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by Jnana
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13866

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

ngodrup wrote:I merely point out the speciousness of the examples given.
The examples given were in response to a specific question from Pero. They were not given as as examples that parallel Vajrayāna Buddhism.
by Jnana
Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13866

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Presumably, the therapeutic value of such disclosure is that it happens within an agreement of confidentiality. Psychotherapists, 12 step meetings and the like agree to keep what was heard within the walls of the room. Oprah or Phil Donahue, however, served a more informational, social, function. I...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13866

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

I'm pretty sure if I'd go around asking people about their deepest inner feelings they wouldn't be inclined to tell me about them. Or you. Or any other random person. It doesn't really compare. And going to a TV show to talk about personal issues is not something I and probably anyone I know would ...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13866

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Do you see people talk about some personal issues and whatnot to every stranger they meet? No? Are you joking? People have been talking about their personal issues every weekday on American television since the Phil Donahue show in the 1970s. It's part of what made Oprah one of the richest women in...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 5837

Re: Stopping thoughts?

When the thought arises, I notice it and sort of think "Here is a thought." Then it vanishes, and while my attention is on my mind, I can't help but feel that I am somehow making an effort to stop thoughts from arising. How does one "concentrate on the present moment" without stopping thoughts? Or ...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13866

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

There is no such implication. Certainly things can be holy without secrecy. But secrecy helps and it keeps it holy. If things can be sacred without secrecy then secrecy isn't necessary. Rationales for secrecy are attempted justifications, no more, no less. If the existence of the Three Jewels and t...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 13866

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

There's another reason that Dzongsar Rinpoche gives in Not for Happiness . If a practice is secret, it becomes sacred. The practitioner will treat the practice with respect and not involve it in ego games. He gives the example of Hatha Yoga which has been reduced from a practice a spiritual transfo...
by Jnana
Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Ordination
Replies: 68
Views: 15848

Re: Ordination

Congratulations on this joyful occasion!

May this be of great benefit to both yourself and others.

:anjali:
by Jnana
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness vs Analysis
Replies: 19
Views: 3059

Re: Mindfulness vs Analysis

Ok. So in mahamudra and Dzogchen vipasyana is always conceptual. The only non conceptual vipasyana is the "true" mahamudra and dozgchen meditations?. Did i get it right? Close, but not quite. :) Vipaśyanā is not always conceptual. In Mahāmudrā, śamatha and vipaśyanā are considered to be innate to t...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness vs Analysis
Replies: 19
Views: 3059

Re: Mindfulness vs Analysis

Is analitcal meditation always considered discursive? I mean. We can analize our minds without asking questions in the form of internal talk. For example watching where thoughts arise from, stay and cease without asking " where do thoughts arise from". Is this discursive lagtong? Again, explanation...
by Jnana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness vs Analysis
Replies: 19
Views: 3059

Re: Mindfulness vs Analysis

Cultivating mindfulness or zen-like awareness of the moment is all very good, but is mindfulness alone really practical in a civilized society? Just to add to what has already been said, mindfulness is a mental factor that accompanies all sorts of conscious states. Mindfulness and attention can be ...
by Jnana
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25003

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

randomseb wrote:You are born from a body....
You are born because of previous karma.
by Jnana
Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25003

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

If there is really no such thing as an independent self, what is it that continues post-mortem? Moments of consciousness. What is it that has been there from the start of your having read this reply? Not a self, according to Buddha! Consciousness is impermanent, unsatisfactory, empty, and therefore...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25003

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

I've read many a sutra, and as I am sure you have as well, and are so versed in knowledge on the subject, you will know what I am referring to when I talk about lives being measured in moments, not dozens of years. This pertains to zen as well. Momentariness doesn't contradict the teachings that a ...
by Jnana
Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25003

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

Sara H wrote:Someone having a title of "Zen Master", is not a guarantee that you won't get hurt.
Someone having a title of "Zen Master", is not a guarantee that that person has realized any level of awakening.
by Jnana
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: saṃkalpa in the Abhidharmakośa
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: saṃkalpa in the Abhidharmakośa

I interpret this to mean that 'good intentions' are often not acted upon, so this saying reflects the gap that one can often observe between 'good intentions' and what we actually end up doing, which often is not actually so good after all. I often used to think this especially applies to things li...
by Jnana
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: saṃkalpa in the Abhidharmakośa
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: saṃkalpa in the Abhidharmakośa

I suppose I have found it a little odd that saṃkalpa is not included as a mental factor. The natural conclusion which follows from that would be that it simply implies the combination of various mental factors - but I find it really strange that it is barely mentioned in the Kośa, considering its c...
by Jnana
Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: saṃkalpa in the Abhidharmakośa
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: saṃkalpa in the Abhidharmakośa

I find this concept much more explicit in the Theravadan Abhidhamma. Anyone have a good commentary of the kośa which unpacks it a little? I did a quick search through the Vyākhyā and didn't see anything that was directly relevant to your query. However, it's possible that I may have missed somethin...
by Jnana
Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: rousing Bodhicitta
Replies: 27
Views: 3134

Re: rousing Bodhicitta

I open my daily practice with the standard Bodhicitta and refuge prayer. Sometimes I feel like it's just a recitation and I am failing to rouse the right state of mind, wondering if anyone has any tricks or tips on "faking it until you make it" so to speak. You could ask yourself this question (or ...