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by smcj
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 17136

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

You aren't actually saying anything but seem to be chastising others for talking,
Do you see benefit in re-hashing lama dramas? How so?
by smcj
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 17136

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Mundane mind, samsara, unawareness, and marigpa are all synonyms. This includes all criticisms and opinions, even well intentioned politically correct opinions. At some point in the practice of Dharma one has to go beyond that. This is not to say suffering that can be eased should be ignored. Far fr...
by smcj
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 17136

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

You really gonna jump into a thread about the serious sexual abuse of women and conflate it as some kind of pie in the sky Polyanna-ism? What a crap thing to do. Focus on the fact that women are actually being abused, and not whatever bone you are picking at. For me there are a few issues here. The...
by smcj
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 811

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

All views are not wrong views. If all views were wrong views then why is Right View a factor of the Noble Eight-Fold Path and why is it clearly defined by Shakyamuni Buddha as well as many other places? Right views are like a compass that points to magnetic North. It’s not true North, but it’s good...
by smcj
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 811

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

At this point in time I understand that... ***** “Self” would be findable and be unchanging—and therefore it would be inert, limited and unsatisfactory (dukkha). It is inauthentic living. Your Buddha Nature is limitless, dynamic and free. When unhindered by the illusion of self it is authentic livin...
by smcj
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?
Replies: 14
Views: 639

Re: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?

The first noble truth is life is duhhka, which is translated as unsatisfaction or unease
Think “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones.
by smcj
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Historically the whole Shentong thing started when a Sakya scholar met a group of Kalachakra practitioners that had gained realization. The Jonangpas would take exception to Dolbupa being called a Sakyapa. They said emptiness was not at all the way it was presented in Madhyamaka. So the scholar too...
by smcj
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Historically the whole Shentong thing started when a Sakya scholar met a group of Kalachakra practitioners that had gained realization. They said emptiness was not at all the way it was presented in Madhyamaka. So the scholar took it upon himself to take what these guys were saying and then went bac...
by smcj
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 9229

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

I always thought it was based on something to do with the winds and channels. But I’m just guessing.
by smcj
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

krodha wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:54 pm
smcj wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:08 pm
Saying it is separate and Real is just adding emphasis.
Is it though?
That’s how it is taught.
Once I become a Buddha I’ll let you know how it actually is—if I can find the words.
by smcj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I have really come around to the Shentong presentation via the Kagyu presentation. If you’re really interested, Brunnhölzl’s “When Clouds Part” is an excellent read on the subject. He has a whole section with summaries of how various Karma Kagyu masters have interpreted Shentong over the centuries....
by smcj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I do not believe that there is a definitive right way to put this. Ultimately the “other shore” is ineffable, and once you arrive the Dharma is just the words your boat was built from. I like Shentong because it says Reality has the positive qualities of Buddha Nature. There’s a version of Rangtong ...
by smcj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Nine of these passages support your claim. Mine or smcj’s? smcj's...his claim that Dudjom R subordinates Dzogchen to sutrayāna madhyamaka of any kind. I do not claim that he “subordinates” Dzogchen at all. I claim he uses Great Madhyamaka/Shentong to declare the superiority of Dzogchen.
by smcj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 182
Views: 26820

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Anyone wants Rainbow body these days has to practice Guru Singhishwara. No, this is just standard Vajrayāna hyperbole. Even if you practice this, there is no guarantee of rainbow body. Rainbow body depends on the practitioner, not the practice. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=28741&sta...
by smcj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

When I asked about followers of the Sakya tradition, Dezhung Rinpoché laughed and said they had to keep an open mind about the topic (dag snang dgos red) The first time I heard about was from Dezhung R. He was teaching at a Kalu R center, so I guess he thought it appropriate to do so. From what I c...
by smcj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Is the “third turning” gzhan stong or just Yogācāra? Seems only Yogācāra is being referenced in the excerpt despite the assertion that his use of “third turning” is supposed to be a reference to gzhan song 3rd Turning can be interpreted as Mind Only or Empty of Other. Here Rinpoche is interpreting ...
by smcj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR
Replies: 53
Views: 3006

Re: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR

You guys do know that beatings were common in pre-PRC monasteries, right?
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

...there's no distinction of rangtong and shentong in meditation on the natural state, only in choosing how much one feels one should say about it when teaching about it.
That's the only importance point to the whole discussion.
by smcj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2520

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

In his "Big Red Book" Dudjom R. explains that Dzogchen is superior specifically because it has the Great Madhyamaka/Shentong view. We have had that discussion before. It seems to me that what Dudjom Rinpoche is actually saying here is that the 2nd turning, aka Prajnaparamita, and the 3rd turning, a...

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