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by Seeker12
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2777

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if one sees that all things and the world, in all directions and times, are empty and without self-nature, then one knows it’s foolish to speak of rebirth. It would be foolish to speak of rebirth as an ultimate princi...
by Seeker12
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma near Detroit
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Nyingma near Detroit

I am interested if anyone has any firm recommendations in the Detroit area or close-by. We recently have moved here. I'm aware of some places as close as Chicago and Toronto, but both of those are about 4+ hours away. Such a commute is doable on occasion, but it'd be nice to have a connection closer...
by Seeker12
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What causes a Bodhisattva to regress?
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: What causes a Bodhisattva to regress?

afaik, regression is only possible for those devotees below the first bhumi, which is effectively those Mahayanists aspiring toward bodhicitta. Otherwise, actions might stall or delay a bodhisattva’s progress, but those bodhisattvas that have realized the first stage abide on the ground of non-retr...
by Seeker12
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guruyoga with one's enemies?
Replies: 35
Views: 1589

Re: Guruyoga with one's enemies?

Hi, First of all, my apologies, I may have asked this in the past. If I hadn't, then I had meant to,but I cannot find it through the search function. I recently read (in "Beyond Words" by Judith Allen and Julia Lawless) that one of the Dzogchen Tantras recommends the pracatice of guruyoga with one'...
by Seeker12
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3408

Re: No end to samsara?

The naive imagine cessation
As the annihilation of an originated being;
While the wise understood it
As like the ceasing of a magical illusion.

Yukitsastika
by Seeker12
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Just a meta-comment on the overall conversation: Isn't the whole point of Karmapa, and the tulku system generally, that the spiritual and the political are not separate realms? So, yes, this is politics, but it's good politics. It's creative, generous, and forward-looking. It feels like the beginni...
by Seeker12
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I do tend to agree that largely, the tulku system should naturally peter out, and it does seem to be quite questionable in many cases. I also do think that basically practicing the Dharma is the most important thing, far more than holding tightly to outdated systems. But there are good tulkus still,...
by Seeker12
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Have abandoned the idea that tulkus are actually tulkus? Or is it just political? Personally, I view it very cynically as all political. An useful tool for social organization perhaps in medieval times but useless now. There is nothing in the Buddha's teachings about tulkus. A Tibetan invention. Ka...
by Seeker12
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Fair enough I hadn't seen that. I fully understand that what I will say here may be ... off-putting to some, but so be it if so - we're all presumably adults who can manage our emotions reasonably well. I do think it's interesting to contrast Thaye Dorje's statements as seen in that video with Orgy...
by Seeker12
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Also to consider is that having been recognised by their respective teachers - is it even possible for either to say now that they are not the Karmapa without breaking their commitments to their teachers?????? I don't think that will be an issue. Either they will fudge it and one could have a Karma...
by Seeker12
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Beru Khyentse always favored recognition of both candidates. :anjali: Which was also what Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche advised. Kirt That seems problematic long-term, however, for example if one dies and the other lives another 10-20 years - what would happen to the lineage moving forward, simply always h...
by Seeker12
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

from Beru Khyentse Rinpoche... https://www.facebook.com/BeruKhyentseRinpoche/photos/pcb.2181836498495642/2181829991829626/?type=3&theater Do you think that this is party line for both sides? Or is just what Beru Khyentse R hopes will be beneficial at the present time? I would take that as his perso...
by Seeker12
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

So.... should we be registering karmapas.org, or not yet? Maybe a little premature. We don't know how or even if this will eventually play out. There may be one, two or no Karmapas for all we know. Talking of multiple Karmapas, anyone have any news how Dawa Sangpo is taking the latest developments?...
by Seeker12
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seven Nails - Shri Singha
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Seven Nails - Shri Singha

Has anyone read the translation by Khenchen Palsen Sherab Rinpoche? Is it a good translation? Any other recommendations for Shri Singha in English?

Thanks.

https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Nails-Test ... 0983407479
by Seeker12
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I hate to say it, but many of the most fervent "supporters" of each side in the conflict are continuing to act like schoolboys brawling over their football teams. Do you know of any "fervent supporters" acting like schoolboys still on Thaye Dorje's side? All I have seen is happiness for the meeting...
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4960

Re: What is reborn after death?

Being of the intermediate state is reborn. It is called "gandharva" or "gandhabba" in the Sravakayana sutras/suttas. It is mentioned in the sutras, but all of the early schools did not accept it. Relevant discussion on Reddit on this topic. https://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/comments/9kgmzr/rebirth_...
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

To be frank, no. Also, to be clear, I was speaking of Tibetans and most especially of monks or ex-monks. Those Thaye Dorje supporters I know are all "Non-Tibetan," though I had some unpleasant interactions with Thaye Dorje Tibetans decades ago, in Sikkim. I hope everyone, on both sides of the issue...
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I hate to say it, but many of the most fervent "supporters" of each side in the conflict are continuing to act like schoolboys brawling over their football teams. Do you know of any "fervent supporters" acting like schoolboys still on Thaye Dorje's side? All I have seen is happiness for the meeting.
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5544

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

The first is that the meeting lasted over several days – unlike Ogyen Trinley’s meeting with Shamarpa in 2007 which only lasted an hour or two. Clearly they have had time to talk in-depth, socialize and no doubt pray together. This I think shows significant commitment on both their parts and this h...

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