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by aflatun
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Nagarjuna in China
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Nagarjuna in China

This one has been on my to do list for a very long time, and I likely won't get to it soon, but I look forward to your thoughts!
by aflatun
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2495

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

"Primordial state" is how ChNN translates the term "gzhi." "Gzhi" simply refer to something we have not realized. If there is some real primordial state, then how does it exist, in whom does it exist, and in what way does it exist, without falling into the four extremes. If it does not exist by way...
by aflatun
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Meido Moore Interview
Replies: 5
Views: 624

Re: Meido Moore Interview

Very nice, thank you for sharing this :heart:
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 6569

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:23 am
aflatun wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:05 am

But the cessation of, and the pursuit of the cessation of-affliction --> action --> suffering --> affliction- is meaningful, isn't it? Perhaps we're using the word "meaning" in different ways though.
The Dharma is meaningful. Life isn't.
Agreed :)
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 6569

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

This may be relevant here: I always recall a radio interview I translated for Kalu Rinpoche, my teacher, in Canada, in which the interviewer started off with the question: “Rinpoche, what is the meaning of life?” And I tried to translate this, and I quickly wound up tied up in knots because I could...
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 6569

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism. that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps. Life has no meaning because life by defi...
by aflatun
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 9952

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

The old woman most certainly had formal training. That is, she received guidance from Hakuin and put it into practice. "Formal training" simply means that one enters into relationship with a teacher, and does what one is directed to do...it is nothing more or less than this. If you are trying to fo...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 484
Views: 21410

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:04 pm


Actually, it should be required reading for all Buddhists in every school.
:good:
by aflatun
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is the new "Spread Mind" philosophy actually Buddhism?
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Is the new "Spread Mind" philosophy actually Buddhism?

I dunno but I love it. PS: His trip reminds me of Douglas Harding. For however carefully I attend, I fail to find here even so much as a blank screen on which they are reflected, or a transparent lens or aperture through which they are viewed – still less a soul or a mind to which they are presente...
by aflatun
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNN on presence
Replies: 72
Views: 4662

Re: ChNN on presence

In addition, the commentary on the Lanka states unequivocally that joy and bliss refer respectively to physical and mental bliss, as does the commentary on the Dasabhumika Sūtra, as does the commentary on the Abhidharmasammucaya, and as does Abhayakaragupta's Marmakaumudī. There are other Mahāyāna ...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNN on presence
Replies: 72
Views: 4662

Re: ChNN on presence

So I think what they're asking is, is this "hard jhana" with a concomitant black out at the five senses and lose of body awareness the kind of first dhyana that Rongzom is advocating? I think the Dārṣṭāntika (Sautrantika) opinion is the best. See the Abhidharmakośabhāṣyam, vol. 4 pp. 1229-1236. So ...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNN on presence
Replies: 72
Views: 4662

Re: ChNN on presence

... Perhaps part of what Marc and MiphamFan were getting at is the nature of the first dhyana as described by "hard jhana" Theravadins and Alan Wallace, (and the visuddhimagga): The five "external" senses cease, one cannot hear sounds, etc and there is no experience of the body whatsoever. It's min...
by aflatun
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shamatha/shine
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: Shamatha/shine

What is the difference between watching ones breath and using external object (like A for example) as ChNN teaches it? Is the method of ChNN faster to bring some realization of shine? Or is there no difference and it depends on persons capacity etc what is more suitable for them? What Vasana said. ...
by aflatun
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche Footage
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche Footage

Apologies if this has been posted before, but I think I'm in love...




:bow: :bow: :bow:
by aflatun
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 6569

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

It ends with the premise. In fact its over before the premise. Provisional meaning is possible. But it's, you know, provisional. Have you been buzzing around here all this time and missed the whole Madhyamika thing? Just to make sure I'm understanding you correctly: Are you saying the Madhyamaka re...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 11089

Re: Weed is now legal in California

I've heard that, and I think I believe it. For example Giovanni's pizzeria in Sunnyvale,CA is run by some Italian gents from my old haunts on Strwang Island...they clearly know what they're doing (open shirt collars, tons of chest hairs poking out at you, gold chains and maybe even slicked hair...l...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 11089

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Virgo wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:13 pm
I like dominos?

Kevin
Who doesn't? But only at desperate times (like 1 am :twothumbsup: )
by aflatun
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 11089

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Believe it not, but they did a test of bagels, using exact same production methods in NYC and in SF. The NYC bagels still tasted better. In the end, it was decided that the difference was the water used in the process. I've heard that, and I think I believe it. For example Giovanni's pizzeria in Su...
by aflatun
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 11089

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Pizza is Italian. Nah, it is as American as apple pie. And bagels. And hamburgers. And hot dogs. Totes. But that's one bad thing about California, or two. Pizza and bagels. Californians don't know shyte about pizza and bagels. I was recently back in NY and couldn't believe the level of pizza and ba...
by aflatun
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 11089

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:55 pm
Don't get a New Yorker started about pizza. Or bagels. Like the people, all came from somewhere else, but all are 100% New York.
Amen ! :good:

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