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by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

In general, we need a good motivation to create good karma, but due to the power of the Three Jewels, simply beholding Buddha's image is a cause of liberation, even if you look at it with an angry mind. This benefit comes because of the power and purity of the object Would you please describe the p...
by Tsongkhapafan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Yes, true, so paradoxically we need to find a valid Teacher to start with who can give us valid teachings so that we can develop wisdom. I guess if we find the wrong teacher then we might end up like Angulimala, if we have no innate wisdom from previous lives. What is innate wisdom in your view? If...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Nihilistic? I might as well say, you sound as if you think there is a truly existent pureness. Yes, Shakyamuni Buddha is a pure teacher, the teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha are pure teachings. As for the flesh and blood teachers we have with us now: there are good teachers, effective teachers, h...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:25 pm
What about the fact that the Kadampa tradition developed out of the Nyingma. Does that mean mean that it is an "impure" tradition?
Is Nyingma impure? I didn't think so. I don't think it developed from the Nyingma tradition, it came from Atisha.
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Angulimala had pure motivation and absolute faith in his teacher too... Yes, true, but he didn't have the wisdom to check the validity of what his teacher was telling him. We also need wisdom to distinguish pure teachings from impure or wrong teachings, an essential quality of a sincere student. No...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I respectfully disagree that it's not possible to have a pure motivation in samsara because we can train in renunciation and bodhichitta and our motivation, which might not initially be pure, becomes purer and purer. Angulimala had pure motivation and absolute faith in his teacher too... Yes, true,...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

If appearances are deceptive, our minds unrealible and faulty then whatever behaviour appears are our projections and so there is nothing to check...meanwhile students are abused, teachers become addicts and the Dharma falls into disrepute Generally our perceptions are faulty (mistaken) but not com...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

You are giving a lot of information.So just to be clear what is your pure tradition? Also does your tradition believe that HH Dalai Lama follows a pure tradition. This is mainly for the newbies so they are not mislead. A non answer speaks volumes. It doesn't matter whether I believe that my traditi...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Is purity possible whilst we are in samsara? As suffering sentient beings, our every motivation is mixed with the 3 poisons. For instance, we listen to the Dharma because we want to increase our understanding of the path, to provide support for our practise of meditation and subsequent realisations...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

You are giving a lot of information.So just to be clear what is your pure tradition? Also does your tradition believe that HH Dalai Lama follows a pure tradition. This is mainly for the newbies so they are not mislead. A non answer speaks volumes. It doesn't matter whether I believe that my traditi...
by Tsongkhapafan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I'd like to zero in on this idea of purity. In some Tibetan traditions, it is claimed that a particular practice may be more or less potent because those who practiced it have kept their samaya intact, "pure." This is an advantage of the terma tradition, in my opinion. The treasures of Guru Rinpoch...
by Tsongkhapafan
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Jampa Thaye
Replies: 38
Views: 3547

Re: Lama Jampa Thaye

As has been said most of not all reports of this Lama are positive. However the only query i have and it is really not important as i don't study with him is the fact that he does not encourage you to go to other teachers. I know someone who was involved with Dechen community and she was discourage...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 4476

Re: Is lineage enough?

So we are supposed to view our teachers as 100% infallible and enlightened, but how about we demistify and deconstruct everything and understand, in truth, the teacher/guru is typically very human, and that is not to say they are flawed. As was said in the film "Night of the Iguana," I find nothing...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

There have been discussions on other threads about the value of a Guru being authentic, recognised by their own lineage, able to point clearly to their own masters and the permissions given to them to teach others and give empowerments. So in any 'pure' tradition we must of course exclude any putat...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

So: Vinaya applied fully with nothing removed. No unauthorised additions to sadhanas. No attacks on high Lamas. No giving empowerments after expulsion from your lineage. Expulsion of those teachers breaking their samaya and vows. No return to teaching after sexual predation. .... No attacks on high...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

So: Vinaya applied fully with nothing removed. No unauthorised additions to sadhanas. No attacks on high Lamas. No giving empowerments after expulsion from your lineage. Expulsion of those teachers breaking their samaya and vows. No return to teaching after sexual predation. Vinaya applied. I assum...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I believe the purpose of this thread is to discuss, in a general way, what it means for a tradition to be pure. I think it's a good and important subject because we all want to meet and practice within a pure tradition so that we can attain results. I also understand that some may be tempted to get ...
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 5561

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Pure tradition means the teachings of Buddha with lineage blessings, nothing added and nothing taken away.
by Tsongkhapafan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 4476

Re: Is lineage enough?

Agree absolutely, and as experienced Dharma practitioners that's something many of us has learned. But, as you point out, venerable people need protecting. Even teachers need protecting from the power that the role can place in their hands. I know the fear is that any such rules will restrict a tru...
by Tsongkhapafan
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 4476

Re: Is lineage enough?

If you read what I said, I state 'I would say' and 'I think' so they are clearly my beliefs and strongly held. Sorry, I missed that. A couple of points: ...living simply and humbly and not showing the example of living an opulent, samsaric pleasure based life. Actually as a ngakpa, if one has reali...

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