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by Jnana
Tue May 14, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 2589

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

I have seen a ton of different techniques for shamatha in Tibetan Buddhism, I was wondering if/how they differ i the sense of what they achieve, and the benefits of one object over another etc.. If the practice is the development of śamatha then the purpose is generally to progress through the nine...
by Jnana
Thu May 09, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 11568

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

Except I don't agree with your differentiation of cause and condition. Well, for what it's worth, I'm not suggesting that anyone needs to adopt Sarvāstivāda realism in order to account for the arising of duḥkha. But these conceptual frameworks can also be used for explanatory purposes without reali...
by Jnana
Thu May 09, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 11568

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

What I was getting at is it seems Buddha didn't get into what is a cause and effect. Again I say in disagreement though, karma does not mean 'cause' it means 'action. Yes, karma means "action." But there are other terms to consider. It might be useful to differentiate some of them. In the Nikāyas a...
by Jnana
Wed May 08, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 11568

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

What I was getting at is it seems Buddha didn't get into what is a cause and effect. Again I say in disagreement though, karma does not mean 'cause' it means 'action. Yes, karma means "action." But there are other terms to consider. It might be useful to differentiate some of them. In the Nikāyas a...
by Jnana
Tue May 07, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 10383

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

I dont think Batchelor misunderstands Buddhism...by which I mean he has a thorough grasp of its philosophical underpinning. Yes, well, he also admits that he finds the Buddha's teachings of karma and rebirth "unintelligible." I think what he does is actively reject much of the philosophy of Buddhis...
by Jnana
Tue May 07, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 10383

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Yet Stephen Bachelor upholds both The Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination. Could it be that he is not a materialist? Stephen Batchelor, No Future In A Parrot's Egg : I reject karma and rebirth not only because I find them unintelligible, but because I believe they obscure and distort what t...
by Jnana
Tue May 07, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 10383

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

It seems that the Cārvāka/Lokāyata philosphers were ahead of their time. There's nothing new about materialist philosophies -- both in ancient India and Greece. I see no fault in their view, nor can I understand how this is at odds with the essence of what the Buddha taught. The materialist rejecti...
by Jnana
Tue May 07, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 10383

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Also, I think Bachelor and secular Buddhism needs to be part of the dialogue around Buddhism, even if you don't agree with his views. He posts the negative reviews of his books on his site, as well as the positive ones (or he used to, when I last looked.) If you meet Stephen Bachelor, he is very op...
by Jnana
Mon May 06, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Satipatthana, Shamatha and Vipashyana interrelated?
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Re: Are Satipatthana, Shamatha and Vipashyana interrelated?

Satipatthana (smrtyupasthana) is a complete method in itself that includes both calming (samatha) and insight (vipassana/vipasyana). Although it is not necessary to master several stages of absorption (jhana/dhyana), some level of mental peace is always required by every meditation system in Buddhi...
by Jnana
Fri May 03, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind-training for a Theravadin
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Mind-training for a Theravadin

In short, I don't believe I have what it takes to aspire to Buddhahood but I find the attitudes high-lighted and developed in the various treatises on mind-training to be excellent tools to cultivate the brahma-viharas perhaps all the way to release and, failing that, at least make my life one well...
by Jnana
Fri May 03, 2013 7:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind-training for a Theravadin
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Mind-training for a Theravadin

I'm afraid you will have to choose at some point. By all means, practice Theravada and study Mahayana. But you're practice will either be Theravada with Mahayana as a supplement or Mahayana with Theravada as a supplement. The reason why its one or the other is that any practice without Bodhicitta i...
by Jnana
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13878

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Astus wrote:How so? Can you give some examples?
Drinking alcohol would be one example. Sexual yogas would be another. The potential for negative consequences are far greater than if one maintains the lay precepts or the monastic discipline without engaging in such activities.
by Jnana
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13878

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Point two may be applied to non-vajrayana practices too. The potential risk of serious negative karmic consequences increases significantly when venturing outside of exoteric orthopraxy. Point one is actually saying that "it is secret because it is secret". The first point is a consequence of the s...
by Jnana
Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13878

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Two reasons for maintaining secrecy in the Vajrayāna that are applicable across historical periods and cultures: (1) because it is undertaken as a commitment on the part of the student, and (2) because there are certain vajrayāna practices that can have negative karmic consequences if incorrectly en...
by Jnana
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13878

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Buddhism is officially condemned by the Greek Orthodox Church as a heresy and there have even been instances of Buddhist practice centres being torched. So secrecy is actually quite important. The reasoning behind secrecy is still VERY apparent. Imagine what it is like for Buddhist practitioners in...
by Jnana
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13878

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

So... I would be careful of painting everybody with the same brush. I wasn't trying to paint everybody with the same brush. There are differences among different Tibetan lineages and teachers. But if someone wants to receive a wangchen, etc., it's quite possible to find access with virtually no vet...
by Jnana
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13878

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

However, it seems that some a more interested in justifications for why it should be kept secret now. And that's a different kind of discussion, but a very interesting one nonetheless. For me, I would say that tantra and secrecy go together like marriage and fidelity. Sure, not everybody that gets ...
by Jnana
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Are Tendai practices of "Marathon Monks" Asceticism?
Replies: 55
Views: 8201

Re: Are Tendai practices of "Marathon Monks" Asceticism?

In Theravada there are plenty of references to a middle path between extreme asceticism and indulgence. However asceticism is part of the practice, eg. Eating one meal a day is asceticism. Bodhidharma sat meditating facing a wall for 9 years (supposedly), this is asceticism. The 13 ascetic practice...
by Jnana
Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 5841

Re: Stopping thoughts?

However, something bothers me. All shamatha instructions I have seen, including the one I use, mention that basically the first thing you should experience, the first sign of progress, is becoming aware of the huge number of thoughts, like some raging waterfall, all constantly arising and crowded i...
by Jnana
Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Achieving Epistemic Certainty
Replies: 41
Views: 3945

Re: Achieving Epistemic Certainty

Can anyone here give references to Buddhist texts or Buddhists that discuss this? Look into translations and studies of the writings of Dharmakīrti , and the Indian and Tibetan commentaries on them. For example: Is Enlightenment Possible?: Dharmakīrti and RGyal Tshab Rje on Knowledge, Rebirth, No-s...