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by Matt J
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Concentration born of natural luminosity
Replies: 14
Views: 1255

Re: Concentration born of natural luminosity

I know some pretty great teachers, but even they wouldn't dispense Mahamudra meditation advice to anonymous strangers online. Diagnosing some one via internet posts strikes me as a bit... unwise.
fckw wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:04 am Having that said I'd like not to elaborate any further.
by Matt J
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 728

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

This is actually a live question in Buddhist communities, and has been for some time. Should dharma be engaged in social, political, and other movements or not? Bernie Glassman, Thich Nhat Hanh, HHDL and others have suggested that it should. All I’m suggesting is, the question “what does that have t...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation
Replies: 24
Views: 940

Re: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation

One problem is that Hinduism as it exists and is practiced today did not exist at the time of the Buddha-- there was Samkhya and Brahmanic rituals. Arguably, Vedanta derived a lot of its teaching from Tantrism and also Buddhism. So there is unlikely to be an early Buddhist document addressing Hindui...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 733

Re: Meditation

I agree it depends on the person and the practice.

But the right practice for the right person can be a life saver. It was for me.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model
Replies: 25
Views: 557

Re: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model

I've always been taught Yogacara as an experiential model of how things appear, not as an ontological philosophy about how things are. The Yogacara container universe model posits that shared reality is due to similar karmic traces or samskaras of sentient beings.this is perfectely fine,as sentient ...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: How to know which image is restricted? (Split from "Do you know this diety?")
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: How to know which image is restricted? (Split from "Do you know this diety?")

You're right. Karmic vision strikes again! This is something of a hollow concern to my ears. If people are taking up a spiritual practice, we can expect them to treat it better than a minor hobby, can't we? Vajrayana is nothing to mess around with. And if they don't, well, they learn on forums like ...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: How to know which image is restricted? (Split from "Do you know this diety?")
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: How to know which image is restricted? (Split from "Do you know this diety?")

This is something of a hollow concern to my ears. If people are taking up a spiritual practice, we can expect them to treat it better than a minor hobby, can't we? Vajrayana is nothing to mess around with. And if they don't, well, they learn on forums like this. [Mod note:] Topic split from here htt...
by Matt J
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 31
Views: 1266

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

I think most of the "concentration heavy" practices are meant to be done in a retreat environment. If you go on retreat, especially a long retreat, seemingly impossible states of concentration are not so impossible. Of course, for lay people, this is not something we can really do (nor, in my opinio...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feeling Emotions
Replies: 59
Views: 1554

Re: Feeling Emotions

Well, it depends on the tradition, the technique and the teacher. For me, I have always been told to feel emotions as they arise. It may be different for you. I have a question about feelings. I wanted to know what Buddhism says about it. I heard it said that we don’t genuinely feel anything during ...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2558

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

Well, some of us do. Not necessarily me. :D
Charlie123 wrote: Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:48 am Well, it is very common to read that a given Buddha / bodhisattva emanated a pure land. This doesn't seem different. Also, we consider non-sentient statues to be nirmanakayas.
by Matt J
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2558

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

Interesting. I don't really know what to make of it. For non-sentient, Vimalakirti Sutra on bodhisattvas: “They may become suns or moons, Indras, Brahmās, or lords of creatures; They may become fire or water Or earth or wind.” And generally if you search “variegated nirmanakaya” you’ll find related ...
by Matt J
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2558

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

Not saying you made it up, but to assert that this is a universal Kagyu position is not correct. It is not the Catholic church.
Crazywisdom wrote: Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:11 am Gonchig buddy. I did not make this up. We spent a lot of time on this point. It is forever etched in my mind. Go ask your lama.. i just do not have books anymore
by Matt J
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2558

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

I don't know about that. What I've learned from teachers sources tallies with what Malcolm says. I didn't even know the other one was an option, to be honest. The lineage prayer talks about swiftly attaining the state of Vajradhara and the Kagyu refuge prayer I've learned says we should attain reali...
by Matt J
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

The point is, before we activate the next super-virus, shouldn't we be thinking about this stuff? Back before the first nuclear explosion, there was a theoretical chance that the chain reaction would make the world uninhabitable. But we plugged ahead anyway. How do they know these are not pathogenic...
by Matt J
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2558

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

Where's that from? Sometimes I wonder if everyone else is actually a Buddha who've come for me, the last of the unenlightened ones. Maybe this time? Oh look what he's off to again! :tongue: Bodhisattvas manifest as sewer rats, and pencils, staplers, bridges, ropes, dogs, nagas, devas, etc. Basically...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

How do they know these are not pathogenic?
javier.espinoza.t wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:13 pm what do you think?
by Matt J
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2558

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

I am not ashamed to say that is one of the reasons I left Theravada. Nibbana sounded like endless deep sleep. Similar descriptions are given by Samkhya and Vedanta. It was not a good motivator. Of course, there are also other people to think about, like my family and dogs, so I wouldn't want to bail...
by Matt J
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the argument out of date?
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Is the argument out of date?

If anything, quantum physics has demonstrated that the concept of an atom is even more untenable then it was before. The argument shows how the concept is logically absurd, quantum physics demonstrates how it is mathematically and empirically absurd. You can often hear the argument of the Mahayanist...
by Matt J
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Maintain awareness in sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: Maintain awareness in sleep

If you want to grow corn, you have to till the soil, then plant seeds, then make sure they get enough water/sunshine, eliminate weeds and pests, etc. You're basically asking how to grow corn instantly. You cannot--- it is impossible. very funny but i can you help me seriously? I think human life is ...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Maintain awareness in sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: Maintain awareness in sleep

I am curious what sort of emergency one would have that can only be solved by a fairly high level practice involving awareness in sleep?
confusedlayman wrote: Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:40 pm how to instruction from tibet or mahayana method?

Really needed asap

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