heart wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:58 pm
Aryjna wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:33 pm
Also, it has been mentioned before by Malcolm in a different thread, that at the end of a mahakalpa the realms empty from the hells upwards, leaving every single being in some kind of buddhahood, but when the next mahakalpa starts they lose that state.
Edit: which creates the question what happens to their karma, because that does not make much sense if their karma remains. And also in the case of a 10th bhumi Sutrayana buddha who will possibly be 'reset' at the end of the mahakalpa, what happens to his accumulations?
Not to mention someone who is on their way to buddhahood for the past 2.5 asankheya kalpas and is caught with their pants down by the ending of the mahakalpa.
But you don't find the quote? I put my trust in Nyingtik it is a lot easier.
I dont think he provided a specific quote in that thread. Of course it is much better if this is just hyperbole and not really the case.
There is this from another thread. Though not completely clear if it refers to the same thing at the ending of a mahakalpa, it seems it does:
Garab Dorje explains the reason why there is stirring in the basis in his commentary on The Single Son of the All the Buddhas Tantra:
At that time, from the naturally occurring blessings of the personal experience of the realization of the heart essence (snying thig), having recognized one's own state, in one lifetime, everyone will attain the result of Buddhahood. From now on, the emptied pit of samsara will not appear as the six kinds of living beings. For twenty thousand eons, sentient beings will not appear possessing a bodily form having severed the stream of samsara. After that, from the arising of the subtle latent defilements of different actions, samsara and nirvana will arise in the same way as before.
Why is this possible? Again, the String of Pearls clarifies:
Luminosity itself stores traces.
Luminosity ['od gsal], the nature [rang bzhin], which is the naturally formed [lhun grub] aspect of the basis, stores traces.
As I said, these issues are subtle, difficult and would take a long time to properly flesh out. Since these things take a long to time to flesh out, and since the explanation of the basis and the arising of the basis and so on and forth is really only relevant to tögal practice and is meant to provide a basis for understanding the result of that practice, delving into explorations of that topic prior to understanding the context of that explanation causes people to become trapped in a lot of useless conceptual proliferation.
Judging by this, it seems like after all it is probably not a reset, as the karmic traces seem to be preserved (provided they are preserved entirely and not just as minor causes to plunge back down), even though there is a break from samsara where all sentient beings are in buddhahood for several eons.