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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: 465

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: 389

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: 2452

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: 2452

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...
by Malcolm
Tue May 26, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 465

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

Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?.. "Devas, on seeing me, said, 'Gotama the contemplative is dead.' Other devas said, 'He isn't dead, he's dying.' Others said, 'He's neither dead nor dying, he's an arahant, for this is the way arahants live.' "I thought: 'Suppose I were to practice go...
by Malcolm
Tue May 26, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 145
Views: 2452

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Queequeg wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 4:06 pm
Astus wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 3:48 pm
npr wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 3:25 pm
If you can see the original Chinese text of Huang Po, and see what the original term that was translated to Absolute, was, that can be nice
What translation? Could you please give some refernces?
Blofeld
Antiquated to the point of uselessness.
by Malcolm
Tue May 26, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 18
Views: 951

Re: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

Hey everyone, I was wondering if there are Nyingmapas who only practice HYT without Dzogchen? Or is the general consensus that if you have the karma to meet a Nyingmapa lama you probably have the superior capacity for Dzogchen? There are Nyingmapas who mainly focus mahayoga and anuyoga. But the goa...
by Malcolm
Tue May 26, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 18
Views: 951

Re: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

I don't know about today due to the influence of Dzogchen teachings but I think some Nyingmapas in the past had to have done so. Each vehicle can be practiced on its own. Also for example, I remember there is a Dzogchen explanation to the Guhyagarba tantra and a Mahayoga explanation of it from the ...
by Malcolm
Tue May 26, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 124
Views: 2637

Re: Nihilistic view

I was referring to sankharas (or samskara) being described as anicca and dukkha while dhammas being described as anatta. Here, you mean "sankhata" in Pali, in all _conditioned_ phenomena are impermanent (annica). The Pāli actually has saṁskārā: Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā; sabbe dhammā anattā All conditi...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus
Replies: 36
Views: 1359

Re: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus

Right now, I'm basically exiled. As in, not allowed to come to the center until I change my view. So this is what I need to fix but upon examining it and being very honest I don't think that there's anything very wrong. And I don't think a lama should require that of their student. Personality cult...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 124
Views: 2637

Re: Nihilistic view

You are conflating two different uses the term "dharma": the first refers to teachings; the second refers to discrete entities that bear characteristics. Your use of the term samskara, while found in some Vipassana circles, is really derived from Hinduism, unless you are referring to a) the second ...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1210

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

Enryu84 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 8:48 pm
You can reach enlightenment without knowing anything, just by meditating.
Umm, no, this is completely false. This is not what the Buddha taught.
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 18
Views: 951

Re: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

Hey everyone, I was wondering if there are Nyingmapas who only practice HYT without Dzogchen? Or is the general consensus that if you have the karma to meet a Nyingmapa lama you probably have the superior capacity for Dzogchen? There are Nyingmapas who mainly focus mahayoga and anuyoga. But the goa...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 49162

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Plus any small business owners out there will tell you they want government ou of their way and not an expanded plan to increase them as your silent partner. Yes, because small businesses hate roads, bridges, electricity, telephones, and the US Post Office. :roll: This anti-government rhetoric is e...
by Malcolm
Mon May 25, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts

she doesn't translate "rDo la gser zhun" as "written with gold on stone" that's good - but I wouldn't translate it as "Pure Golden Ore " either :smile: Mipham glosses the title in this way: [T]he intimate instruction of how to meditate is the treatise exemplified by a skilled smith smelting the ele...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 49162

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

All media views human activity as an entertainment to be sold. It views everything as a commodity, Including social change movements and culture. Regards Including crayons and pastels? What about oil paint? Latex? Acrylic? Art as a medium is also a commodity, someone famously said all art is propag...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 49162

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Danny wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 pm
All media views human activity as an entertainment to be sold. It views everything as a commodity, Including social change movements and culture.

Regards
Including crayons and pastels? What about oil paint? Latex? Acrylic?
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 124
Views: 2637

Re: Nihilistic view

Buddha never used the term "self" to refer to an unconditioned, permanent, ultimate entity. He also never asserted that there was no conventional "self," the subject of transactional discourse. So, it is very clear in the sutras that the Buddha negated an ultimate self and did not negate a conventi...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Momentariness
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: Momentariness

Does momentariness imply things coming out of nothing?if the cause ceases completely before the effect even begins to arise,how do effects arise? there must be things beginning the arise as soon as its cause begins to dissapear,but then why call it momentary? This doctrine is the hardest buddhist d...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 124
Views: 2637

Re: Nihilistic view

There is no utility in the metaphor, it does not correspond to Buddhist theories/doctrine of mind. I think I made that clear from the beginning. If you believe it does correspond, then the onus is on you to find a doctrinal source that supports it. If course it doesn't. The Buddha teaches anātma, n...

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