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by amanitamusc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand
Replies: 12
Views: 1142

Re: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

You don't see that every day.I don't have a tattoo but I would get one of those.
by amanitamusc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11949

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

So, simply stated....thoughts are not equivalent to the Nature of Mind. However, the nature of thoughts is at all times equivalent to the nature of mind. The nature of concepts is beyond concepts. The nature of mind is beyond "mind," but not beyond the Knowledge of Mind's own nature, which is Rigpa...
by amanitamusc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Media
Topic: New airport at Lumbini
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: New airport at Lumbini

Yes, it's so sad. Western students of Tibetan Buddhism are among the beneficiaries of the extraordinary Tibetan lineages, yet in the cradle there are real challenges in just being able to practice. With the current construction of Uiger-like re-education camps, the future looks even more bleak. I p...
by amanitamusc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11949

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

So, simply stated....thoughts are not equivalent to the Nature of Mind. However, the nature of thoughts is at all times equivalent to the nature of mind. The nature of concepts is beyond concepts. The nature of mind is beyond "mind," but not beyond the Knowledge of Mind's own nature, which is Rigpa...
by amanitamusc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7162
Views: 837954

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Just out of curiosity, can you tell me where Rinpoche himself ever mentioned paid membership as an important thing? I'm not doubting it, but I'd love to know his actual thoughts on it. He has said that membership in the DC is important for many reasons, only one reason being to financially help sup...
by amanitamusc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Kagyu Ngondro/ Dzogchen transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 2330

Re: Kagyu Ngondro/ Dzogchen transmission?

Of course Dzogchen can be taught with its own Preliminary Practices.As ChNNR did.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gave pointing out to anybody willing to tune into his webcast.Union of Dzogchen and Mahamudra.
by amanitamusc
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Last thought before the death of a man
Replies: 8
Views: 672

Re: Last thought before the death of a man

I'm tired of contradiction of descriptions of death and what does it mean for our self-awareness. That's why I will not ask about it instead, I would like to know what can happen when the last thought before the death of a man will be anger, a desire for revenge but it's not about revenge on people...
by amanitamusc
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Well, in that case the Buddha himself would have to be censored - the Nikayas are filled with countless dialogues with non-Buddhists. Should we never mention them? And we'd have to rule out any examination of Chandrakirti, who begins his Madhamakavatara with an examination of causation in Samkhya (...
by amanitamusc
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Sorry, Peter C, to play devils advocate. But, let me frame it as a formal argument: 1. Surely any genuine practitioner of Buddhadharma has to establish right view. 2. Establishing right view entails learning to correctly distinguish it from wrong view. Therefore, a genuine practitioner of Buddhadha...
by amanitamusc
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 5615

Re: What is Art ?

by amanitamusc
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

To defend Dudette a little: I think what is asserted there is quite obviously more than his/her mere opinion. Even a cursory examination of the relationship between ancient Greek metaphysics and various (especially) medieval theological systems from all three monotheistic traditions grants us apoph...
by amanitamusc
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

The strongest difference between Vedanta and Buddhism is that emptiness applies to everything. Vedanta typically teaches that emptiness only applies at the level of Maya, and that Brahman is not empty. Keep in mind we are comparing the systems from a conceptual viewpoint, and conceptually, they are...
by amanitamusc
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

None of these equate it to Brahman. I appreciate it’s a complex topic, but that’s about the one point on which there really *is* consensus. That was why I was a little surprised by the length of this discussion. I wasn’t intending to be dismissive of the complexities of the topic itself. Do you thi...
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

What TB teachers are in the third group? Later Tibetan Buddhist thinkers like Shakya Chokden would also work to show the compatibility of the Alikākāravāda sub-school with Madhyamaka, arguing that it is in fact a form of Madhyamaka.[95] Likewise, the Seventh Karmapa Chödrak Gyamtso has a similar vi...
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

One group believes their philosophical position is definitive and others provincial. Another group believes the opposite. Third group tries to harmonize between two. Then, another group claims that it is Vedantic view without definitive understanding about vedantic position. I found my understandin...
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:52 am
I don’t think it’s noticed by many people, but it’s a philosophical distinction that I have learned to make. I think the lack of the ability to differentiate ‘being’ from ‘existence’ signifies something important.
important in what way?
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11949

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Yes, succinct and well said. I had to add some more.I get carried away.sorry. Poor us! It seems this forum is full of conceited elephants trying to make sense of or interpreting quotes on rigpa (or Dzogchen) instead if pursuing the direct experience of it... :crying: You are able to see what others...
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 17946

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

But I wonder, Wayfarer - and by that I mean, I don't really know - if that notion of existence couldn't also apply to Atman/Brahman? Perhaps not unilaterally, but in certain contexts depending on which philosophical iteration one is dealing with. If so, it doesn't really get us out of the problemat...
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11949

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Yes, fair comment - AND- the answers to the questions underpinning the recent comments in the thread 1) What does one do when they feel they have confidence in the view of Dzogchen, how can they be sure they actually understand and are not deluding themselves? & 2)Are thoughts and concepts the natu...
by amanitamusc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11949

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

1) You cited the metaphor of crystal/prism. 2) Your sig in no way shape or form indicates that concepts = rigpa. 3) Why is there the critical need for Rushen - to separate Samsara & Nirvana if they are the same thing? Not even close. You made the claim, I cited Longchenpa who said this is the provi...

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