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by anjali
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 17421

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

...Humans have been programmed to love corporate capitalism. They look to it for solutions without the perspective that it is the problem. Humans have been programmed to survive and multiply. Technology and social systems are just tools to further those evolutionary ends. The problem is human natur...
by anjali
Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: term for a reaction to a reaction?
Replies: 2
Views: 664

term for a reaction to a reaction?

I was talking with a friend about emotions and suffering, and we began discussing emotional reactions to other emotions. For example, feeling guilty at feeling angry at someone. Is there a Buddhist term for this second-order emotional reaction? I've read discussions of the notion in Buddhist writing...
by anjali
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 26637

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

Alayavijnana is used to explain how karma is carried on from moment to moment, life to life, and also it is a basis for the continuation of a being. Here are some problems I have: If alayavijnana is a part/mode of consciousness, why are we not aware of it? If we can't be aware of it, what makes it ...
by anjali
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 17421

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

How long do you think we can keep this up? When these kinds of discussions come up, I think of Boulding's three theorems. Kenneth Boulding was an evolutionary economist, applying ideas from evolutionary biology and ecology to economics. He was a pioneer in the field. I read his theorems many years ...
by anjali
Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?
Replies: 64
Views: 9054

Re: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?

When I spent some time at Abhayagiri monastery in northern California, I came across a nice book called, The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha's Teachings on Nibbana, by Ajahns Passanno and Amaro. Here is a PDF of the book: http://abhayagiri.ehclients.com/pdf/books/The_Island_Web_Final.pdf . From c...
by anjali
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: restricted texts question
Replies: 27
Views: 7207

Re: restricted texts question

Again, thank you all for your comments. In my own case, I've been meditating for a really long time now. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the detailed Mahamudra meditation teachings--especially vipashyana. (That goes for Dzogchen teachings to.) As I've said, I have especially en...
by anjali
Thu May 31, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: restricted texts question
Replies: 27
Views: 7207

Re: restricted texts question

Thank you all for the feedback. Learning Tibetan is not an option--at least for the foreseeable future. I'd love to talk with a Mahamudra master about practice, but so far I haven't been able to identify anyone I'm attracted to other than Thrangu Rinpoche. Unfortunately, he is not in good health the...
by anjali
Thu May 31, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: restricted texts question
Replies: 27
Views: 7207

restricted texts question

Greetings, I have recently enjoyed reading Thrangu's Rinpoche's outstanding commentaries on Pointing Out the Dharmakaya and An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning: Teachings on Mahamudra (along with some of his other works). I was hoping to obtain the 9th Karmapa's texts and read them side by side with th...
by anjali
Wed May 16, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 121710

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

As a relative newcomer to tibetan buddhism with an interest in dzogchen (and mahamudra), I have been fascinated by this thread. I would like to ask a naive question that is relevant to the discussion here. If dzogchen can be taught independent of buddhism, what are the absolute minimum requirements ...
by anjali
Wed May 16, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 121710

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

But this could get into a debate about whether or not non-Dzogchen traditions in themselves could introduce to people that which is introduced (the Nature of Mind) in Dzogchen (a debate which has been done to death). I have no intention of stirring up any old debates, but, but an outsider looking i...
by anjali
Wed May 16, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 11450

Re: Still struggling...

Hi BB. Others here have given you excellent advice and perspective. For what it's worth I would like to add one additional perspective. ...so the bottom line seems to be this; apart from Tibetan Buddhism that has its own unique take and the teachings of the Mahasiddhas - all traditions have at their...
by anjali
Tue May 15, 2012 12:31 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Any regular Mahamudra webcasts?
Replies: 58
Views: 10268

Re: Any regular Mahamudra webcasts?

Mahamudra is not as bound to transmissions as Dzogchen, when it is understood to be separate from the path of sutra and tantra. So it is very much acceptable to have books, DVD's and all the other forms spreading the teachings made available. It is, after all, a liberating instruction. The Quintess...
by anjali
Mon May 14, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 11450

Re: Still struggling...

@anjali Thanks for that...really interesting - particularly re Mahamudra and the essential crux of many tibetan practices being the same as Samatha and Vipassana....more for me to think about :) But yes, please PM me with other info if you think it will help! BB Ok. I'll send some info in PM. If yo...
by anjali
Mon May 14, 2012 3:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: esoteric meaning for the three jewels
Replies: 4
Views: 607

Re: esoteric meaning for the three jewels

Thank you Namdrol and sangyey for your comments. They have been helpful. I continued to do a bit of research, which is probably what I should have done to begin with. Once I saw the connection of Buddha = Mind, Dharma = Speech, Sangha = Body, everything fell into place. Buddha: Mind: Dharmakaya: emp...
by anjali
Sun May 13, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: esoteric meaning for the three jewels
Replies: 4
Views: 607

esoteric meaning for the three jewels

I was wondering about an esoteric meaning for the triple jewels: Buddham saranam gachammi; Dharmam saranam gachammi; Sangham saranam gachammi. Is it acceptable to view the three refugees in the following way? "Buddham" represents the nature of mind, the cognizant, awake quality. "Dharmam" represents...
by anjali
Sat May 12, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 11450

Re: Still struggling...

Hi All...and apologies for not responding - its been a busy week! I still feel like we're skimming around the issue rather than answering it definitively. The two schools are so far apart in their approach so as to seem completely different. Simply put - Vajrayana does (however you dress it) fill t...
by anjali
Wed May 02, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 124115

Re: No-self and Rigpa

Xabir, 'What I realized also is that authoritative self-realized students of direct students of both Ramana Maharishi and Nisargadatta Maharaj called me a 'Jnani', inviting me to give satsangs and write books'. Who are these so called authoritative self realized students of Ramana Maharshi and Nisa...
by anjali
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question about Zen School
Replies: 31
Views: 3645

Re: Question about Zen School

I do think it will be interesting to try and incorporate the art of Zen buddha into my Christian prayer life. If you are interested in the interface between Zen and Christianity, take a look at these works by William Johnston: The Mirror Mind: Zen-Christian Dialogue Christian Zen: A Way of Meditati...
by anjali
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yeah, Dzogchen is confusing
Replies: 126
Views: 10639

Re: Yeah, Dzogchen is confusing

I came to Buddhism initially out of curiosity and to learn how to meditate, to figure out the "truth" from firsthand experience and to be happy. I believed enlightenment was possible and I wanted to do it. Why not? Then, I learned there was mahayana and that I should really want to help all beings ...

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