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by DarwidHalim
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Six Perfections question
Replies: 50
Views: 4513

Re: Six Perfections question

Is engaging in the six perfections at all times a requirement of the engaged bodhicitta vows not aspiring? It seems that the six perfections also go with aspirational bodhicitta though as in the prayer 'by the practice of generosity and other far reaching attitude, may I attain'.......where the pra...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and the dogma of non-duality
Replies: 141
Views: 16467

Re: Zen and the dogma of non-duality

There is NO such thing as nonduality in Buddhism, including Zen. :crazy: [T]he real condition of existence appears in different forms, either pure or impure, but its real nature does not change. This is why it is said that it is nondual. "Nondual" is in fact a term that is used in dzogchen a great ...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and the dogma of non-duality
Replies: 141
Views: 16467

Re: Zen and the dogma of non-duality

Not to suggest that there is no such thing as non-duality, no, of course not. The existence of non-duality is beyond questioning. I sometimes wonder though, maybe some have drunk the non-dual Kool-Aid a bit too deeply. For example, on a Zen Buddhist forum I created a poll which asked the simple que...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who do Buddhists pray to?
Replies: 15
Views: 2628

Re: Who do Buddhists pray to?

I don't intend to open up a topic on Buddhism and the existence of God, but I'm confused about who Buddhists pray to. Do they pray to Sakyamuni? Amitabha? Avolekitesvara? Taras? Brahma? How does this prayer differ from Judeo-Christian and Islamic prayer? We do not pray to Creator because no creater...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Six Perfections question
Replies: 50
Views: 4513

Re: Six Perfections question

sangyey wrote:Are the six perfections something that you should try to be engaged in at all times?
If you have these wisdom of emptiness and boddhicitta, whatever you do are automatically six perfection.

You want it or you don't want it, all your actions become 6 perfections.
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and Vajrayana
Replies: 5
Views: 1205

Re: Mahayana and Vajrayana

I'm exploring Tibetan Buddhism at present and would appreciate some clarity on the following aspects: (1) If one intends to practice Tibetan Buddhism, does this automatically include vajrayana (tantric practices)? What I'm asking is - can one practice only the Mayahana aspects and still call it Tib...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 9194

Re: Buddha Nature

Hello All, Great to be here. As a Theravada practitioner who once practiced Zen (and still attends zazen sessions and zen dharma talks on campus since it's the most convenient sangha for me), I often have questions concerning Mahayana teachings and concepts. A question I currently have concerns Bud...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 14071

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Hi: Mahayanists sometimes get accused of misinterpreting paticcasamuppada (dependent origination). My experience has been that those making the accusations are often not aware of the Mahayana emphasis on sunyata . But what is the relationship between sunyata and paticcasamuppada? Is understanding e...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empty Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 2102

Re: Empty Mind

devilyoudont wrote:What mind is it that is empty?

What emptiness is it that is mind?

:juggling:
There is neither mind nor emptiness.
There is neither no-mind nor no-emptiness.

So, what can you expect from your question?
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 3342

Re: Delusion

devilyoudont wrote:If cessation is spontaneous, what practice can bring you enlightenment?

If cessation is gradual, what practice CAN'T bring you enlightenment?
Cessation is not spontaneous nor gradual. It is natural (automatically).
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mantras
Replies: 28
Views: 3884

Re: Mantras

Do mantras have meaning? Or are they empty of meaning? For instance, the Chenrezig mantra seems to have attached to it certain perfections, purifications, colors, symbols, etc. There appears to be a number of interpretations surrounding what a person should be thinking when chanting the mantra. The...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are some "must have" books?
Replies: 90
Views: 10714

Re: What are some "must have" books?

Actually there are so many must have books :rolling: This is my list: The words of my perfect teacher. Steps on the Path to Enlightenment. Boddhisattva Way of Life. Natural Liberation. The Flight of Garuda. Heart Sutra The Sun of Wisdom. There are still many other books. But, those books can be your...
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Gelugpa View Overshadowing Madhyamaka
Replies: 12
Views: 1598

Re: Gelugpa View Overshadowing Madhyamaka

alwayson wrote:I thought I read in some book where it talks about how the Gelugpa view of Madhyamaka overshadowed Madhyamaka studies.

Or something like that.

Does anyone remember where that is?
I think you read a wrong book :rolling:

All 4 schools in Tibetan have the view of Madhyamaka Prasangika.
by DarwidHalim
Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Benefits of Nagarjuna / Dangers of Existence & Non-Existence
Replies: 79
Views: 8740

Re: Benefits of Nagarjuna / Dangers of Existence & Non-Existence

Greetings, What did Nagarjuna explain to be the dangers of (explicit or implicit) belief in Existence and Non-Existence? Let's just assume for the moment that Nagarjuna was right... so what? What is the practical implication to one's pursuit of the Buddhist path? How does belief in Existence or Non...

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