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by brendan
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

It is not a claim that all suffering ceases, merely that one's suffering can cease. Like Ken McLeod's insight that it's how you relate to suffering that changes. But I do think that as you practice eventually just experience. Imagine trying now to dissolve your body into a rainbow body. Besides not...
by brendan
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

It is not a claim that all suffering ceases, merely that one's suffering can cease.[/quote] I understand that...and there is still suffering.[/quote] Yes, of course. As long as sentient beings are afflicted, they will continue to suffer. Who could expect anything else. It is not the Buddha's fault t...
by brendan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

It is not a claim that all suffering ceases, merely that one's suffering can cease.[/quote] I understand that...and there is still suffering.[/quote] Yes, of course. As long as sentient beings are afflicted, they will continue to suffer. Who could expect anything else. It is not the Buddha's fault t...
by brendan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharma Cultures, Collaboration, Correction Ad-Hoc Sundry &c
Replies: 112
Views: 11687

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

I have noticed there is a stunning lot of machismo in Dharma circles My view is so much higher than yours. Let me tell you how non-attached I am. As another child gets raped, another war erupts, another famine starts. But hey there are omniscient Buddhas who are endowed with limitless compassion, k...
by brendan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

How can anyone claim they have achived the 3rd Noble Truth?.....There is still suffering....so claiming that suffering has ended seems silly. Also space is limitless so how can suffering end? It is not a claim that all suffering ceases, merely that one's suffering can cease. I understand that...and...
by brendan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

Does a Buddha experience happiness? From the point of view of Mahāyāna, buddhas experiences only pleasurable mental sensations, i.e., bliss, and no painful physical sensations. A Buddha is also totally free of clinging. All painful feelings of the body are the ripened result of negative karma. Budd...
by brendan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

Does a Buddha experience happiness? From the point of view of Mahāyāna, buddhas experiences only pleasurable mental sensations, i.e., bliss, and no painful physical sensations. A Buddha is also totally free of clinging. All painful feelings of the body are the ripened result of negative karma. Budd...
by brendan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Truth of the First Noble Truth
Replies: 296
Views: 27701

Re: The Truth of the First Noble Truth

How can anyone claim they have achived the 3rd Noble Truth?.....There is still suffering....so claiming that suffering has ended seems silly.

Also space is limitless so how can suffering end?
by brendan
Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

[quote="Simon E God taught sutra, tantra and dzogchen. End of. Monotheism is so uncomplicated. Or was it the devil that taught dzogchen? Sorry for being of topic..just thought I throw it in.[/quote] so how do you explain Thomas Merton a Chtristian monk who was described by HHDL as having at that tim...
by brendan
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

God taught sutra, tantra and dzogchen. End of. Monotheism is so uncomplicated. Or was it the devil that taught dzogchen? Ha ha so true....unfortunately monotheism has such horrible consequences, grandiose "I"...one believes they can do what they want when they want....and of of course it's not poss...
by brendan
Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

Bringing out the "don't be sectarian line" is passive aggressive new ageism. . So I guess in your view, HHDL is a passive aggressive new ager? What a strange comment. The paths and cognitions of the different yanas are marketed as different. They clearly are not marketed as being all the same. Unle...
by brendan
Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

I agree. Maybe I'm oversensitive, but it seems to me like some (most?) people like a good old fashioned sectarian dispute more than anything else. :anjali: Not really, but when pushed to it... Bringing out the "don't be sectarian line" is passive aggressive new ageism. The enlightened cognitions or...
by brendan
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it is not absurd to say that "this appearance has no beginning, no end, no duration" because, in truth, there is no reality that can be attached to the beginning, end, or duration of the appearance. A discrete appearance, appearing to have beginning, end, and ...
by brendan
Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

So trying to practise what the Buddha taught is now fundamentalism? Not at all. Insisting that one must accept as literally true any traditional narratives about the origin of various Buddhist texts (for example, the idea that Nāgārjuna recovers the Prajñāpāramita from the Nāgā realm "under the oce...
by brendan
Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 46788

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

To quote Wikipedia: 1) "Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations, and evolutionary biology is the study of how evolution occurs. Life evolves by means of mutations (changes in an organism's hereditary information), genetic drift (random change in the genetic variatio...
by brendan
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Afflictions
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Afflictions

Of course its a sectarian view! How can you judge if a arhat is enlightened? How will you measure it? Are a few wandering around half enlightened? if you're fully awake you're enlightened! Obviously the scriptures are profound but try to look at it from all angles. There are clearly different state...
by brendan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Afflictions
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Afflictions

The enlightenment of an Arhat is said to still be afflicted due to their still being suffering sentient beings. No, that is not correct. The liberation attained by an Arhat is not afflicted, it is just limited. It is a great achievement but it isn't full enlightenment. /magnus That's just avoiding ...
by brendan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Afflictions
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Afflictions

"We tend to interpret our experiences from the position of ‘I am’, from the ‘me and mine’ pronoun. Everything is flavoured with this distortion of personality; everything is happening to ‘me’, and this ‘me’ is based on identifying with the body. We identify strongly with the human body and with the...
by brendan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Afflictions
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Afflictions

The enlightenment of an Arhat is said to still be afflicted due to their still being suffering sentient beings.

Yet the enlightenment of Dzogchen is said to have no afflictions. Sutrayana and Tantrayana are also marketed in this way.

How is this possible?
by brendan
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Peter Brown and Dzogchen
Replies: 290
Views: 16065

Re: Peter Brown and Dzogchen

It is suppose to be the path that leads to the cessation of suffering...not the path of claims and free will.

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