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by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

aflatun wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:05 am

But the cessation of, and the pursuit of the cessation of-affliction --> action --> suffering --> affliction- is meaningful, isn't it? Perhaps we're using the word "meaning" in different ways though.
The Dharma is meaningful. Life isn't.
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

As I note above, ‘I wonder if the question as to whether ‘life has a purpose’ was ever really articulated in traditional Buddhist narratives... I still say the statement that ‘life has no meaning’ is nihilistic, and nothing said here will persuade me otherwise. Over and out. As to your first point,...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism. that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps. Life has no meaning because life by defi...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism. that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps. Life has no meaning because life by defi...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 796

Re: Ngakpas

I might go along with that, but I am not sure that is what Joesph means. Anyway, I thought there was a lot of special teachings needed for giving other people transmissions? /magnus Depends on the teaching. But anyone who has been a chöpön, knows everything they need to know to give empowerments. E...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 796

Re: Ngakpas

"When sentient beings ask for teachings, a bodhisattva gives them." Yes, but wouldn't you also say depending on whether the Teacher thinks the student(s) asking are ready for and capable of holding those teachings. One doesn't give a loaded gun to a toddler. In some cases it may be compassionate no...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 796

Re: Ngakpas

So, are you saying that there is no need to get the permission the give empowerments from the master that actually gave you the empowerment? You can just decide for yourself when you are ready? /magnus It depends on circumstances. When sentient beings ask for teachings, a bodhisattva gives them. Th...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 796

Re: Ngakpas

So, advice here is that there may be the need for either retreat or permission of your teacher before giving someone a lung of a mantra which is not sutric, and one Lama's recommendation of at least 100,000 repetitions. I wonder what would happen if the clear stipulation was that you must have sign...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1310

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

This does not render them nonfunctional, as Fuki's use of the illusion example implies.  Really? this was not my intention. I agree with everything you say above perhaps there's an error in my speech or that I struggle translating everything in English, I don't know. Where did I negate appearances ...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1310

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Relying on conventional truth to cultivate is what relying on illusion to cultivate illusion means I believe. Illusion may be used to refer to only deceptive truths in certain traditions but in Chan it covers all conventional truths. If the example of an illusion is being used merely to demonstrate...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

The only way I can rationalise it is that I think what is being rejected is the idea of ‘meaning’ in the sense of life being thought of as having a script with a definite meaning. If that is what is being rejected as ‘meaning’, then sure, I agree. Otherwise, I don’t understand the postings in this ...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

If you want to understand how these terms are used in Dzogchen texts, I refer you to the book in my signature. It will be a pleasure to read and get a better understanding of the terminology in Dzogchen, thanks. It's even available on a dutchy site :twothumbsup: https://www.bol.com/nl/f/buddhahood-...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Does such a thing exist? How? Since it is not permanent you already know the answer to that one. Awareness is mental factor, conditioned and dependent. I have no idea what you mean by ‘true awareness.’ Is this enough? I could also quote some Zen, or Advaita, or pseudo-zen-advaita-sickness for you :...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

There is no point in returning one's attention to something transient and ephemeral like awareness, unless it is to observe that it is empty and dependently originated. Quite the nitpick again Malcolm trying to seperate sunlight from the sun again, you cognize awareness depending on how it makes se...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Isn't samsara due to the fact that we mistakenly project subjective significance on to something that is empty of any significance? Samsara is the experience of suffering caused by karma that is motivated by affliction, that's all. When all those afflictions cease entirely due to insight, one becom...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 308
Views: 11678

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

How would you counter the average gun nuts arguments made against Chicago's failed gun laws, and in particular the honest guys are the only ones that will turn in the guns leaving only the criminals armed? Canada Britain Australia New Zealand France Germany, etc. This is the best argument there is,...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

the quality of emptiness is the lack of object-ness. Am I missing something? Not lack of ‘object-ness’ - absence of own-being, svabhava. Nothing is ‘self-originated’ i.e. existing from its own side. But if I throw a rock through your window, it will still break, and that will definitely mean someth...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

The topic has never been about this. Even newbies know that grasping BAD! A curious question for someone who just claimed: I distinctly remember someone was having trouble reconciling the idea of meaning, with the reality of emptiness. Emptiness is meaningful, at least it is to me. I don't see what...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1310

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

It is using illusion to remove illusion. The difference between conventional truth and false or deceptive relative truth is that the former is strictly common perception, whereas the latter also includes hallucinations, and other deluded states which are nonfunctional. The point of this is that wit...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 200
Views: 2969

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

It's in the nature of mind to create subject/object where there is none, its only when we take the phenomenal center we imagine to be, which rides on the bus to go from A to B as something substantial or graspable that errors come into existence, like birth and death, being, not being, becoming, a ...