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by Bristollad
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Mod Approval on Disagreeing with Guru thread?
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: Mod Approval on Disagreeing with Guru thread?

That thread's on the Discovering Mahayana Buddhism sub-forum which has always been subject to moderation in my experience.
by Bristollad
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Religious freedom under attack in Australia
Replies: 39
Views: 776

Re: Religious freedom under attack in Australia

Perhaps a compromise would be that the seal of the confessional should be maintained but that the Church give guidance to priests that absolution should not be granted unless the person confessing such crimes revealed himself to the secular authorities as part of their penance. Perhaps this is alrea...
by Bristollad
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 2759

Re: Circumcision

From what I read and heard, also privately confirmed by mothers concerned with that question, is that mothers wish their sons to be able to present a dick as attractive as their husband's to their (future) spouses (and mother of their grandchildren). A circumcised penis is supposed to look a little...
by Bristollad
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5872

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

The view on emptiness has to be prasangika madhyamika as interpreted by Tsongkhapa. Without this, higher tantric practices are seen as useless. I've heard many times from Gelug teachers that one should have a mahayana understanding of emptiness in order to start the practice of tantra, at least con...
by Bristollad
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: My new neighbor
Replies: 32
Views: 1132

Re: My new neighbor

Your speculations remind me of a story my mother used to tell me, of how she was criticised and judged a slut by some of the women in the small village we lived in because another man came to stay a few times whilst my father was serving overseas for two years in the Royal Navy. That man was my uncl...
by Bristollad
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4662

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I wasn't precise enough, let me try to parse out the question. The Gelugpas say: The cup is not empty of its own [conventional] essence [as it appears to ordinary persons], but it is empty of having a truly established nature . (Anyen Rinpoche). This is a non-affirming negative. In other words, the...
by Bristollad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Looking for an authentic Mala necklace
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: Looking for an authentic Mala necklace

My mala that I’ve used for more than thirty years is like this one: https://garudashop.com/products/finest-natural-indian-raktu-seed-mala-with-beaded-tassle-8-mm I’ve had to restring it twice, waxed cord used for shoemaking seems to last well. The beads are now quite dark, but seem to put up with a ...
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: authorization
Replies: 27
Views: 1033

Re: authorization

Malcolm; Thank you. Of course monastic vows are administered (not conferred) by a teacher. And I won’t discuss so-called “secret” mantras or practices. Yes, the traditional way of taking refuge is before a teacher. But a sincere lay person who has studied the Dharma and undertaken the practice can ...
by Bristollad
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4662

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

It was actually a very specific question: How to Gelugpas deal with Mipham? His arguments are very specific, I assume their responses are also very specific. In my experience, the Gelug school doesn't deal with Mipham. He simply isn't studied at an institutional level. For individuals, some try to ...
by Bristollad
Fri May 25, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1801

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

i was taught at school that evolution is the 'survival of the fittest', but upon reflection, it seems to me that this is not the case. Many people including many teachers think this phrase means the survival of the strongest; that is incorrect. The fittest organism is the one that best fits its par...
by Bristollad
Thu May 24, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prajñāpāramitā and it's most influential commentaries.
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Prajñāpāramitā and it's most influential commentaries.

UMA-Tibet has some material for studying the Abhisamayalamkara:
http://www.uma-tibet.org/index-2.html#
by Bristollad
Tue May 22, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: John Iadarola Goes "True North"
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: John Iadarola Goes "True North"

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by Bristollad
Mon May 14, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does karma work in Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 18
Views: 833

Re: How does karma work in Mahayana Buddhism?

karma is intentional action. Its often loosely used to describe the results and fruits of intentional action too.
by Bristollad
Mon May 14, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 1237

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

(1) That statement (that two truths = two ways of viewing) amounts to the idea that only awakened beings have the capacity for accessing the ultimate truth whereas according to Geluk, even ordinary beings have a way of accessing it, even if only conceptually? So the two ways can't be sharply deline...
by Bristollad
Sun May 13, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 1237

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

What are you quoting that says there are truly existent and apparently existent phenomena? It was this passage: “All Buddhist tenet holders assert that whatever exists must be either a conventional or an ultimate truth, and that there is nothing which is both. Thus, conventional and ultimate truths...
by Bristollad
Fri May 11, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 1237

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

The difference between Gelug and non-Gelug seems to be that the former proposes that beings may hold two "cognitions" about a dharma (Conventional and Absolute) at the same time, while the other schools propose that these two "cognitions" cannot be held at the same time; that the two "cognitions" a...
by Bristollad
Fri May 11, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 1237

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

Thus, conventional and ultimate truths do not refer to ideas or perspectives, nor to two levels of reality or truths; they refer to the phenomena themselves. That strikes me as wrong. It says there are two classes of phenomena, the 'truly existent' and the 'apparently existent'. But all phenomena a...
by Bristollad
Fri May 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 1237

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

This section from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy seems to touch on why this perspective (two ways of looking at one object) is regarded as incorrect in Gelug but is held to be correct by other Tibetan schools: While Gelug thus distances itself from the subjective division of the two truths,...
by Bristollad
Fri May 11, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 1237

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

Doing a quick web search, your quote seems to come from here:

http://tushita.info/doc/The%20Four%20Te ... ited).docx

From the introduction to the Sautrantika tenets. Oops, no from the intro to the two lower tenet systems.

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