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by Jeff
Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does it mean to pray to the guru?
Replies: 29
Views: 1698

Re: What does it mean to pray to the guru?

What if someone meets a phony guru who is an excellent actor and very educated in the Dharma in an intellectual sense, but a liar and samaya breaker on the inside? They have an outward appearance identical to any qualified guru. If the students are totally oblivious to this actor's faults, will the...
by Jeff
Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 11645

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

Yes, you are correct. Books are basically useless. Like the proverbial looking at the finger instead of the moon, let alone "becoming the moon". As Huineng, the Sixth Patriarch of Chan instructed (Platform Sutra, ch 10, tr BTTS): "Since they maintain they have no need of written words, they should ...
by Jeff
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 11645

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

for anyone who doesn't know that is a line from a very famous zen/chan statement traditionally attributed to bodhidharma. here it is in full: "a special transmission outside the scriptures, not founded upon words and letters. by pointing directly to one's mind, It lets one see into one's own true n...
by Jeff
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: can one mind enter another?
Replies: 125
Views: 7252

Re: can one mind enter another?

Yes, it explains both how it is possible and how it works. When you are less distracted by your own thoughts, you can perceive the thoughts of others more easily. A mind is both unimpeded and unimpeding by nature. It should be taken literally. This is true. In an attempt to answer the question of h...
by Jeff
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: can one mind enter another?
Replies: 125
Views: 7252

Re: can one mind enter another?

hello dear friends, yes. my mind wrote this. and now this trace of my mind is in yours ))). but can one mind enter another in "real time "? I mean could you read this as I think about it, before I express it with words? Yes, it is definitely possible. Though getting specifics like words or numbers ...
by Jeff
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong
Replies: 280
Views: 24233

Re: Yogacara + Tathagatagharba = Shentong

But the Buddha never wanted anyone to merely have blind faith and leave it at that. Right. That's why earlier I made the point that in Christianity the objective is faith and in Vajrayana the prerequisite is faith. The Path starts there, but you've got to follow up with practice. That is very diffe...
by Jeff
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Alaya-vijnana it is shared or subjective storage?
Replies: 20
Views: 3239

Re: Alaya-vijnana it is shared or subjective storage?

Fortyeightvows wrote:can others experiance the result of a seed we have planted?
Depending on your concept of result, yes, this can be easily experientally verified by anyone who has begun to expand beyond the local body mind.
by Jeff
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can women become Buddhas?
Replies: 333
Views: 25328

Re: Can women become Buddhas?

Jikan: If you read the sutra, including the passages that Malcolm has helpfully quoted, you cannot help but notice that the naga girl necessarily changes gender* before his instantaneous enlightenment. I did the google books search you recommended, and yeah, from a quick skim it does appear that th...
by Jeff
Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is "going with the flow"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: What is "going with the flow"?

I have been confused about the concept of going with the flow, acceptance, signs of the universe working against something, what is meant to be, etc for quite some time. Where does one draw the line between going with the flow of the universe, and giving up? How do I know if something is not meant ...
by Jeff
Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Nāda yoga ~ Sound as Path ~ Sutra,Tantra,Mantra,Dzogchen
Replies: 58
Views: 12561

Re: Nāda yoga ~ Sound as Path ~ Sutra,Tantra,Mantra,Dzogchen

Thank you for the excellent overview. :smile:
by Jeff
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Bodhisattvas and Arhats
Replies: 3
Views: 1513

Re: Bodhisattvas and Arhats

Very nice. Thank you. :smile:
by Jeff
Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How respond to extreme passion/grasping in another person?
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: How respond to extreme passion/grasping in another perso

I don't see what is wrong with strong attraction? Well, just that this was not the topic mentioned in the initial post, but rather extreme of the neurosis of passion/grasping There are worlds of difference between "strong attraction" and the "extreme of the neurosis of passion/grasping". Are there ...
by Jeff
Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How respond to extreme passion/grasping in another person?
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: How respond to extreme passion/grasping in another perso

... Thank you, I thought this too, and it went on for so long it made me wonder if there was actually something happening from HER side. But I kind of agree the problem must still be with me. It’s baffling. ... I become so vulnerable I crumble. It’s ridiculous. There was a time I depended on her, b...
by Jeff
Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How respond to extreme passion/grasping in another person?
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: How respond to extreme passion/grasping in another perso

Such energy from others can be very helpful for better understanding your own issues and fears. Rather than blame another person, consider instead to watch and examine yourself and your emotions in the situation. Why do you feel small and insecure in her presence? Why does it feel aggressive to you?...
by Jeff
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: knowledge of a bodhisattva and/or stream enterer
Replies: 11
Views: 915

Re: knowledge of a bodhisattva and/or stream enterer

I'd like to know how members of this board might respond to this question: Would a stream enterer or bodhisattva necessarily have direct knowledge of how rebirth works? (as distinct from accepting karma/rebirth as a doctrine, or understanding it doctrinally) exploring an idea raised in this post: h...
by Jeff
Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about rebirth, space, and time
Replies: 24
Views: 1525

Re: Question about rebirth, space, and time

It is more like each life is complete on its own, but is a fractured component of a broader whole. Each life resides in time and space, but the whole is beyond/transcends time and space. Deeper realization is about clearing the obstructions that create the percieved separation. Is this your take or...
by Jeff
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about rebirth, space, and time
Replies: 24
Views: 1525

Re: Question about rebirth, space, and time

It is more like each life is complete on its own, but is a fractured component of a broader whole. Each life resides in time and space, but the whole is beyond/transcends time and space. Deeper realization is about clearing the obstructions that create the percieved separation.

Best wishes.
by Jeff
Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a tree possess tree-ness?
Replies: 136
Views: 7366

Re: Does a tree possess tree-ness?

It doesn't work this way for me for a lamp, which is clearly a collection of human-designed and manufactured parts. Whatcha think? A tree would contain Ch'i or qi, but not a lamp. A tree is actually alive but a lamp is not. Perhaps it's not some "essential-ness" but just the presence of Chi. :smile...