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by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Replies: 44
Views: 770

Re: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

Jake and I have been discussing our interest in studying the Abhidharmakosabhasyam of Vasubandhu (the "Kosa") recently and thought we might give it a shot as a book club here on DW. Seeing that others might have an interest, and hoping to capitalize on the collection of learned members here who mig...
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

jake wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 9:54 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 9:49 pm


I kid.
I had a conversation with a 5yr old that was just like that!
98 percent of all twitter conversations are like that.
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...
Replies: 104
Views: 2916

Re: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...

Cheers, I'm unaware of anything other than the lore of mahayoga tantras revealed at Shitavana by dakini karmendrani in relation to padmasambhava. I get your point about the powdered mandala etc but as part of the path of transformation, bskyed rim and rdzogs rim. It refers to the colored powdered m...
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Queequeg wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 9:14 pm
LastLegend wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 6:23 pm
It’s personal preference has nothing to do with who is right.
Intelligibility is a reasonably objective standard. But sure.
Well, at least tpk67 has a company.
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...
Replies: 104
Views: 2916

Re: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...

When one understands Dzogchen as the basis, then these qualms vanish. Some people need a gradual introduction; others do not. Agree, my understanding is simply recognizing the basis, semde would be parallel with mahamudra, Sems sde does not have a complete path since it is devoid of the teachings o...
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...
Replies: 104
Views: 2916

Re: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...

Could we make distinction though between garab dorjes introduction and later padmasambhava mahayoga instructions as non gradual vs gradual Dzogchen? No, we cannot. In fact, the Three Phrases are part of the Vima Nyinthig, and typically would only be given after someone had received the four Nyinthi...
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...
Replies: 104
Views: 2916

Re: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...

I guess it depends on if you view Dzogchen through the lens of the Buddhist sciences, and like the approaches and compartmental stages and empowerments and so on. That's fine. Maybe it's teased out over the centuries as the orthodox way and it's somewhere inherent within and effort is required. I d...
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Anyway, doesn't matter. As an exercise for my own edification, to connect Absolute Truth to the nullity of the Absolute and connect Malcolm's comment... On close examination, Absolute Truth itself is a convention that is empty for the same reason that all conventions are empty. This is the so-calle...
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Seven line prayer
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Seven line prayer

Nita-ooi wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 3:46 am
This might be a dumb question, but do i need an empowerment to recite the seven line prayer of Guru Rinpoche?
Not a dumb question. The is you do not need an empowerment to recite this. Please do. Dedicate the merit. Save the planet.
by Malcolm
Fri May 29, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

But addressing Malcolm's comment, I think this comment is remarking on the title of the thread without regard for the discussion that followed. It doesn't really have to. There is no absolute. If there were an absolute, it would have to be an absolute of being or nonbeing. Negating the absolute is ...
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis

Grigoris wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:59 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:46 pm
Yeah, I don't agree.
Can you think of a simpler introduction?

I can't.
I think it is very inaccurate and misleading.
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis

I appreciate the responses. Abhidharma has been my weakness, even when I was doing a lot of Theravada retreats. I've been a bit inspired by people who read the Bible in 90 days. If you do that, it is only 12 pages a day. I thought I should do something like that. What sort of long, often boring, bu...
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

Giri Bala apparently ate way too much food. After she married, her mother in law teased her about it. She resolved that she was going to live without food, so she prayed to God, please send me a guru who will help me to live without food. One day her guru materialized to her and said he was moved b...
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: King Gesar - Dharmapala
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: King Gesar - Dharmapala

Hi, lately I have been introduced to and gotten lung for the practice od King Gesar as a dharmapala. And quite frankly I don't know much about him and there does not seem to be much on the internet about him (especially when one ignores the shambhala as a source). When did King Gesar first appear a...
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Negating it is also a stand. You can't negate something that isn't there in the first place. If I say "there is no such thing as the horns of a rabbit", all I'm really saying is the horns of a rabbit do not arise. But addressing Malcolm's comment, I think this comment is remarking on the title of t...
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

npr wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:45 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:38 pm
There is no absolute, so how can Zen have a standpoint regarding it?
Negating it is also a stand.
No, for example, when my bank account is empty, and I describe it as such, this is not a stand, this is just a fact.
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

I am looking at Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. He describes Giri Bala, the saint who lived on ether, air, and sun through a yogic technique given to her by a holy man at age 12. She never ate again after age 12 years and 4 months. She said this wasn't designed for everyone; not e...
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis

Grigoris wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:44 pm
Matt J wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 3:31 pm
Any good, pithy resources on Abhidharma? Short and practical rather than long and in-depth.
Glimpses of Abhidharma by Chogyam Trungpa.

It is a decent enough gateway text.
Yeah, I don't agree.
by Malcolm
Thu May 28, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

There is no absolute, so how can Zen have a standpoint regarding it?
by Malcolm
Wed May 27, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2386

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Its what I see it in forums like this, that is just not appealing to me, and I sense some people use the aesthetic to paper over their own tentative understandings. That makes me wonder, what benefit such elliptical language/thought is supposed to do for someone who doesn't yet actually have genuin...

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