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by Matt J
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dharmakaya aspect?
Replies: 20
Views: 814

Re: Dharmakaya aspect?

I believe it is Vajradhara.

https://garchen.net/buddha-vajradhara/
by Matt J
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 66
Views: 2130

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I don't think there is anything mystical about the teacher in many forms of Buddhism. The teacher should be a teacher not because they hold a position as a lineage holder, although that may be the case. The teacher should be a teacher because they have realized the teachings. The devotion to the tea...
by Matt J
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Tulku Sang.ngag R.; Nyingtig Yabzhi and Longchen Nyingtig; Santa Fe NM; Nov. 1 thru Nov.10 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Tulku Sang.ngag R.; Nyingtig Yabzhi and Longchen Nyingtig; Santa Fe NM; Nov. 1 thru Nov.10 2019

:rolling:
schubertian wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:29 pm
Oh, well, I just have the staff do all that - just like last year, I was given a zen koan - I set the help to working on it 8 hours a day - freed me up, that's for sure

"What do you suppose it means"
"I just don't know, Mr Schubertian, it doesn't make any sense"
"More sanzen!!"
by Matt J
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 1879

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

One interesting thing to think about is that experiences arise, but they arise with out any labels. We don't really know what, if anything, they are pointing to outside of our experience. So an experience of God may be the experience of something else, but we label it an experience of God. From a Bu...
by Matt J
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: It is Kaliyuga and it shows
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: It is Kaliyuga and it shows

It seems like it made her really happy and it also seemed like her intentions were good. I would think if you wanted to be troubled (although my issue of choice is climate change), I would say it makes more sense to be troubled by the people who are selling these to anyone than the person buying them.
by Matt J
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 40
Views: 1330

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

Ask the Rangtong folks. I’m curious to hear the answer.

:stirthepot:
Astus wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:28 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:47 pm
Some insist Bodhi is beyond just release of attachments.
When the emotional and conceptual hindrances are released, the buddha-nature can manifest. What more one would need?
by Matt J
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 40
Views: 1330

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

I don't think you need to believe in rebirth to practice Mahayana. I think Mahayana is a change in orientation--- essentially placing the concern and well-being of others ahead of oneself. I know many Mahayana students who are skeptical of or outright do not believe in rebirth. I would suggest keepi...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances
Replies: 16
Views: 989

Re: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances

I think Tsoknyi would prescribe his style of Dzogchen practices as well as some gentle vase breathing. He does have a program called "Fully Being" that may deal with this--- I have not tried it out. I've posted some links below. For me, the most valuable things I have done are meditation and old fas...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: HH XVII Karmapa Ogyan Τhinley quote

The assumption for many is that there is a dharma-- -i.e., an objective, fixed, permanent single idea of truth and dharma teaching. Which is ironic, given emptiness as a foundational teaching. I've noticed that online, people often take as orthodox dharma whatever happens to be their opinion. If you...
by Matt J
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1862

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Having been around the Dharmawheel of different traditions, the thing that distinguishes Buddhism from other religions is blind faith. Rather, faith in Buddhism comes from experience. The Buddha did not say to believe the teachings but to come and see for yourself. Buddhist teachers give us actual p...
by Matt J
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1862

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Just because some one is an expert is one area doesn't mean they are an expert is all areas. I'm sure Jigme Lingpa though the earth was flat, that Mount Meru was the center of the universe, that the sun went around the earth and all sorts of stuff. I don't know what the life expectancy of a Tibetan ...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1862

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Stuff like this put me off of Vajrayana for a long time. I mean, I had no interest in becoming a Medieval Tibetan and still have no interest. I suppose it is fine for those who want it, but for those who don't, the Vajrayana tent is a big one. There are very old school lamas with jokes that are at l...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Books on Shentong

Anything by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso.
by Matt J
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 1027

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

I would choose based on the teachers available. Choosing a tradition without a teacher who can humanize and explain it is not very useful.
by Matt J
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: We dont exist anywhere?

Defilements are due to habits of mind. People hope they can have a giant cosmic orgasmic experience that wipes all the defilements out, but I have yet to see it. Most of the time we overcome defilements by repeated insight and working our practice over time.
by Matt J
Wed May 08, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche & Laurie Anderson
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche & Laurie Anderson

Sam Harris is doing a show with him too in CA
by Matt J
Mon May 06, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 25
Views: 1200

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

From the Karmapa's site: Vajradhara is the primordial buddha, the dharmakaya buddha. Vajradhara, depicted as dark blue in color, expresses the quintessence of buddhahood itself. Vajradhara represents the essence of the historical Buddha’s realization of enlightenment. https://kagyuoffice.org/kagyu-l...
by Matt J
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 2058

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

I used to think of the goal of practice the same way--- you have some great spiritually orgasmic experience and then all your bad traits dissolve. I thnk we get fooled by the stories of the rare practitioners who achieve full enlightenment because of an action of the master. But these stories often ...

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