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by Malcolm
Sun May 28, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Crisis of Faith
Replies: 33
Views: 834

Re: Crisis of Faith

Another option is to examine these practices via the prism of the Four Dharma Seals, if they satisfy the requirements, then theoretically they are Dharma and so... What about the passage in the Chakrasamvara Tantra teaching methods to sneak into harems and sleep with women? I’m not being sarcastic....
by Malcolm
Sat May 27, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Is suicide OK?

Queequeg wrote:I've always been told that suicide is not a feasible option according to Dharma.


If you are free of afflictions, then you can off yourself with impunity. At least one arhat did so.
by Malcolm
Fri May 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Jnana as pristine consciousness also in Sanskrit commentaries?
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Jnana as pristine consciousness also in Sanskrit commentaries?

It may also be helpful to remember that "jnana" does not have the same connotations in non-Buddhist literature as in Buddhist, and that the term has certainly undergone some evolution throughout the long history of Indian philosophical speculation. In any case, Sapan excoriates people for...
by Malcolm
Fri May 26, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Jnana as pristine consciousness also in Sanskrit commentaries?
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Jnana as pristine consciousness also in Sanskrit commentaries?

It may also be helpful to remember that "jnana" does not have the same connotations in non-Buddhist literature as in Buddhist, and that the term has certainly undergone some evolution throughout the long history of Indian philosophical speculation. In any case, Sapan excoriates people for...
by Malcolm
Fri May 26, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Jnana as pristine consciousness also in Sanskrit commentaries?
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Jnana as pristine consciousness also in Sanskrit commentaries?

OK, so ye shes really is closer to "pristine consciousness"/"primordial consciousness"/etc rather than "wisdom". Understanding this point, helped me resolve some doubts. Wisdom in English, especially in historical usage, was often used to translate/mean Latin "pru...
by Malcolm
Fri May 26, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Melong in Dzogchen
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: Melong in Dzogchen

As far as dzogchen goes, no. That's helpful, thank you. One more issue to clarify: Does the melong serve a purpose in the context of Dzogchen apart from its symbolism, its function as an aide memoire to practice, or as a fashion statement? A D.C. Melong is a symbol, mnemonic device, and a tagdrol. ...
by Malcolm
Fri May 26, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Melong in Dzogchen
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: Melong in Dzogchen

I wanted to follow up on some other conversations we've had here about our old friend, the melong, in the context of Dzogchen practice. Are any or all of these claims true regarding the use of the melong in this context? May hold a ‘data bank’ of esoteric knowledge; Is aware and responds with auton...
by Malcolm
Thu May 25, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

Perhaps a more straightforward question would be: how often do you visit the gym? Irrelevant. I think Mr. Swolenormous may disagree with you, if not outright flip you off. Staying fit and exercise does improve mental function and reduce stress. That can't only help Buddhist practice. It is irreleva...
by Malcolm
Thu May 25, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Longde Tantras
Replies: 44
Views: 3336

Re: Dzogchen Longde Tantras

Magnus, that is problematic but as far as I know these are the only translations of these two Tantras in English... In general, you won't find anything very special in the so called "klong sde" tantras since their view and so on is virtually identical with so called "sems sde." ...
by Malcolm
Thu May 25, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

I've taken teachings from HHST too. I don't have a strong opinion on Ray, I like him but he's not a particular source of inspiration for me. That said, I still don't really understand your sharp criticism of him.. If you're saying that he isn't teaching anything new, then I think you are basically ...
by Malcolm
Thu May 25, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

If you have been around the block, Ray's contribution is not "great;" I've taken teachings from HHST too. I don't have a strong opinion on Ray, I like him but he's not a particular source of inspiration for me. That said, I still don't really understand your sharp criticism of him.. If yo...
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

Well, Ray does a lot more than "notice" it, but whatevs. :smile: The entire practice of Vajrayana is predicated on the body and the experience of being embodied. He teaches on this in detail. I mean if you have an actual critique of him that's great but, pretending he merely "notices...
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 108
Views: 1583

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

i was referring to the primordial source that all things come from...a Creationist Thing...i believe Dzogchen teaches that as well ... Sometimes Dzogchen uses language that seems creationist, but it is intentional and not to be taken literally, but the same is true of the Hevajra Tantra and others....
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

boda wrote:Perhaps a more straightforward question would be: how often do you visit the gym?



Irrelevant.
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

Noticing a central feature of Vajrayāna (the body) that is stressed over and over again in the teachings hardly rates as a "great contribution." Well, Ray does a lot more than "notice" it, but whatevs. :smile: The entire practice of Vajrayana is predicated on the body and the ex...
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 826

Re: The Importance of the Body

As far as I can tell, the Vajrayana is all about the body. In other parts of Buddhism, maybe not Zen so much, the body seems to be somewhat neglected, it's true. The importance of the body is one of the central themes of Reginald Ray's teaching and I think this is a great contribution on his part, ...
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

If we actually look at what he says about dzogchen he uses exactly the same kind of terminology and as Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his translators and dharma heirs. Parrots and Magpies also can repeat words. The point is not that Harris does not understand what he was taught (I have no idea if he doe...
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

michaelb wrote: Like someone above, you assume he was dead on correct about Advaita but totally confused about Dzogchen.


I think he is confused about both, actually.
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 108
Views: 1583

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

I realize that no Buddhist claims a God the Creator ...but a primordial source is a Creationist View. The "source of things" is whether or not one recognizes the nature of one's mind. If one does not, that nonrecognition produces all the dharmas of samsara. If one does, that recognition p...
by Malcolm
Wed May 24, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12517

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

No, you didn't. The Nirvana Sūtra clearly states that the "self" it is discussing is different than the self of the nonbuddhists. Do you really need me to trot out the passages? What did I actually quote, then? It is impossible to quote the Nirvana Sūtra in defense of a nonbuddhist like a...

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