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by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Defining conventional and ultimate refuge in terms of each of the three jewels
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Defining conventional and ultimate refuge in terms of each of the three jewels

The ultimate refuge can only be the realisation of ultimate truth in our own mental continuum that leads to different levels of true cessation until we attain the final true cessation of very subtle obstructions to omniscience. This is the Union of no more learning or Buddhahood. Therefore I would s...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 36187

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

The real teachings are timeless. The problem is the organization of it. The teachings were never meant to be organized. There is no structure that can contain it. None. It is inherently free of that. This is what so many fail to understand. The teachings were meant to be organised because we need t...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Vows after Death
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Tantric Vows after Death

Failing to take a meritorious action does not affect people harmfully in the sense of vipaka in future lives. I don't know what vipaka means but your karma depends on YOUR intention. If you promise to attain enlightenment sincerely and do not act in accordance with your promise or even give up your...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Vows after Death
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Tantric Vows after Death

. it does not make sense that the stopping of a Buddhist practice should cause any harm to the sentient being. It's actually does, depending on the vows taken. If you make a promise to achieve enlightenment to benefit all living beings and then you change your mind, that affects all living beings. ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why samsara exists
Replies: 23
Views: 1045

Re: Why samsara exists

Hello, can anyone explain me, why samsara exists? Why we are unperfect and imprisoned in samsara? Is it some kind of punishment? I know that we are in samsara because of our karma, but why samsaric system generally exists? Thank you, Arcturus The word samsara is Sanskrit, and means cycle of contami...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

I'm still confused. The mind and emptiness are a single entity, but that doesn't mean it is the mind's sole characteristic, or that emptiness is equivalent to everything else about the mind. For example, earlier you said that clarity and emptiness are isolates of the mind, so obviously they are a s...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

I'm still confused. The mind and emptiness are a single entity, but that doesn't mean it is the mind's sole characteristic, or that emptiness is equivalent to everything else about the mind. For example, earlier you said that clarity and emptiness are isolates of the mind, so obviously they are a s...
by Tsongkhapafan
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

The mind and it's emptiness together are one entity, inseparable, just as space and the characteristic of space are not two separate entities, whereas clothe and its dye are not one entity and not inseparable. The Mahasiddha Virupa observed, the sole difference between space and the mind is that a ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

The emptiness aspect of the mind is its dharmatā, no more separate from the mind than wetness is from water. Emptiness is not something separate from the mind. Are you saying that mind and emptiness are the same then? If you answer "no" then we agree. Where is emptiness, aside from the mind? Can yo...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

For as long time as you maintain this idea, you will be as far from Buddhahood as the earth is from the sky. I don't understand. From what I understand, Tsongkhapafan is saying that emptiness and appearance are two isolates of the same entity rather than being literally identical. I thought that wa...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Even insects know what lack of obstructive contact is. For example, an insect will walk across a table as long as it can sense the obstructive contact of the table’s surface, but will turn back when it reaches the edge of the table where the obstructive contact ceases. It seems that the insect know...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Emptiness is the very nature of the mind itself, but it is not mind, thus there is a non-deluded duality or nominal distinction between mind and emptiness. . For as long time as you maintain this idea, you will be as far from Buddhahood as the earth is from the sky. The non-deluded duality of mind ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Not according to classical Abhidharma. But forget that for the moment, and just contemplate that your example is merely metaphoric--this "lack of obstructive contact" is only a perception. The relative lack of solidity that allows for unimpeded movement is conditioned space, mixed with gases, micro...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

A for the first, no, the unconditioned cannot be a direct object of the mind. Mind is conditioned. You are confusing conditioned space (space as a cavity) with unconditioned space (space as absence of obstruction). The latter space permeates the hand that is waving. The hands waves in conditioned s...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

That "empty space" is not empty. Your perception of it is faulty. When you wave your hand, you displace gases, etc. There is no true "absence of obstruction" in this example, though the medium through which you move your arm is less dense than, say, water. Your example is also an inference, as you ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

How could the unconditioned be an object of the mind? How could it not? if it is not, it is unknowable and unrealisable. The unconditioned cannot be a direct object of the mind. It can only be inferred by the mind. Unconditioned space is an absence of obstruction. It cannot be directly perceived. C...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Tsongkhapafan wrote:Emptiness is unconditioned as well as being an object of mind and the true nature of all phenomena.
How could the unconditioned be an object of the mind?
How could it not? if it is not, it is unknowable and unrealisable.
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Can you explain a bit more though about an earlier post you did were you said realization and actualization of clear light mind is close to enlightenment but there is more still to do. Buddha said if you realise your own mind, you will become a Buddha. You should not seek Buddhahood elsewhere What ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

According to Malcolm in this thread: (1) emptiness is unconditioned (2) emptiness is not really an object, it is a state of things. But (3) Malcolm had in other threads spoken of emptiness as dependent arising (reference: Nagarjuna). And, (4) it is often said, emptiness itself is empty. (The emptin...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5054

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Emptiness is unconditioned as well as being an object of mind and the true nature of all phenomena.