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by conebeckham
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Rebel Buddha: On The Road To Freedom
Replies: 160
Views: 12524

Re: Rebel Buddha: On The Road To Freedom

Quick story about DPR-- Years back, he asked me what practice I was engaged in....I said I was working on my prostrations. "Frustrations?" He said....I said, "No, Rinpoche, it..." and kinda left it at that when I caught him giving me a funny look, raised eyebrows and all....."What else?" he said.......
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Rebel Buddha: On The Road To Freedom
Replies: 160
Views: 12524

Re: Rebel Buddha: On The Road To Freedom

I'm in agreement with you, Dechen Namdrol, though I do note that the "quantity" of baggage varies.. For example, Trungpa's folks chant sadhanas in English. Most of Kalu Rinpoche's western disciples chant in Tibetan, mainly. So do most Karma Kagyupas under the KTD/KTC umbrellas.... I understand Weste...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Rebel Buddha: On The Road To Freedom
Replies: 160
Views: 12524

Re: Rebel Buddha: On The Road To Freedom

I'd bet Rinpoche would be somewhat dismayed at the adversarial tone. I haven't read the book yet. Full disclosure. But I was talking with one of Rinpoche's long-time translators, over the weekend, and we discussed the book. His summary was that it was Dharma "stripped" of cultural trappings, and he ...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What do you look like?
Replies: 14
Views: 1741

Re: What do you look like?

Like this...
by conebeckham
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge Books 9 & 10
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge Books 9 & 10

On my "Must Buy" list, for sure.
by conebeckham
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Wow, TMingyur....I just thought it was sad that you dismissed some powerful thinkers--it wasn't meant as a personal attack, or as "evangelizing." But I think everyone would do well to broaden their studies.....Again, this is intellect, and conceptuality--it's ALL elaboration, no matter what. But it ...
by conebeckham
Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Well actually most of these names do not have any significance for me at all.
That's sad. You would do well to broaden your studies, TMingyur......after all, I guaranteee Tsong Khapa knew most of these names, or at least their teachings.
How about Rolpai Dorje, 4th Karmapa?
by conebeckham
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

I think we've covered the bases with regard to so-called "Tibetan Madhyamaka," outlining various interpretations--from the early presentations through some of the more novel later approaches, and indicated where some of the thornier issues are found....there's quite a bit of scholarship out there, a...
by conebeckham
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

5Heaps- your definition of "inherent existence" --or rather, my close statement you identify--that is, "existence without dependence on another," is well-known. The problem is, when we negate that "inherent existence of the table," some of us cannot accept this and must posit some sort of qualified ...
by conebeckham
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

...there is an overly baroque transformation of Prasangika thought largely due to the extreme reluctance on Tsong Khapa's part to take some of Candrakirti's claims at their radical face value, and especially due to his own attempts to harmonize Prasangika philosophy with that of the logicians. In p...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

OK!
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

...and I'm sorry, genuinely, if you don't "like such kind of talk." But if you've got a logical system, there must be a place for Chandrakirti's statement in it......

He is, after all, Chandrakirti!
:shrug:
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Chandrakirti's, and Nagarjuna's, "systems" can be presented logically in other ways than those you have understood...in my opinion, in ways that adhere more closely to the meaning of Chandrakirti and Nagarjuna. But logic has a limit, and that, I think, is a key point.
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

TMingyur- I love that firewood example. Here's Chandrakirti again: The dry firewood of knowable objects having been totally incinerated, This peace is the Dharma Body of the Victors. At this point, there is neither arising nore ceasing. The Cessation of mind is revealed through this Body. His commen...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Chandrakirti: What is taught as arising and such in terms of dependent origination does not concern the nature of objects of the uncontaminated wisdom of those free from the blurred vision of basic ignorance. Rather it is [taught] with respect to the objects of consciousness of those whose eyes of i...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

TMingyur- I suppose you could say Madhyamaka asserts "no assertion about existence, no assertion about nonexistence," then. If that is "an assertion," then so be it. Nagarjuna: Through destruction or a remedy, Being existent would become nonexistence. [However,] since [real] existence is impossible,...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ratna Lingpa Terma ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

Re: Ratna Lingpa Terma ?

I checked the empowerment list (not the full index!) and didn't see this particular one listed, actually.
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

But conventionally, one can say the table appears--that conventionally, it "possesses" the characteristics of that which we call Table--legs, a surface, edges, and so forth-and that it serves as a table, as a place to place things, etc.

How this ultimately happens is beyond conceptual understanding.
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

generality "table" imputed onto functioning parts, or an actual table set up by conceptuality as equally as its parts and as equally as the collection of parts? It is more of the latter that is the object of negation, don't you think? if tables exist then tables are tables. therefore the collection...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 17276

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

The table is not the basis of designation of a table, the collection of parts is. So, we should say that table is not empty of the inherent existence of table, but instead, that table is empty of inherent existence of the collection of parts of the table? Ordinary sentient beings see "table." They ...

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