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by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 8939

Re: What is reborn after death?

Being of the intermediate state is reborn. It is called "gandharva" or "gandhabba" in the Sravakayana sutras/suttas. It is mentioned in the sutras, but all of the early schools did not accept it. Relevant discussion on Reddit on this topic. https://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/comments/9kgmzr/rebirth_...
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 8089

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

To be frank, no. Also, to be clear, I was speaking of Tibetans and most especially of monks or ex-monks. Those Thaye Dorje supporters I know are all "Non-Tibetan," though I had some unpleasant interactions with Thaye Dorje Tibetans decades ago, in Sikkim. I hope everyone, on both sides of the issue...
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 8089

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I hate to say it, but many of the most fervent "supporters" of each side in the conflict are continuing to act like schoolboys brawling over their football teams. Do you know of any "fervent supporters" acting like schoolboys still on Thaye Dorje's side? All I have seen is happiness for the meeting.
by Seeker12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 8089

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

The first is that the meeting lasted over several days – unlike Ogyen Trinley’s meeting with Shamarpa in 2007 which only lasted an hour or two. Clearly they have had time to talk in-depth, socialize and no doubt pray together. This I think shows significant commitment on both their parts and this h...
by Seeker12
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 1024

Re: Are Buddhas formless or form?

Nice quotes, Astus.
by Seeker12
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samdhinirmocana Sutra Commentary Wonchuk
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Samdhinirmocana Sutra Commentary Wonchuk

Does anyone know of an English translation of the following Samdhinirmocana Sutra commentary? Wonch'uk's Extensive Commentary on the Profound Superior Sutra Explaining the Thought ('phags pa dgongs pa zab mo nges par' grel pa'i mdo'i rgya eher 'grel pa, arya-gambhZra-saJ!Ldhinirmoeana-sutra-.tfkli) ...
by Seeker12
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018

first complete English translation of Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha That has been available in English for a while now. See the BDK edition for instance: The Summary of the Great Vehicle . the most important and comprehensive Indian Yogacara text That would be the Yogacarabhumisastra, translated to Eng...
by Seeker12
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Compendium-Mahayana-Asangas-Mahayanasamgraha-Commentaries/dp/155939465X The first complete English translation of Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha, the most important and comprehensive Indian Yogacara text, and all its available Indian commentaries. The Mahāyānasaṃgraha, published he...
by Seeker12
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Path of Joining and Emptiness
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Path of Joining and Emptiness

I recall reading somewhere that, I believe, on the latter part of the path of joining - the second of the 5 paths - one believes truly that they have understood emptiness, but this in fact is not the case.

Ring a bell? Anyone know a source?
by Seeker12
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 266
Views: 16501

Re: Existence

The Tibetans created a technical language to handle Buddhist terminologies. If I may, if the word 'emptiness' were not well established in English and you were doing a fresh translation, how would you translate tongpa nyi? Either in concise form or in more extensive explanation? I have read that th...
by Seeker12
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six Munis
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: Six Munis

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:48 pm

It is from the peaceful and wrathful mandala cycle of Guhyagarbha Tantra.
Thank you.
by Seeker12
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six Munis
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Six Munis

There's often little to no response for such obscure questions, but I'm wondering if anyone by chance knows of any scriptural references for the "Six Munis" (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Six_Munis), listed on that site as, 1. Indra Kaushika (Skt.; Tib. དབང་པོ་བརྒྱ་བྱིན་, Wangpo Gyajin; T...
by Seeker12
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1611

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I've just finished reading through the Dirgha Agama and one thing this recension of the EBTs keeps hammering on is that arhatship always results in the recollection of past lives. I don't recall offhand (it's been over ten years) if the Pali Nikayas are as adamant about it, but I don't believe so. ...
by Seeker12
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1720

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Food for thought from Longchenpa (from 'Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind'): Those who scorn the law of karmic cause and fruit Are students of the nihilist view outside the Dharma. They rely on the thought that all is void; They fall in the extreme of nothingness And go from higher to lower states....
by Seeker12
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 4538

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

I don’t know how else you would take it. If it’s not a blessing, then what is it? The distinction, I think, is that some people don't actually want to implement anything into practice, they just want to go 'bask in the blessing' of the ritual, meet the teacher, forge a connection, etc. Commonly, pu...
by Seeker12
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutra or Tantra Sources for Consorts of the 8 Bodhisattvas/Buddhas
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Sutra or Tantra Sources for Consorts of the 8 Bodhisattvas/Buddhas

I'm wondering if anyone can point me towards Sutra or Tantra references of the 5 female Buddhas (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Five_female_buddhas) and/or the offering goddesses/bodhisattva consorts (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Eight_offering_goddesses). I'm aware, for exampl...
by Seeker12
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 16
Views: 1369

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

The male vs female distinction becomes gradually more refined and more subtle in the kamaloka heavens, there are four or six grades of this refinement. The teaching about the qualities of the kamaloka devas is found in the Abhidharmakosa of Vasubandhu, and in the Shurangama Sutra , it is also quite...
by Seeker12
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 16
Views: 1369

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

A female believer will probably attain the body of a male kamaloka deva. Buddha's mother was reborn as a male deva, (to whom the Abhidharma was preached.) Buddhism isn't attached to one's gender, it doesn't see it as eternal or permanent, as is the case in an other religion. Although I can't say wi...
by Seeker12
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 16
Views: 1369

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

A common way to understand Sambhogakaya is to see it as a form-body that manifests in the dhyana realms, which are equal to the deva realms or the realms of form. There are also deva realms that are in the desire realm, but which are higher than the human realm. For example the realm of Buddha Mait...
by Seeker12
Sat May 26, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 22
Views: 2007

Re: Hell

Most people, as human beings, don't remember their previous lives. Is there any teaching based on meditative realization, or the experience of delogs, etc, that indicate whether beings in hell have any memory of their previous misdeeds or have any idea why they are where they are? Delog by Dawa Dro...

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