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by anjali
Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

"The receiving consciousness [alaya-vijnana] is profound and subtle. All seeds descend like a flowing river. If it turns into a thought of self it is called 'unsuitable.' This is something which I do not show to the childish. Profound meaning difficult to plumb to it's depth; this is profound."* Is...
by anjali
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

"The receiving consciousness [alaya-vijnana] is profound and subtle. All seeds descend like a flowing river. If it turns into a thought of self it is called 'unsuitable.' This is something which I do not show to the childish. Profound meaning difficult to plumb to it's depth; this is profound."* Is...
by anjali
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn
Replies: 43
Views: 10491

Re: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn

Bankei's method is to recognize and rest in the knowing quality of the mind. Is it possible to rephrase as: Don't interfere with mental-states. Don't push bad mental-states away or try to create and prolong "good" mental-states. Certainly we need the noninterference aspect, but that is not the reco...
by anjali
Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

"THAT WHICH IT GRASPS is twofold: the seeds and the body provided with organs. "Seeds" refer to images, names [or words], and the perfuming of imagination. "Body provided with organs" refers to physical organs and the support of the organs. These two are what is grasped by consciousness" (p. 60) "T...
by anjali
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn
Replies: 43
Views: 10491

Re: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn

Hello all, Did anyone study Bankei's teaching? Can someone explain his "method"? Hi Alex, Bankei's method is to recognize and rest in the knowing quality of the mind. The Master addressed the assembly: "What I tell everyone is nothing but the fact that the Unborn Buddha Mind is marvelously illumina...
by anjali
Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

This Germano & Waldren article addresses a number of questions about the further explication of ālayavijñāna in the Tibetan traditions: http://www.scribd.com/doc/99264798/A-Comparison-of-%C4%80laya-Vijn%C4%81na-in-Yog%C4%81c%C4%81ra-and-Dzogchen" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :namas...
by anjali
Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:20 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

viniketa wrote:
anjali wrote: I was able to find Lamotte's translation of the relevant text that Galloway cites.
This is a translation by Lamotte of Gunaprabha??

:namaste:
It is a translation of Vasubandhu by Lamotte from Vasubandhu's work, Karmasiddhi Prakarana.
by anjali
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

"Since the storehouse is a perception, what is its phenomenon and what is its mode?" Its phenomenon, of course, is the object that it perceives; since the ear perceives sounds, the nose smells, etc., what does the storehouse perceive, since it is said to be a perception? Further, what is its mode (...
by anjali
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

I think that if the whole alayavijnana idea is based only on logic it remains a convenient explanation of karma on a superficial level, but it falls apart quite fast under analysis. After 8 pages on this topic do you believe anyone directly addressed the issues of your original post? I was able to ...
by anjali
Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

Anjali, The problem making alayavijnana something other than consciousness clearly violates the core idea of Vijnaptimatra, that is, that all phenomena are mental phenomena. Ah. Got it. I'm not that familiar with the centuries old debate on the the nature of alayavijnana per se. However, one can re...
by anjali
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

Regarding the hidden nature of the alayavijnana, my point was that as we are not aware of it right now, we are not conscious of it at this moment, then based on what reason can it be called a consciousness? What you don't think of is not your thought, and if you don't know you think of something it...
by anjali
Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 27696

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

Matt J wrote:"Levels" of consciousness is a strange idea to me. Consciousness is formless, so how can it have levels?
I've read that some people have thought of these "levels" more as facets of consciousness. From a practitioner's point of view, I'm not sure it matters which analogy one uses.
by anjali
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: No need for relative bodhicitta
Replies: 30
Views: 4003

Re: No need for relative bodhicitta

It still seems to leave unanswered the original question of whether 1) resting in the natural state also melts the "frozen block of ice" of the Buddha nature, and 2) whether there is any essential preference for resting or cultivating. For the first, according my understanding, yes. For the second,...
by anjali
Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: No need for relative bodhicitta
Replies: 30
Views: 4003

Re: No need for relative bodhicitta

Rinpoche, you often mention the importance of compassion and love as the essence of practice and realization. How do we cultivate it without it being contrived? I have been taught that compassion is a naturally arising quality of the spontaneous nature of mind, so is it more important to spend time...
by anjali
Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 20769

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

My own two cents for what it's worth. Basically it comes down to the Tibetan diaspora. Truly amazing masters of the TB tradition were scattered to Europe and America. If this dispersal hadn't happened, Tibet would still be a insular country and far less would be known in the West about TB. And, to e...
by anjali
Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: guru yoga question
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Re: guru yoga question

Greetings all, For a while now I've been reading Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's works and feel a devotional connection with him. Recently I found out that he wrote a guru yoga for himself in 1980 at the request of one of his long-time students. It's available for purchase. I was wondering what the general...
by anjali
Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: guru yoga question
Replies: 3
Views: 767

guru yoga question

Greetings all, For a while now I've been reading Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's works and feel a devotional connection with him. Recently I found out that he wrote a guru yoga for himself in 1980 at the request of one of his long-time students. It's available for purchase. I was wondering what the general ...
by anjali
Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 37134

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

Right, we do not agree. I do not accept that there is a so called Indian Yogacara that is not cittamatra, despite whatever confusion some Tibetans and Westerners have about this issue. Indeed. It's instructive to see how the distinction between mind-only and consciousness-only developed in China an...
by anjali
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 37134

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

Ok good. So the sense in which Dzogchen and Yogacara are different depends on whether a genuine difference exists in terms of this understanding about the 8th consciousness. If they have the same view about this 8th consciousness then they would be saying the same thing. Is this a fair assessment? ...
by anjali
Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 37134

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

Also the common sutra has ādarśa-jñāna i.e. the mirrorlike wisdom. Also Hindus use the metaphor of the mirror. Surely you are not going to equate Shankaracarya and Chinul? Further the example of a mirror is used over and over again in sutra teachings. Surely you are not going to assert Dzogchen exi...

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