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by SonamTashi
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra

Jamgon Kongtrul refers to a Tibetan version of the Kṣitigarbha Sūtra in The Torch of Certainty (page 34, with the Tibetan title on page 50 n. 14). The title is given as: 'Phags-pa sa'i snying-po'i mtshan brgya-rtsa-brgyad gzung-shags dang bcas-pa
by SonamTashi
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 694

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

Speaking from experience, missionary activities straight up just do not work. Imo, missionary work would be one of the quickest. Ways to hurt the dharma. No one likes a missionary. One of the things Buddhism has going for it in the West is not being pushy.
by SonamTashi
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Looking for a teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: Looking for a teacher

You should probably find a local Jodo Shinshu temple. There are two main Jodo Shinshu organizations. Nishi Honganji (more widespread): http://www.hongwanji.or.jp/english/activity/temple.html Higashi Honganji: http://www.higashihonganji.or.jp/english/Links/ Or you could look on here: http://www.buddh...
by SonamTashi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 852

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

If I understand correctly, you're specifically asking about esoteric practices like tummo. As I said previously, Buddhadharma is only dangerous if misunderstood or improperly practiced. As such, especially in regards to something like tummo, it is necessary to learn from an authentic teacher in orde...
by SonamTashi
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 77
Views: 4496

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

Also it is now unequivocally true that the Sanskrit Heart Sutra is a translation from the Chinese. Unfortunately my most recent peer-reviewed article is not quite in print - but it is all finished and signed off on. I will happily send copies to anyone who is interested as soon as possible. The abs...
by SonamTashi
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 852

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

I think the only danger is misunderstanding. The fear that the Dalai Lama describes the person having sounds a lot like a common thing that happens when people misunderstand emptiness in a nihilistic sense. When emptiness is properly understood, it isn't something to be feared.
by SonamTashi
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith

Pure Lands/Pure Land Buddhism are/is basically the cosmological backbone of Mahayana Buddhism, so saying it isn't authentically Buddhist frankly doesn't make much sense. Amitabha and his Pure Land are mentioned in hundreds of Mahayana sutras. That would take an insane amount of effort for someone to...
by SonamTashi
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Lotus Sutra translation
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: New Ltus Sutra translation

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:38 pm
SonamTashi wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:33 pm

I'm more interested in the Tibetan version anyway.
There are many corrections made upon the Tibetan translation in this rendition by PAR. He is one of the world's top translators, and also, couldn't be a nicer person.
:twothumbsup:
by SonamTashi
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Lotus Sutra translation
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: New Ltus Sutra translation

Thanks for posting this. I've got a translation I haven't read yet, but I think I'll read this instead. The translation I have has some strange translation choices-- maybe not technically wrong, just strange and maybe a little clunky. Things like "perviousnesses" for defilements, "absolute-beingness...
by SonamTashi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4165

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Pure land teachings are not a quick path. Is there some explanation why certain Dzogchen/Mahamudra masters like Karma Chagme aspire for Sukhavati (he says the Sukhavati aspiration is his root practice), while describing the interval to buddhahood there as infinite? We were talking about it in this ...
by SonamTashi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4165

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Finally, we live in a degenerate era. No one can achieve awakening through any common Mahāyāna practice such as the six perfections, Chan, Zen, Pure Land practice, etc., in these times. Why? We are too afflicted. But in this degenerate era, we are also more intelligent, so Vajrayāna is also more su...
by SonamTashi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1299

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

It reads nicely but does not name names and provide examples I guess I'm supposed to fill in the blanks with my own projections? It is a very nice article, and it is needed, but I do think its weakness is that it is vague enough to be possible for many in its target audience to place their own proj...
by SonamTashi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Enquiry about UBNU United Buddhist Nations University of organization UBNO
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: Enquiry about UBNU United Buddhist Nations University of organization UBNO

I looked this up H.E. Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha :shrug: Let me break down the name for you H.E. - His Excellency - This shows Mana or pride. No matter what Buddhist text you follow Abhidharma or Theravada, it will teach that arrogance and pride are illnesses of the mind Maitreya - Is the rein...
by SonamTashi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Tashi Gyepa
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Tashi Gyepa

This is from a sutra where Shakyamuni Buddha tells people to recite the names of these eight Sugata's, the names of the eight Bodhisattvas and remember the eight gods mentioned in order to eliminate problems. So there could well be a thangka or a depiction of some sort. All the teaching I have hear...
by SonamTashi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tibetan names
Replies: 106
Views: 62313

Re: Tibetan names

Is my name misspelled in transliteration? I got the idea in my head that it should more properly be Mönlam Tarchin instead. Thanks for any help! Mönlam Tarchin is probably more proper, but I don't think it really makes much of a difference and is maybe easier for an English speaker to readily prono...
by SonamTashi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 1037

Re: Man in the Box

That's a hell of a story! Welcome to Dharma Wheel. It is always good to see another ex-Mormon :smile:
by SonamTashi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield

Certainly if you practice the Namcho terma and make that particular aspiration it will take an infinite amount of time, because that's contained in the aspiration. However, Malcolm has said (in this thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=22568&start=40): There are actually 21 capaciti...
by SonamTashi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield

I'm still interested in the discrepancy in Tibetan Buddhism referring to Dewachen as a Nirmanakaya realm and Pure Land Buddhists referring to it as a Sambhogakaya realm. I don't really know what to make of it, other than I guess the traditions just disagree.
by SonamTashi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield

It can make sense, especially as in the sutras there already are different levels of rebirth in Sukhavati described. Also, even if it is not a different level, it does make some sense that if someone has already received empowerments and practiced Dzogchen (or whatever else), they may continue doin...
by SonamTashi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen or Shinran?
Replies: 15
Views: 675

Re: Honen or Shinran?

Promise of Amida is a fantastic book, and is probably one of my 2 or 3 favorite books on Pure Land Buddhism because it is so clear, profound and easy to understand. The Senchakushu is a great book as well, and I think it is probably just about as clear as Promise of Amida. In general, I find Honen t...

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