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by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1115

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

This is not true. The evidence of this is that bhikṣus who followed Mahāyāna lived side by side with non-Mahāyāna bhikṣus. Also worth pointing out that Bhikkhu Bodhi's teacher practiced the Bodhisattva path: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balangoda_Ananda_Maitreya_Thero The idea that Theravada rejec...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 44
Views: 937

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Loppon Malcolm wrote:Śraddha, which is often translated as faith, is defined in Abhidharma as the mental factor which brings clarity to the mind, and that is it.
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 93
Views: 3014

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

I think they are means to the end of bringing beings to the Mahayana, which does lead to annuttarasamyaksambodhi. This means the purpose and function of the three yanas is to lead beings to annuttarasamyaksambodhi. To my mind, as of this moment, 2 must be false if 1 is true. All three lead to Mahay...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you learn from the movies?
Replies: 50
Views: 796

Re: What did you learn from the movies?

fuki wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:25 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote: What's the title of this movie?
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt5684550/
Thanks!! Where did you find an English subtitled version of this? I can't even find a place where I can buy it. There is a YouTube upload, but it only has Vietnamese subtitles.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2074

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

Related: I saw an email saying that Tulku Sangngag is going to bestow the Nyingthig Yabzhi in Santa Fe, New Mexico this coming November.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your Spiritual Youth
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: Your Spiritual Youth

I wasn't very spiritual at age 17. I became interested in Zen and read books by Alan Watts sometime when I was 18 or 19. Then I started formally practicing Zen with a teacher at age 20, I'm 32 now. Age 17-18, I was more interested in theoretical physics and stuff like that. I read The Tao of Physics...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure vision, what's up with?
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Pure vision, what's up with?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:12 pm
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:32 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:15 pm


Most of these rules are later elaborations.
Ah, that makes sense. Later like 14th century, or much more recent?
It is cumulative, each generation added more rules.
Gotcha, thanks! :anjali:
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure vision, what's up with?
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Pure vision, what's up with?

Pure visions may be a little less "regulated" than termas. But my understanding of termas is that there are some checks and balances in the tradition, it's not completely wild and hairy. For one, I believe a terton must be a reincarnation of one of Padmasambhava's 25 disciples. Secondly, there are ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure vision, what's up with?
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Pure vision, what's up with?

Pure visions may be a little less "regulated" than termas. But my understanding of termas is that there are some checks and balances in the tradition, it's not completely wild and hairy. For one, I believe a terton must be a reincarnation of one of Padmasambhava's 25 disciples. Secondly, there are s...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Allow myself to introduce myself.
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: Allow myself to introduce myself.

This seems like a mature message board with well-defined groups, so not sure if I'll find a place here, but we'll see how it goes. I think you'll find that this forum is not too sectarian or territorial, generally speaking. I see it as a truly genuine Mahayana board where we all appreciate each oth...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 786

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Well, you cannot have it both ways. Either there is one vehicle, in which case the emptiness realized by śrāvaka arhats, pratyekabuddhas, and buddhas is the same (Candrakīriti's point of view) or three, in which case the emptiness realized by śrāvaka arhats, pratyekabuddhas, and buddhas is not the ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 786

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

According to your tradition it does, since there is only one vehicle and not three. In fact, Candrakīrti cites the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka in support of this verse. Bro... I don't even Well, you cannot have it both ways. Either there is one vehicle, in which case the emptiness realized by śrāvaka arhats...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you learn from the movies?
Replies: 50
Views: 796

Re: What did you learn from the movies?

fuki wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:32 am
What's the title of this movie?
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Lotus Sutra in Tibetan Buddhist History and Culture, Part 1 - Apple
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: The Lotus Sutra in Tibetan Buddhist History and Culture, Part 1 - Apple

Very interesting! Have you read it and can you give a tl;dr?
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 786

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

You guys are using translations that are pretty ancient, superseded by improvements in understanding in all areas of Buddhist studies. It is a problem not just for you, but for example, for everyone who uses the term "enlightenment" for bodhi. It is just not right on any level. What is your preferr...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Man?
Replies: 121
Views: 2443

Re: What is a Man?

As I've aged I've had to move from sweet tea to unsweetened ice tea...that said. One of my favorite poems: If— BY RUDYARD KIPLING If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doub...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 954

Re: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?

All sensual desires are unwholesome since they are a roadblock for those who want to achieve more than stream entry. Creating a barrier to stream entry doesn't mean that an action is unwholesome. Unwholesome implies that the action is "black karma" that ripens as unpleasant results in our mindstrea...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Did You Eat Today ?
Replies: 100
Views: 1491

Re: What Did You Eat Today ?

Lobsang Chojor wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:58 pm

I'm thinking of trying some Tibetan and Nepalese recipes, has anyone in the UK had any luck in sourcing tsampa?
I think you can just use barley flour? Whole Foods or similar stores would carry that, probably in bulk, or would carry this stuff.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 954

Re: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?

There is a subtle distinction between unwholesome deeds and deeds which are conducive to the path. Sex, alcohol, music, etc. would be things that would be advised to abstain from, but they are not naturally unwholesome. That is to say, if you don't have a particular vow to refrain from these things...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 954

Re: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?

In Buddhism all sexual acts are unwholesome... Source...? :roll: If one, longing for sensual pleasure, achieves it, yes, he's enraptured at heart. The mortal gets what he wants. But if for that person — longing, desiring — the pleasures diminish, he's shattered, as if shot with an arrow. Whoever av...