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by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Has the Ghanavyuha sutra been translated? I can't find much about it online. It's the Entering the Dharma Realm section of the Avatamsaka/Flower Adorement Sutra, there are translations by the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and Thomas Cleary. The CTTB one is on their website here: http://www.cttbusa.o...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Nor do I recall reading anywhere that Malcolm has claimed that the Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, as you claim he has. Urns Let's set the record straight then. The Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, it is axiomatic. Only those whose understanding of the Dharma is completely perverse den...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Nor do I recall reading anywhere that Malcolm has claimed that the Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, as you claim he has. Let's set the record straight then. The Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, it is axiomatic. Only those whose understanding of the Dharma is completely perverse deny this.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

The Lotus Sutra teaches that this IS the Eternal Pure land. The deluded like Malcolm see Samsara as a World of suffering. Are you sufficiently insane that you think that this is not happening? http://www.dw.com/image/36676841_302.jpg If so, frankly, you are just a religious wingnut who is not worth...
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 103
Views: 1299

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:25 pm
Ricky wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:13 pm
Luckily the tax bill will preserve current incentives.
Actually the tax bill is gutting wind and solar incentives.
My bad, old news.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Phowa at the time of death
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Phowa at the time of death

csmorg96 wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:34 pm
When a dzogchen practitioner is practicing phowa for someone else are they practicing nirmanakaya phowa?
Generally, yes.
by Malcolm
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 103
Views: 1299

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

No Malcolm, it really is not. Genuine social ownership and democratic control of the means of production in Venezuela? Look, the Maduro people claim they are socialists. They, like Chavez, claim that they are preserving surpluses from oil revenue for the people. This is completely consistent with M...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Phowa at the time of death
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Phowa at the time of death

csmorg96 wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:17 pm
Do Dzogchen practitioners practice phowa as they are dying or is this practice not considered necessary for those who have genuinely discovered the nature of their minds?
They practice dharmakāya phowa.
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 103
Views: 1299

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Perfect example of a failed, centralized economy. :thumbsup: Market economies are better at providing goods and services, however they are also completely incapable of pricing environmental and social risk without solid, well thought out environmental and social regulation. Right now, for example, ...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 103
Views: 1299

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Ricky wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:13 pm
Luckily the tax bill will preserve current incentives.
Actually the tax bill is gutting wind and solar incentives.
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 103
Views: 1299

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:10 pm

By the way: Venezuela is not, and has never been, a socialist state.
Sure it is.
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 103
Views: 1299

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

I would like to hear what you and others have to say about Venezuela. Perfect example of a failed, centralized economy. Market economies are better at providing goods and services, however they are also completely incapable of pricing environmental and social risk without solid, well thought out en...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

So, it seems to make more sense that instead of jumping to negative assumptions about others, we ought to give our fellows the benefit of the doubt. I think the Buddha said it the best, "Mañjuśrī, seeing afflictions is bodhi." My observation of sentient beings is that they are afflicted. Plain and ...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

So, it seems to make more sense that instead of jumping to negative assumptions about others, we ought to give our fellows the benefit of the doubt. I think the Buddha said it the best, "Mañjuśrī, seeing afflictions is bodhi." My observation of sentient beings is that they are afflicted. Plain and ...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

If thats the theory that motivates one's practice, then the training is there when the toe is stubbed and the jerk cuts in front. Its easy to only talk the talk in any practice. Malcolm knows well that view guides practice. I'm not sure why the negativity. It is very easy to delude oneself with thi...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:20 pm
It is the ideal we strive for, however imperfectly.
Hence, all the stubbed toes and road rage.
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 95
Views: 1862

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

All this concern with where a Buddha attains enlightenment is a problem of supposing enlightenment is gained rather than what we are. If you wish to regard yourself as a buddha encased in afflictions, that is just fine. Now, about those afflictions... Distinguishing afflictions in that way is a wro...
by Malcolm
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 19
Views: 709

Re: What's an emanation?

I'm bringing up this topic again because, as it turns out, this theme is consequential for how some practitioners approach their practice, and how certain practices are understood. To give an example from a DW thread a few years ago, here are portions of some posts that show how one particular inte...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4763
Views: 404110

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Pero wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:45 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Pero wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:59 pm
What's the difference between a dbang chen and regular dbang?
a dbang chen has a very elaborate section for the vase empowerment. This is main difference.
I see, thanks.
Usually has a sand mandala or some kind of cloth mandala as well.
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 817

Re: Mala Etiquette

If really Gurú Padmasambhava gave directions on mala characteristics, then it is important. Is the posted info reliable? The info I posted came from Gyatrul Rinpoche ( "The Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra'') but I'm afraid I don't know the exact source the Lama was quoting. Malcolm alluded to t...