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by Seeker12
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1392

Re: Existence

The Tibetans created a technical language to handle Buddhist terminologies. If I may, if the word 'emptiness' were not well established in English and you were doing a fresh translation, how would you translate tongpa nyi? Either in concise form or in more extensive explanation? I have read that th...
by Seeker12
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six Munis
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Six Munis

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:48 pm

It is from the peaceful and wrathful mandala cycle of Guhyagarbha Tantra.
Thank you.
by Seeker12
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six Munis
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Six Munis

There's often little to no response for such obscure questions, but I'm wondering if anyone by chance knows of any scriptural references for the "Six Munis" (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Six_Munis), listed on that site as, 1. Indra Kaushika (Skt.; Tib. དབང་པོ་བརྒྱ་བྱིན་, Wangpo Gyajin; T...
by Seeker12
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 811

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I've just finished reading through the Dirgha Agama and one thing this recension of the EBTs keeps hammering on is that arhatship always results in the recollection of past lives. I don't recall offhand (it's been over ten years) if the Pali Nikayas are as adamant about it, but I don't believe so. ...
by Seeker12
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 727

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Food for thought from Longchenpa (from 'Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind'): Those who scorn the law of karmic cause and fruit Are students of the nihilist view outside the Dharma. They rely on the thought that all is void; They fall in the extreme of nothingness And go from higher to lower states....
by Seeker12
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 2414

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

I don’t know how else you would take it. If it’s not a blessing, then what is it? The distinction, I think, is that some people don't actually want to implement anything into practice, they just want to go 'bask in the blessing' of the ritual, meet the teacher, forge a connection, etc. Commonly, pu...
by Seeker12
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutra or Tantra Sources for Consorts of the 8 Bodhisattvas/Buddhas
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Sutra or Tantra Sources for Consorts of the 8 Bodhisattvas/Buddhas

I'm wondering if anyone can point me towards Sutra or Tantra references of the 5 female Buddhas (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Five_female_buddhas) and/or the offering goddesses/bodhisattva consorts (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Eight_offering_goddesses). I'm aware, for exampl...
by Seeker12
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 16
Views: 857

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

The male vs female distinction becomes gradually more refined and more subtle in the kamaloka heavens, there are four or six grades of this refinement. The teaching about the qualities of the kamaloka devas is found in the Abhidharmakosa of Vasubandhu, and in the Shurangama Sutra , it is also quite...
by Seeker12
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 16
Views: 857

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

A female believer will probably attain the body of a male kamaloka deva. Buddha's mother was reborn as a male deva, (to whom the Abhidharma was preached.) Buddhism isn't attached to one's gender, it doesn't see it as eternal or permanent, as is the case in an other religion. Although I can't say wi...
by Seeker12
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 16
Views: 857

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

A common way to understand Sambhogakaya is to see it as a form-body that manifests in the dhyana realms, which are equal to the deva realms or the realms of form. There are also deva realms that are in the desire realm, but which are higher than the human realm. For example the realm of Buddha Mait...
by Seeker12
Sat May 26, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 22
Views: 1443

Re: Hell

Most people, as human beings, don't remember their previous lives. Is there any teaching based on meditative realization, or the experience of delogs, etc, that indicate whether beings in hell have any memory of their previous misdeeds or have any idea why they are where they are? Delog by Dawa Dro...
by Seeker12
Wed May 23, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 42
Views: 1717

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

When an interested student does not understand the teachings of Dzogchen, this is the fault of the teacher. On the other hand, it is said very clearly that even someone who merely has devotion to Dzogchen will certainly be liberated within three lifetimes. So I wouldn't worry about Kyali Loli very ...
by Seeker12
Tue May 22, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Eleven Vehicles"
Replies: 2
Views: 292

"Eleven Vehicles"

In Padmasambhava's "Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness", when discussing 'the nature of mind', he says, "And as for it being something desirable, it is cherished alike in the Eleven Vehicles." What are the eleven vehicles? I'm guessing something like the 9 Buddhist vehicles plus the...
by Seeker12
Thu May 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 19
Views: 1296

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

Wouldn't that make the mantra of Tibetan origin rather than Indian origin? Why would Indians use part of the Tibetan word for the Western Paradise in their mantra? Good point. Most likely I'm simply wrong - I was told that a while back but I don't see how that would be. I'll retract my statement, t...
by Seeker12
Thu May 10, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 19
Views: 1296

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

In this writing on the Amitabha mantra by Bodhipaksa he states the following: "Amitabha’s mantra is a variant of his name. Amideva is just the Tibetan pronunciation of Amitabha (although I was told for a long time that “deva” here meant “god”)." Source: https://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/amit...
by Seeker12
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Scriptural Basis for Three Roots
Replies: 2
Views: 339

Scriptural Basis for Three Roots

I’m wondering where the general principle of taking refuge in not only the Three Jewels but additionally the Three Roots (Guru, Yidam, Daka/Dakini/Protector) comes from. I’m not so much interested in an explanation of them as much as purely the scriptural basis, whether Sutric, Tantric, or in commen...
by Seeker12
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 12284

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

You hold the view that there is only cognition that is conventional, i.e. cognition that goes through a sense media. I hold that there is cognition which goes through an intermediary and a cognition which does not. This is a point of disagreement. The issue is that you are conflating contexts. In t...
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general

I like Snow Lion's "Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary." tr. Rosemarie Fuchs. The commentary is by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, so it is pretty authoritative if you're a Karma Kagyupa. I'm no expert, but I'm led to believe that the Uttaratantra is pretty much the go-to...
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra

ārya-aṅgulimālīya-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra http://databases.aibs.columbia.edu/index.php?id=de3bcf4857cdca17f276b3c34e2d2cb1&enc=sanskrit_romanized_title_4_search&coll=kangyur So, I searched there and nothing came up. Were you implying that it is there or simply providing the resource in the hopes that i...
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general

Any recommendations for English translations of the TGG Sūtras in general? Any sutras in the class is fine, I’m curious for recommendations broadly.

Thanks.

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