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by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: USA CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: USA CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

I understand from our UK media that the USA currently has no Government. Ahem...that is not exactly true. The Government has not authorized spending, and some people will get furloughs if the "shutdown" goes on beyond this weekend. But a government shutdown is always quite temporary, and is mostly ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

And as Maitreyanatha explains in the Uttaratantra , the Dharma, and the Sangha are all impermanent, and therefore, they are not ultimate refuges. Only the Buddha is an ultimate refuge: Because of abandonment, because of possessing deceptive phenomena, because of nonexistence, and because of perisha...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

And as Maitreyanatha explains in the Uttaratantra , the Dharma, and the Sangha are all impermanent, and therefore, they are not ultimate refuges. Only the Buddha is an ultimate refuge: Because of abandonment, because of possessing deceptive phenomena, because of nonexistence, and because of perisha...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

No, Dharma is simply another fabrication. The difference though between it and most everything else is that it is not an untrue fabrication. No. The conceptualisation of Dharma by the mind is a fabrication, Dharma is unconditioned. Otherwise it would not be a valid object of Refuge. And as Maitreya...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Well, if this thread has taught me one thing, it is the danger of denying the validity of relative truth. How quickly and easily denying it's validity leads to ego-centered nihilism. So you think you can prove the conventional validity of one lineage over another when they both use identical words?...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The regenerative potential of primordial state
Replies: 15
Views: 247

Re: The regenerative potential of primordial state

3. And the Blessed One said: "Whosoever, Ananda, has developed, practiced, employed, strengthened, maintained, scrutinized, and brought to perfection the four constituents of psychic power could, if he so desired, remain throughout a world-period or until the end of it. [21] The Tathagata, Ananda, ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Εxcellent, so now I can validly quote anything I want as an expression of Dharma. No more eternalists and nihilists, no more tirthika, Dharma is now anything I want it to be. Buddhism is now whatever-feels-good New Ageism! :twothumbsup: Somehow, I don't think so. This is how Theravadins feel about ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

I like Machik Labdron's point of view, and I really think it applies to everyone, especially me:


Since the Dharma is practiced with a clinging mind
because the mind that clings to Dharma is not destroyed,
even the Dharma becomes a support of bondage.
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The regenerative potential of primordial state
Replies: 15
Views: 247

Re: The regenerative potential of primordial state

Ok, so how does it work then if a master say puts his handprint in solid stone or does something else that appears to be impossible by what we know of the laws of physics? Chogyal Namkahi Norbu and I were in his cabin once, and he showed me a picture of a Tibetan man, who with his siddhi had suppos...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Harold, what the hell does Marjorie Quinn have to do with Aro? I just want to ask. Am I the only one that googled "Marjorie Quinn" and was really confused as to why Malcolm reference Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman? That's pretty funny -- Marjorie Quinn is the original name of the women who nows goes by ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Hindus, Christians, Muslims, and Jews feel blessed by their own texts and traditions. I don't feel any blessings from their texts or traditions at all. So the answer is both yes and no. For me, those texts have no blessings. But I certainly would not claim that they feel no blessings from those tex...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The regenerative potential of primordial state
Replies: 15
Views: 247

Re: The regenerative potential of primordial state

Ok, so how does it work then if a master say puts his handprint in solid stone or does something else that appears to be impossible by what we know of the laws of physics? Chogyal Namkahi Norbu and I were in his cabin once, and he showed me a picture of a Tibetan man, who with his siddhi had suppos...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

that your support for the authenticity of Aro gTer is also based on your own jaundiced eye. In which case you just hoisted yourself on your own petard. Who ever said I supported it's validity. I am just tired of seeing people beating them up over and over again for no better reason other than to ex...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

The usual excuse Buddhists give for Bonpo texts is that some kind Buddhist wrote a text using Bonpo lingo, in order to establish some kind of connection for Bonpos with Buddhism. But what of Bon texts that have no contact with Buddhists? Do they lack blessings? One could then ask: Do Hindu and Abra...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

that your support for the authenticity of Aro gTer is also based on your own jaundiced eye. In which case you just hoisted yourself on your own petard. Who ever said I supported it's validity. I am just tired of seeing people beating them up over and over again for no better reason other than to ex...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Let's take the example of Bonpo traditions: knock off forgeries or authentic Dharma with a valid lineage. What is your opinion? I doubt it was as simple as that. In this case even if copies, most likely to get them someone had to actually receive the original and then made a copy. The usual excuse ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The regenerative potential of primordial state
Replies: 15
Views: 247

Re: The regenerative potential of primordial state

First, is there such a thing and second if there is why is that whenever we ask for advice on our mundane worldly situation or on certain health issues we are advised, almost always, that we do the second best thing, tantric practice that is ? My question points towards something specific not just ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

... The same thing goes with Aro -- let us suppose it is just a copy of Nyingma termas -- let us suppose they have the seven line prayer revealed as part of the supposed treasures of an Aro Lingma of questionable historicity. Let us also suppose that these Aroistas chant this Aro seven line prayer,...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The regenerative potential of primordial state
Replies: 15
Views: 247

Re: The regenerative potential of primordial state

First, is there such a thing and second if there is why is that whenever we ask for advice on our mundane worldly situation or on certain health issues we are advised, almost always, that we do the second best thing, tantric practice that is ? My question points towards something specific not just ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 137
Views: 2175

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

"Harold, what the hell does Marjorie Quinn have to do with Aro?" Well Malcolm It has everything to do with Aro and other questionable lineages. It has to do with the after mat of the devastating damage to these souls. Some have spent decades before discovering the truth and that truth can utterly d...