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by Aryjna
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Re: Are all phenomena equally empty in Madhyamaka?

I don't understand how one sentiment follows the other, sorry. Which sentiments do you mean? The sentiment that you are "just half-heartedly thinking of looking into the evidence supporting this idea" but that "the truth is [you] do not want to spend more than very little of [your] time reading aca...
by Aryjna
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Re: Are all phenomena equally empty in Madhyamaka?

The "Abhidharma" is a bunch of texts from different schools all written by members of the saṁgha. Only the Theravādins AFAIK claim the Buddha taught their Abhidhamma in the heavens. The sūtras are Buddhavacana in a more direct way. I am not really worried about the validity of Mahayana sutras. I wa...
by Aryjna
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Re: Are all phenomena equally empty in Madhyamaka?

Mahayana relies on for instance ideas present in abhidharmika texts, and the abhidharmas necessarily succeed the agamas/nikayas. That is regardless of what specific text has the oldest manuscript. Is there concrete evidence that conclusively proves this succession? It would be interesting to read a...
by Aryjna
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

the oldest existing texts apparently are Gandharan Mahayana texts. This doesn't seem to be the case, at least not according to Richard Salomon, a leading scholar in the field of Gandhari manuscripts. In his The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra he concludes: The earliest Buddhist texts in Gān...
by Aryjna
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Is there concrete evidence that conclusively proves this succession? The agamas/nikayas do not contain the various abhidharma ideas. In the abhidharmas there is a distinction between sutra and abhidharma teachings. Mahayana sutras talk of dharmas as the ultimate constituents of reality (and how the...
by Aryjna
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Re: Are all phenomena equally empty in Madhyamaka?

As has been discussed several times, the Pali sources and the schools associated with them, have not been established to be earlier than Mahayana schools and non-Pali sources. If anything, the oldest existing texts apparently are Gandharan Mahayana texts. Mahayana relies on for instance ideas prese...
by Aryjna
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1499

Age of Mahayana Schools

[Mod note: This topic has been split from here: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=34144 ] I have a background in Theravada, and I'm trying to understand Madhyamaka philosophy. As I understand it, according to Madhyamaka all phenomena are empty of inherent existance (svabhava) meaning the...
by Aryjna
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 895

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

That is true, but taking refuge with its most essential meaning, which is the interest to learn, practice, etc., he already has that covered. No, Refuge is more than that. I may be interested in learning about bomb making. I may put this learning to practice... Is this Refuge? I don't disagree that...
by Aryjna
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 895

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

What is the source of Right View? The Dharma. Who Taught the Dharma? The Buddha. How do you access the Dharma? Via the Sangha. REFUGE! Who points out the nature of mind? The teacher. How do they point out the nature of mind? Via the teachings. What is nature of mind? The enlightened essence of all ...
by Aryjna
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 895

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:06 am
5 precepts
A code of conduct does not really mean much on its own, without the right view. A muslim (or whoever else) may also be upholding the five precepts, does that mean he will be a stream entrant?
by Aryjna
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: tibet dieteis are real or story
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Re: tibet dieteis are real or story

This sounds wrong, and doesn't even sound like it's coming from a 'Tibetan' perspective at all. Sorry for misrepresenting him by quoting here. It is better to read whole book. "What here was quoted" is quoted for responding the original post (with my limited understanding). I posted because it seem...
by Aryjna
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: tibet dieteis are real or story
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Re: tibet dieteis are real or story

The deity in Tantra is archetypal, but not all archetypal images become deities. A deity can be distinguished from other archetypal images by the power it becomes imbued with through meditation and devotional practice. A deity also carries great power behind its form because of its lineage of exper...
by Aryjna
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 766

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

Possible objection:only the material substance(Spirit,prakasha) wich gives rise to self reflexive awareness(Vimarsa) is changeless and static what if thats what the Tirthikas are only saying?the Kaulas-kashmir shaivas for example,say that prakasha gives rise to vimarsha.what if prakasha is inactive...
by Aryjna
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow body questions
Replies: 168
Views: 4857

Re: Rainbow body questions

It gave me a really solid grounding in shamatha and vipashyana, which definitely helped in all practices afterwords. Also, just in and of themselves, shamatha and vipashyana are powerful methods for understanding the functioning of one’s mind. This. I don’t want to be all “in my day blah blah blah”...
by Aryjna
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow body questions
Replies: 168
Views: 4857

Re: Rainbow body questions

It has done that, but I sometimes wonder if instead of resisting it and agonizing about it, those people wouldn’t be better off just biting the bullet and get it done. In the context of a lifetime of practice it’s not that much time, and If health is an issue, most lamas will let you do something i...
by Aryjna
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow body questions
Replies: 168
Views: 4857

Re: Rainbow body questions

Yes it is important for you to do your Ngondro! Since you are not a teacher you certainly don't know that and anyway this idea that doing Ngondro is compulsory have ruined at lot of peoples practice. /magnus It has done that, but I sometimes wonder if instead of resisting it and agonizing about it,...
by Aryjna
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7161
Views: 836331

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I didn't watch the webcast, but I guess if they're not from the 7 used in the SMS་ Base, they'd be from the 21 semdzins book. They didn't seem to be in there, but it was unlikely anyway as they are all rushen. https://shop.shangshungfoundation.com/en/restricted/693-outer-rushen-going-beyond-limitat...
by Aryjna
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7161
Views: 836331

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I didn't watch the webcast, but I guess if they're not from the 7 used in the SMS་ Base, they'd be from the 21 semdzins book. They didn't seem to be in there, but it was unlikely anyway as they are all rushen. Perhaps they were from Longsal since Rinpoche wrote a commentary on it, in particular the...
by Aryjna
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7161
Views: 836331

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Does anyone who watched the broadcasts with Elio know if the explanations for all these rushen are included in Stairway to Liberation? He mentioned it several times, but I didn't understand if all the explanations are in there or just some comments on them. Also, is a separate lung required for the...
by Aryjna
Sun May 31, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7161
Views: 836331

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Does anyone who watched the broadcasts with Elio know if the explanations for all these rushen are included in Stairway to Liberation? He mentioned it several times, but I didn't understand if all the explanations are in there or just some comments on them. Also, is a separate lung required for the ...

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