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by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: extibetanbuddhist dot com
Replies: 102
Views: 6578

Re: extibetanbuddhist dot com

Tenma wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:40 pm
What about the Aleister Crowley who practiced occult such as the Key of Solomon and so on? Working with demons, scrying, magic, sex, and so on are of the path?
Not our path. Though I personally think Crowley was one of the best of his generation, rascal, though he may have been. 93/93
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: extibetanbuddhist dot com
Replies: 102
Views: 6578

Re: extibetanbuddhist dot com

jkarlins wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:38 pm
fascinating that Blavatsky had real teachers, I always assumed she was just making it up. Cool
She met some mongolian geshes and misunderstood nearly everything they taught her.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 53
Views: 3592

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

How can it be confirmed by one's guru? By describing to him a specific experience that you think may be rigpa? You confirm it for yourself based on paying attention to the guru's instructions. Rigpa means knowledge. When you know, you know. If you have to ask your teacher it means you don't know. T...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 53
Views: 3592

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

By confirming vidya you mean being beyond doubt (the second point)? Or is it related to thogal? Both. How can it be confirmed by one's guru? By describing to him a specific experience that you think may be rigpa? You confirm it for yourself based on paying attention to the guru's instructions. Rigp...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 53
Views: 3592

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

Aryjna wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:55 pm

By confirming vidya you mean being beyond doubt (the second point)? Or is it related to thogal?

Both.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 53
Views: 3592

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

Diligence in doing what? I understand that once the 4th vision is completed, there is no more progress or practice required. Thus, there are 2 possible explanations: 1. The level of realization (i.e. which type of rainbow body) is determined entirely BEFORE the completion of the 4th vision. 2. Afte...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 20
Views: 511

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

Rick wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:13 pm
"Yes transmissions can be delivered remotely via Skype?"
Yes.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 53
Views: 3592

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

fckw wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:59 pm
What then makes the difference that some are able to realize a higher level of rainbow body than others?
Diligence in this life.
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 69
Views: 1020

Re: Rabbit's Horns

To be less sloppy, horns of rabbits can NOT actually be known by mind, as such a thing never existed. You could perhaps apprehend a generic image of Rabbit horns. The point is that cessations and space, of course, do exist. They have the same existence as anything which cannot be/is not produced. T...
by Malcolm
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 69
Views: 1020

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Namkhai Norbu said The calm state is the condition of the mind in which no thoughts arise. An example of this is the space that exists between the disappearance of one thought and the arising of another, a space that is usually imperceptible. The term "space" here is not nam mkha' . The term here i...
by Malcolm
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: False Memories and Questionable Buddhist Lore
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: False 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: 53
Views: 3592

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 69
Views: 1020

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...