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by sherabpa
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 20502

Re: The DJKR Topic

Discuss your view of DJKR. I have never met him but I find it refreshing that there is a Tibetan Lama who does not take seriously concepts like 'rape culture' and 'patriarchy'. These are political concepts, grounded in a strand of postmodern thought originating in the 1970's and 80's unknown to the...
by sherabpa
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 26455

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Milarepa's encounter with Dzogchen is a cautionary tale for all would-be simultaneists!
by sherabpa
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 7298

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Vibhuticandra says much the same thing in his commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra : With respect to the traces of emptiness, since ṡrāvakas and so on cannot bear the fact that all phenomena are empty, it is said they are liberated solely through seeing four truths of nobles. Since they obtain freedo...
by sherabpa
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 37
Views: 4922

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

For bodhisattvas who are beginners, which basically means the vast majority of us, the main practice, the main bodhisattva training, and the maintaining of the bodhisattva vow, means simply: abandoning the ten non virtues. This is according to the scriptures. Anything to do with getting involved in ...
by sherabpa
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: What is the Sakya assertion of how conventional phenomena exists?
Replies: 1
Views: 468

Re: What is the Sakya assertion of how conventional phenomena exists?

Ultimately, C. Conventionally, yogins see things as 'like' illusions, while ordinary people see them as real. This is just as Shantideva and the Indian madhyamakas understood it.
by sherabpa
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Does Karmapa return to Rumtek soon?
Replies: 48
Views: 5481

Re: Does Karmapa return to Rumtek soon?

Here is a recent, impartial assessment of the general Indo-China situation, with reference to the Karmapa issue, from IDSA, an Indian think tank: http://www.css.ethz.ch/en/services/digi ... e5d54dc8e1
by sherabpa
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is terma?
Replies: 16
Views: 2409

Re: What is terma?

I have no idea if Shakyamuni Buddha mentioned terma, but the appearance of Guru Padmasambhava was prophesied many times in various sutras. According to my teacher, since sutras such as the Perfection of Wisdom were hidden and protected by the nagas, they are a type of terma. The mode of transmissio...
by sherabpa
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is terma?
Replies: 16
Views: 2409

Re: What is terma?

Was? I only knew the prophecies about the next Buddha, Maitreya, but I didnt knew prophecies regarding Guru Padmasambhava. Can anyone say somthing more about that? Its an interesting topic. I have heard it said many times that Buddha prophesied Guru Padma at Kushinagara but I have never seen a scri...
by sherabpa
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Samayasattva/Jnanasattva
Replies: 34
Views: 4194

Re: Samayasattva/Jnanasattva

A Buddhas appearances are wisdom. Sure. But I thought appearances have ended for Buddhas, no? I thought that "appearance" implies a duality between the wisdom itself and the appearance of that wisdom. Or are these "path appearances" something asserted by everyone aside from the guy on the path of B...
by sherabpa
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

No one disputed that this was his opinion. There's no source for Longchenpa being a gzhan stong pa, since he championed Prasanga Madhyamaka to be the definitive sūtra view in numerous places. That's why it would be interesting to see why Kongtrul thought differently--if he actually did. So it was i...
by sherabpa
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

dri med 'od zer: This is the name of Longchen Rabjampa, whom Jamgon Kongtrul counts as a major Shentongpa in his TOK (Treasury of Knowledge) too"
Lest there be any lingering doubt.
by sherabpa
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

Actually, Malcolm's critiques are more or less in line with those of Ju Mipham, who was a student of Kongtrul. Mipham rejects affirming negations and considers Longchenpa a Prasangika who likewise upholds the supremacy of non-affirming negations. Mipham's critiques are often squarely leveled at how...
by sherabpa
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

Malcolm wrote:
sherabpa wrote: I'm saying that your knowledge of zhentong is autodidactic.
Well, in fact your presumption is as false as your dissembling is outrageous.
Then I take the presumption back, my bad.
by sherabpa
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

Having a direct experience trumps all philosophical constructs. In his commentary to the Uttaratantrashastra, Kongtrul identifies the transmission lineage as 'the lineage of direct experience' as juxtaposed to the 'lineage of inferential reasoning'. I think we have been disputing whether the former...
by sherabpa
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

Ok, it is really outrageous for you to claim that I "stole" my knowledge. Just who the hell do you think you are? It says knowledge gained without a teacher is not worthy of respect. Nobody is accusing anyone of stealing anything. I'm quoting Sapan. I'm saying that your knowledge of zhentong is aut...
by sherabpa
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

gzhan stong is merely concerned with explicating the teachings of the Uttaratantra Something I never claimed. The intensity of your bluster is increasing. Whatever, I know the zhentong I received from my own teachers. I don't need autodidacts to tell me what it is. As Sapan rightly says: A false no...
by sherabpa
Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

There's no source for Longchenpa being a gzhan stong pa, since he championed Prasanga Madhyamaka to be the definitive sūtra view in numerous places. That's why it would be interesting to see why Kongtrul thought differently--if he actually did. Of course he did. I didn't make it up. The texts where...
by sherabpa
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

Also, it is very important to remember that the Palpung version of gzhan stong was drawn from Jonang, via the Kathok master, Rigzin Tsewang, who then conferred the teaching on Situ Panchen, and it is this direct lineage that Kongtrul is heir. The whole gzhan stong project, beginning with Tshan Khaw...
by sherabpa
Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

I'm in the process of reading "When Clouds Part", which is largely focused on the Uttaratantra. So my posts may give that impression for the next bit of time. Your discussion with sherabpa is separate. I will probably end up reading it now... I reread what Brunnholzl said about zhentong in the Cent...
by sherabpa
Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 21573

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

Right, but in every single presentation of gzhan stong, the distinguishing explanation is based on a presentation of the three natures basically unique to the gzhan stong school. is demonstrably false, which it is. It is not false. For example, Tshan Kawoche's gzhan stong lta khrid in the gdams nga...