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by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 37
Views: 1701

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: 77
Views: 2843

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: 4
Views: 222

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: 1426

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: 1426

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: 1426

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: 1426

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...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3650

Re: No end to samsara?

In 'Guide to the Middle Way' by Chandrakirti he states: [VI.194] Because samsara lacks both A first beginning and a final end It is described as beginningless and endless. Because it is free from coming and going, it is like a dream. [VI.195] In the scriptures it clearly says that That which is the ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 36
Views: 1426

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN42_2.html To Tālapuṭa the Actor Tālapuṭa Sutta (SN 42:2) On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Rājagaha in the Bamboo Forest, the Squirrel Sanctuary. Then Tālapuṭa, the head of an acting troupe, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is permanent in mahayana?
Replies: 18
Views: 702

Re: What is permanent in mahayana?

I think it's important to distinguish between permanent and eternal. Permanent means unchanging because it doesn't depend upon causes and conditions. Our mental continuum, on the other hand, is eternal (it will never cease) but it is changing moment by moment and is therefore impermanent. Emptiness ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3361

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

One of the reasons the Buddha is described as a good doctor is because, like a good doctor, the medicine he prescribes is based on the illness the patient is suffering from, not based which medicine he has a special liking for. Similarly, it's useful to remember that what is the exact right medicin...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3361

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

No, this is incorrect. The teachings are pure because they lead to the result of liberation and enlightenment and they come from enlightened wisdom and compassion but they are not necessarily understandable. The teachings may have been pure, but we were not there to receive them. If they were, why ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3361

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

If they are pure, then they do not need explanation/clarification. When you add an explanation then you are adding another hue to the original meaning, this takes you further away from the original meaning, how can this lead to understanding? No, this is incorrect. The teachings are pure because th...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3361

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I would say no. People will disagree, but I think Tsongkhapa introduced clarifications, not innovations, and therefore made the teachings more clear and practical. How can you clarify something that is pure? I mean, didn't you just say the Buddha's words are pure? Quite clearly you have no idea wha...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3361

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I think it's more accurate to say that Atisha's lamrim represented a new format in which to present the teachings. I don't know of any particular innovations in the teachings themselves. I agree, it's a new presentation. When it comes to the substance of the teachings, we cannot have innovations. B...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Is lineage enough?

I am sure there are many folks in Rigpa and Shambhala who thought they would never fall for a dodgy guru until it happened to them. Even if the rules are laid out by the tradition, there needs to be a system of redress if the rules are not followed. I totally agree. I really do feel for those who w...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Is lineage enough?

Mantrik wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:33 pm

So, we really should spend time examining a Guru claimed as a wondrous emanation of Buddha and holy Spiritual Guide to see if they are living up to the values of the Tradition in which they ordained.
I agree.
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3361

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Kadampa itself is also a re-presentation of the teachings and was newly developed by Atisha. I think everybody accepts this new development from Atisha. I don’t think Atisha invented anything. He imported Mahayana that was already present in India. Right? He did, he presented Buddha's teachings in ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Is lineage enough?

I think it's very simple. ... NUMBER 1 is a mind that is controlled by moral discipline - what is the Guru's example? To my mind that excludes all the crazy wisdom stuff so there's no excuse for misbehaviour. If a Spiritual Guide cannot show an example of a controlled mind and practice basic moral ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Is lineage enough?

I'm afraid it is just not that easy. That's why I was suggesting that one also need to look at constitution of a Sangha (something like they have here http://sfzc.org/about-zen-center/principles-governance ). The Guru model of practice such as we have in the Vajrayana is susceptible to abuse by its...

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