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by srivijaya
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 131
Views: 10909

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

it seems that everything conditioned is perpetually justified just as it is. Everything, from the horrors, to the wonders, from the sorrows to the ecstasies, from the coarse to the fine grained, seems to be precisely where they are meant to be. They cannot be any other way. This seems to be to be d...
by srivijaya
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 12903

Re: All is One

The title of this topic brought this timeless wisdom to mind:
"When all are one and one is all (Yeah)
To be a rock and not to roll"

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
And who could argue with that? :sage:
by srivijaya
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?
Replies: 33
Views: 2915

Re: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?

Lindama wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:19 am
:anjali:
yes, I once heard Igor Kufayev teaching on Kashmiri Shaivism... it resonated for me. Igor went back to Europe where you may still find him.
Thanks Linda,
I'll have to check that out. A close friend of mine was very influenced by Thomas Merton. Evocative poetry.
:namaste:
by srivijaya
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?
Replies: 33
Views: 2915

Re: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?

Lots of intelligent and wonderful people in this forum. I really appreciate learning from all of you. You truly help me in my own practice. :namaste: I would echo what others have written, that if it's the dualistic interpretation of the Abrahamic God, then the answer has to be no. However, there a...
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 2427

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Lindama wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:40 am
We have enough of this exceptionalism in our politics, we must see it for what it is.... and see the Buddha in everything. Else, forget it.

linda
Wise words Linda.
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 2427

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Geshe la said .."People would be surprised to know the truth as to who Jesus Christ really was" Like an avatar of Buddha, or vice-versa? I guess you could see it from that POV if you wanted to, but I don't buy it exactly. Even if Christ had met Buddhist teachings during his 'missing years', he didn...
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 2427

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Why would Buddha leave all those with out the merit to meet True Dharma...have nothing to guide them.. Some Christians with a conscience ask questions like; if a primitive tribe have never even heard of Christ is it fair they go to hell? Surely God wouldn't just abandon them... It's a serious issue...
by srivijaya
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 2427

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

I wondered what my Buddhist friends here might say to that line of thinking. :namaste: :popcorn: From a Christian POV it's spot on: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was ho...
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 6480

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

When you first got started in the Dharma, what was the one thing you would most have liked to be told at the beginning that would have made your life, or even your progress in the Dharma, easier? Something trivial, like "Eat a good lunch at this centre, because supper is usually very small"? Or som...
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: White Tara Mantra Question
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: White Tara Mantra Question

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:48 am
It's what one is emphasizing what are we asking for first
ĀYUR is Life, PUṆYE is Merit, PUṢṬIṂ is wealth
Thanks.
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: White Tara Mantra Question
Replies: 2
Views: 795

White Tara Mantra Question

I’m used to the mantra being rendered: OṀ TĀRE TUTTĀRE TURE MAMA ĀYUR PUṆYE JÑĀNA PUṢṬIṂ KURU SVĀHĀ Just watched the vid of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche chanting: OṀ TĀRE TUTTĀRE TURE MAMA ĀYUR JÑĀNA PUṆYE PUṢṬIṂ KURU SVĀHĀ So a different sequence for the ĀYUR PUṆYE JÑĀNA PUṢṬIṂ section. Does anyone have a...
by srivijaya
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

What do you imagine it is?
by srivijaya
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Modern UK Dharma centers can be a good place to start in one's quest for a teacher :smile:
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by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

To those attempting to walk the Vajrayana path, not having a teacher is problematic to the point of being an impossibility. Which I would say is pretty problematic for them. General Sutra and coming to grips with basic ideas is probably where most visitors would start, in which case advice can be g...
by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

That kind of 'basic kindness' may leave sentient beings wandering in circles. And may not be kind at all. No one made any judgment about the 'character' of others. A nebulous concept at best. Using the skandhas model where would you posit 'character'? It's true that none of us should speculate abou...
by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

It may not be what you want to hear. But if there are no or few karmic obstructions, and if you are highly motivated you will find a teacher. This is standard stuff in the Vajrayana. Uncontroversial. If there are karmic obstructions there are things that can be done about that..but they need input ...
by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Simon E. wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:55 pm
I think you may be overlooking the operations of karma and karma-vipaka.
So, stage one is: "Get yourself a teacher."

Then if there isn't one, stage two is: "Tough karma mate, your problem! Still, if you were really motivated, you know..."

I stand corrected.
by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 45
Views: 3632

Re: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism

It is a generic term for non-buddhists, specifically those who adhere to eternalist doctrines, such as Samkhya Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, etc. I thought as much. The Jains and Samkhya seem to posit two substances in the universe; a sentient conscious Jiva and insentient matter. Karma is the process by ...
by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 18089

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Some interesting points raised on this thread but one so far overlooked. As it's impossible to know the background of anyone who posts questions here, it's also impossible to know their means. Whilst a teacher may be the best solution, there are many physical locations in this world where a suitable...
by srivijaya
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 45
Views: 3632

Re: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism

Since the matrix-of-the-one gone-thus is empty of the two selves, it is not similar to the self of the forders [tirthikas], and because uncompounded noumena transcends the momentary, it is permanent, stable, and everlasting. It is not that it, like space, is without any of the qualities, powers, an...

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