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by Varis
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6508

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

What is a westernised interpretation? The major figures of the vipassana revival movements, as well as the reform movements were influenced and inspired by western academic opinion of what Buddhism was supposed to be. A Buddhism devoid of so-called "superstition", divorced from popular Theravada at...
by Varis
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6508

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

First of all, that is only Thailand, not the whole of Theravada. Secondly, even in Thailand the Dhammayuttika Nikaya is still a small minority (around 10% of all monks) after over a century of strong state support. So stating that the current form of Theravada is the product of a 19th century refor...
by Varis
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6508

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

That is a serious simplification, that could as well be applied to the various Mahayana schools as well. For instance, just because the Rime movement appeared in the 19th century, and Humanistic Buddhism in the 20th, it does not render the whole of Mahayana a new thing. Grigoris is correct, it's re...
by Varis
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 9401

Re: Diane Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

It is looking to me that Trungpa is giving a teaching about hereditary monarchy in the same way he did about alcoholism. I'm sorry, but I'm tired of attempts to spiritually explain objectively terrible actions. A tree is known by its fruits, and this tree has produced rotten fruit that continue to ...
by Varis
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 52
Views: 4308

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

Certain HYT practices lead to RB. Although Malcolm said this RB is different from the DZ RB.
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 32
Views: 3634

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

But we can use the name Buddha for enlightened beings who teach the way to the realization of the inner Sugathagarbha / Absolute Bodhicitta via the way of the methods for the relative Bodhicitta (84.000) That is mostly based on their Sutras, Tantras and Dzogchen. Here i point especially to Dzogchen...
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chöd Yidams
Replies: 11
Views: 925

Re: Chöd Yidams

AFAIK the majority of the yidam practices transmitted by Machig and Padampa were wrathful female deities. This should be no surprise as deities like VY were the main charnel ground practices prior to the existence of Chod.
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 32
Views: 3634

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

On the subject of the OP, I think Bön is Buddhadharma but not Buddhism. Buddhism is a religion that began in India. Whereas the Dharma exists wherever a Buddha has taught and the teachings have been maintained.
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 32
Views: 3634

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

- Am waiting for Vari´s comment, because he is the one who reacted. Hi Kalden, I didn't notice this post before, but I'll answer it now. The Jonangpas are being refused representation because of politics. The other traditions will lose some power in the Tibetan parliament if they receive representa...
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

because "doubt remains..." Yes, doubt remains about both scenarios. As he points out, the second interpretation fits with the teachings of Saraha. The fact of the matter is that if it were insufficient for us to practice in our daily lives then there would be no point in practicing. In which case w...
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

looks like things are not that simple: source - "Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas" You left out the part that doesn't affirm your viewpoint. "Doubt remains as to whether Cāmāripa meditated at his work bench or in the jungle. If the latter, he must have r...
by Varis
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

as if you know for a fact he spend 8 hours a day doing so? most of mahasiddhas got some skill they used to sustain their living, doesn't mean it occupied their waking life almost completely the way modern western lifestyle do. Camaripa would spend all day working as a shoemaker. When he met his gur...
by Varis
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

Fully integrating practice into daily life is sort of like a great achievement no? Like non stop liberation of thoughts and seeing the outer/inner environment for what it really is? Indeed. One of Lakshminkara's disciples was a toilet cleaner at her brother's palace, he practiced diligently and ach...
by Varis
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

yep and Garchen Rinpoche and many others who have been in China's prisons have been practising there. but did i say you can't practice in daily life? Nope, but you certainly pooh-poohed daily practice outside of retreat in your earlier posts. Remember that daily practice doesn't have to be a half-a...
by Varis
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

Indeed. (Though I believe all schools in general do as well.) Retreat is essential as well though for example Ngawang Lekpa Rinpoche who did tons of retreats. Another aspect of the Sakya approach I find interesting is how the main emphasis is on the extremely detailed visualizations in the developm...
by Varis
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

I would also add, HE Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche, the sister of HH Sakya Trichen, worked on a farm when she immigrated to Canada, while taking care of several children, AND practicing daily. If it was possible for her, it's most definitely possible for you considering you very likely do not have as many ...
by Varis
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

This quote is attributed to Chatral Rinpoche. I can’t imagine anyone more of an exemplar of Vajrayana or Dzogchen either: I'm not saying that solitary retreat is useless, but what Yagmort is saying is defeatist. I'm saying that attainment through practice in daily life is possible, especially with ...
by Varis
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

i am not saying daily practice isn't necessary or should be substituted with life long retreats. i am saying daily life back in tibet is a very different thing that what western society have now. so when a practitioner from tibet says integrate daily life it's not at all the same when such words co...
by Varis
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2803

Re: Retreats in tb

it makes me wonder why would anyone want integrate their practice with such a daily life? and if their daily life is already quite removed from all those mundane things i outlined so they became a social hermits of a sort then why not let it go altogether? just imho, and probably very biased one. T...
by Varis
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 1027

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

smcj wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:36 pm
I’d not heard that before. But I’m not surprised. It sounds like one of the “soups” I posted about earlier.
The most famous would probably be the Cundi sadhana, which was at the core of Nan Huai Chin's teachings. Very popular because it doesn't have restrictions on eating meat and the like.

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