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by pueraeternus
Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

….but sraddha? This sounds so much like, at best, the most strident strain of Pureland faith, or at worse, evangelical Christianity. It is my personal thesis that our aversion (yes, that kind of aversion) to anything reminiscent of Christianity is a massive handicap to a fruitful Dharma practice. W...
by pueraeternus
Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

As noted, meeting the teachings depends on meritorious causes. Liberation however does not. Oh I think liberation does depend on meritorious causes, esp when direct introduction ain't working, one still need to do work. Oh you mean those indriyas. But how did you get from that to "Direct introducti...
by pueraeternus
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Could you share a few examples of such ways to introduce beings to Dzogchen when they have never come into contact with it before? This is covered in the teaching call the six liberations, liberation through seeing, hearing, taste, touch, smell and recollection. These are six means to create conduc...
by pueraeternus
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Meeting the path depends on cause and effect, but this was never denied. Wonderful. I think this resolved some queries here. There are all kinds of ways devised to ensure the beings contact with Dzogchen teachings. And the Dzogchen tantras themselves assert that all sentient beings will be liberate...
by pueraeternus
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Yes, of course, there are causes and conditions related to achieving a precious human birth, who ever said otherwise. So ultimately the practice of the path still depends on cause and effect. Successfully introduction to the natural state is akin to the path of seeing, and even after that there is ...
by pueraeternus
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Malcolm wrote:
pueraeternus wrote: So how do one attain this non-dual view?
You receive direct introduction to your own state.
So there is cause and condition to attaining this view?

What if the direct introduction didn't work?
by pueraeternus
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Malcolm wrote:
pueraeternus wrote:
So what is that dependent on?
Whether you have the non-dual view or not.
  • As samsara was abandoned for something else,
    nirvana will not be realized
-- Hevajra Tantra
So how do one attain this non-dual view?
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

smcj wrote: But my suffering is not acceptable, even in the abstract.
But ultimately there is no my or others. So you are saying suffering is not perfect, nor acceptable?
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Malcolm wrote:
pueraeternus wrote:
Malcolm wrote: The sun is perfect, clouds are perfect, where can there be anything which is not already perfect?
Is suffering perfect?
That depends on who you are.
So what is that dependent on?
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals
Replies: 174
Views: 13000

Re: In the KUNJED GYALPO says it is of no use to do rituals

Malcolm wrote: The sun is perfect, clouds are perfect, where can there be anything which is not already perfect?
Is suffering perfect?
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon resources?
Replies: 17
Views: 4178

Re: Shingon resources?

DrLang wrote: I have no idea. Generally the extent to which an acarya will share esoteric practices seems to vary a lot. It looks like one of the weekly practices may include recitation of the Rishukyo, which is an esoteric text. That is more than I would normally expect.
Interesting. Thanks again!
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 38807

Re: Shingon resources?

DrLang wrote: I have no idea. Generally the extent to which an acarya will share esoteric practices seems to vary a lot. It looks like one of the weekly practices may include recitation of the Rishukyo, which is an esoteric text. That is more than I would normally expect.
Interesting. Thanks again!
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon resources?
Replies: 17
Views: 4178

Re: Shingon resources?

From the biography on the website, it seems Rev Tanaka no longer resides in Vermont and has returned to Japan since the closure of the Mandala Buddhist Center in 1999. It seems he does visit his students in Vermont once a year or so though. But unfortunately this means there isn't a permanent Shing...
by pueraeternus
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 38807

Re: Shingon resources?

From the biography on the website, it seems Rev Tanaka no longer resides in Vermont and has returned to Japan since the closure of the Mandala Buddhist Center in 1999. It seems he does visit his students in Vermont once a year or so though. But unfortunately this means there isn't a permanent Shing...
by pueraeternus
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon resources?
Replies: 17
Views: 4178

Re: Shingon resources?

If you're in New York and can make a road trip, you might consider going to visit Rev. Tanaka in Vermont. You might want to send him an email if you're interested because it looks like he's often not there. http://www.mandalavermont.org/ From the biography on the website, it seems Rev Tanaka no lon...
by pueraeternus
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 38807

Re: Shingon resources?

If you're in New York and can make a road trip, you might consider going to visit Rev. Tanaka in Vermont. You might want to send him an email if you're interested because it looks like he's often not there. http://www.mandalavermont.org/ From the biography on the website, it seems Rev Tanaka no lon...
by pueraeternus
Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Understanding the Abhidharmakosa
Replies: 10
Views: 1642

Re: Understanding the Abhidharmakosa

For those who are interested, Ven. Sangpo's recent reworked translation, in 4 vols, is worth checking out. I've just finished teaching an MA level Abhidharma course here at FGU, which included numerous readings in the Kosa-bhasya. At first I used Pruden's from de la Vallee Poussin, but in the end I...
by pueraeternus
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."
Replies: 788
Views: 47554

Re: "...but the science of Buddhism will never change."

The members of the Bene Gesserit delegation had wanted to know if she required proofs of their allegations. She'd given them an angry answer out of their own manuals: "All proofs inevitably lead to propositions which have no proof! All things are known because we want to believe in them." "But we h...
by pueraeternus
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Akshobhya Pure Land end
Replies: 68
Views: 7916

Re: Akshobhya Pure Land end

In other posts I read otherwise. Every Buddha can be said to be a Dharmakaya, because Dharmakaya is the True Nature, there is no differenciation, no dualism, etc. It is said that Nirmakaya is the illusory body that is manifested in Samsara, Sambhogakaya the Rewarding Body, and Dharmakaya the Buddha...
by pueraeternus
Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Akshobhya Pure Land end
Replies: 68
Views: 7916

Re: Akshobhya Pure Land end

Amitabha will manifest death when he enters parinirvana and hand over Sukhavati to Avalokiteshvara. Yes, that what it is said. And here we will enter a debate of whether Amitabha is a Sambhogakaya or Nirmanakaya. According to Shantao, Amitabha's Paranirvana is just illusory, because otherwise he wi...

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