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by smcj
Sat May 09, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2585

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: 2585

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 9:22 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 41
Views: 2585

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: 2585

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: 2585

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: 2585

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: 4408

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: 1606

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: 1606

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: 568

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...
by smcj
Mon May 04, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 4408

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

...meaning I don’t think the others are as complete. However that’s the same as saying Sakyamuni’s teachings are the expression of Buddha Activity that best suits my karma. It is how things seem from my karmic ignorance. That’s all. It’s not as if I’m standing on “the other shore” as I say this. It...
by smcj
Mon May 04, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 4408

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

Different basis, different path, different result. That's all there is to it. You are clearly coming from a perennialist perspective, to which you are entitled, but the idea that all religions lead to the same goal is just silly. The last chapter of the Uttaratantra talks about how Buddha Activity ...
by smcj
Mon May 04, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen, COVID-19 & the prophecy received by Dudjom Lingpa
Replies: 71
Views: 4408

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

Different basis, different path, different result. That's all there is to it. You are clearly coming from a perennialist perspective, to which you are entitled, but the idea that all religions lead to the same goal is just silly. The last chapter of the Uttaratantra talks about how Buddha Activity ...
by smcj
Mon May 04, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 52
Views: 2213

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

Dependent origination must be flatly incorrect: it states arising and cessation do occur. My understanding is that’s why Tsongkhapa’s Madhyamaka allows for Dependent Origination to have a provisional status. So Gelugpas avoid this problem. Ditto for the four truths. If you’re okay with suffering th...
by smcj
Sun May 03, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 222
Views: 47876

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Wayfarer wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 9:45 am
Agree. ‘Meditation’ has become a technique, something which can be bought and sold.
:jawdrop:
by smcj
Sun May 03, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 222
Views: 47876

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php ... start=80
Malcolm wrote: Dharma is not about meditating. This is vastly misunderstood point. The Buddha did not meditate in order to achieve awakening.
:jawdrop:
by smcj
Sun May 03, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Origins of Vajrayana
Replies: 27
Views: 1484

Re: Origins of Vajrayana

yagmort wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 4:30 pm

but i'd like to know if by practicing Vajrayana we are actually practising reformulated shivaism?
That’s the accusation the Hinayana makes. Thus the reason for a separate DhammaWheel website for those kinds of perspectives.

But here that’s rejected.
by smcj
Sat May 02, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?
Replies: 33
Views: 1606

Re: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?

“Progressive Stages on Meditation on Emptiness” by Khenpo Tsultrim. It’s also available as an audiobook from Amazon.
by smcj
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 1525

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

Gelugpas are not Yogacarins. They teach Madhyamaka as the ultimate view, but as interpreted by Tsognkhapa. The other schools use the Chandrakirti interpretation primarily.
Malcolm trained in Sakya. He's preference understandable.
by smcj
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lama Surya Das walks into Town Bagel in Massapequa and says...
Replies: 34
Views: 1472

Re: Lama Surya Das walks into Town Bagel in Massapequa and says...

Nagarjuna (a very rough quotation, maybe even a paraphrase, doubtless someone else can be more accurate):Those who believe that things are real are stupid like cows. Those who believe they are unreal are even more stupid. I like that. But I wonder how that squares with Chandrakirti’s “things do not...

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