Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by pael » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:58 pm

Malcolm wrote:The Dharma has one purpose, freeing sentient beings from desire, hatred, and ignorance. That's it.
May all beings be free from suffering and causes of suffering

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Losal Samten » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:49 pm

Is Dependent Origination Eternal?
Malcolm wrote:Since the past is not established, since it has perished, and the future is not established, since it has yet to come to be, the present cannot be established either. Therefore, dependent origination is not an eternal process because no processes can be established, other than as conventions.

Further, dependent origination is about the afflicted processes that drive samsara, affliction, action, and suffering. When affliction is removed, action has no cause; and when action has no cause, the result, suffering cannot be produced. From this perspective too, dependent origination cannot be seen as eternal, since when one attains realization, one becomes free from that process entirely.
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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by coffeebeans » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:12 pm

From: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Malcolm wrote:It is pretty clear that Indian Mahāyāna Buddhists regarded arhats, pratyekabuddhas, and buddhas as equivalent with respect to liberation. From a Mahāyāna point of view difference between the three lies in cultivation of merit and the depth of their omniscience. Considering Mahāyāna to be a separate religion from the Śrāvaka schools is a big mistake. They merely did different things with the raw material the Buddha left us.

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Simon E. » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:56 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:51 pm
WuMing wrote:
... we treat buddhahood as if it were a state -- the term state implies something steady -- when one thing changes into another thing, we call that a "change of state". But buddhahood is no more a state that ignorance is. In other words, ultimately there is no buddhahood. Buddhahood is just a name for a relative appearance. When the causes and conditions that support that appearance cease, so does buddhahood.

Buddhahood is just the realization of that principle.
from Attainment of Buddhahood is impossible
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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Vasana » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:06 pm

What causes and conditions would result in the cessation of the appearance of Buddhahood if there are limitless appearances of (illusory) beings ? End of universal cycle?

I'm sure you mean this in a very Diamond/Heart Sutra way, Malcolm, but just checking I understood the implications of the above quote of yours.
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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Malcolm » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:54 pm

Vasana wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:06 pm
What causes and conditions would result in the cessation of the appearance of Buddhahood if there are limitless appearances of (illusory) beings ? End of universal cycle?

I'm sure you mean this in a very Diamond/Heart Sutra way, Malcolm, but just checking I understood the implications of the above quote of yours.
The end of sentient beings is the end of the appearance of buddhahood.
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Vasana » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am

Gotcha. Is there actually an expiry date for sentient beings though?

Also reminds me of Shantideva from the way of the Bodhisattva;

'If their conditions are not discontinued even illusions will not cease to be.

Likewise,since sentient beings have not discontinued the conditions for cyclic existence,
they are in cyclic existence, but since the Buddha has discontinued these conditions,
even deceptively he does not exist with the nature of one in cyclic existence.'
'When alone, watch your mind. When with others, watch your speech'- Old Kadampa saying.

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by billy hudson » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:16 pm

“If you see hands and faces in the bardo, it is too late for you.”

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by smcj » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:12 am

Tsongkhapa's point of view, that "existence" refutes existence in the ultimate, whereas "nonexistence" refutes nonexistence in the relative is infinitely preferable to your formulation.
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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Jeff H » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:14 pm

From "the great vegetarian debate", after referring to Shantideva 5:9-14,
Malcolm wrote:One must disentangle what impacts one's liberation, and what impacts the world. There is really no way to prevent the transient suffering of sentient beings. The view that one can is really a one-lifetime view at best. That is why the Buddha clearly stated, "I cannot remove suffering with my hands." Mature Dharma practitioners know with sadness there is really nothing that can be done about the suffering of others, even though we make aspirational vows to lead all beings to nirvana, in order for that to happen, those sentient beings need to be reborn as human beings first.

It is pretty clear there is suffering in the world. But the only way suffering can be removed in a real sense is by meeting the Dharma and practicing a path. In the meantime, I will seek to help those I can directly help, and feel sadness at my limitations in not being able to help all sentient beings, even though that is my most sincere wish.
We who are like children shrink from pain but love its causes. - Shantideva

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Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Post by Virgo » Mon May 28, 2018 2:42 am

"A guru's job is not to deal with our neurotic bullshit. It is amazing that they put up with any of it at all. A Guru's job is simply to give teachings for our own liberation."

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