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by Seeker12
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1212

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...
by Seeker12
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 2005

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Link Here : http://www.lotsawahouse.org/indian-masters/nagarjuna/heart-dependent-origination In verse 6, he says, "Then, as for extremely subtle entities, Those who regard them with nihilism, Lacking precise and thorough knowledge, Will not see the actuality of conditioned arising." Can anyone expl...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 2005

Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Link Here : http://www.lotsawahouse.org/indian-masters/nagarjuna/heart-dependent-origination In verse 6, he says, "Then, as for extremely subtle entities, Those who regard them with nihilism, Lacking precise and thorough knowledge, Will not see the actuality of conditioned arising." Can anyone expla...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 2618

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

The commonalities I think are very interesting. Indeed. And for what it's worth, when I have heard stories such as these, there's a sort of 'flavor' or 'scent' that comes with them, as if there is a certain field of blessing that one can perceive with the mind or the body in a sort of subtle manner...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 1059

Re: Amida's death?

Yes. Sambhogakayas are conditioned bodies, if far more pure than gross phenomenal bodies like these. This might depend on source and school. There are definitely schools that say that Sambhogakayas have no end. One place says it's the samadhi of the Buddhas. Another place says that it's the essence...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3894

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Thanks, I was wondering if this was something that was due to personal insight or whether it was some sort of 'formally acknowledged' thing by an 'authority'. It has to do with the first Dudjom, Duddul Dorje, a famous terton in his own right, who had a vision of Padmasambhava in which Padmasambhava...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 2618

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

In the autobiography of Dudjom Lingpa (A Clear Mirror), he recounts a journey to Sukhavati, and he exclaims something like, “I thought that all things had no true existence apart from the mind, but this seems utterly real!” Do you have any other notes on his descriptions? You can PM me. I think I'v...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3894

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

The short Dudjom Tersar ngon-dro is wonderful. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was Guru Rinpoche's regent in this time. (some say Guru Rinpoche Himself.) There have been many great Lamas in the last 100 years, but Dudjom Rinpoche is most definitely one of the very greatest. So if you have any inclination of...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3894

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

The short Dudjom Tersar ngon-dro is wonderful. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was Guru Rinpoche's regent in this time. (some say Guru Rinpoche Himself.) There have been many great Lamas in the last 100 years, but Dudjom Rinpoche is most definitely one of the very greatest. So if you have any inclination of...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 2618

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

There is no "literally existent" universe. So, just as this seemingly "literally existent" universe appears/seems to "literally exist," it is just as possible that when it dissolves after death, we may come to see Sukhavati as "literally existent"? Unlikely, it is probably the case that beings born...
by Seeker12
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses

Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:15 pm
It's explained when you study a Zhitro mandala. Khenpo Rinpoche Namdrol has teachings on the Guhyagarbha Tantra that cover this. You can find an explanation for example in lecture #151 here.
I figured it was probably in the Guhyagarbha Tantra at least. Thanks both of you.
by Seeker12
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses
Replies: 3
Views: 370

8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses

On Rigpawiki, for example, it says that the 8 great bodhisattvas (avalokiteshvara, akashagarbha, samantabhadra, etc) represent the pure state of the 8 consciousnesses, but there's not much information more than that on the topic. Does anyone know where I might find more information on this topic, wh...
by Seeker12
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu Ngondro - Mandala Offerings
Replies: 14
Views: 2232

Re: Karma Kagyu Ngondro - Mandala Offerings

visitor_001 wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:33 pm
I don't have a sangha I can turn to for detailed instructions.
How about Skype/FaceTime?
by Seeker12
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 2618

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

Is the animal realm a literal place out there, or is it just here? The heavens are here too; they are not other locations. Beings perceive reality the way that their minds have been conditioned to perceive it, in accordance to their past karma, but all the realms can make up a single world system. ...
by Seeker12
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Yogis
Replies: 22
Views: 2093

Re: Tibetan Yogis

Even in this world, and even now, there are said to be many hidden yogis or discreet yogis, called bepay naljor in Tibetan. It means those realized ones who are not generally recognized as great spiritual sages or saints, but have deeply tasted the fruit of enlightenment, and are living it. Perhaps...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 11926

Re: What is reborn after death?

What do you mean by this? There is no good evidence that the gandharva is either the intermediate existence or an intermediate being. It is simply described as a thing that is necessarily present during the rebirth process, but otherwise appears to be an independent concept from the antarabhava. I ...
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Yogis
Replies: 22
Views: 2093

Re: Tibetan Yogis

I suspect you may get a lot of people just basically saying that their lineage is best. With that said, here's a little bit from Mipham Rinpoche: Nyingma followers of Secret Mantra emphasize the actual tantra. They pursue the highest view and delight in conduct that is stable. Many reach the vidyādh...
by Seeker12
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Re: Merit needed to see Buddhas

Split from https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=27705 The reason I say this is because, in my opinion, he was clearly a realized person, I never doubted this. But he might be trying to teach us some other lesson than "you guys aren't good enough for the likes of me". ;) Well, maybe we aren'...
by Seeker12
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Re: Merit needed to see Buddhas

ford_truckin wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:18 am
from my readings, buddhas only make an appearance in human flesh once there are no traces of dharma left in the world.
This is specifically regarding a supreme nirmanakaya such as Shakyamuni, but there are other types of nirmanakaya forms it’s taught.
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Terminology of Three Natures
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Terminology of Three Natures

Some interpretations understand it that way, but in reality it refers to the ālayavijñāna which carries the seeds which produce appearances as the imagined nature. When those seeds are eradicated, the dependent nature becomes the perfected nature. So, to ignorant sentient beings, the dependent natu...

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