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by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 60
Views: 1302

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... What Buddha? What afflictions? The afflictions ...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 160
Views: 9678

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Your answer is a non sequitur. In that case I was simply wrong in my presumption that by that you were rejecting the whole section on there being more to Mahayana than having motivation. :anjali: The point was that you cited a passage from a sūtra which referred to āryabodhisattvas. But there are o...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 60
Views: 1302

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:09 pm
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...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 160
Views: 9678

Re: Western Myth of Zen

I don’t accept the 55 level scheme. I don't think that's a problem, since it is not important in Zen except for some advocates of gradual practice. The point still remains, however, that to have the bodhisattva motivation one needs some level of faith and understanding as well. Your answer is a non...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 160
Views: 9678

Re: Western Myth of Zen

I don’t accept the 55 level scheme. This refers strictly to āryabodhisattvas. It does not refer to bodhisattvas on the paths of accumulation or application. What I meant is that vow is not enough, one also needs some level of understanding, faith, renunciation, and compassion, since without those ev...
by Malcolm
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Nowhere, that is where. Nevertheless, the universal healthcare thing is a no-brainer. Conservative economists in the 60's were calling for UH because they recognized that no one can make intelligent choices in a healthcare marketplace, and a free market depends on the ability to make rational and i...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

For starters, a viable minimal income + universal health care , these two alone, fix most problems. Country is already in colossal debt. Where will they get the money for these programs? Nowhere, that is where. Nevertheless, the universal healthcare thing is a no-brainer. Conservative economists in...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

kirtu wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:07 pm

Well, the future of the world is not dependant upon the exploitative empire occupying the middle of North America.
Yeah, it pretty much still is.
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Funny what you say about the US economy. It is in shambles but you and others (mostly with incrementalist Democrat tendencies) refuse to see it. It is not in a shambles over all. Obama;s policies were largely successful. It may yet fall into a hole too big to dig out of as a result Herr Drumpf's me...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

What being an Antifa, even a puerile poser, essentially entails is putting an obstacle between Fascists and their intended victims. I applaud those you use their white privilege against those trying to impose theirs on the (largely) defenceless. What people fail to understand is that for every blow...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 74
Views: 1080

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Malcolm had to admit as much when he got pressed on the logic he was presenting. That is not the case. I pointed out that Dharmakīrti's arguments were presented in the form of heuristic which basically state that if a person believes mind arises from matter, there was no further point in the discus...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 614

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if the deceased person has to be recently deceased ie within the 49 days, and is it possible to request their inclusion without attending the ceremony? Can be for anyone who is deceased, no matter how long. Curious. Wouldn't the vast majority have moved on to a new life ...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

“The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech,” the younger Tefft reportedly said to his father. “You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.” And: Bray, for his part, believes that one can practice “everyday anti-fascism” by confronting bi...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3669

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

so like then it really isn't Buddhism... it came out of Bon... No, Dzogchen is fully Buddhist. The Bonpos borrowed it from the Buddhists, like so much else. That said, Bonpo Dzogchen is just fine. if you are going to negate buddhist realities and say dzogchen goes further.... Dzogchen is a Mahāyāna...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 614

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Punya wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:11 pm
Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if the deceased person has to be recently deceased ie within the 49 days, and is it possible to request their inclusion without attending the ceremony?
Can be for anyone who is deceased, no matter how long.
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 82
Views: 726

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

“The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech,” the younger Tefft reportedly said to his father. “You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.” And: Bray, for his part, believes that one can practice “everyday anti-fascism” by confronting bi...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 107
Views: 1405

Re: Santa La Muerte

dzogchungpa wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:35 pm
Male penises? Aren't they all male?
Gender, it seems is no longer connected with what kind of junk you have. Kind of a relief, I guess. :woohoo:
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3669

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Reading some Longchempa and other Dzogchen texts, I've wondered the same thing. I can't think of specifics right now, but I actually wondered if Zhiyi's ideas might have drifted up into Tibet, or alternatively, and more likely, there were common sources. No, not likely. The real gist of Dzogchen is...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 614

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Vajrayogini Changchog Ceremony to purify the negativities of the deceased to achieve higher rebirth and liberation. Can anyone say more about this ceremony and it's origins? I've heard of something like this before. If we have to purify our own negativities in this life, how is it possible for a ma...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3669

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

I was only addressing your questions. I'm not particularly interested in Nichiren. Maybe there is a good reason they think the Lotus Sutra is so important? There is no question that the Lotus Sūtra is an important text. Dogen, for example, esteems it above all other sūtras in the Shobogenzo. I woul...