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by Jnana
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Discussing About One's Guru Openly
Replies: 57
Views: 5124

Re: Beginning Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro!

Who is your teacher? At this point, I am not comfortable revealing that on this forum. There's nothing wrong with that. It's actually quite prudent. I remember one time on another forum, a member posted something his teacher had said to him in a private interview, only to have it criticized and pic...
by Jnana
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitabha Buddha & Vajrayana
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

Re: Amitabha Buddha & Vajrayana

How would one assist someone: a. who has great affinity with Amitabha Buddha, and has a strong Pure Land practice background but is interested in Vajrayana b. to find which lineage within Vajrayana that has a consistent focus on this Buddha from the preliminaries right up until the Higher Yoga Tant...
by Jnana
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsoknyi Rinpoche & ngondro
Replies: 10
Views: 1538

Re: Tsoknyi Rinpoche & ngondro

Does anyone know which ngondro Tsoknyi Rinpoche teaches? Yeah, I think it's the Barchey Kunsel Preliminaries. There are different length preliminaries associated with this cycle (long, middling, and short). In addition, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche arranged an even more condensed version of the short prel...
by Jnana
Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why teaching hope?
Replies: 21
Views: 2646

Re: Why teaching hope?

I had seen and wrote that many followers of the great vehicle are teaching hope, grasping on hope, praising hope. Trungpa Rinpoche (from Illusion's Game ): Creating this kind of hope is one of the most prominent features of spiritual materialism.…There are so many promises involved. So much hope is...
by Jnana
Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The mind without objects
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: The mind without objects

Analysing further even dharmas are found to be without inherent essence, without arising and disappearing, i.e. empty. To say there's a continuum of mental events is good as far as it is clear that calling it a "continuum" is simply a concept and that there's nothing actually eternal, just like in ...
by Jnana
Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Training of Beginner Bodhisattvas
Replies: 49
Views: 5821

Re: Training of Beginner Bodhisattvas

Can you think of a treatise that is easily obtainable - afaik Siksasamuccaya wasn't reprinted and is impossible to buy - and readable? I mean, the Bodhicaryavatara is good but too terse, not really explaining things. Well, Gampopa's Jewel Ornament covers everything. I've heard that Lozang Jamspal (...
by Jnana
Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Training of Beginner Bodhisattvas
Replies: 49
Views: 5821

Re: Training of Beginner Bodhisattvas

A single introductory book (eg. Yinshun's Way to Buddhahood, Shengyan's Orthodox Chinese Buddhism, Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation) should suffice to provide enough basis for approaching more complicated teachings. Hi Astus & all, These are very good examples of bodhisattvayāna treatises. I ...
by Jnana
Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan observance of the rainy season?
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Tibetan observance of the rainy season?

kirtu wrote:What are the other monastic observances/retreats during the year?
The main monastic observance is the bimonthly sojong (Skt. poṣadha) on new moon and full moon days, where monastics recite the prātimokṣa and laypersons are encouraged to undertake the eight precepts for the day.
by Jnana
Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan observance of the rainy season?
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Tibetan observance of the rainy season?

In Jamgon Kongtrul's "Retreat Manual" it mentions in Kongtrul's introduction that people entering the retreat needed to have done a rainy season retreat. How do/did Tibetan monks observe the rainy season retreat? They certainly don't spend 3 or 4 months in seclusion? Do Tibetan monks observe it fro...
by Jnana
Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

Could you please explain your position about the subtle and grosser causes and results? For more on the three pure bhūmis and the obscurations abandoned on each of these bhūmis, see Chapter 9 of the Saṃdhinirmocana Sūtra (Powers' translation includes informative endnotes) and also the poetically in...
by Jnana
Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's views on ignorance
Replies: 6
Views: 954

Re: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's views on ignorance

I am currently reading "The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones" which is a series of verses by Patrul Rinpoche which covers the essentials of the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. This book features H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's commentaries about each verse. An excellent text and comment...
by Jnana
Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical Aspects of Vajrayana in Theravāda
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Re: Historical Aspects of Vajrayana in Theravāda

Hi Hanzze, Ñāṇa here (Ñāṇa = Jñāna = Yeshe). I don't think there's much, if any, connection between the Pāḷi Yogāvacara teachings and Indo-Tibetan Vajrayāna or Mahāyāna in general. The Dhamma Wheel thread probably should have better differentiated between the materials pertaining to historical aspec...
by Jnana
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

What is subtle here? Well, we're talking about very profound and rarefied levels of spiritual development and abilities here. Simply stated, these subtle obscurations are the cognitive obscurations which differentiate an eighth to tenth stage bodhisattva from a buddha, in terms of realization, powe...
by Jnana
Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

Which are subtle obscurations here? The subtle obscurations to omniscience. These are forever eliminated beginning on the eighth bhūmi. What is meant by the complete revolution of the basis ? This has already been addressed. Mahāyānasaṃgraha 9.1: "The bodhisattvas' elimination (prahāṇa) is nonabidi...
by Jnana
Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

As for what the Vajra-Like Samadhi is, I'll have to get back to ya.... The vajra-like samādhi (vajropamasamādhi) is the meditation which eliminates the remaining cognitive obscurations (jñeyāvaraṇa), which are subtle obscurations (sūkṣmāvaraṇa), on the tenth bodhisattva bhūmi. This results in the c...
by Jnana
Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

The ālayavijñāna is the root of all defilements, and the ālayavijñāna is eliminated through the revolution of the basis (āśrayaparāvṛtti). and how ? From the Viniścayasaṃgrahanī: The ālaya-vijñāna, which holds the seeds of the skillful roots (kuśala-mūla) conducive to liberation (moksa-bhāgīya) and...
by Jnana
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

kirtu wrote:However meditation may well destroy them .... is there sutric support for that mechanism? Does Vasubandhu address this?
Kirt, later I'll try to add to what Conebeckham has already said....
by Jnana
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

For example in a text I have been studying as of late, the Treatise on Buddha Nature or Foxinglun 《佛性論》,... tathatā is equated with śūnyatā. In that sense śūnyatā cannot really be defiled as it is the principle of causality itself. Yes, śūnyatā, dharmatā, and tattva are also given as synonyms for t...
by Jnana
Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

In this light your statement... The complete revolution of the basis then begins on the path of meditative development (bhāvanāmārga) by repeatedly entering into meditative equipoise which takes suchness (tathatā) as the object-support (ālambana). ... might attract a question: if the ālayavijñāna i...
by Jnana
Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?
Replies: 26
Views: 3037

Re: Cittamattra/Yogachara - how to purify the latent seeds?

Thus the question arises: is the ālayavijñāna identical with suchness (tathātā) in which case is it intrinsically pure and free from defilements? The Daśabhūmika insists that the world is created by a "one mind" and thus another question bears additional consideration: is the ultimate basis of the ...

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