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by conebeckham
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

If one says, "This is it," there is nothing to show. If one says, "This is not it," there is nothing to deny. The true nature of phenomena, which transcends conceptual understanding, is unconditioned. May conviction be gained in the ultimate, perfect truth. From Rangjung Dorje's Aspiration Prayer o...
by conebeckham
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

These I cannot find either. Not to mention Buddha nature
Well, two questions, then--where did you look? And what did you use to look?
So the question is: Is mere absence conditioned or not?
What is mere absence, and how can we perceive it?
by conebeckham
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

There is nothing that is not conditioned.
I would ask about the Dharmadhatu, or the Dharmakaya, but I assume your answer would be that they are not "things," yes?
by conebeckham
Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

From the same volume, on p. 124: "On the paths of accumulation and application, we are not actually seeing the true nature of phenomena, dharmata; rather, it's something that we are creating with our mind in our meditation.....On the path of seeing we acheive the first bodhisattva level and realize ...
by conebeckham
Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

Observing it from the self, observing it as, "That idea which I have observed," is dualistic. But this is not the only kind of observation of an idea that can be made. Care to elaborate on that further? With regard to your elaborations regarding thoughts, their arising, the cause of their arising, ...
by conebeckham
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

No, because choosing and consciousness are conditioned. Simply spontaneously observe the crazy idea that you are already a Tathagatha, without relying on anything, and that itself is an enlightened observation... Seeing that you don't choose to be a Buddha (because choosing is conditioned, Buddha i...
by conebeckham
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

So, Individual, let me get this straight...being "liberated" or being a Tathagata" is a conscious choice, and nothing more? We just decide that red is red, cold is cold, etc., we recognize that where we are now is the result of what we've done before, and we simply choose not to be In Samsara? That'...
by conebeckham
Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Jonang photos
Replies: 11
Views: 5038

Re: Jonang photos

Those yellow hats are worn by Kagyupas too, at certain times.....they're not really a distinguishing feature of the Geluk lineage. They do distinguish monks, though...
by conebeckham
Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sadhana of Rechungpa
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Sadhana of Rechungpa

Not sure if there's a Rechungpa Guru Yoga out there, though I imagine chances are good....

Rechungpa is part of the Karma Pakshi LaDrup, though.....essential Karma Kagyu practice.
by conebeckham
Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Arizona KTC
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Re: Arizona KTC

It's no longer affiliated with KTD, as of March 2010. Have you tried e-mailing them? arizonaktc@yahoo.com
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya-pa, Sep 24-26, 2010
Replies: 21
Views: 2713

Re: 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya-pa, Sep 24-26, 2010

Yeah, I'd like to hear how it was, too!
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12444

Re: Buddha-nature

Individual, as you say, be honest With yourself.....Ask yourself this: have you suffered recently, in any way? If so, you are not a Tathagata. Simple. Having Buddha Nature and being Buddha are two diffferent things. And it's not merely a conscious decision. Tathagata is beyond thought, really. Beyon...
by conebeckham
Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lamas who never (or almost never) give empowerments
Replies: 45
Views: 4788

Re: Lamas who never (or almost never) give empowerments

Luke- I think you practice in the Karma Kagyu lineage, right? I would see if you can ask your teacher if you can obtain instructions in the common preliminaries, and perhaps the Refuge/prostrations part.....from anyone your teacher feels qualified to dispense those instructions. You don't need an em...
by conebeckham
Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situ Rinpoche talks about gurus
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Tai Situ Rinpoche talks about gurus

No, their minds were like rainbows....or, like clean, clear water droplets that reflected the various colors in beautiful, precise, vivid bands of color.

Our minds, however, are dry or muddy--some of us don't reflect any light that enters, never mind what color....or we just soak it up.
by conebeckham
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 19653

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

if aryas exist, and if aryas perform logical analyses with regard to emptiness, then we should be able to say that some conceptual elaboration can indeed express reality well enough. the question might then become, can a nonrealized persons elaboration simulate that of the aryas well enough. it see...
by conebeckham
Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waive
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waive

The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers. The waivers are effective for a year and were granted to insurance plans and companies that showed that employee premiums would rise or that ...
by conebeckham
Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 19653

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

5Heaps said: conebeckham wrote: I start with the assumption that no matter what, conceptual elaboration will never adequately express reality. cant aryas talk about their direct perceptions without being utterly mistaken? of course they can. Quote: It strikes me that Madhyamika is an attempt to exha...
by conebeckham
Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Rinchen Terzod by Yangthang Rinpoche starts November 7th
Replies: 22
Views: 3017

Re: Rinchen Terzod by Yangthang Rinpoche starts November 7th

I should say that the word used was "postponed," and not cancelled, just to be clear.

No definite date or rescheduling info has been given, but when/if I hear something, I'll post it here.
by conebeckham
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 19653

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

The Masters I've studied this material with have gone to great pains to NOT foster any sectarian feeling. As I said, in the end all "philosophical views" are contingent and expedient, rather than definitive. As someone pointed out earlier, Khenpo Tsutrim Gyamtso refused to answer questions regarding...

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