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by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Open call for Moderator suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 1659

Re: Open call for Moderator suggestions

I have not been terribly active here, though it may be growing. I do not expect that it's likely that I'd be considered a good candidate for moderation as such, but I suppose I would offer my services with hesitation. For what it's worth, I moderate the Reddit Buddhism subreddit under the handle 'En...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 5320

Re: What is Dzogchen?

According to gzhan stong, the ultimate (parinispanna) is empty of all relative phenomena (paratantra and parikalpita), and is utterly distinct from it. Is there a basis for this view in any scripture? No, in fact. That's what I thought, and seems to be really a pretty basic mistake if I'm understan...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 5320

Re: What is Dzogchen?

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:08 pm
According to gzhan stong, the ultimate (parinispanna) is empty of all relative phenomena (paratantra and parikalpita), and is utterly distinct from it.
Is there a basis for this view in any scripture?
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path

Which of the two books is the most recommended for beginners? ~ The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi ~ Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Just to be clear, although I wouldn't say that texts like this are at od...
by Seeker12
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 5320

Re: What is Dzogchen?

In ch. 4 it talks about the Buddha Nature as being fully present but obscured by defilement in a sentient being. The practices of purification and virtue in no way create the Buddha Nature. What the practice of Dharma does do is create a situation, an “opening” (my term), through which the already ...
by Seeker12
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

In the vimalarkiti sutta we see how tenth bhumi bodhisattvas can completely violate all kinds of physic laws, they can manipulate space and time at will. Furthermore, they can inhabit akanistha ghanavyuha beyond the three times. But, in contrast with buddhas, they still have objects, so time should...
by Seeker12
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1875

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Precious human birth is qualified by eighteen conditions which are conducive to meeting the Dharma. If even one of these is lacking, one's human birth is not precious. ...with faculties intact... If one lacks even one of these 18, one does not have a precious human birth. I've wondered what is mean...
by Seeker12
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 41
Views: 16678

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

Just to add to this plethora of interpretations and ideas, in East Asian Buddhism - based primarily on the Lotus Sutra - arhats attain only a seeming nirvana and once they're awaken from it by the buddhas they continue their path to liberation as high level (8th bhumi) bodhisattvas. So, according t...
by Seeker12
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 41
Views: 16678

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

In Theravada, an arahant and a Buddha are only different in that the Buddha attained nibbana first. Bhikkhu Bodhi wouldn't agree, as seen here: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/arahantsbodhisattvas.html Excerpts from section 4: "...it would hardly be correct to say that temporal pr...
by Seeker12
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2317

Re: Question

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:38 pm

As for question one, yes; as for two, yes.

As for three, tenth stage bodhisattvas will never manifest supreme nirmanakāya when one has left a dispensation in the world. However, for all intents and purposes, tenth stage bodhisattvas are buddhas.
Thank you, I'll have to think on this.
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2317

Re: Question

The Buddha attained full Buddhahood countless eons ago. Is that the case for all supreme Nirmanakayas such as Shakyamuni? If so, where does the Mahayana path of the Bhumis culminating in the realization of Buddhahood fit in? Is Maitreya a fully awakened Buddha who is simply manifesting a show of Tu...
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2317

Re: Question

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:18 pm

No. Śākyamuni Buddha did not have to practice.
When you say this, is it from the perspective that Gautama was a 10th Bhumi Bodhisattva prior to his manifestation of unsurpassed awakening or that he was a perfect emanation beyond the Bhumis?
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1845

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I often hear and read how compassion is vital to Buddhist practice, alongside wisdom. My question is why is compassion important and how does it relate to wisdom? The natural state of the sun is to shine, and part of this shining is that it provides warmth to all without discrimination. If there wa...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1990

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

Which is why it is ALWAYS better to err on the side of caution and even better to always follow what YOUR teachers say. ;) I certainly would not advise you or anyone else to engage in such a practice against wisdom, but I just shared it as a sort of counterpoint. He says, and I quote, “This text wa...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1990

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

It's probably better to err on the side of not conditioning people one way or the other, including presenting one's own school and experiences as the gold standard approach to Vajrayana, and point them to resources. Yet, people consistently do it anyway on DW. Well, I did point them in the directio...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 1080

Re: What is Dualism truly?

I think in the Buddhist understanding, generally, dualism of any form always is rooted in some idea of ‘self’ and of ‘me and mine’, even if that is projected outwards to some imagined supreme being. So overcoming or seeing through that sense of ‘otherness’ is the way of realising the non-dual (adva...
by Seeker12
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wrathful deities
Replies: 70
Views: 4115

Re: Wrathful deities

1. What would be some of the pros and cons for practicing with a wrathful deity? 2. Does one achieve quicker progress with them as opposed to peaceful deities? 3. Are wrathful deities suited more for people who possess deeper afflictions? 1. No cons, only pros. 2. Yes. 3. Yes. I'm not sure that #2 ...
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Information on outdoor meditation hut
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: Information on outdoor meditation hut

It may be a bit of a romantic notion, but I like the idea of something like this https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwic-K2Hj6ffAhXBSt8KHaEkC6sQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tripadvisor.in%2FLocationPhotoDirectLink-g580106-d3337400-i11652478...
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Information on outdoor meditation hut
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Information on outdoor meditation hut

Pardon if this is the wrong forum. I’m interested in building a small meditation hut/cabin/whatever in my private backyard and I’m wondering if anyone knows about A) pre-made plans for huts, B) experience of their own, or C) basically anything at all on the topic. I’ve considered, though not in dept...
by Seeker12
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 836

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

Hello can we discuss Theravada teachings from the perspective of a Mahayana/Vajrayana practitioner? Thanks. The Theravada Canon is more or less equivalent, at least for all intents and purposes here, with the Agamas, and both the Chinese and Tibetan Canons include such texts. IMO, it's entirely sil...

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