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by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Flase Memories and Questionable Buddhist Lore
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Flase Memories and Questionable Buddhist Lore

First is a teaching where he "says" "There have been Religions and Philosophies for thousands of years, yet human character and the consequences of human conduct remain unchanged. Therefore I say we must apply ourselves to our own salvation." This seems to be mashup of a statement by bertrand russe...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 41
Views: 3311

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17

fckw wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:48 pm
My question is simply this: Once someone has gone through the fourth vision in terms of Dzogchen is there any sort of further development thereafter?
No. At this point you attain samyaksambuddhahood and you are done.
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Anyway it is strange to assert that all sides agree to the conventional truth that Nirvana is attained but at the same time it’s forbidden to assert cessation exists even conventionally. Seems pointless. Who says we agree on this? I don't. As Nāgārjuna points out, since there are no aggregates in n...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:09 pm
Oh, well, if space is by definition an unconditioned dharma, even conventionally, then certainly there’s nothing to debate.
Space is by definition one of the three unconditioned dharmas. There is also conditioned space, such as cavities and so on.
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

I don't accept that space etc., are existents even in the sloppy everyday context. You must exist in a really bizarre world beyond space and time then, like Schroedinger’s cat. Wrong space. Not talking about space in Einsteins relativity, we are talking about unconditioned dharmas. I think you ough...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

ha ha! cute congratulations. My point here is that terms can be used in different ways at different times and we mustn't try to win arguments by pretending we dont know that. Even people like CNN use the term existent in the sloppy sense when context is relevant. I don't accept that space etc., are...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Horns of rabbits can be known by the mind as well, therefore you have accept they are existents by your definition. ha ha! cute When I talk about these things, I use Dharma language, not sloppy everyday language. congratulations. My point here is that terms can be used in different ways at differen...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

you support my point that we are using the term existent in different senses. You are using it as a translation of Ngowo, we are using it to mean that which can be known by mind. Horns of rabbits can be known by the mind as well, therefore you have accept they are existents by your definition. When...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

The only way one can argue that space and cessations are existents is to accept the existence of nonarising existents, which of course eliminates one's ability to refute atmans, and other permanently functional phenomena. This is that same old nonsense, the term "existent" is being equivocated. Spa...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Can you cite the part of the MMK which proves your assertion that cessations are existent phenomena? Citing Chandrakirti or Buddhapalita (their commentaries) for example, is also fine. Thanks. It would be Tsongkhapa's reading of Chapter 24 in its entirety. The whole point is that according to him c...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 428

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

Perhaps the source of this reference was an explanation that the translator gave which ended up getting worked into the translation. This would not be unheard of for commentary to be added... Speculative. Another thing that happens, at least in Tibetan texts, is that marginalia is sometimes mistake...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

We disagree. It is not a question of agreement or disagreement, it is a question of basic definitions which come from Abhidharma. The question of whether space and cessations were existents was settled a thousand years before Tsongkhapa. The only way one can argue that space and cessations are exis...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 9
Views: 177

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

This might be a ridiculously naive question (seems to be my specialty) but here goes: Can one receive formal transmissions and pointing-out instructions from a qualified teacher remotely, over an electronic medium such as Skype? If not ... are people who cannot travel to the teacher's actual locati...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 428

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

As far as I can tell, Indra's net is an interpolation into the Chinese edition. It does not exist in the Tibetan edition of this sūtra.
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

We disagree. It is not a question of agreement or disagreement, it is a question of basic definitions which come from Abhidharma. The question of whether space and cessations were existents was settled a thousand years before Tsongkhapa. The only way one can argue that space and cessations are exis...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 65
Views: 837

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Bristollad wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:12 am


But cessations are existent phenomena...
No, they are not. They do not arise from causes and conditions. Why? Because they do not arise.

To be existent is to be conditioned. Neither space nor the two cessations are conditioned.
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 41
Views: 3311

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17

After reading through the book, I have one nagging question that so far nobody could really give me a clear answer for. As I understand things, when someone has realized the 4th vision then the person has achieved basis enlightenment. However, the book clearly mentions stages even for buddhas (p 20...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4529
Views: 385974

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Find sth you are interested in. For example yantra yoga, dance of vajra, SMS, Mandarava, anything. :) But be present and do gy and sov every day. :) Maybe small retreat on some semdzin or rushen would help. And do ganapujas even if alone. Has ChNNR said that it is better to do a ganapuja instead of...
by Malcolm
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 41
Views: 3311

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:04 pm
Guess what came in today? :smile:

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:applause:

Hope you enjoy it.
by Malcolm
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 1284

Re: Shakabuku Woes

those are not the same as using the word slogan in your context to describe Tien Tai's doctrine of Ichinen Sanzen and to do so is rude and boorish Not my intent to offend, sorry if you took offense. We also have another slogan, from Santideva, "Treat the angry one like a king, the desirous one like...