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by tobes
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Jonang Kalachakra online empowerment July 24-27
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Jonang Kalachakra online empowerment July 24-27

I also recommend exercising due diligence with respect to this event. It has proven very difficult to verify the stated qualifications of the lama.
by tobes
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Some Quotes And An Arrivederci
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Re: Some Quotes And An Arrivederci

Stay well and please return when the time is right.

:anjali:
by tobes
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Appropriate v. Inappropriate Ways To Meet Teachers?
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Appropriate v. Inappropriate Ways To Meet Teachers?

Relax. It's just karma ripening. It doesn't matter how.

An apricot tastes like an apricot no matter how you pick it.
by tobes
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non-natural environments
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Non-natural environments

A few months ago we had 5g installed. The phone line is in my shrine room so that's where the modem etc went. I know there are ridiculous tinfoil hat theories about 5g which are obviously false. But: I could really really feel the difference and it really really affected my meditations - kind of a t...
by tobes
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Wonderful Letter.
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: A Wonderful Letter.

Very English sense of humor: dry, sharp and insightful.

That kind of outlook seems like an endangered species these days.
by tobes
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva Question(s)
Replies: 27
Views: 961

Re: Vajrasattva Question(s)

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:13 pm
Ayu wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:43 pm
Depends on the empowerment. There's Vajrasattva in Kriya Tantra (I think) and Anuttarayoga Tantra as well.
Yoga tantra, not Kriya.
I'm pretty sure I've heard of Gelugs offering Kriya Tantra Vajrasattva empowerments, but I'll have to check.
by tobes
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I am struggling. Was consciousness the most important aggregate according to the Buddha?
Replies: 16
Views: 516

Re: I am struggling. Was consciousness the most important aggregate according to the Buddha?

Yes, the question you are asking is more: what happens when the vijnanaskandha ceases (or grasping to it ceases)? Because in its ordinary functioning, it is afflicted consciousness. It is not privileged at all by the Buddha - it is the site of duhkha; determined by causes and conditions, impermanent...
by tobes
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 471

Re: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

The Wire is so good.It just completely nails so much, so well. Although interestingly I read a (minor) critique by David Harvey who did a lot of his political-anthropological work in Baltimore whilst also being involved in various political projects. His critique was: things did get better (through ...
by tobes
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

Gnosis is best used for jnana. You seem to forget that there are three prajnas, born of hearing, reflection, and meditation. No that was my point - " I think prajna entails these but also, something far more direct/meditative." No other referent, in Greek, Latin or English comes close to covering a...
by tobes
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

White Sakura wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:00 am


dependent arising is not in that list. I feel it as a slightly different term to "emptiness".

Isn´t there another sanscrit term where "dependent origination" comes from? Different from shunyata, I mean?
= pratityasamudpada.
by tobes
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

No, not really, not definitionally. Wisdom and prajna are both alike in that they are accumulated, for example, “the accumulated wisdom of the years...” and so on. I could go on but there is no need. Perhaps, in the conventional parlance. Your description still sounds a lot like the ancient Greek p...
by tobes
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

Wisdom serves just fine for prajna, which no one pronounces correctly anyway (it’s pragnya). Great compassion is also just fine, unless it is a name, for example, four-armed Avalokiteshvara is Mahakarunika. I don't think so. "Wisdom" is incredibly vague with a lot of Aristotelian baggage that gets ...
by tobes
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

Fine. Let's agree that we disagree. “Suchness” doesn’t actually make any sense as a word in English. It’s an invented word, a relatively new term made up by Buddhists to express a concept for which no word exists in the English Language. There are all sorts of words in languages that don’t exactly ...
by tobes
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

Yes, I really mean maha -karuna. Adding the prefix 'great' to ordinary compassion doesn't cut it for me, because I think we're really trying to describe something incredibly vast and profound. Compassion per se has too much Christian and western moral philosophy baggage. As Simon E points out, it o...
by tobes
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

Compassion per se has too much Christian and western moral philosophy baggage. As Simon E points out, it often implies something very partial , affective and sentimental. Something like Hume's notion of sympathy. Hello friend, I have read your post and am trying to work through it and understand it...
by tobes
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

Yes, I really mean maha -karuna. Adding the prefix 'great' to ordinary compassion doesn't cut it for me, because I think we're really trying to describe something incredibly vast and profound. Compassion per se has too much Christian and western moral philosophy baggage. As Simon E points out, it of...
by tobes
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

It has usually been used as a synonym for emptiness. I think the translators were attempting to convey the inexpressibility/inconceivability of shunyata. i.e. to avoid using a term which turns emptiness into a thing. I actually think it works in conveying this sense of ineffability - better than em...
by tobes
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: abiding in suchness
Replies: 151
Views: 3760

Re: abiding in suchness

It has usually been used as a synonym for emptiness. I think the translators were attempting to convey the inexpressibility/inconceivability of shunyata. i.e. to avoid using a term which turns emptiness into a thing. I actually think it works in conveying this sense of ineffability - better than emp...
by tobes
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unconsecrated thangkas
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Unconsecrated thangkas

Dharma objects are quite magical. Their manifestation in this realm is already a blessing. Often obtaining one takes incredible sacrifice. There are merely consecrated and more consecrated images IMO. It is not much talked about but owning dharma objects and how you treat them can change your life....

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