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by Seeker12
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garab Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Garab Dorje

Anyone who accepts Dzogchen teachings does. Those who do not, don't. Both the 3rd Karmapa and 5th Dalai Lama are known as being Dzogchen adepts. Does that mean that these schools accept Garab Dorje or is that more particular to individual Karmapas/Dalai Lamas/etc? The third Karmapa and the Great Fi...
by Seeker12
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garab Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Garab Dorje

Do all schools of Tibetan Vajrayana view Garab Dorje as a Nirmanakaya? If not, who doesn't and why? Thanks! Anyone who accepts Dzogchen teachings does. Those who do not, don't. Both the 3rd Karmapa and 5th Dalai Lama are known as being Dzogchen adepts. Does that mean that these schools accept Garab...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Open call for Moderator suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Open call for Moderator suggestions

I have not been terribly active here, though it may be growing. I do not expect that it's likely that I'd be considered a good candidate for moderation as such, but I suppose I would offer my services with hesitation. For what it's worth, I moderate the Reddit Buddhism subreddit under the handle 'En...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 65
Views: 2493

Re: What is Dzogchen?

According to gzhan stong, the ultimate (parinispanna) is empty of all relative phenomena (paratantra and parikalpita), and is utterly distinct from it. Is there a basis for this view in any scripture? No, in fact. That's what I thought, and seems to be really a pretty basic mistake if I'm understan...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 65
Views: 2493

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:08 pm
According to gzhan stong, the ultimate (parinispanna) is empty of all relative phenomena (paratantra and parikalpita), and is utterly distinct from it.
Is there a basis for this view in any scripture?
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path

Which of the two books is the most recommended for beginners? ~ The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi ~ Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Just to be clear, although I wouldn't say that texts like this are at od...
by Seeker12
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

First point: David Drewes recently published a paper suggesting that the instances where scholars have translated a specific verb to mean "to write" or "to copy" actually are instances of the verb "to memorize." It is a very convincing argument and shows the use of that verb in the context of memor...
by Seeker12
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

When the writing had not well developed, the Buddha had suggested distributing written scripture. Quite interesting, isn’t it? Writing existed in the Buddha's time, it just wasn't used for all the same things it eventually came to be used for. For further clarification, as I understand Pali itself ...
by Seeker12
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 65
Views: 2493

Re: What is Dzogchen?

In ch. 4 it talks about the Buddha Nature as being fully present but obscured by defilement in a sentient being. The practices of purification and virtue in no way create the Buddha Nature. What the practice of Dharma does do is create a situation, an “opening” (my term), through which the already ...
by Seeker12
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

These texts such as the Yuktisastika, etc., are important supplements to the MMK. They are quite well known and studied in the Indo Tibetan tradition. Indeed, I was perhaps unclear in my intent - it seems that for those that undertake self-study outside of a formal Buddhist educational support syst...
by Seeker12
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

The naive are attached to forms; The mediocre are detached from them. Those with the highest intelligence understand The nature of forms, and thus are freed. I hadn’t heard that before. Nice. Thanks. https://www.amazon.com/Nagarjunas-Yuktisastika-Candrakirtis-Commentary-Yuktisastikavrrti/dp/0975373...
by Seeker12
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.8.03.than.html Not in the slightest. If you can show me something real, then you can show me something that is not empty. Since there is nothing that is not empty, how could you ever show me anything that is real? It is all just dependent designatio...
by Seeker12
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

In the vimalarkiti sutta we see how tenth bhumi bodhisattvas can completely violate all kinds of physic laws, they can manipulate space and time at will. Furthermore, they can inhabit akanistha ghanavyuha beyond the three times. But, in contrast with buddhas, they still have objects, so time should...
by Seeker12
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Josef wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:53 am

Pratyeakabuddhas realize the selflessness of persons but not phenomena.
That is said specifically of sravakas. In some places, basically, it's said that pratyekabuddhas realize 1 and a half types of emptiness, meaning of persons and partially of phenomena.
by Seeker12
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

But it is asserted that both do not realize the full emptiness of phenomena, pratyekabuddhas only have a partial realization of the emptiness of pheneomena. Buddhas realize two-fold emptiness completely. Dudjom Rinpoche at least clarifies that what pratyekabuddhas realize is that there are no partl...
by Seeker12
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2362

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

What about two-fold emptiness? I thought this is asserted as being absent from Hinayana and Pratyekabuddhayana. I am unfamiliar with this term. Do you mean the two truths? Personally, while I do believe in the two truths, I don't think it's a critical doctrine or anything special. I think it's just...
by Seeker12
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 859

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Precious human birth is qualified by eighteen conditions which are conducive to meeting the Dharma. If even one of these is lacking, one's human birth is not precious. ...with faculties intact... If one lacks even one of these 18, one does not have a precious human birth. I've wondered what is mean...
by Seeker12
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 33
Views: 14035

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

Just to add to this plethora of interpretations and ideas, in East Asian Buddhism - based primarily on the Lotus Sutra - arhats attain only a seeming nirvana and once they're awaken from it by the buddhas they continue their path to liberation as high level (8th bhumi) bodhisattvas. So, according t...
by Seeker12
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 33
Views: 14035

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

In Theravada, an arahant and a Buddha are only different in that the Buddha attained nibbana first. Bhikkhu Bodhi wouldn't agree, as seen here: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/arahantsbodhisattvas.html Excerpts from section 4: "...it would hardly be correct to say that temporal pr...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question
Replies: 42
Views: 1500

Re: Question

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:38 pm

As for question one, yes; as for two, yes.

As for three, tenth stage bodhisattvas will never manifest supreme nirmanakāya when one has left a dispensation in the world. However, for all intents and purposes, tenth stage bodhisattvas are buddhas.
Thank you, I'll have to think on this.

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