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by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 102
Views: 8524

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: 587

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: 13134

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: 13134

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: 13134

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: 13134

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: 13134

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: 1957

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: 3083

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: 242

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: 1561

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: 1561

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: 1561

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: 1561

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: 3835

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: 1561

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: 760

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: 3483

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: 3483

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: 3483

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...

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