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by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Recognizing rigpa
Replies: 25
Views: 2164

Re: Recognizing rigpa

cepheidvariable wrote:... ngondro ...
Oh dear.
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 23193

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

Nemo wrote:... Had my first online death threat ...
Your description says you are located in Canada. If the threat originated in the US, PM me, that is very likely a criminal offense.
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Recognizing rigpa
Replies: 25
Views: 2164

Re: Recognizing rigpa

... shamatha ... rigpa ... It's not a ridiculous question. Shamatha/vipashyana practice in the context of the hinayana seeks to produce a state or experience. As such, it seeks a "result". It does this by resting attention on more or less subtle objects, such as breathing, or emptiness, and then ob...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Nagarjuna
Replies: 9
Views: 959

Lotus Nagarjuna

Hi all This may be a stupid question. The other primordial Buddha thread made me think of this. I'm interested to learn what the Tiantai, Tendai, Nichiren etc. perspectives are on the original Indian authors like Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti. But in particular, it hadn't really clicked with me before ...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 7190

Re: Question about processes

rachmiel wrote:Or is another level mentioned outside the two truths paradigm?
What's the difference between appearance and experience?
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 7190

Re: Question about processes

rachmiel wrote:So looking at the finger and looking at the moon are not essentially different.
There's no moon. The finger itself is a reflection of the moon.
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Righteous hatred
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Righteous hatred

Pretty much what JD and boomerang said.

You can pray for the nazi even as you're stabbing him with your bayonet.
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: how to be a buddhist?
Replies: 43
Views: 3427

Re: how to be a buddhist?

I get all that except the 'all emotions are pain' part. Happiness for instance, is an emotion and is not painful. If the reasoning is that emotions are painful because they are impermanent then it is redundant, and perhaps misleading because you would be assigning an inherent quality to emotions. O...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 6920

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

Tsongkhapafan wrote:... when people claim they can attain enlightenment by meditating on the clarity of the mind which is only a conventional truth ...
Maybe clarity of the mind is true, just not inherently true. :mrgreen:
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

Malcolm wrote:... vipaka.
That's one side of it. The real question is where is the optimal point where "prasangika bodhisattva" becomes contradictory.
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

Saying the self is dependently originated is precisely the same thing as as saying inherent existence is dependently originated. In other words it is a total contradiction in terms. And so karma also contains this contradiction. Why is it called a "contradiction" however? What are the two views con...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Lonely Buddhist
Replies: 21
Views: 1721

Re: Lonely Buddhist

Welcome to Dharmawheel, Amidel. ... That's why I'm here on this forum now. I like having some other likeminded people to talk to. And Sangha is one of the three main components of taking refuge, so, especially for us less experienced practitioners, it's important. Ah, but don't confuse the cosy san...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

No one claims the "l" dependently arises. For example a seed arises from a sprout based a on causes and conditions. But this is not the case with respect to the self. The self exists only as a designation without a basis of designation, unlike a seed and a sprout. How is a basis of designation diff...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 11825

Re: Rebirth and karma

rachmiel wrote:... this energy continues when the material is no more ...
Can energy can survive death? It's unanswerable.

But - can death survive space?

:alien:
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:26 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

The realm of convention is the realm of pramana, abhidharma, vinaya. Even things like geomancy, arts and medicine exist in Tibetan traditions of BuddhaDharma. It's not necessary to graft any of these onto the Ontological Investigative tools provided by Madhyamaka. So yes, distinguishing the two is ...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

PS: Actually I think the point is that distinguishing the two is easily done by convention, but for purposes of negating them, distinguishing the two is not relevant. I don't know which is the more compassionate view honestly, and I think that does matter. Because seeing someone bleeding by the side...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:45 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

No one equated a relatively appearing automobile with a hallucinogenically caused automobile. I can assure you that our view of conventions distinguishes the two. Cone, no agenda here, could I ask you to elaborate. If Kagyupas distinguish the two, how do they do that? What is wrong with saying that...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

In a dream you think it is all real. When you wake, you realize it was not real. If I am a worldly person, I can't say the dream was "not real", the same way I can't say the movie is "not real". Even when I wake up, if I say the dream is "not real" then I'm saying it didn't function at all. But eve...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
Replies: 966
Views: 41614

Re: How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics

You think worldly people are able to distinguish between existence and "inherent existence?" Yes, otherwise they would all be unable to distinguish whether they were dreaming or awake. If you tell someone that when they are eating a cheese sandwich "it is like when you are watching a movie", they w...
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Inherent deja vu all over again
Replies: 190
Views: 11285

Re: Inherent deja vu all over again

I think a major difference is that Sakyas and those who follow Sapan, as well a Nyingmapas, reject the idea that Buddhist epistemology (pramāṇa) has any soteriological value; whereas the Gelugpas and some Kagyus, such as Drigung, think it has soteriological value. Both sides appear to be saying tha...

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