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by uan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 6935

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhis

Points well taken - there are many who do strive to follow Jesus' teachings, but the intervening, subsequent outcome of his career was, fortunately or not, his resurrection, his ascension into Heaven, his attaining the throne of authority "at God's right hand", his position as Messiah-Designate who...
by uan
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 6935

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhis

Of all religions, Christianity is focused on the life of a human being. While Buddhism is essentially indebted to Gotama, its adherents do not see him as God/Son of God/Revealer of Heaven's will and Heaven's secrets. The Dharma , not any particular Buddha , is Buddhism's core focus. That's one way ...
by uan
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 6935

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhis

Hello, What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist? . . In a way, your categories are far too broad. There are huge differences in beliefs among Buddhists (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana) that are as different as the 3 major religions that come out of the Abrahamic religions: Judais...
by uan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatra?
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatr

Malcolm wrote:
uan wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
That is one Mahāyāna view, Madhyamaka.
What would the Dzogchen perspective be?
Same as the Madhyamaka view, there are no icchantikas.
thanks Malcolm. I just learned about icchantikas earlier today -- a reminder to myself how narrow my knowledge of Buddhadharma is.
by uan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatra?
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatr

I don't have a reference handy, but I thought according to the Mahayana view, that eventually the (a) Buddha will go and awaken the Arhats and lead them to Buddhahood. But from what is just being discussed, that won't happen, ever. Or is it only for some Arhats and not others. I could be totally wr...
by uan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatra?
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatr

I would understand it to mean that according to some Yogacarins when arhats enter the final samadhi of nirvana, they are done. There is no possibility for them to enter Mahāyāna and achieve Buddhahood. Is that a bad thing? Separate from the above question, is there a point where the arhat conscious...
by uan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatra?
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Does Arhat w/o remainder have any existence in Cittamatr

I would understand it to mean that according to some Yogacarins when arhats enter the final samadhi of nirvana, they are done. There is no possibility for them to enter Mahāyāna and achieve Buddhahood. Is that a bad thing? Separate from the above question, is there a point where the arhat conscious...
by uan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 217
Views: 45865

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

I'd also like to extend my deep gratitude for Malcolm's incredible generosity in sharing his knowledge.

Thanks Malcolm!

:anjali:
by uan
Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone
Replies: 66
Views: 10307

Re: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

Uan you need to realize that Tibetan Buddhism follows either Yogacara or Indian Madhyamika philosophy and don't much read the Lotus Sutra; whereas Nichiren Buddhism follows the Lotus Sutra and the Tendai school, these are East Asian intellectual developments that Tibetan Buddhism isn't a part of. ....
by uan
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone
Replies: 66
Views: 10307

Re: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

Even the Burmese conflict is defensive. So how does karma work in this situation? I mean, if a person kills someone in a conflict, even in defense of Buddhism, at some future point, when they die, is that like a "get out of the consequences of my actions because it was done in the name of Buddha" -...
by uan
Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone
Replies: 66
Views: 10307

Re: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

Um…. Wow. With a history like this, and a present reality of Buddhist violence in Burma, I sometimes wonder where the West ever got the idea that Buddhism is a peaceful religion. When it comes to defending Buddhism, I'm all for the teachings of Chungdrag Dorje's tulku, Steven Seagal. Sometimes viol...
by uan
Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone
Replies: 66
Views: 10307

Re: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

This has the makings of an excellent discussion. I'm having a hard time reconciling this position... Nichiren's message then is nothing other than, "you suffer because you misapprehend the true nature of reality. Devote youself to ultimate reality and seek understanding with every ounce of effort. ...
by uan
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to handle a recent break-up the budhist way?
Replies: 20
Views: 3969

Re: How to handle a recent break-up the budhist way?

II'll read up on that. Any specific book are website you might recommend? DW of course is a wonderful resource. I don't have any of my books with me, but off the top of my head, there are two that I enjoyed quite a bit from many years ago: Awakening the Sleeping Buddha by Tai Situpa Walking through...
by uan
Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to handle a recent break-up the budhist way?
Replies: 20
Views: 3969

Re: How to handle a recent break-up the budhist way?

RopeNL wrote: Uan, I would like you to know that I've read your comment, but I just spent the better part of half an hour on the response "garudha" wrote. I would much rather send you an appropriate and well thought out response than rush one.
no worries, take your time.
by uan
Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to handle a recent break-up the budhist way?
Replies: 20
Views: 3969

Re: How to handle a recent break-up the budhist way?

The idea I had was... Garudha says some good stuff here. On a more mundane level, ending a relationship is tough and about the only thing that makes the emotional pain go away is time. This took me by surprise, as I had said to her "We need to talk" and I let her go first, I never really got to say...
by uan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is Blessing?
Replies: 38
Views: 2857

Re: What is Blessing?

Perhaps this will be useful. From Rigpa Wiki's entry on Blessing Both definitions are about achieving or developing a state of mind, and as such I don't see the connection to the idea of receiving blessing from other beings (or objects, places, etc.). If those were the meaning of blessing, then ble...
by uan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: HyperCritical Thinking
Replies: 10
Views: 2351

Re: HyperCritical Thinking

Something I've noticed is that a majority of my thoughts about things are hyper critical. There seems to be an extreme amount of judgment about everything. I am curious if other people experience this also. I find it embarrassing but also funny, it's like when you see an ugly person but you pretend...
by uan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Teacher as Buddha?
Replies: 25
Views: 2757

Re: Teacher as Buddha?

2) How does one believe that one's teacher is a Buddha? What is the correct mindset? For example, does one believe they are fully enlightened like the historical Buddha was? Or is there some other approach? I can only speak for myself. Yes, one believes their guru is exactly like the historical Bud...
by uan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 14419

Re: Recognising reincarnations

An "emanation" is someone who is in fact an expression of the compassion of a fully awakened Buddha who may manifest as an ordinary person externally, but internally has all the full mature qualities of a Buddha. I've always been a bit unclear on this point. Does an emanation know they are an emana...
by uan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:41 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40658

Re: Celibacy

thanks Mkoll and Sherab Dorje. Here's the list I was looking at, and I believe they are common to Mahayana and Vajrayana, which have additional vows, but I'm far from being knowledgeable in this area: http://en.dhammadana.org/sangha/vinaya/227.htm We could almost make a new thread to discuss the dif...

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