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by Malcolm
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Dudjom Yangsi Dorje Drollö empowerment Toronto
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: Dudjom Yangsi Dorje Drollö empowerment Toronto

https://mailchi.mp/f27fdd425cfe/hh-dudjom-sangye-pema-shepa-rinpoche?e=f4a440f763 Can you please say what text we were working from for the Dorje Drolo empowerment? The translator went so fast I missed the author and title of the text. Or is there a site where I can read the sadhana? He mentioned i...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?

Happiness wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:15 pm
The first noble truth is life is duhhka,
No, the first truth of āryas is sarvadukkha, suffering is everywhere.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Historically the whole Shentong thing started when a Sakya scholar met a group of Kalachakra practitioners that had gained realization. The Jonangpas would take exception to Dolbupa being called a Sakyapa. They said emptiness was not at all the way it was presented in Madhyamaka. So the scholar too...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saraswati Terma Masters All Gone?
Replies: 18
Views: 658

Re: Saraswati Terma Masters All Gone?

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:00 pm
Crazywisdom wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:57 pm
Saraswati is precious deity for wisdom and artistic creativity.
Does she have a wrathful aspect?

Yes, the wrathful form of Saraswati is Magzor Gyalmo.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 732
Views: 58670

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

If you say so, but I don't see how that matters actually. Sems sde is also Dzogchen. /magnus According to ChNN, sems sde must be practiced in conjunction with regular creation and completion stage, that is the point I am making. Sems de, unlike man ngag sde, is not an independent system of practice...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 732
Views: 58670

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

According to ChNN, sems sde must be practiced in conjunction with regular creation and completion stage, that is the point I am making. Sems de, unlike man ngag sde, is not an independent system of practice. Why is that so that it has to be paired with creation and completion stage? One cannot atta...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 732
Views: 58670

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Yes, that is a good point. But Longchenpa doesn't really put it like that, he just insist that they are necessary preliminaries, /magnus This set of books is about sems sde, and was also written before he met Kumaraja. If you say so, but I don't see how that matters actually. Sems sde is also Dzogc...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I wasn't able to find the analysis in prior posts. Is there a link? Are you all suggesting that the Dzogchen taught by Kagyu masters (i.e Thrangu, Mingyur, Tsoknyi, Dzogchen Ponlop etc. Rinpoches) is compromised somehow by a Shentong stance? The heart of Dzogchen as far as I understand is not a con...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I have really come around to the Shentong presentation via the Kagyu presentation. If you’re really interested, Brunnhölzl’s “When Clouds Part” is an excellent read on the subject. He has a whole section with summaries of how various Karma Kagyu masters have interpreted Shentong over the centuries....
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings

Hi all! So, if all appearances are rtsal manifestations of the basis of each individual, then is it the case that the rtsal manifestations are shared “vision” among samsaric sentient beings? Also, if all appearances are the energy of the basis of each individual, then how are appearances shared by ...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR

I am reluctant to give this thread with it's loaded agenda any more oxygen, but it may be worth pointing out vis-a-vis Knotty Veneer's good post that the majority of CTR's American circle would probably have no first hand knowledge of Akong Rinpoche at all. Most of them never visited Samye-Ling and...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I struggle to see any difference between shentong and a Madhyamaka-Yogacara synthesis. If I recall correctly, Brunnholzl makes the argument that what is called shentong is simply that. In any case, gzhan stong as a view in itself is at odds with Dzogchen... however describing Dzogchen as a Madhyama...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Mine or smcj’s? smcj's...his claim that Dudjom R subordinates Dzogchen to sutrayāna madhyamaka of any kind. I do not claim that he “subordinates” Dzogchen at all. I claim he uses Great Madhyamaka/Shentong to declare the superiority of Dzogchen. There is no need to do this. This is like saying a lio...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Is the “third turning” gzhan stong or just Yogācāra? Seems only Yogācāra is being referenced in the excerpt despite the assertion that his use of “third turning” is supposed to be a reference to gzhan song 3rd Turning can be interpreted as Mind Only or Empty of Other. It can also be understood as r...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

krodha wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:35 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Nine of these passages support your claim.
Mine or smcj’s?
smcj's...his claim that Dudjom R subordinates Dzogchen to sutrayāna madhyamaka of any kind.
by Malcolm
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1805

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Nine of these passages support your claim. Page 300 of "The Big Red Book" in the chapter titled "Superiority of Atiyoga". Remember, he is not discussing sutra here. He is discussing Dzogchen and why it is superior to the lower 8 yanas. Also worthy of note is the fact that he says that Nagarjuna/2nd ...
by Malcolm
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR

If by "all of this" you mean Hays' statement re Akong R my view is that I don't know what actually happened. My point in making this thread is to stimulate discussion concerning Hays' statement, possibly turning up relevant information. The bar for these claims to be credible is extraordinarily hig...
by Malcolm
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR

smcj wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:15 am
You guys do know that beatings were common in pre-PRC monasteries, right?
As well as pre 1959 elemtary schools in the USA...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 63
Views: 2194

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

I cannot tell anything about whom I don’t know, (Dezhung Ajam). If I remember Lamdre correctly, there are purifications of past, present and future life and intermediate stage in development stage, and one actually understands real lamdre view in completion stage. In dzogchen, if the student has au...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 63
Views: 2194

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Agree! Actually, I have a doubt on this statement: "The basis of purification of Dzogchen is pristine consciousness." If something that is pure and perfect from very beginning, what is there one purifies? You can doubt the statement, but it is a statement made by the great Lamdre exegete Dezhung Aj...

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