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by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 137
Views: 2191

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Rocks can be emanations of Buddha but rocks do not possess Buddha nature because they do not possess minds, thus they cannot be enlightened.
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2130

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

No, but people volunteering the substance of vajrayāna practices, mantras, images of yidams, protectors, and so on certainly will. What causes the downfall of the Vajrayana is when people misuse the practice for power, reputation, etc, In other words, out of self-cherishing and attachment. It is no...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2130

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Somehow I don't think that some pencil-necked-geek hacking into a three hour Dharma teaching on the nature of mind, is going to bring about the downfall of the Vajryana... :roll: No, but people volunteering the substance of vajrayāna practices, mantras, images of yidams, protectors, and so on certa...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2130

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Secret mantra is called secret because it is supposed to be kept secret, period. It’s called secret because there are no outward signs of the practice. I might be misunderstanding here but aren't some Secret Mantrayana practitioners obvious by their garb? Or do you mean the specifics of practice ar...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2130

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

I think it depends on context. If Secret Mantra is practised within the context of Sutra, for example within the context of Lamrim teachings, then secrecy is not necessary because the practice will be correctly intentioned and not misused. It must be presented within the context of a complete path ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2130

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

I think it depends on context. If Secret Mantra is practised within the context of Sutra, for example within the context of Lamrim teachings, then secrecy is not necessary because the practice will be correctly intentioned and not misused. It must be presented within the context of a complete path t...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 11579

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

You're welcome, it's the truth. Highest Yoga Tantra is very precious indeed and we shouldn't abandon or misuse it. When spiritual directors of religious groups engage in sexual abuse and are still permitted to remain in charge it is very refreshing to see condemnation instead of cover-up. I would i...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 11579

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

I think it's a mistake to abandon the idea of practising Highest Yoga Tantra in Western society because of the sexual misconduct of some prominent Teachers. Karmamudra has a specific purpose and is only meant to be engaged in after many generation and completion stage realisations have already been...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 11579

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

I think it's a mistake to abandon the idea of practising Highest Yoga Tantra in Western society because of the sexual misconduct of some prominent Teachers. Karmamudra has a specific purpose and is only meant to be engaged in after many generation and completion stage realisations have already been ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 48
Views: 1859

Re: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

How important are these to Mahayana and what source text do they get it from? Thank you. The Four Noble Truths are absolutely vital. The Eightfold Path is reformulated as the three higher trainings in the Mahayana - higher moral discipline, higher concentration and higher wisdom, all higher because...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 6456

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Gelugs also practise Mahamudra, but I don't know any specificities Yes, I used to. :) I was asking if there is a form of DI 'revelation' in any of the various Gelug practices. I think Malcolm has answered it - the '4th empowerment'. I don't think Gelug believes in DI. Their practice do not depend o...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Whether one clings to the mistaken notion of existing phenomena, or to a mentally contrived generic image of emptiness, all of this is clinging to convention. Existence is not a mistaken notion, only inherent existence. The whole point of meditating on a generic image of emptiness is to stop clingi...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

For you and/or your lineage, perhaps. There are other methods which do not rely on analytical meditation. Fair enough. Well, emptiness is of course not even an object, much less an "absolute one." My words were meant to point to the "object of Madhyamaka analysis," which is the recognition of empti...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Analytical Meditation is a tool. Yes, but it's the principal method for realising emptiness (or any object of Buddhadharma for that matter) I disagree. The "object" to be realized is the absolute object, which is the Emptiness of Phenomena. There is no bifurcation into two realizations or two objec...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I've signed in for the first time in 3 or 4 years for this post, so, you know, I might respond on this thread, but then I sign out again..... 1. It's hard to do Tibetan Madhyamaka without sectarianism, but please try. Agreed, everyone should try. 3. The big point of difference - and what Mipham cri...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Jeff H wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:08 pm
That is why I’d like to hear more from FPMT Gelugpas here on DW… and much less sect/tradition bashing. That's my position as nearly as I can express it.
Thanks for your balanced approach. I think it's sad that there aren't more Gelugpas on DW and I think that sect/tradition bashing is pointless.
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Great, then please explain for us in what sense your interpretation of Gelugpa teachings are "traditional". The point being made here by others is that you represent a minority position not particularly consistent with the historic or contemporary Gelugpa mainstream. Rather than addressing that poi...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

now we are getting somewhere. We really aren't. Back to Dharma...... We are talking about the Dharma. We haven't left the topic. Something that can be observed in these recurring debates, TKPF, is that you're very happy bashing Dzogchen on the basis of Tsongkhapa's views (or rather, your reading of...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Mantrik wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:57 am
now we are getting somewhere.
We really aren't. Back to Dharma......

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by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5152

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

What is in fact a very unconventional thing, is to promote gyalpo practice, a practice which the many who posses the eyes of wisdom have spoken against. You see gyalpo, I see an emanation of Manjushri Je Tsongkhapa. Many who possess the eye of wisdom have spoken in favour of the practice. I could g...

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