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by Bristollad
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

So, you are restricting yourself to Ngawang Palden's word commentary. That limits what you will understand from this text. It is not a scholarly approach - the oral tradition of explanation goes hand in hand with the written commentaries and is all about practice. Why do hearer arhats have to or not...
by Bristollad
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

... However, in the Abhisamayalamkara, it is made clear that someone who is an arhat who enters the Mahayana path takes longer to become fully enlightened than one who enters the Mahayana path directly. Why? Because even an arhat who enters the Mahayana path before they die in that same life has th...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

I don't understand how your response is related to my post. Is this whole text relevant or can you specify what in this text you consider to be relevant. It's all directly related and relevant to your post. You seemed to be questioning what is taught in the Abhisamayalamkara concerning the realisat...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

I don't understand how your response is related to my post. Is this whole text relevant or can you specify what in this text you consider to be relevant. It's all directly related and relevant to your post. You seemed to be questioning what is taught in the Abhisamayalamkara concerning the realisat...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Venerable Kelsang Wangmo reports "that Bodhisattvas who have attained the wisdom directly realizing emptiness are not necessarily Arya Bodhisattvas, for there are Bodhisattvas on the Mahayana path of accumulation or preparation who have attained the wisdom that directly realizes emptiness because t...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Thank you, that is a very interesting point. I think tho that many of those conjetures are still based on sectarianism. Those tendencies of the arhat to meditate more and to observe the precepts and follow the eightfold path wouln´t help him to purify his karma, develop his wisdom and perfect the p...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Does that refer to traditional Gelug studies? I think so. I actually prefer Arya Vimuktisena over Haribhadra and - that might be the 'Mongolian geshe' ??? - Ngag-wang-pal-dan’s "Explanation of the Treatise ORNAMENT FOR THE CLEAR REALIZATIONS" (see https://uma-tibet.org/) Yes, this is how it's studi...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

It's complicated because when it's studied, we normally have 3 texts - (1) the root verses (2) the root verses interspersed with Haribhadra's short commentary (not the long or the very short one) and with Gyaltsab Je's commentary to Haribhadra and (3) Jetsunpa's General Meaning commentary giving th...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Review notes from when I was studying this topic: Sutra passages proving that there is only one final vehicle The following sutra passages explain that there is only one final vehicle 1. The Descent into Lanka (Lankavatara) Sutra says: “Mahamati, those of the hearer vehicle are not liberated by the...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Huifeng is commenting based on the idea that there are three final paths. In Tibet, only the Chittamatrins amongst the Mahayana tenet holders, are said to hold that position. The Abhisamayalamkara, one of five texts of Maitreya, holds that though there are indeed three paths, there is only one fina...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

it is made clear that someone who is an arhat who enters the Mahayana path takes longer to become fully enlightened than one who enters the Mahayana path directly. Why? Because even an arhat who enters the Mahayana path before they die in that same life has the habit to enter meditative equipoise f...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1830

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Huifeng is commenting based on the idea that there are three final paths. In Tibet, only the Chittamatrins amongst the Mahayana tenet holders, are said to hold that position. The Abhisamayalamkara, one of five texts of Maitreya, holds that though there are indeed three paths, there is only one final...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 92
Views: 2909

Re: Hong Kong.

I think so. You'll notice that Canada's transition from British rule was actually rather gradual and peaceful, perhaps because of a more patient temperament on both sides, and we remain a Commonwealth country to this day. More patient temperament ... so what about the Malvinas? (Falkland Islands if...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: First words of Buddha after enligghtenment
Replies: 7
Views: 3495

Re: First words of Buddha after enligghtenment

Giri wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:55 am
so officially those were the first words.
According to which scripture of which tradition?
by Bristollad
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difficulty Leaving the House
Replies: 27
Views: 963

Re: Difficulty Leaving the House

Okay, contacted my old therapist. We will see if they have openings. Fingers crossed! Thank you all for the replies so far. I have been working with mental health professionals for over 25 years. I am considering changing up the team to be more targeted about anxiety issues, but in the meantime I a...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches
Replies: 61
Views: 1781

Re: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches

ངོ་བོ་ཉིད་སྐུ་ Berzin Defi­nitions (1) In the Gelug non-Kalachakra system, the voidness of a Buddha's omniscient mind and its state of being parted from the two sets of obscurations. (2) In the Gelug Kalachakra system, the blissful awareness aspect of a Buddha's omniscient mind. (3) In the Non-Gelu...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difficulty Leaving the House
Replies: 27
Views: 963

Re: Difficulty Leaving the House

Are you receiving help from mental health specialists? If so, this seems something to take up with them. If not, perhaps you should consider contacting mental health services to get some help. It sounds like like you are subject to some anxiety problems, and in my personal experience these are hard ...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches
Replies: 61
Views: 1781

Re: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches

Duckworth lays this out in his Tibetan Philosophy of Mind and Nature. Phenomenology means the study of consciousness from a first person point of view-- how it appears. Ontology refers to how things are: empty. I think this is just his way of reconciling the relative nature of Cittamatra and the ul...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches
Replies: 61
Views: 1781

Re: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches

In regards to ontology and phenomenology, hermeneutics etc., In English, these terms help us to greatly appreciate and understand the nuances of Madhyamaka. Not for me. I think those who have read and studied Western traditions of philosophy find it useful. For me, it simply adds another set of tec...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches
Replies: 61
Views: 1781

Re: Two Models of the Two Truths: Ontologicaland Phenomenological Approaches

In regards to ontology and phenomenology, hermeneutics etc., In English, these terms help us to greatly appreciate and understand the nuances of Madhyamaka. Not for me. I think those who have read and studied Western traditions of philosophy find it useful. For me, it simply adds another set of tech...

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