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by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

We disagree. It is not a question of agreement or disagreement, it is a question of basic definitions which come from Abhidharma. The question of whether space and cessations were existents was settled a thousand years before Tsongkhapa. The only way one can argue that space and cessations are exis...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

But cessations are existent phenomena... No, they are not. They do not arise from causes and conditions. Why? Because they do not arise. To be existent is to be conditioned. Neither space nor the two cessations are conditioned. We disagree. Not news really - I'm a student of Geluk teachers and you ...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Krodha is correct. Any entity entails dualism, and there are no truly existent entities with inherent existence. Agreed On the Path, Nirvana is taken as an object for a while but it is also empty ultimately. If things are unborn that means that they never had inherent existence in the first place. ...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

There is as far as the Geluk presentation is concerned, as stated before there are four. If they were not existents they would not be objects of knowledge and could not appear to the mind. Unconditioned phenomena cannot be direct objects of knowledge (i.e., objects of mind), they do not appear to t...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Different Bodhisattva Vows
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: The Different Bodhisattva Vows

From the article already linked to above by Ayu. Check this out: http://kagyuoffice.org/the-gyalwang-karmapa-teaches-on-two-traditions-of-taking-bodhisattva-vows-and-how-we-actually-receive-them/ . In The Ornament of Precious Liberation, Gampopa describes one lineage as stemming from noble Manjushr...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

There is the selfless: divided into two, non-existents, and existents. What is "the selfless"? All phenomena are selfless because they lack an essential nature. There is no entity called "the selfless" that is capable of being divided or remaining undivided. A synonym of 'non-existent' is 'non-phen...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

But cessations are existent phenomena... A cessation is merely an absence of a cause, and absence of arising, etc., if cessations are existent then they are conditioned by definition. You just cited the two forms of cessation below as unconditioned dharmas, which they are, therefore they are not co...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Different Bodhisattva Vows
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: The Different Bodhisattva Vows

I would like to know the various Bodhisattva vows taken in schools of Mahayana (Pureland, Tientai/Tendai, Nichiren, Chan/Zen/Seon/Thien) as well in Vajrayana (Sakya, Kagyu, Nyingma, Gelug, Shingon, Ari, Newar, Tangmi, Azhaliism). I think what he's talking about is that the vajrayana schools of the ...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

From the Gelug POV: “The horns of a rabbit do not inherently exist because they do not exist at all. The mere realization of their non-existence reveals that the horns of a rabbit do not inherently exist; therefore, the non-inherent existence of the horns of a rabbit is not an emptiness. An emptine...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 102
Views: 1642

Re: Rabbit's Horns

Yes it would be correct to say it [nirvana] does not exist. Not according to Madhyamaka. Overall, nirvāṇa is a cessation and cessations are not existent entities, so I would argue the fact that nirvāṇa lacks existence goes without saying. Then there is also the undeniable point that only conditione...
by Bristollad
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Dog's Tooth.
Replies: 41
Views: 721

Re: The Dog's Tooth.

Hiya magnus! Best to ask before making accusations, eh. Lama Zopa Rinpoche first shared this story with the members of the ‘Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition. https://sanaakosirickylee.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/a-hermit-and-a-monk-a-lesson-on-reciting-your-mantra/ Sorry Bob, it d...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 99
Views: 1445

Re: Random Thoughts

Dog people versus cat people. I like both but I am a dog person. And I don't trust people who don't like dogs. What kind of human doesn't like fluffy, adorable dogs? :stirthepot: Edit: Trump is the first US president to not have a dog. 'Ruff said. Agreed. Cats can be pets even friends but dogs are ...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 134
Views: 21737

Re: Word Association Game

begone
by Bristollad
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?

General question: what are ‘the five sins of instant retribution’? (In first quotation.) see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anantarika-karma 1. and 2. killing your parents 3. killing an arhat 4. maliciously shedding the blood of a buddha 5. causing a schism in the Sangha The effects are said to...
by Bristollad
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9458

Re: How to believe in rebirth

But the very idea of there being an Alaya-Vijñāna was rejected by some Buddhists, on account of it being too much like the ātman which Buddhists had already rejected. Since my teachers are Gelukpa, this includes me :twothumbsup: When my first teacher was introduced to the idea of an unconscious, he...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9458

Re: How to believe in rebirth

I understand the metaphor of the ‘passing of the torch’ but there’s still a torch passed. But that wasn't the metaphor invoked. The torch isn't passed. One torch lights another torch which lights another torch and so on. One moment of mind is the cause of another moment of mind which is the cause o...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 72
Views: 1967

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Or, we can simply drop the whole Buddhist schmu and look at it from a more modern, scientific point of view. Which is what I tried to offer. Yes, of course. I did not take a "dharmic" position in my critique above, but a position based on Western science and philosophy. I think this is a fair posit...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best political system for Dharma
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Best political system for Dharma

A system that avoids the extremes of authoritarianism because whilst the present despot may be a chakravartin, their offspring or chosen successors may be a Stalin or Prince John (Lackland). At this time only democracy has the checks and balances to avoid the worst extremes I think.
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 72
Views: 1967

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Postulating a mind (even an enlightened mind) that exists without a physical body is entirely baseless. What would such a mind do? Postulating that you can understand the mind by looking at the physical body is entirely ridiculous. (That's why the infamous blue brain project is a costly mistake.) T...
by Bristollad
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Death of Ven Geshe Damcho Yonten
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Death of Ven Geshe Damcho Yonten

For me, Geshe Damcho-la was my first teacher. Through him and the Centre, I met many incredible teachers whilst still just a teenager in the '80s. I've also heard that he was very supportive of the London FPMT centre when it was just getting started. Also, the first geshe there in London, Geshe Namg...