? Does it exist in any Tibetan collections? Any idea of its content? The text says it describes the rays and so on... Thanks! It is a man ngag sde tantra belonging to the unsurpassed, secret cycle. It is a very interesting little text. I ...

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