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by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 2148

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

Greetings and Peace to you all. This is only my second post but it is something that myself and many others, it appears, to struggle with. What exactly is 'reborn' after we (this consciousness and this human body) dies? This is how I see it for now but please correct me or point me toward the right...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries By: Asanga and Karl Brunn
Replies: 26
Views: 1289

Re: Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries By: Asanga and Karl Br

It is an intermediate view for those who subscribe to a specific Madhyamaka interpretation. Prasangika is a Gelug idea, so it is quite unrealistic to expect everyone to agree with Tsongkhapa. As for the reason of studying Yogacara, it is the most comprehensive and extensive Indian Mahayana doctrine...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries By: Asanga and Karl Brunn
Replies: 26
Views: 1289

Re: Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries By: Asanga and Karl Br

smcj wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:33 am
If that’s how you see it, then that’s how you should study and practice.

I just don’t see Imit that way.
Okay, thanks for your answer. How do you see it?
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries By: Asanga and Karl Brunn
Replies: 26
Views: 1289

Re: Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries By: Asanga and Karl Br

Forgive me for asking, but I’m genuinely curious. Why put so much time and energy into studying the view of the Chittamatrin school which is just an intermediate view rather than studying the Madhyamika Prasangika school which is Buddha’s ultimate intention and the views that lead to liberation and ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Empowerment needed for tummo?
Replies: 17
Views: 1505

Re: Empowerment needed for tummo?

You require a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment such as Heruka and Vajrayogini to practise tummo meditation.
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 102
Views: 10303

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

We need to respect all of Buddha’s teachings and those who practise them. The problem is there is infighting between traditions and disagreement about what Buddha taught.
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 868

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

On the one hand, after enlightenment, Buddha doubted for several weeks whether to preach the dharma(Four Noble Truths) comprehended by him, calling it deep. And then he preached it to the five cool yogis, his fellow yoga practitioners. On the other hand, today FNT is set out by modern teachers at t...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1
Replies: 61
Views: 18281

Re: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:27 pm
I don't see how anyone can claim Lamrim is superior to Lamdre.
I don't know Lamdre so I cannot comment but if it is a complete presentation of the path, it is equally precious to lamrim.
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1
Replies: 61
Views: 18281

Re: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1

By this reasoning Tsongkhapa's lamrim text is not a lamrim text since it lacks clear teachings on Anuyoga and Ati yoga. Which is an odd criticism of Tsongkhapa to be presented by anyone, especially a fan. And lamrim is without question a category of Tibetan spiritual literature with composers of la...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1
Replies: 61
Views: 18281

Re: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1

Still, nothing can be said to have inherent qualities. An examination has to be made by each person to determine which Dharma has the greatest effect on their life... and whoever you ask, you'll get a different answer. Agreed, which is why Buddha gave some many different instructions to suit the mi...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1
Replies: 61
Views: 18281

Re: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1

Lamrim is a category of literature. Not all Lamrim texts include all Buddhadhama. It doesnt really make sense to classify a literary device as superior to dharma. Lamrim is not a category of literature, it's the very essence of all of Buddha's teachings. If a 'lamrim' text doesn't contain the essen...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1
Replies: 61
Views: 18281

Re: Lam Rim Discussion: Part 1

One question that arose yesterday that seemed like an apparent contradiction - in the Lam Rim, "Great misdeed are terminated spontaneously" - as I understand that, it prevents one from ever repudiating the Dharma, considering one flavor or path to be superior or to give any version more respect or ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 37
Views: 2465

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Chapter 5 (13) Where is there enough leather To cover the surface of the Earth? But just having leather on the soles of one’s feet Is the same as covering the whole Earth. (14) In the same way, it is not possible To control all external events; But...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DJKR letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Replies: 100
Views: 5062

Re: DJKR letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Buddhist Teachers should stay away from politics. This is a mistake.
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?

I'm currently reading nagarjuna's middle way and it starts with the dedicatory verse: "...there is neither cessation nor origination, neither anhilation nor the eternal, neither one nor many, neither coming nor going..." I want to know the basic rundown of why these eight negations are so? Because ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 36
Views: 2209

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

Then this is a meaningful spiritual activity and acting is beneficial. In which case acting lacks either a positive or a negative nature. I think it depends on how the question is approached. I'm not sure Tsonkhapafan's standard is based in any teachings... is it? In the Tripitaka sense, I think th...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 36
Views: 2209

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

Ignorant_Fool wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:22 am
Richard Gere is an actor and he seems to be doing a fair bit for Dharma ... :shrug:
His acting is not doing anything for the Dharma, but his money and fame is.

It's true that he has attained his celebrity through acting and famous actors do have considerable power to influence others.
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 36
Views: 2209

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:15 am
And what if one acts in films or theater productions who's motivation is to inform people about the Dharma? What happens to acting's "nature" then?
Then this is a meaningful spiritual activity and acting is beneficial.
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 36
Views: 2209

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

It seems to me the lessons are not to be “intoxicated & heedless” and not to hold wrong views; not about acting per se. Sure, but it states that the actions of the actor can be a condition for others to become intoxicated and heedless. Thus: Thus the actor—himself intoxicated & heedless, having mad...

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