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by Varis
Mon May 21, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

I accept the practice teachings, because they seem to work. But yeah, you have to start with some (unfounded) faith and/or trust. You're right, Greg. What matter most is if these teachings bring us closer to happiness and further away from suffering. Everything else, did the Buddha really say this,...
by Varis
Wed May 16, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Shiva is also considered a worldly protector of the Buddhadharma. In Mipham Rinpoche's Tashi Gyepa prayer, he refers to Shiva by the name Dejung ( bde 'byung ) or Sukhajāta, the "origin of bliss." The Lotus Sutra and Karandavyuha Sutra also establish Shiva as an emanation of Avalokitesvara and he p...
by Varis
Tue May 15, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Mahasiddha as a word already means they attained buddhahood. Other than that, in all versions of the texts that I recall, in the end of almost every biography, it is said that the mahasiddha went to the realm of the dakinis. Any book, if you are a siddha you have attained realisation. /magnus Readi...
by Varis
Sun May 13, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

Nonsense. maybe your thinking of jesus? There are parts of the pali canon which are very accurate records of the historical buddha. See the works of Venerable Sujato, Richard Gomrich, etc. https://ocbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/authenticity.pdf Point to a single record of the Buddha from his l...
by Varis
Sun May 13, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

heart wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:20 pm
Read any book on the 84 mahasiddhas. A few of them where not Buddhists but attained the same level of realisation.

/magnus
I don't recall any of their stories saying that they attained the Bhumis like the Buddhist ones did. Can you give me a source?
by Varis
Sat May 12, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

Grigoris wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:06 pm
Ummmm, the Pali Canon Sutta were not spoken by the Buddha either.
:good:

The truth is no one knows what the Buddha actually said, what his life was really like, etc.
We accept what's told in the suttas/sutras because of faith.
by Varis
Sat May 12, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

I don't think anyone could just proclaim to be a paṇḍita though right? I read that was reserved for the Indians, and Tibetans were the lotsawas. :reading: Pandita is a title for someone who has learned the five sciences, it's not an exclusively Indian title, Sakya Pandita was Tibetan. A Lotsawa is ...
by Varis
Sat May 12, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Isn't this fascinating: Some Buddhist authors - we don't know much about them - writing about some mahasiddhas. Admitting that some of them actually were not Budhists. But then also stating that they did not attain mahasiddhi. Think about it for a moment. It implies - obviously - that these stories...
by Varis
Thu May 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

fckw wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 10:44 pm
And a few ones of them - according to Buddhist sources - were actually non-Buddhists.
AFAIK the non-Buddhist ones are not described as having actually attained Mahasiddhi.
by Varis
Thu May 10, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama Wangdu
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Lama Wangdu

I've spent the last couple months weighing my options on where/who to study with in order to get my start in TB. I feel drawn to Lama Wangdu and would like to study with him, but unfortunately I can't go to Nepal or Portland. I saw that there is a center in NY, but it appears to be mainly attended b...
by Varis
Wed May 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum
Replies: 21
Views: 528

Re: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum

Kind of makes sense. /magnus Actually, I can't find a source that lists him as a Terton other than the Rigpawiki, and I think they're basing that off the fact that he revealed pure visions. It says that he had pure visions of Guru Rinpoche, and that he practiced Kurukulle. Putting all that together...
by Varis
Wed May 09, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum
Replies: 21
Views: 528

Re: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum

Possible, though there's some Geluk iconography which makes me question that--Gelukpas are pretty specific about what Terma they incorporate. The only Chagdrupas outside of the Shangpa traditions I'm aware of are one from Chogling Tersar, and I think one from Jangter. I'm 100% sure the above is fro...
by Varis
Fri May 04, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1046

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

:thanks: Did you edit your post? There was a link to an article... I passed that on to my wife and she is now very intrigued. She is going to follow up on that lead. You might get a footnote in an academic paper! :tongue: Yes, I was going to replace it later with an academic article on the subject....
by Varis
Fri May 04, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1046

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

I asked my wife about the Daoism connection. She knew about these paintings and practices but was not sure if and how they might be related to practices in Japan. Speculating on my part, the manner of interaction with the object is an imaginative journey into a real landscape does show similarities...
by Varis
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Dark" Kalpas
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: "Dark" Kalpas

Tlalok wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:02 pm
I was wondering how this squared with the bodhisattva vow? If the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not manifest in that kalpa, where do they go? What are they doing if they are not working on liberating beings?
They continue to manifest in other world-systems where they're needed most.
by Varis
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

It would appear I was beat to the punch! :tongue:
by Varis
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Buddhas emanate according to the needs of sentient beings, therefore all schools of Mahayana will have had emanations within them. There is no institution for the recognition of emanations in EA Buddhism like in Tibetan Buddhism, but plenty of past masters have been regarded as emanations of Buddhas...
by Varis
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1732

Re: Zazen and breathing

I remember reading a Tiantai text that did teach it, I don't remember if it was by Zhiyi or someone else though. It recommended Zhiyi's six sounds as well as the movement of Qi around the body. Zhiyi taught the six sounds? They feature quite prominently in various texts about nourishing life practi...
by Varis
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1794

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

Actually, there is not much you can do. The bardo thodol has some techniques in order to spot impending death and practices to avert it. But really: how many people have the access to, knowledge of and ability to practice these techniques? When your life force is spent, well, kiss this current exis...
by Varis
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 30
Views: 1423

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

All sentient beings have been our mothers and fathers, excluding none. And wives, husbands, friends, etc., right? So presumably closer karmic affinity is what results in us getting married to certain people, being friends with others, etc? Puts a whole different spin on the concept of "soul mates",...