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by smcj
Thu May 14, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Re: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism

However, I realize Buddhism is more than simply Theravada and I would like to understand what The Dhamma means to others. I hope that is a bit more clear. “Indestructible Truth” by Reginald Ray was (maybe is?) used as the text for the Into to Buddhism 101 course at Naropa University. It’s written b...
by smcj
Wed May 13, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Re: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism

Are you looking for an overview or actual teachings?
by smcj
Wed May 13, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1225

Re: All life is suffering

There’s 3 types of suffering: Gross suffering The suffering of change The suffering of compounded experience ...the example of meeting a loved one you haven’t seen for a long time, and so you both hug, and it is the most joyful feeling. But, what if you then could not stop, like you were glued toget...
by smcj
Tue May 12, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bad deeds with good intention
Replies: 96
Views: 2242

Re: Bad deeds with good intention

Hello, I'm wondering, how can one avoid commiting bad deeds, when one's intention is good? It has happend many times, that people were commiting negative deeds, but their intention was good, for example: Hitler, christian inquisition, wars, buddhist meat-eaters, (in my opinion paying for building s...
by smcj
Tue May 12, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 3498

Re: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa

This is a fun area to discuss but as soon as you get into comparative religion you realize that you're comparing activities, concepts and words that might seem superficially similar, but really aren't. On other threads I've mentioned a book I came across by accident titled "I Was a Monk" by John Te...
by smcj
Tue May 12, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 217
Views: 45784

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

"Conviction" aka faith, means you have to take someone else's word for it. Buddhadharma recognizes three sources of authority, not merely one, as some modern interpreters of Buddhism maintain. What are the three? Direct perception, inference, and testimony of reliable witnesses. These days, many pe...
by smcj
Mon May 11, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 3498

Re: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa

So there is a causal link to praying to god and then getting direct introduction? I’ve always thought of Christianity as a form of guru-yoga. :stirthepot: I’m posting that just to be provocative, but I actually do see it as similar to guru yogas of past masters. Your own guru is a somewhat differen...
by smcj
Mon May 11, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1225

Re: All life is suffering

My rock’n’roll level understanding is the Rolling Stones song “Can’t get No Satisfaction”. (Or at least no lasting satisfaction.)

But then again I do like to oversimplify. :tongue:
by smcj
Sun May 10, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 3498

Re: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa

That’s a key reason why I can’t be Christian. I cannot reconcile the existence of evil with divine omnipotence. There are other reasons for my preference to Buddhism too, but this one came up in the context of this thread. Yeah, same reason I am not Buddhist. I just can't reconcile the idea that al...
by smcj
Sat May 09, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2128

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

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by smcj
Sat May 09, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2128

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

In a nutshell my current understanding is that our sense of identity is not our essence and is untrue, it is a falsehood. Thus our loyalty to it is misplaced. This includes our emotionality, our habits, our opinions and our perspectives. Basically the whole shebang. The only thing authentic about ou...
by smcj
Fri May 08, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1120
Views: 48037

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Put in your age and health status. You’ll get a ballpark figure for your chances of death if infected.


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by smcj
Fri May 08, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2128

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

If a river dries up, is it still a river? No. It is demonstrating the Truth of Cessation. In the case of Parinirvana, yes. There was a thread recently when Malcolm was explaining cessation in the Shravakayana (I think). The Arhat’s enlightenment pre-death was “Cessation with Remainder”. So evidentl...
by smcj
Fri May 08, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2128

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Grigoris wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 7:22 pm
smcj wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 3:31 pm
How about a river? I always liked that analogy ‘cause a riverbed can dry up and is thus shown to be “empty of water” (self).
If a river dries up, is it still a river?
No. It is demonstrating the Truth of Cessation.
by smcj
Fri May 08, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2128

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

No, something cannot be unchanging and changing at the same time. It is impossible. How about a river? I always liked that analogy ‘cause a riverbed can dry up and is thus shown to be “empty of water” (self). Right. The skandhas go away ? My understanding is that the ultimate nature of mind is Dhar...
by smcj
Fri May 08, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2128

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

No, something cannot be unchanging and changing at the same time. It is impossible.
How about a river? I always liked that analogy ‘cause a riverbed can dry up and is thus shown to be “empty of water” (self).
by smcj
Thu May 07, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 3498

Re: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa

The problem is that according to your definition, buddha activity is limited by karma. For Christians, etc., God's power has no limits. So they will never agree. I’m not petitioning Christians for agreement. I’m sharing how I expand my view beyond the limitations of culture and history. Lower down ...
by smcj
Wed May 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?
Replies: 33
Views: 1115

Re: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?

I thought this would be a good thread to post: Live Webcast Teaching May 16 - 17, 2020 At the request of individuals and groups from around the world, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has graciously consented to give a two-day teaching on Chapters 1 and 4 of Master Nagarjuna's "Precious Garland (rinchen ...
by smcj
Wed May 06, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?
Replies: 33
Views: 1115

Re: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?

Khenpo Tsultrim’s “Progressive Meditation on Stages of Emptiness” is an excellent survey of the different views of emptiness from all 3 Turning of the Wheel. With that overview as a start you can go deeper with further study.
by smcj
Tue May 05, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety

But I cannot bear the thought of it all being illusory, just like a dream. Good. That shows you how attached you are to seeing things as “real” and reliable. Whether you study emptiness of self, or the emptiness of phenomena, or the nature of mind, the normal impulse to grasp at things as being ult...

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