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by Jnana
Fri May 24, 2013 3:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 15202

Re: Question about "location of mind"

jeeprs wrote:Having done so, could one answer the question: does the mind have a location?
Yes, one could then answer this question.
jeeprs wrote:And also: what is the mind?
Yes, one could also then answer this question as well.
by Jnana
Fri May 24, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 15202

Re: Question about "location of mind"

But your mind is your mind. You can look at it any time you want to. Well, I disagree with that approach and that method. It is the fact that you *can't* 'look at it' that makes it such an interesting question. 'Looking at mind' is an allegory. You might say 'look directly at mind' but that is an a...
by Jnana
Fri May 24, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 15202

Re: Question about "location of mind"

The exact nature of the relationship between brain and mind is unknowable. So why bother getting all riled up about it? It is what it is, regardless of what you or I might think it is. I think it's really important to recognize when one runs up against the mystery ... and to act accordingly, i.e. n...
by Jnana
Fri May 24, 2013 2:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 15202

Re: Question about "location of mind"

I agree with the statements in the Brihadaranyaka Upanisad about the unknowability of mind . Briefly this is that you cannot know the knower of knowing, you cannot see the seer of seeing. The hand cannot grasp itself nor the eye see itself. Therefore any 'theory of mind' tries to locate the seer or...
by Jnana
Thu May 23, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 15202

Re: Question about "location of mind"

I *know* brain is the seat of mind. When I search for mind, that knowing is part of the process. It might be worth investigating how you think you know this. So maybe my next step is to inquire: If brain gives rise to mind but is not identical to mind ... then what is the difference? What is mind t...
by Jnana
Wed May 22, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Apratishtita Nirvana
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Re: Apratishtita Nirvana

If I understand correctly, do all schools of Mahayana agree with the concept of Apratishtita (non-abiding) Nirvana ? All doctrinal schools do. According to Yogācāra sources, apratiṣṭha nirvāṇa is the revolved basis (āśrayaparāvṛtti) that has eliminated the defilements without abandoning saṃsāra. Th...
by Jnana
Wed May 22, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Re: Precious Human Birth

I did find the Chiggala Sutta on Access to Insight, but I am a little puzzled by that Sutta. I find the saying 'its a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state' hard to understand. It seems to contradict the Brahamajala Sutta's teaching about 'fortuitous origins' being a wrong view. The Pā...
by Jnana
Tue May 21, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Re: Precious Human Birth

During my early studies of Buddhism, I distinctly remember reading that 'being born as a human' is accorded great importance in Buddhism because it is only as a human that liberation can be realized. This is one of the reasons that in the traditional texts, a variety of beings from other realms lis...
by Jnana
Thu May 16, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Brahma viharas in sanskrit?
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Re: Brahma viharas in sanskrit?

You must be joking? What I remember of the Indian Buddhist Icongraphy, there are so much more of them, Your link can't be more than maybe 20% or 30% of the whole Sadhana Mala! The publishers of Gaekwad's Oriental Series published the Sādhanamālā in two volumes. The Preface of volume two says: The f...
by Jnana
Wed May 15, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Brahma viharas in sanskrit?
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Re: Brahma viharas in sanskrit?

Would You happen to know if there are whole sanskrit sadhanas existent, and if they contain the four limitless minds, like most of the later sadhanas do? I have seen only partial sanskrit sadhanas, that are mainly from Sadhana Mala, in Bhattacharya's Indian Buddhist Iconography . Here's the Sanskri...
by Jnana
Wed May 15, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 5371

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

Madhyamaka is an essentially skeptical philosophy. There are historical links between the ancient Greek Pyrrhonism - the original form of skepticism - and Madhyamaka - see for instance Flintof's Pyrrho and India , Adrian Kuzminski Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism and Jay Garfi...
by Jnana
Wed May 15, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 5371

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

The earliest commentaries on the MMK by Indian authors (besides the Akutobhayā) are the following: An Annotated Translation of the Chung-Lun With Nāgārjuna's Middle Stanzas Vol.1 by Brian Bocking. An Annotated Translation of the Chung-Lun With Nāgārjuna's Middle Stanzas Vol.2 by Brian Bocking. A Stu...
by Jnana
Wed May 15, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 5371

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

Another excellent, simpler (but not simple) commentary, much earlier than Je Rinpoche's 'Ocean', is the Ornament of Reason by Mabja Bodhisattva. Snow Lion published it some time back. http://www.shambhala.com/the-ornament-of-reason.html Yes, the Ornament of Reason is the best early Tibetan commenta...
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 2850

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

Johnny Dangerous wrote:I don't remember for certain, I think one of Tenzin Wangyals books uses it, but i've read it, or something similar a number of places.
I think Bon uses the terms effortful śamatha, natural śamatha, and ultimate śamatha. But that's about all I know about it.
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 2850

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

Johnny Dangerous wrote:Doesn't natural Shamatha also include vipasyana-like experience though?
Where are you getting the translation "natural shamatha" from?
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 2850

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

On that note,. I really don't understand how Mahamuidra and Dzogchen shamatha are different, how is trekcho different from natural shamatha? Śamatha as a preliminary practice is considered preliminary in both mahāmudrā and dzogchen. That is, it isn't the same thing as recognition of the natural sta...
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 5371

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

As for karma ultimately being or not being an illusion, Karma has no self-nature (svabhāva), and is therefore illusion-like (or an illusion). But this doesn't mean that "karma ultimately derives from māyā." Māyā isn't the cause of karma. An enlightened being experiences no karma, because there is n...
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 5371

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

1. There exists stuff*. The universe is not a stuff-less dream or group hallucination. The mind co-creates what it calls "reality" with this existing stuff. You and I look to the right and agree that we see a tree. Our reality of perceiving that tree depends on: the sensory/interpretive abilities o...
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 2850

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

Meditating on A (Tibetan A or even the Ah sound) is Dzogchen preliminary shamatha. It is like meditating on a Buddha statue except more powerful. However I have no text I can point to to back me up. Basic shamatha - breath meditation Shravaka/Mahayana - Buddha statue Tantric shamatha - deity yoga D...
by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 4:31 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 2850

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

I get that stuff, but is the object always kind of secondary to the practice, or are there practices where the object itself serves some kind of function, outside of tantra? In a sūtrayāna context a pure object such as a buddha statue or the visualization of a buddha form is beneficial if the pract...

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