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by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is permanent in mahayana?
Replies: 18
Views: 391

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: 2551

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: 2551

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: 2551

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: 2551

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: 2551

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: 1779

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: 1779

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: 2551

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: 1779

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: 1779

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...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Because all dharma are compounded. Sure, so that means that all Dharmas depend. Purity is also then a dependent quality and it depends upon certain criteria. A dependently arising phenomenon based on dependently arising cause and conditions. Doesn't really sound like something you can rely on. Budd...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

But we don't have the pure dharma of Shakyamuni Buddha, what we have is the flavoured Dharma - flavoured by the languages which are or were used to propagate it: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Japanese, Gandhari etc.. Flavoured by the teachers who have kindly adapted it to the needs of their students, fl...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Why then is it so difficult to accept the idea of spiritual purity - that pure Buddhist teachings are the teachings of Buddha with nothing added and nothing taken away? Because all dharma are compounded. Sure, so that means that all Dharmas depend. Purity is also then a dependent quality and it dep...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 1779

Re: Is lineage enough?

There are a number of traditional texts that deal with how to examine a potential Vajra Guru. Words of My Perfect Teacher has a good chapter on this 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...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

What is the definition of pure? something that is unmixed with anything else. For example, pure water is water without any additives. Why then is it so difficult to accept the idea of spiritual purity - that pure Buddhist teachings are the teachings of Buddha with nothing added and nothing taken awa...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

passel wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:44 pm
Purity is just an assertion, right?
But not without a foundation. As I explained in a previous post, purity has to have a valid basis of imputation; we can't just assert purity randomly. It can only be asserted in dependence upon certain criteria.
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

In general, we need a good motivation to create good karma, but due to the power of the Three Jewels, simply beholding Buddha's image is a cause of liberation, even if you look at it with an angry mind. This benefit comes because of the power and purity of the object Would you please describe the p...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Yes, true, so paradoxically we need to find a valid Teacher to start with who can give us valid teachings so that we can develop wisdom. I guess if we find the wrong teacher then we might end up like Angulimala, if we have no innate wisdom from previous lives. What is innate wisdom in your view? If...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2551

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Nihilistic? I might as well say, you sound as if you think there is a truly existent pureness. Yes, Shakyamuni Buddha is a pure teacher, the teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha are pure teachings. As for the flesh and blood teachers we have with us now: there are good teachers, effective teachers, h...

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