Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

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Post by smcj » Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:54 pm

From: Re: Illusion
Malcolm wrote:
Do we still act on our afflictions? If so, then there continues to be a reason for Buddhadharma.
I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against Lama abuse.

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Post by smcj » Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:11 am

From "How to believe in rebirth":
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The point is that the only way to transcend the Buddha's teaching is to become a buddha oneself. This does not happen merely by wishing it to be so.
I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against Lama abuse.

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Post by Losal Samten » Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:29 am

Can One Mind Enter Another?
A mind is both unimpeded and unimpeding by nature.
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
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Post by Kim » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:44 pm

I've also seen many wonderful quotes by Malcolm. Thank you for them.

May I ask if you/he has any formal qualification? Is he a holder of some lineage?

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Post by Malcolm » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:29 am

Kim wrote:I've also seen many wonderful quotes by Malcolm. Thank you for them.

May I ask if you/he has any formal qualification? Is he a holder of some lineage?
Yes, I have formal qualifications.
Buddhahood in This Life
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 Adamantine » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:33 am

He's got the qualification of having made nearly 20,000 posts here! Holy :jawdrop: !
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Post by Malcolm » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:34 am

Adamantine wrote:He's got the qualification of having made nearly 20,000 posts here! Holy :jawdrop: !
Among other things....yes.
Buddhahood in This Life
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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Post by Kim » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:10 am

Malcolm wrote:
Kim wrote:I've also seen many wonderful quotes by Malcolm. Thank you for them.

May I ask if you/he has any formal qualification? Is he a holder of some lineage?
Yes, I have formal qualifications.
Wonderful. In which traditions? Given by who?

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Post by Malcolm » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:08 pm

Kim wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Kim wrote:I've also seen many wonderful quotes by Malcolm. Thank you for them.

May I ask if you/he has any formal qualification? Is he a holder of some lineage?
Yes, I have formal qualifications.
Wonderful. In which traditions? Given by who?
I completed a three year solitary retreat of mixed Sakya and Nyingma practices, between 1993 and 1997.

I was given the title "Ācarya" (slob dpon) by Khenpo Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard, Sakya, in 2004.

I was encouraged to teach by the late Kunzang Dechen Lingpa in 2006, who confirmed my Ācarya title, and also conferred the formal Ngakpa ordination upon me.

I was given the title of "Lama" by Lama Ngawang Tsultrim of Dongag Tharling in New Orleans, Nyingma, in 2008.

I am a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine, having graduated from the Shang Shung Medical School in 2009.

I have a forthcoming book, a translation of a seminal text in the Dzogchen tradition, available from Wisdom Pub., Dec. 6th, 2016.

Any qualities I possess I derive from the kindness of my gurus.
Buddhahood in This Life
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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Post by Kim » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:02 pm

Wonderful. Thank you. Looking for to your book.

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Post by CapNCrunch » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:48 am

I was happy to see this thread. It think it's important to let people know when their efforts are appreciated and helpful - especially when they make an effort year after year out of a sincere desire, and capacity, to help.

I have lurked for many years on 3 or four forums, some now defunct - rarely posting, primarily to see Namdrol's writings and what will be drawn from this ocean of learning here in the mosh-pit of cyber space. I have folders of things I've quietly copied, pasted and enjoyed over and over, or e-mailed to myself, or my wife who's a practitioner. We have spent hours reading these things and discussing together. I won't paste my treasure trove here b/c they are personal to me, and would be necessarily removed from the context in which they were written.

Namdrol - thanks for the teachings, clarifications, memories, comments, Namdrolisms, patient questions answered in PM's and when I've reached out on the phone. Most of all for the translations and Doha's you post from time to time based on your own experience. Your efforts have not gone unappreciated, and have been signposts along the way, a true reflection of the perfect wisdom and example of our incomparable teacher.
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Post by Norwegian » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:52 am

CapNCrunch wrote:I was happy to see this thread. It think it's important to let people know when their efforts are appreciated and helpful - especially when they make an effort year after year out of a sincere desire, and capacity, to help.

I have lurked for many years on 3 or four forums, some now defunct - rarely posting, primarily to see Namdrol's writings and what will be drawn from this ocean of learning here in the mosh-pit of cyber space. I have folders of things I've quietly copied, pasted and enjoyed over and over, or e-mailed to myself, or my wife who's a practitioner. We have spent hours reading these things and discussing together. I won't paste my treasure trove here b/c they are personal to me, and would be necessarily removed from the context in which they were written.

Namdrol - thanks for the teachings, clarifications, memories, comments, Namdrolisms, patient questions answered in PM's and when I've reached out on the phone. Most of all for the translations and Doha's you post from time to time based on your own experience. Your efforts have not gone unappreciated, and have been signposts along the way, a true reflection of the perfect wisdom and example of our incomparable teacher.
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Post by TaTa » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:34 am

Malcolm wrote:
Kim wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Yes, I have formal qualifications.
Wonderful. In which traditions? Given by who?
I completed a three year solitary retreat of mixed Sakya and Nyingma practices, between 1993 and 1997.
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May i ask where did you do the retreat? Im looking for ideas. Thanks

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Post by Malcolm » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:39 pm

TaTa wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Kim wrote:
Wonderful. In which traditions? Given by who?
I completed a three year solitary retreat of mixed Sakya and Nyingma practices, between 1993 and 1997.
.
May i ask where did you do the retreat? Im looking for ideas. Thanks
In Central MA, but the place, literally, no longer exists.
Buddhahood in This Life
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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Post by Jeff H » Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:37 pm

This one struck home for me today:

"For example, previously one could not recognize gold. However one can recognize gold when instructed in how to recognize it, but that gold is not produced by the recognition. Likewise, previously one could not recognize dharmatā. However one can recognize dharmatā when instructed in how to recognize it, but that dharmatā is not produced by the recognition.

"Unlike gold, however, dharmatā is not a conditioned or compounded entity. Dharmatā does not arise dependent on the introduction. Dharmatā, one's own nature, is present whether or not it is recognized, like the wish-fulfilling gem concealed under the lintel of a pauper's door.

"Just as a gold bed pan or a gold Buddha statue are equally made of gold, when our own nature is not recognized, it is called "the basis." When it is recognized, it is called "the result," but it has itself undergone no transformation at all. For this reason then, the result is never conditioned because the basis is never conditioned. Nonrecognition of the basis is not a fault of the basis, it is a fault of the consciousness which apprehends the basis. When the basis is rightly apprehended, this is called vidyā, rig pa or knowledge. When the basis is incorrectly apprehended, this is called avidyā, ma rig pa, or ignorance."

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Post by Bakmoon » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:06 am

Malcolm very kindly gave a rendering from Buddhapalita's commentary on Chapter 15 of MMK. Not really an inspirational quote, but definitely something I really appreciated and would like to not lose.
If there is something existent, it is counted as something self-existent (svabhāva) or dependently existent (parabhāva). Because of that, if there is self existence and dependent existence, existents will be established. Also when there is no self existence, at that time there is also no dependent existence; there is no description of an existence not included in self existence and dependent existence, where will that existence alone, without becoming self or dependently [existent]?

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Post by Losal Samten » Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:26 pm

On the two truths
There is no need to reconcile them. Relative truth is an appearance to a nonanalytical mind. Ultimate truth is found upon analysis of those appearances. Why? Because as Candra points out, all things bear two natures, one relative (pre-analytical) and one ultimate (post-analytical). This is why, until Buddhahood, there is an equipoise (ultimate truth) and post-equipoise (relative truth) phase of insight meditation. In buddhahood, the mind is completely integrated with ultimate truth, and there is no division into equipoise and post-equipoise. The buddhas have no false cognitions at all.
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔
ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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Post by WuMing » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:50 pm

The domain of Buddhadharma is bring suffering to an end.
found here How Madhyamika Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics
今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
- Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
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Śrī Singha said to Padmasambhava:
Since buddhas and sentient beings are inseparable and the same, it is necessary to respect all sentient beings as being on the same level with the buddhas. Can you?
- translated by Malcolm N. Smith

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Post by Lukeinaz » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:46 pm

Malcolm wrote:
manjusri wrote:A follow-up question: given that the two truths don't exist in Dzogchen, can one even say that there is a path to realizing rigpa or beings who attain it? How does one hold onto the Middle Way here without falling into nihilism?
When existence is not established nonexistence is not established and thus there is no nihilism into which one could fall.

Simple yet very meaningful. The best of words. Thanks once again!
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Post by Losal Samten » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:59 pm

Malcolm wrote:The classical notion of the two truths hinges on vidyā and āvidyā being different, the former veridical and the latter false. But in fact vidyā and avidyā are just opposite sides of one coin, or even avidyā has vidyā.
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔
ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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