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by smcj
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 48983

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

...hey doesn’t advaita seem like Dzogchen if you don’t think about it much?
Lol, I think most here will agree with that statement. :jumping:
by smcj
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 815

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

Thank you. Still best to read what the master says: The essence is the void, the real condition of the individual. This base is the condition of all individuals, whether they are aware of it or not, whether they are enlightened or in transmigration. It is said to be "pure from the beginning" (ka da...
by smcj
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 815

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

In the context of Dzogchen teachings, ngo-bo is called "essence" because in the Occident "essence" has often been used to denote either the main defining property of a thing or a being (that which makes it what it is, that which makes X X and not Y, the xness of an x) or even the substance of a thi...
by smcj
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 498

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

It is my impression that in Chinese culture Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism have all been mixed together like a soup. Buddhism did/does exist as separate tradition(s), but since your inquiry is about the culture, don’t just assume that Buddhism has a monopoly on things there. Now having said that...
by smcj
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 48983

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

I don’t see this as religions. There are results attested to here. Keep that in mind.
I like the way you assume that “religion” does not yield results. That assumption is not safe. Keep that in mind.
by smcj
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: What is Dualism truly?

Skillful use of appearances to benefit unawakened beings, coaxing them towards buddhahood, without forgetting the illusory nature of appearances and thus not falling back into confusion oneself :shrug: My understanding is such is the continual expression of the non-dual Nature as per the last chapt...
by smcj
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: What is Dualism truly?

What is dualism exactly?
This then leads to the question “what is non-dualism exactly?”
by smcj
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: What is Dualism truly?

Crazywisdom wrote: Subject/object dichotomy
+1
by smcj
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

This is because the ultimate reality is neither one nor many.
My dilettante’s rendering of the same idea is “monism—but minus any ‘one thing’”.

Merry Christmas.(from a non-dual perspective).
by smcj
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 80
Views: 5134

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

it's just that life will probably go better for you if you do, assuming they know you and care for you/are ethical.
...and have some level of attainment. My brother knows me, cares for me, and is ethical. That doesn’t qualify him to give me sound advice about Dharma.
by smcj
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Information on outdoor meditation hut
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Information on outdoor meditation hut

With enough insulation and some electricity, a Home Depot shed will work.
by smcj
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 18
Views: 644

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

If you’re an adult you can set healthy boundaries an live your life as you please. If you can do that and continue to show appreciation and respect that is best.
by smcj
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 18
Views: 644

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

How old are you? If you’re still under your parent’s care that’s one scenario. If you’re an adult that’s completely different.
by smcj
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 7038

Re: What is reborn after death?

:good:
LastLegend wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:49 pm
Lotus891 wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:37 pm
Buddhism teaches us about Anatta. But what reborns then, if there is no Atta? Conciousness (vijñāna-skandha)?
Consciousness that is unclean.
by smcj
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 194
Views: 31407

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:26 am
The ultimate of the lower is the relative of the higher.
viewtopic.php?p=475041#p475041
by smcj
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 194
Views: 31407

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

The three natures as presented in the Mahayana are the parikalpita nature, the paratantra nature, and the pariniṣpanna nature. Does anyone know or can any point to any resources on the actual breakdown of these terms? They are translated in various ways, such as Imaginary, Other-dependent & Perfect...
by smcj
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quote of my day
Replies: 25
Views: 1448

Re: Quote of my day

This is from DW. I forget who first posted it. I thought I might die, but then I realized that the 3 Jewels would protect me. Even if you had died the 3 Jewels would still have protected you. Although I've learned much here at DW, that one posting alone has made my participation worthwhile. Thanks t...
by smcj
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 194
Views: 31407

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

A Vajrayāna practitioner, by virtue of their practice, can gather the two accumulations necessary for full buddhahood in a very short period of time. This is impossible in the cause vehicle. Of course there are some fools who think that gathering the two accumulations are unnecessary for buddhahood...
by smcj
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Requirements for Vajrayogini
Replies: 16
Views: 1763

Re: Requirements for Vajrayogini

BTW where/when is it?
Probably this:
https://mailchi.mp/5fb156a7f42b/special ... 1b8c0aeb94
by smcj
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 194
Views: 31407

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

What practices can you recommend that would lead to a realization of the first bhumi? Something simple would be nice. Ngondro practice, refuge, bodhicitta, Vajrasattva, Mandala offerings, and Guru Yoga. One does not really need any other practices. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=29902...

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