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by Jnana
Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mahayana ultimative or relative?
Replies: 26
Views: 3670

Re: Mahayana ultimative or relative?

If not, what does eliminating papanca lead to? If the answer is insight, how does eliminating papanca leads to insight? Insight (vipaśyanā) results in freedom from conceptual proliferation (niṣprapañca). This freedom from conceptual proliferation is noble gnosis (āryajñāna) which is devoid of apper...
by Jnana
Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 76
Views: 5460

Re: 5 Precepts

Are the 5 precepts undertaken in the Vajrayana like they are in the Theravadin where a practitioner would undertake them daily? If so, does anybody have the formula whereby I would be able to add it to my daily prayers to be recited everyday. In the Kudṛṣṭinirghātana section of his Advayavajrasaṃgr...
by Jnana
Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samadhiraja (King of Concentration) sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 3485

Re: Samadhiraja (King of Concentration) sutra

Does anyone know of any online translations of this sutra? I'm looking for one but can't seem to find any. If I find one, I'll post it here. Only parts of the Samādhirāja Sūtra have been translated. Here is a list of the chapters which have been translated into English. Translation of Chapters I-IV...
by Jnana
Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Do you have a very large image of KK refuge tree to share?
Replies: 5
Views: 1239

Re: Do you have a very large image of KK refuge tree to share?

Not high resolution but a bit bigger. (If you can't see the whole image in this post, right click and select "view image" or whatever option your browser offers to view the image in a new browser window.) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kb8jIGIoAD0/S9frb-3TaBI/AAAAAAAAABs/iqv7F5uXw6c/s1600/lineagetree.jpg...
by Jnana
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: everything we can get in the west is only an introduction
Replies: 42
Views: 3433

Re: everything we can get in the west is only an introduction

My teacher teaches the entire path, soup to nuts. But you had best be prepared to do some serious practice, and some serious retreat, over a seriously extended time. Indeed. It could really be quite a frustrating thing considering I know there are loads of texts that are probably only still in Tibe...
by Jnana
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Signs of wrong practice.
Replies: 19
Views: 3405

Re: Signs of wrong practice.

One of my Teachers, when approached by some beginning meditators with excited reports of seeing lights and hearing sublime sounds, looked at them with profound compassion and said: "Keep meditating. These things will go away." Perhaps it is more helpful to focus on signs of proper post-meditation. ...
by Jnana
Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)
Replies: 20
Views: 1826

Re: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)

If one examines Buddha, does this not mean awakened one or enlightened one? And Bodhisattva, from bodhi as awakened or knowing, and sattva as reality or existence, is also awakened existence. Even the Buddha chose to remain in this Earthly realm to bring the Dharma forth. How is this different from...
by Jnana
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)
Replies: 20
Views: 1826

Re: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)

How universal is this to the Mahāyāna as a whole? Are there other explanations for "how it all works"? I would guess that there are. It is universal. After reading further I've come across a wiki quote that there is a Zen perspective takes the trikāya non-literally, if true that adds an alternative...
by Jnana
Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)
Replies: 20
Views: 1826

Re: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)

As you imply, this is a somewhat complex question. But basically, a buddha is said to have attained non-abiding nirvāṇa (apratiṣṭha nirvāṇa) which doesn't abandon the sentient beings of saṃsāra. Through the accumulation of gnosis one realizes the dharmakāya. Through the accumulation of merit one per...
by Jnana
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

The Yogācāra authors are simply explicating prajñāpāramitā. The Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: Like a magical illusion are those beings, like a dream. For not two different things are magical illusion and beings, are dreams and beings. All objective facts also are like a magical illusion, like ...
by Jnana
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Different colors
Replies: 56
Views: 8607

Re: Different colors

It's looking good. Clear and spacious and bright and well attended to.

All the best,

Geoff
by Jnana
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Astus wrote:Well, it is sad.
Why do you consider this sad?

All the best,

Geoff
by Jnana
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Both for sharing and causing-receiving there's a need for some sort of connection between minds. That connection, however, is problematical because the identity of the mind-stream has to be maintained. Phenomena and mind-streams are not real. Appearances are only delusion (bhrāntimātra). The Dharma...
by Jnana
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

One way out of this problem that I see is to say that the teaching of consciousness only is not meant to explain the working of the illusory world in a cittamatra way, as mind-streams and beings exist only in the form of parikalpita, consequently it goes along with the common terms of internal and ...
by Jnana
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

And my question is how exactly such an interaction can happen between one mind-stream and another, and I mean direct interaction as there are only mind-streams that do not merge. It is possible to say they're interrelated but that requires a description how they can do that without confusing up ind...
by Jnana
Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

I don't see the difference then in the common version of a world originating from the beings karma and consciousness only. The distinction between a realist interpretation of a container world and the Yogācāra understanding is that for the Yogācāra there is no need to establish a material basis. Bu...
by Jnana
Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Thanks for the quote. However, while it explains a bit of the emergence of samsara OK, it doesn't answer how a common ground can actually be established in the sense of the interaction between mind-streams. Because even if minds have common factors it doesn't explain a connection between them. In a...
by Jnana
Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

The title of this thread is "Sooner or Later: Yogacara" which means "Sooner or later one will (or even has to ) depart from the simple way taught by the Buddha to overcome dukkha. The bodhisattvayāna isn't just about eliminating duḥkha. It's about developing knowledge of all paths (mārgākārajñatā) ...
by Jnana
Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

The first argument does not depend upon the second; the second seems to me to be an ontological assumption which does not correlate with the first unless it is simply asserted as an unquestionable truth. If everything hinges on this assumption, what grounds would you give me to accept it? The Mādhy...
by Jnana
Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6522

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Secondly, everyone who takes refuge in the Mahāyāna Dharma takes refuge in the Mahāyāna Sūtras. I choose to not agree here in the sense of " all Mahayana sutra". Why? Because it is bodhicitta which is the characteristic mark of Mahayana and not " all Mahayana sutras". Part of a bodhisattva's career...

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