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by GrapeLover
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 571

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

This is leading nowhere, as long as you make claims without any evidence. First, demonstrate that this is what Madhyamaka says/is based on. Second, demonstrate how atoms have been established. The Buddhist non-atomists include Vasubandu , -who admittedly is not generally held to be a Madhyamika, bu...
by GrapeLover
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amulets and protection diagrams
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Amulets and protection diagrams

And here is an image of Amoghapasha: From the Amoghapasha Tantra: Just by seeing Amoghapasha Avalokiteshwara and Potala Mountain with its celestial mansion, one is freed from the eight great hells and the eight great fears. It even liberates from all the suffering of having committed the five sins o...
by GrapeLover
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amulets and protection diagrams
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Amulets and protection diagrams

Here is Namgyalma’s mantra mandala from Garchen Rinpoche’s site, which says: “If her mantra is hung from a high place (like a stupa, a tree, a rooftop, or a mountain peak) every being – even the tiniest insect, or being without a body – who walks in, on or under that structure, or who is even touche...
by GrapeLover
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 307

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

Here is Penor Rinpoche speaking of the benefits:

And multiple masters: https://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/201 ... ni-mantra/
by GrapeLover
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Various Dzogchen/Mahamudra masters suggest Sukhavati practice, phowa, etc., so the argument about no tantra because of missing sexual organs sounds weird, and has not really been supported so far. Also, as far as I know, it is not mentioned that beings in Sukhavati do not have sexual organs, just t...
by GrapeLover
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Mind if I may see the source containing this quote, please? Thanks! :anjali: It’s cited in the book “Approaching the Land of Bliss” in a section by Matthew Kapstein, but the footnote citing the source isn’t available in the online preview. Various Dzogchen/Mahamudra masters suggest Sukhavati practi...
by GrapeLover
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Tenma wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:02 am Mind if I may see the source containing this quote, please? Thanks! :anjali:
It’s cited in the book “Approaching the Land of Bliss” in a section by Matthew Kapstein, but the footnote citing the source isn’t available in the online preview.
by GrapeLover
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Hearing all these different pure lands, does anyone know the difference qualities (aside from the deity that dwells in them) of the following purelands and how they are different from Sukhavati (is it the only pureland that accepts all sentient beings regardless of sins and life) and Khechara: -Tar...
by GrapeLover
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Thus, from a conventional level, it is hard to practice in the Pure Land and Varis' point is correct That is fine then. I was only responding because your points in your earlier post about slandering the dharma and not understanding merits seemed quite extreme and without any nuance in terms of con...
by GrapeLover
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

That is true in principle, as there is more evil to overcome, one could accumulate more merit. What you miss in the sūtra passage is that it goes on to essentially establish that truly doing good is essentially infeasible to impossible and "evil abounds and there is no spontaneous arising of good."...
by GrapeLover
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

The 48 Vows of Amitabha Buddha are a very fortuitous Dharma to be connected with don't underestimate it. Also, we have to be very careful with this talk of comparing Pure Lands, it can easily slip into slandering the Dharma territory if we are speaking ill of one Buddha and his land in comparison t...
by GrapeLover
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4070

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

I'm pretty sure he means that if someone goes to Dewachen as a result of only a little sutra practice, then it takes an eternity to attain buddhahood while staying there. If one goes there through practicing tantra etc., there shouldn't be much if any difference. Maybe the difference is that it is ...
by GrapeLover
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

That is a good candidate for the ~900 number in my head certainly. I thought it had to do with lifespan though. What is the maximum lifespan of a supreme nirmanakaya? I know that there is a debate as to if a Buddha can extend their lifespan indefinitely, but I don't know what the maximum lifespans ...
by GrapeLover
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reciting Sitatapatra Name Mantra
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: Reciting Sitatapatra Name Mantra

Yes, I don’t think it’s a mantra with a transmission lineage. As it’s just “om” in front of a homage (like namo Amitābhaya) I’d think it would be fine to say if you wanted to, as you don’t need permission for homages.
by GrapeLover
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 36
Views: 4708

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

SilenceMonkey wrote: Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:17 pm
Nicholas Weeks wrote: Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:55 am

No, I think you are going too much on the English title. This is a different sutra.
Ah, you're right. Oh well. This one also looks great.
The Lotus Sutra is on 84,000 translated from the Tibetan if you're interested: https://read.84000.co/translation/toh113.html
by GrapeLover
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?

Abandoning the Dharma means to leave the Dharma and stop practicing and believing in it as a refuge. Although Vajrasattva purifies all negative karma, the following mantra is specific for purifying the negative karma of having left the Dharma. Sarvavid Vairochana Mantra OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE SAR-WA...
by GrapeLover
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: What is 'abandoning the Dharma'?

You're welcome Lhakpa. I know something about leaving the Dharma since I left it twice. Once after six years and once again after 19 years. Both times I left it because of lack of true, sincere, deep renunciation of samsara and problems with faith in the same Teacher Who was pushing me and my famil...
by GrapeLover
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Continuing Along the Path During COVID?
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Continuing Along the Path During COVID?

If you keep an eye on the events at https://www.vajrayana.org/ , Lama Sonam Rinpoche is giving a series of teachings on ngöndro and giving the transmission for the Dudjom Tersar short ngöndro each time Lama Jigme Rinpoche of https://padmarigdzinling.org/ would give you ngöndro teachings and/or trans...
by GrapeLover
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 2707

Re: Practice advice please

The Agamas are virtually identical to the Pali canon, so to say that the former are authoritative while the latter is not, is kinda splitting hairs, it seems to me. Theravada is a beautiful tradition in itself and if you feel drawn to it, why not study it? It is splitting hairs in general, but ther...
by GrapeLover
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 2707

Re: Practice advice please

He is an ecumenical figure :rolling: Do you not think so? He often takes the role of a general “figurehead” of Buddhism, as reflected by the fact that he was asked to write a foreword to the quoted book, even though it is Theravada. He often avoids stepping on the toes of other religions, etc, emph...

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