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by SunWuKong
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita in 8,000 lines
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Re: Prajnaparamita in 8,000 lines

Thanks!
by SunWuKong
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit harm
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Spirit harm

Online, I have been a friend and confidante of a person who has severe paranoid schizophrenia, for several years. He went through exactly the thing you are describing, with the addition of accusing voices inside his head. We usually chatted until he calmed down, but he went through a lot. While ther...
by SunWuKong
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Guru Devotion

So that’s the real answer to the OP, after all this obfuscation. “You’ll never understand it.” And I’m okay with that. The inability to speak plainly tells volumes. No, I’m not going read a whole lot about it, but thanks for the suggestion. I’ll just go back to my “Pop Zen” where things simply are w...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Guru Devotion

So you don't criticize the fellow who just earlier said he had 50 gurus? What kind of devotion is that? What are you talking about? Actually i want to rephrase that. I don't care if along one's path one has 50 gurus. It's none of my business. But to say an entire nations devotion to the Dalai Lama ...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Guru Devotion

who is telling you how to have regard for a guru? goes unanswered except "everyone here" and that won't resolve the issue of how one pays due respect. There are many instructions for this in both sūtra and tantra. Buddha is sufficient as a guru for me. The Buddha passed away 2,500 years. When did y...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Guru Devotion

I thinks it’s mostly important concept in India and Tibet, you’d have to prove its efficacy in Vajrayana elsewhere, I’m open to it but skeptical. There really is no Vajrayāna anywhere but among Himalayan and Mongolian people, apart from Western and Chinese devotees. Shingon is Mantrayāna, not reall...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Guru Devotion

Again and again we are reminded that Devotion to one's teacher is essential to vajrayana practice. But what does it mean? Tibetans histories are filled with examples, of course, but what if one simply cannot develop what they imagine is required? What if a teacher never really expresses a demand fo...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 2136

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

To be precise, your trying to make a broad generalization about all human minds? In Buddhism, it’s thought that there is a commonality that the entire species shares. So if by “mind” you refer to the sentient knowing, understanding that takes place you might call that mind. But it doesn’t define the...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4105

Re: Guru Devotion

Again and again we are reminded that Devotion to one's teacher is essential to vajrayana practice. But what does it mean? Tibetans histories are filled with examples, of course, but what if one simply cannot develop what they imagine is required? What if a teacher never really expresses a demand fo...
by SunWuKong
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Less time on computer
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Less time on computer

Some of us spend much time on the computer, some little. How is a good method if one would like to spend less time? Not a personal matter, more a discussion piece. If being on the computer gets you in touch with people around a topic (say developing siddhi) that you do not have access in real life,...
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 1817

Re: Homosexuality

Just so people are aware: I am watching this topic closely. If I get even the faintest whiff of homophobia, I will act swiftly and without mercy! So, do not feign ignorance in the event of a moderation action. You have been warned. I’m not so sure that the Sutras etc say anything specific about hom...
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying; Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 21
Views: 850

Re: Lying; Is it Acceptable?

Find out what the consequences are. I never believe a liar twice
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Dangerous Fallacy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: A Dangerous Fallacy.

Again, hearsay evidence has no validity. Case dismissed.
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Dangerous Fallacy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: A Dangerous Fallacy.

really? where's the proof of that? The only way to prove it to oneself is to awaken and recognize it. That's the cart before the horse. The only way to prove you are awakened is to show it. We can go on like this forever, but really Simon needs to log back on and define his terms. Personally I thin...
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Dangerous Fallacy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: A Dangerous Fallacy.

At the end of the day mind is fundamental, and matter is a byproduct of incorrectly cognizing mind's own display... really? where's the proof of that? The only way to prove it to oneself is to awaken and recognize it. That's the cart before the horse. The only way to prove you are awakened is to sh...
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Dangerous Fallacy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: A Dangerous Fallacy.

krodha wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:58 pm

At the end of the day mind is fundamental, and matter is a byproduct of incorrectly cognizing mind's own display...
really? where's the proof of that?
by SunWuKong
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Dangerous Fallacy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: A Dangerous Fallacy.

"After a period of relative stability on this forum, an old and misleading distortion of Buddhdharma seems to have resurfaced, to whit, nihilistic solipsism." Simon, Where? "It is an error that has often taken refuge in modern 'zen' flavoured sites where it lurks like the Legionnaires Virus lurks in...
by SunWuKong
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 39
Views: 1809

Re: Tiantai Meditation

In terms of ultimate bodhicitta, unified śamatha and vipaśyāna is or should be the goal of all practitioners of Buddhadharma. Assuming that this is the case, how do we propose that a history of a single practice such as shikantaza or koan introspection arises? Does this only happen in Japan or does...
by SunWuKong
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 39
Views: 1809

Re: Tiantai Meditation

This single seamless meditation is called 'Endon Shikan' which means 'Perfect Sudden Shamatha/Vipashyana' (see Rory's post above for a description). The Endon Shikan can be described as the pinnacle of Tendai meditation. I have found the idea of Endon Shikan to be not too dissimilar to the idea of ...
by SunWuKong
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 55
Views: 2330

Re: Translatorhood

How does one support themselves as a translator of Sanskrit/Tibetan? By being better than the others. That is a sometimes necessary (...almost never) but almost never sufficient strategy in almost any field. My guess would be to look into the publishing industry and how to make money in it. Publish...

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