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by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas
Replies: 27
Views: 4728

Re: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas

Maybe experiencing suchness :quoteunquote: in equipoise is easy - but carrying it out into karma reality is the difficult thing. That's the thing, Tashi. It's not even easy to know suchness in equipoise according to Mahayana doctrine lol. If it were, many more of us would be liberated by now, since...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas
Replies: 27
Views: 4728

Re: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas

You and Catmoon have obviously missed my point. As long as there is all sorts of apprehension of characteristics of phenomena and preferences and clinging to pure vs impure, it's silly to speak as though one is actually experiencing everything in the post-meditative state as suchness. everything in...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas
Replies: 27
Views: 4728

Re: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas

though all is ultimately suchness, we are still conditioned by causes and effects. to deny cause and effect is to become a monster. if you prefer tea... then stick to tea. the preference is suchness. the aversion is suchness. inspite of things all being one, and ultimately the same dharmakaya, we a...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas
Replies: 27
Views: 4728

Re: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas

White Lotus wrote:i would prefer a cup of tea...
Now, within realization of suchness, which is beyond all concepts, how could there be preferences? Tea and turds are both equally suchness, are they not? Just like the emptiness of yourself, and the action of consumption?
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas
Replies: 27
Views: 4728

Re: Mahayana and the Dhyanas/Jhanas

‘All dharmas are śūnya’ as for four Dhyanas, perhaps that is limiting oneself to the world or particularisations and discriminations. i would say, learn to see that all is practice and that all practice is dhyana... just breathe. or perhaps have a cup of tea. Or perhaps, savor a succulent turd. How...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: a very unusual visiting lama
Replies: 25
Views: 5311

Re: a very unusual visiting lama

muni wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M01zhcd6ulI

See what prostration does with own stream of being, my two cents.
Oh wow, I was at those teachings with those sublime beings. :)
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: a very unusual visiting lama
Replies: 25
Views: 5311

Re: a very unusual visiting lama

I have several Dzogchen lamas and have been fortunate enough receive teachings from others still who are also Dzogchenpas and every single one of them always prostrates to the 3 Jewels and 3 Roots when entering the shrine room. These lamas are from different monasteries from all over Tibet. I've nev...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

This experience will cause phenomena to seem ephemeral, like insubstantial drawings, next to nothing. This mistake comes from not distinguishing between the absence of inherent existence and nonexistence. Failure to distinguish these makes it impossible to appreciate the dependent-arising of phenom...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Anyhow, Magnus is right that this tangent about perceiving buddhas and bodhisattvas in their sambhogakaya forms is irrelevant to the topic of the thread and I think that's been made sufficiently clear. If anyone still feels like they need to discuss it, it would be more appropriate to create a separ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Dear Pema, I did and I do understand no one have claimed that. Still in a discussion about objects of perception what is the point of discussing something no one percieved? /magnus Magnus, Yes, as you now know, that has been my point for some time. But when the question of whether or not the valid/...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Well.... no. I guess I just don't see why this should be. Chenrezig is a mental perception, and I don't understand why this perception should not be subject to the usual examinations. If he's not a mental perception then no one has ever heard of him, right? This discussion is getting out of hand. M...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Chenrezig is a mental perception, and I don't understand why this perception should not be subject to the usual examinations. If he's not a mental perception then no one has ever heard of him, right? What am I supposed to do - accept the existence of divine beings just because someone says they are...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Ordinary beings cannot perceive the sambhogakaya realm, only arya bodhisattvas and buddhas can, so it is outside the scope of the valid or invalid cognition argument, which again is analysis of ordinary perception. No, it really doesn't, because as I said, the Sambhogakaya realm and such are outsid...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Ordinary beings cannot perceive the sambhogakaya realm, only arya bodhisattvas and buddhas can, so it is outside the scope of the valid or invalid cognition argument, which again is analysis of ordinary perception. This opens a very large door. If we create a category of cognitions whose validity i...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

One thing seems clear to me though. And it isn't going to be popular. If you apply the standard tests of valid cognition to Chenrezig, that cognition will fail every single test, as has been pointed out already. Now this doesn't mean we have to throw out tantra, or that the Chenrezig idea isn't use...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Yes, I did mean to say objective reality, as in existing externally, independent of consciousness. The Sutras are very clear about that, but still people like to interpret it as still existing externally nonetheless. I separated your last sentence from the rest, because they seem a little different...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

How many different explanations of that have we heard?? At the end, everyone still says form is always objective reality, only... I'm not sure if you meant to say objective reality. I'm assuming you meant conventional or relative reality. In any case, Mahayana doctrine states that buddhas perceive ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

sorry, double post
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Non affirming negation
Replies: 93
Views: 14456

Re: Non affirming negation

Things like cups, which we all perceive and use, exist conventionally. They are not absolutely non-existent like a hare's horns or the son of a barren woman or a unicorn. However, they cannot be found on the ultimate level because there is no single, unified thing with the essence of cupness to it....
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Yangsi of Chagdud Tulku has been found
Replies: 23
Views: 7211

Re: Yangsi of Chagdud Tulku has been found

Yeshe, This was a thread about the reincarnation of a beloved, genuine teacher completely who, incidentally, was uninvolved with any pomp and circumstance in his former life, and was only dedicated to teaching the Dharma to anyone who came to him, and people were rejoicing about his return to this ...

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