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by Bristollad
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 11
Views: 187

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I found these transcripts of Lama Yeshe valuable:
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available from https://www.lamayeshe.com/

Also this video from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche: What is Dharma Practice is clear and beautiful.

by Bristollad
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: New Book by Lama Yeshe: Mahamudra
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: New Book by Lama Yeshe: Mahamudra

It's going on my Christmas wishlist...
by Bristollad
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Robert Thurman: Universe, Zeroverse, Buddhaverse
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Robert Thurman: Universe, Zeroverse, Buddhaverse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUXnycMe8oU nice one "As we are noticing very vividly nowadays, even the President of the United States cannot convince the rest of the world that he is more important than them. Hard as he tries." "That's all I want to share, really" he says at 3min 45 - cure brevit...
by Bristollad
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to REALLY Relax
Replies: 21
Views: 628

Re: How to REALLY Relax

When I used to get really stressed at University, I would go hill-walking. The height of the hill or getting to the top wasn't too important but getting out under a big sky and sitting quietly for a while listening to the skylarks and lapwings used to allow me fully relax and then make the choice to...
by Bristollad
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are humans forever?
Replies: 9
Views: 378

Re: Are humans forever?

I’ve always regarded the 6 realms as decriptions of levels of afflictions, capacity and freedom to practise etc. As such describing someone as being in the human realm is not necessarily referring to an specific set of apes who happen to have evolved on a particular planet orbiting a particular star...
by Bristollad
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

You seem to think the only authentic pure Ford is a prototype Model T that Henry himself made by hand. I think a 2019 Mustang GT is every bit as pure a Ford as a Model T—and a lot more fun to drive! It is either Dharma or it isn't, whether it comes from a terma discovered behind a toilet in Kalimpo...
by Bristollad
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

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 Bristollad
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Ya know, the whole point of the precious human rebirth teaching is to make the point that we have access to teachings that are alive and fully capable of leading us to enlightenment in this life. So I f you guys want to dismiss that idea by saying all the teachings we have are impure I think you’re...
by Bristollad
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Memory - improvement techniques
Replies: 13
Views: 427

Re: Memory - improvement techniques

Many people find that it can be beneficial to combine your memorisation with physical activity - Tibetan monks pace up and down whilst reciting a text out loud when memorising. I also have a terrible memory but I managed to memorise my daily prayers by recording them into an mp3 file which I would t...
by Bristollad
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Actually, I've heard it said that the Buddha himself made the Dharma impure - the pure Dharma is not capable of being shared. Even what was first taught was simply a finger pointing at the moon, a raft to the other side because we are not able to experience the other side without being there for our...
by Bristollad
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Ananda did, apparently. We have to trust the transmission. Actually, Ananda did not hear all the teachings at the time they were given - for instance Buddha's first teaching. He had to rely on the memory of others discussing that teaching, fortunately one of the 5 original ascetics was there at the...
by Bristollad
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

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 aw...
by Bristollad
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I once heard the previous Kalu R say that he saw all the monks and nuns as arhats. Guess he was able to see the purity of the Dharma present even in their lowly Shravakayana level vows. And do you see all monks and nuns as arhats? Do you think you should pretend you do because he saw them that way?
by Bristollad
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Good question. Don’t assume there is no answer. Do the guru yoga practice and see if the answer comes to you. It's a rhetorical question actually. And yes, guru yoga is part of my practice. It does have an answer. Actually it has several answers, depending on who’s doing the answering. So you might...
by Bristollad
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

It sounds like you are saying, indirectly, that Buddhas cannot help all living beings because they cannot appear as Spiritual Guides. No. That’s your own thought. How do you know that these flesh and blood teachers are not enlightened, just because they appear as ordinary? This would imply that the...
by Bristollad
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

The teachings we have are mediated by teachers who are not fully enlightened, how can these then be pure? Good question. Don’t assume there is no answer. Do the guru yoga practice and see if the answer comes to you. It's a rhetorical question actually. And yes, guru yoga is part of my practice.
by Bristollad
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

If appearances are deceptive, our minds unrealible and faulty then whatever behaviour appears are our projections and so there is nothing to check...meanwhile students are abused, teachers become addicts and the Dharma falls into disrepute Generally our perceptions are faulty (mistaken) but not com...
by Bristollad
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

appearances are deceptive and our own opinions are unreliable' our Guru will appear to have faults but we understand these to be the projections of a faulty mind If a Guru engages in misconduct, we can use the Dharma to judge whether their actions are correct or not. If appearances are deceptive, o...
by Bristollad
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2128

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Is purity possible whilst we are in samsara? As suffering sentient beings, our every motivation is mixed with the 3 poisons. For instance, we listen to the Dharma because we want to increase our understanding of the path, to provide support for our practise of meditation and subsequent realisations ...
by Bristollad
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Path of Joining and Emptiness
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Path of Joining and Emptiness

This is covered in Chapter 1, topic 3 of the Exalted Knower of All Aspects: Mahayana Path of Preparation in the Abhisamayalamkara . From course notes: On the Mahayana path of accumulation of those of definite Mahayana lineage: there is a fully qualified application in complete aspects and wisdoms ar...

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