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by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 10752

Re: Buddha Nature

Sorry TMingyur, but you're mistaken. Take a look at the Uttaratantra shastra which will make it clear that emptiness and clarity are inseparable in the tathagatagarbha, yet it involves no self, no subject or object. It is nondual wisdom. Perhaps you feel your view is superior to this fundamental Mah...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 10752

Re: Buddha Nature

White Lotus, You said this in a previous post: "there is no awareness inherent in buddha nature, since if there were, it could be eroded, it would still be something, and being something could be eroded. having said that though there is the appearance of awareness, but it not being awareness. it bei...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 10752

Re: Buddha Nature

TMingyur,

Have you taken a look at the link to Maitreya's Treatise on Buddha Nature that I posted above? I think you might find it very worthwhile.

Brian
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicaryavatara.
Replies: 30
Views: 4435

Re: Bodhicaryavatara.

The point here is simply that if the statement was made as indirectly quoted by Catmoon ("The post is not there") it is a very unskillful and absurd statement made by this person called "teacher" here. I would question the qualification as "teacher" of a person speaking in such irrational terms. Bu...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicaryavatara.
Replies: 30
Views: 4435

Re: Bodhicaryavatara.

While there may be an objective reality out there, your entire experience of it is contained within your mind right? If your experience of objective reality is all mental, then what's the difference between saying external reality exists inside or outside your mind? Does it even matter? If there we...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 10752

Re: Buddha Nature

Here's a link to a free downloadable commentary on Maitreya's Mahayana-Uttaratantra shastra on Buddha Nature. The commentary is by present-day Bhutanese master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and is based on a commentary by 19th century Tibetan master Mipham Rinpoche. In the intro, Rinpoche says that his...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:34 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Essential nature.
Replies: 28
Views: 3530

Re: Essential nature.

This is interesting because exactly the same has been validly said about those who cling to "nature of mind" or "buddha nature". And this exactly has been the reason for some to reason against those views and their methods. Even the Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings warn of not correctly ascertainin...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Essential nature.
Replies: 28
Views: 3530

Re: Essential nature.

Now considering all this what is the use of specially emphasizing the "nature of the mind"? Kind regards TMingyur, The use is that the emptiness of the mind can be experienced right off, whereas the emptiness of the apple, for instance, can only be conceptualized right off. Beyond that, in a much s...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 27831

Re: The Lotus Sutra

As a person that used to practice this Sutra and believed like Nichiren did that it was openly taught by the Buddha I have a question . Laura posted: The tradition in Mahayana states that the Lotus Sutra was written down at the time of the Buddha and stored for five hundred years in the realm of th...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

Hmh ... guru yoga ... I forgot that ... Well in that case perhaps I do practice vajrayana ... at least a little bit ... :smile: Kind regards Hi, TMingyur. Though it is one of many methods, I would have to say that Guru Yoga is at the very heart of Vajrayana practice. :namaste: M Definitely. I can't...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

See if there is no other vajrayana than this then I open-heartedly admit that I do not have the capacity for vajrayana at all. No problem with that. Reading Yeshe's description it is simply too much effort for what is simply ritualistic. Now you may say that my view is completely wrong (from the va...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

In the case of one HYT empowerment and the extensive sadhana, after the empowerment itself I took around 50 pages of handwritten notes 'live' to accompany a printed commentary of around 400 pages. In adition to that,there is instruction on the use of vajra, bell and damaru, not to mention mudras, a...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

Hi Pema, If I'm understanding you correctly, you're expressing that the visualizations can encompass a variety of sense-consciousnesses and that it's specific to the sadhana and the instructions from the guru. Am I understanding you correctly? Laura, Each tradition bases its approach to generation ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

I am conversant with the practices and the role of the guru. I am not concerned here with a misunderstanding of the practice, but the reason behind the often extensive descriptions of what we are to 'see', for example in terms of the guru, throne, mandala, body mandala etc. and hardly any guidance ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

Yeshe, The word visualize refers exclusively to a function of the mental consciousness, which is the only consciousness that can conceptualize. The eye consciousness is utterly non-conceptual and can only inform the mental consciousness with raw visual data by way of the eyes. Only the mental consci...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Dharma books and practice supports?
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Looking for Dharma books and practice supports

You're very welcome, Muni and Laura, and it's nice to see you both as well.
:anjali:
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

Thank you all. I am familiar with the sounds described,in terms of mantras, seed syllables etc., but that's not really what I meant. As an example, I was wondering why, for example, the charnel grounds are not described in terms of sound. It would normally be rare in a description to give only a vi...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

When they talk about associated syllables in the visualizations, maybe that is intended as sound. Maybe yer supposed to hear the "OM". If one has any question about what to do in a given sadhana, one should speak with either one's lama or another lama knowledgeable of it. For those who practice HYT...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No Sound in Visualisations ?
Replies: 46
Views: 6549

Re: No Sound in Visualisations ?

*edit: sorry, but I felt the need to delete this because I spoke too openly on this subject.
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Dharma books and practice supports?
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Looking for Dharma books and practice supports?

Hey guys, A friend at our temple, Gyatrul Rinpoche's Tashi Choling, asked me to get the word out in the Buddhist parts of the blogosphere and the net in general about our nonprofit organization Vimala's Dharma store (http://www.vimalatreasures.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;), for...

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