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Post by WuMing » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:09 pm

People should be very concerned with their state of mind at the moment death. Being in a state of anger or attachment at the moment of death can ruin a life of devout practice.
emphasis is mine, source is here: Nichiren on Who Went to Hell
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 WuMing » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:16 am

QUESTION: 1)Since ye shes (pristine consciousness), shes rab (wisdom) and rnam shes (consciousness) are different modalities of shes pa.
In this context what is the difference for example between ye shes and shes rab?
2) Aren't they both operative words to describe a knowledge that determines all phenomenon as being empty? (wisdom)
3)Or to the manifest state of the ground? (pristine consciousness)

ANSWER: Shes rab and rig pa are synonyms. Dzogchen is based on the idea found in some Sarma tantras as well, that all phenomena are included in potentiality (rtsal) of ye shes when the basis arises from the basis. When the potential of ye shes is misperceived, this is rnam shes and this in turn cases samsara. When it is correctly perceived (i.e. shes rab) as one's own state, this is the cause for nirvana.
slightly edited from here: Buddhahood in This Life
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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 WuMing » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:51 pm

You need to observe the mind that cannot find its own nature. When you observe that, that is called "clarity."
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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
_______
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 Jeff H » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:44 pm

Very relevant to certain recurring themes of mine:

"...times change and to take this into account Sākyamuni Buddha either directly taught different teachings for different time periods, or predicted the teachers who would. We now live in the period of the five degenerations, and so the path of renunciation teachings are no longer very effective because the afflictions of sentient beings are too strong."

From here. (Emphasis added.)
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Post by KrisW » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:37 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Queequeg wrote:In Dzogchen - is Samantabadra Adi-Buddha?

If so, then

How does Samantabadra relate to Manjusri in terms of AdiBuddha?
Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra, Vajrasattva, Vairocana, cittavajra, tathāgatagarbha, prajñāpāramitā, mind-essence, ordinary mind, luminosity, emptiness, pristine consciousness, bodhicitta, etc., are all just synonyms for the same thing: one's own unfabricated mind. As Ju Mipham states:
  • That luminosity of the primordial original basis, the original reality, is the ultimate dharmatā of all phenomena. All appearances of samsara and nirvana arise from that state. As soon as they arise, [3/b] it is impossible that there is a single phenomena other than abiding in that state. Since this is the ultimate ground of liberation, this is called “the dharmakāya of ultimate reality.” When the ultimate obscuration along with temporary traces are purified, the truth of cessation of the supreme vehicle is called “the svabhāvakāya that possesses the two ultimate purities.” That basis in which there is neither delusion nor liberation is the totally uniform nature.
The Self-Arisen Vidyā Tantra states:

  • Everything is gathered into the essential state of Mañjuśrī,
    the pristine consciousness of all Secret Mantra,
    the measure of the unerring transcendent state.
    Therefore I am called the jñānasattva.
    Everything is part of the family
    of Mañjuśrī no matter where it is,
    utterly pure, issuing from my state.
    I am the Bhagavan victor
But as Norbu Rinpoche said again today, belief is useless because you can believe or have faith in anything. Only direct experience is useful, because then a) you will not need to believe anything and b) you will have no doubt.

From: http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=24717#top
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Post by WuMing » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:01 pm

Malcolm wrote:
RikudouSennin wrote:Is there a non buddhist philosophy that is closest to Vajrayana/Dzogchen?
No, for none of them truly comprehend emptiness even nominally. Since they don't truly comprehend emptiness, their perception of appearances is mistaken.
Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
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
_______
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 Karma Dondrup Tashi » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:21 am

CapNCrunch wrote: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.
I've also done this over a few years, I wonder how many others have also. I printed out hard copies - I have to confess on several occasions I ended up throwing them against the wall - but always came back to consider and ruminate further. I'm grateful beyond words for Lopon Malcolm's patience, generosity and wisdom.
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Post by Jeff H » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:53 pm

Lots of really interesting stuff going on over at the Primordial Buddha: A Reprise thread! This one really popped for me: "water is always pure".
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Post by Malcolm » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:12 am

Malcolm wrote:Attend all webcasts of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu you can and receive transmission, work with some Dzogchen methods, decide to go somewhere and meet him when you have the chance, and then continue to learn Dzogchen from him directly. He generally spends 6 months a year in Tenerife. He is there presently. He is the most interesting master alive today, without parallel.
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Post by binocular » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:24 pm

Malcolm wrote:Only uptight, contracted people have a problem with sensuality.
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f= ... 20#p358240
Malcolm wrote:This is for monks. We are not monks.
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f= ... 20#p358239

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Post by Brev » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:23 am

There is no dignity in samsara, none whatsoever. It is basically just an exercise in constant humiliation.
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f= ... 40#p338098

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Post by CapNCrunch » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:22 am

I've also done this over a few years, I wonder how many others have also. I printed out hard copies - I have to confess on several occasions I ended up throwing them against the wall - but always came back to consider and ruminate further. I'm grateful beyond words for Lopon Malcolm's patience, generosity and wisdom.
An example of the limits of (at least my) mind to meaningfully process the endless information with which it is bombarded - I only just the other day discovered the Atikosha website, and it's probably been in M's sig and elsewhere for god knows how long. I might have spent less time sifting nuggets and more time enjoying them if I'd have known there was a collection available.

Not that I don't appreciate the experience and utility of an interactive forum when there is time, but for years now it's in short supply. Sometimes really interesting stuff or a great translation snippet will appear in the latest iteration of the endless rehash of the same questions & topics that speak to the patience you mentioned.

The work of bringing the Dzogchen Cannon to English in any form, even academically, hasn't yet gone J-shaped on a curve. More rare are translations by masters and those who work with them that have not only mastered the languages involved, but who are also grounded in the transmissions, instructions and practice.

I simply can't think of a single thing that has more importance and will be of greater value for the future of our world than these efforts.

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Post by smcj » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:17 am

From "The attainment of the Arhats" thread:
For a being with a pure mind, Avici hell is no different than Akaniṣṭha Ghanavyuha, the buddhafield of Vairocana/Vajradhara.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Post by smcj » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:15 pm

From "if we are Buddhas are we the 3 kayas" thread:
....you are an advocate of an inert emptiness. But that is not the profound view of mantrayāna.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Post by smcj » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:12 pm

From: "Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?"
There are many practices within Dzogchen that do not involve deity yoga. But one should not be allergic to deity practices if one is a Dzogchen practitioner.

Guru Yoga, however, is indispensable.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Post by smcj » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:42 am

From the "Direct Introduction Always Works" thread:
Dzogchen teachings require a great deal of effort until you actually do decide on on (sic) thing — then you can continue in the confidence of liberation, or as ChNN puts, "continue in that state.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Post by smcj » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:45 am

From the "Direct Introduction Always Works" thread:
...when we talk of "the teaching through blessings" or the lineage of the transcendent state of the victors, what is actually meant is that the Sambhogakāya communicates the teachings through light to the buddhas of the five families and so on.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Post by smcj » Sat May 13, 2017 1:40 am

From: "Stream-entry in a Mahayana context"
Malcolm wrote:Nirvana in Mahāyāna is nonabiding nirvana, meaning that buddhas are active in the world and have infinite emanations.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Post by ItsRaining » Sat May 13, 2017 7:05 am

smcj wrote:From: "Stream-entry in a Mahayana context"
Malcolm wrote:Nirvana in Mahāyāna is nonabiding nirvana, meaning that buddhas are active in the world and have infinite emanations.
Since Buddhas (Or Rather Dharmakayas) have infinite emanations as stated here and in the Brahma Net Sutra

"Now, I, Vairocana Buddha, am sitting atop a lotus pedestal; on a thousand flowers surrounding me are a thousand Sakyamuni Buddhas. Each flower supports a hundred million worlds; in each world a Sakyamuni Buddha appears. All are seated beneath a Bodhi-tree, all simultaneously attain Buddhahood. All these innumerable Buddhas have Vairocana as their original body."

Why does each world system only have one Buddha? Why are is there not a Buddha every generation to uphold the right teachings and keep the Dharma Wheel spinning?

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Post by Malcolm » Sat May 13, 2017 1:10 pm

ItsRaining wrote:
smcj wrote:From: "Stream-entry in a Mahayana context"
Malcolm wrote:Nirvana in Mahāyāna is nonabiding nirvana, meaning that buddhas are active in the world and have infinite emanations.
Since Buddhas (Or Rather Dharmakayas) have infinite emanations as stated here and in the Brahma Net Sutra

"Now, I, Vairocana Buddha, am sitting atop a lotus pedestal; on a thousand flowers surrounding me are a thousand Sakyamuni Buddhas. Each flower supports a hundred million worlds; in each world a Sakyamuni Buddha appears. All are seated beneath a Bodhi-tree, all simultaneously attain Buddhahood. All these innumerable Buddhas have Vairocana as their original body."

Why does each world system only have one Buddha? Why are is there not a Buddha every generation to uphold the right teachings and keep the Dharma Wheel spinning?
There are. They are however not supreme nirmanakāyas, but they are nirmanakāyas nevertheless.
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