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by Bristollad
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 687

Re: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?

I know it’s a tradition, but I guess I was wondering more If the vinaya texts themselves say they should only be read. You cite those books with the note at the beginning. But I don’t think that is exactly the same. Either way, if there is agreement that lay people shouldn’t study vinaya, then a se...
by Bristollad
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 687

Re: Lay people studying vinaya

I was actually going to ask this on this site later on, but now this thread started I will ask now, because I think it is relevant to if there is a forum about monastic life. I grew up having heard that lay people shouldn't study vinaya. But now that I'm an adult I discover that so much commonly kn...
by Bristollad
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Waiting time to cremate after passing away?
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: Waiting time to cremate after passing away?

Lama Zopa recommends waiting at least 3 days and preferably until you see signs that the mind has left the body. See chapter 25 of https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/deat/How_to_Help_Your_Loved_Ones_Enjoy_Death_and_Go_Happily_to_Their_Next_Rebirth.pdf Briefly, the signs the mind has left body are: ...
by Bristollad
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3135

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Once what EBT are like is settled, And there's the rub...how do you choose the features that identify an "early" text. Material arranged in such a way as to be easy to recite and memorise does not make it an early text, it only makes it material arranged to be easy to recite and memorise. Shantidev...
by Bristollad
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3135

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

yeah I know I learned that from you and my life changed ..think about it..it's like the wizard of OZ and the wizard is not even there it's a hologram. So why do we use Lord Sakyamuni in all our teachings and like as if He really is doing this stuff...so like it's like we are just reloading the matr...
by Bristollad
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: For Caoimhghin on the Bodhisattva stages in Lanka
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: For Caoimhghin on the Bodhisattva stages in Lanka

I agree with Caoimhghín, that quote presumes a lot of previous study and makes no sense without a commentary.
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Some Quotes And An Arrivederci
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: Some Quotes And An Arrivederci

:smile: After being stuck in Italy for a year, I'm making the journey in the other direction. It will be good to see my daughter again - after a period of quarantine of course! The summer heat in Tuscany gets too much for me. Enjoy your vacation, Simon. :twothumbsup:
by Bristollad
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on personality traits
Replies: 41
Views: 609

Re: Zen on personality traits

I think some of what we think of as our personality has a basis in our past karma but some responses are definitely learned in this life. For instance, as a child, I was terrified of wasps. I recognised their distinctive buzz 4 or 5 metres away. As I got older I began to wonder why since I had never...
by Bristollad
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Puja for lung disorder
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Puja for lung disorder

If you ask Kopan monastery to do a puja, it is possible to request a mo first to determine which prayers would be especially beneficial.

https://kopanmonastery.com/prayers-puja ... bservation
by Bristollad
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10647

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

the dharma practiced by tantrikas is oriented to the stubborn ones, those who became too passionate to understand by means of the renounciation way. Tsongkhapa disagrees. Some say, “Mantra was propounded for the sake of taming desirous trainees, and the Perfection Vehicle for the sake of training t...
by Bristollad
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10647

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

the dharma practiced by tantrikas is oriented to the stubborn ones, those who became too passionate to understand by means of the renounciation way. Tsongkhapa disagrees. .. • and because among the trainees of the Mantra Vehicle there also are many who have abandoned attachment to the attributes of...
by Bristollad
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan nomad term
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Tibetan nomad term

Reading the autobiography of Geshe Jampa Gyatso, he mentions a particular animal: "There is another animal that is called para, which is small and can kill a yak. The large ones kill them by entering the yak's intestine through the anus, and then, once they are inside, eating away at the yak; while ...
by Bristollad
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10647

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

the dharma practiced by tantrikas is oriented to the stubborn ones, those who became too passionate to understand by means of the renounciation way. Tsongkhapa disagrees. Some say, “Mantra was propounded for the sake of taming desirous trainees, and the Perfection Vehicle for the sake of training t...
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 1038

Re: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism

I just want to say that philosophy fulfills, and at the time of Nagarajuna, all the more, an exclusively social role. I think you are incorrect. As of yet, you have not given any reasonable explanation why your statements might be correct. But I guess, if you consider yourself a “hermit yogi” who d...
by Bristollad
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 1038

Re: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism

Viach, I think you are conflating academic study with philosophical inquiry. This is a mistake IMO. Your view that practitioners such as Nagarjuna only wrote treatises because they needed to earn a wage, or because they felt a “social burden” negates that they taught because of their kindness and co...
by Bristollad
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 1038

Re: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism

Because the Buddha said not to believe his words apriori. Do you suggest not to believe these words too? Where did I say not to believe what the Buddha taught? What I asked was how do you know that primary sources are only "the reference description of the standard experience", that they "are a gui...
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 1038

Re: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism

And you know this because...
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10647

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

are you suggesting all the tantric practitioners on here are necessarily bodhisattvas on the 10th bhumi of the path of meditation? :rolling: I'm suggesting that the rhetoric of tantric empowerment is that it is often described as starting with the abhiṣeka of the Buddhas of the ten directions that ...
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10647

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Just to add an interesting point: in the traditional Tibetan narrative, Shakyamuni Buddha is said to have not entered the Vajrayana path until he was a bodhisattva on the 10th Bhumi. Of course. That's where Tantra starts, isn't it? "You fuse the path with the result," is the usual slogan. No, that'...
by Bristollad
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10647

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Just to add an interesting point: in the traditional Tibetan narrative, Shakyamuni Buddha is said to have not entered the Vajrayana path until he was a bodhisattva on the 10th Bhumi.

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