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by GrapeLover
Sat Jul 24, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

The view of the Sautrāntika school was basically that, if you analysed a phenomenon (eg a chariot) into smaller and smaller parts, you would eventually come to fundamental particles that don’t depend on anything and basically are existent in themselves. As such, the chariot is not truly existent, b...
by GrapeLover
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 1015

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

These traditions don’t have Highest Yoga Tantra transmission, practising only the outer tantras, and as such, at least one Tibetan view (as represented in this essay for instance: https://treasuryoflives.org/zh/foundations/view/8) is that it would take multiple of our human lifetimes to attain full ...
by GrapeLover
Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

I feel as if there are a number of steps between "the chariot depends on its parts," which I freely concede, and "the chariot doesn't exist," which I have massive difficulty conceding. Without analysis it seems to me perfectly consistent and intuitive that a thing can both depen...
by GrapeLover
Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: lerab lingpa's commentary on chetsun Nyingthig
Replies: 20
Views: 775

Re: lerab lingpa's commentary on chetsun Nyingthig

mingweicello wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:41 pm thank you! do you know where can I get the copy?
Where are you based? Open Mind by B. Alan Wallace is on Amazon
by GrapeLover
Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2705

Re: MPNS on Women

This is what I wondered, since the Mahaparanirvana Sutra came after the Lotus Sutra (and those who composed it were clearly aware of the LS), why the MPNS would seem to expréss views on women that contradict the LS. Zhen Li posits that the Lotus Sutra does not present particularly contradictory vie...
by GrapeLover
Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intention for rebirth in Amitabha's pure land
Replies: 22
Views: 1135

Re: Intention for rebirth in Amitabha's pure land

Are there any special qualifications for reciting the Vajra Gurú mantra you mentioned? Btw helpful information all. In my experience, it is generally treated as an 'open' mantra that anyone can recite. But if you can receive lung (reading transmission) of it from a lama then this will enhance it fu...
by GrapeLover
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intention for rebirth in Amitabha's pure land
Replies: 22
Views: 1135

Re: Intention for rebirth in Amitabha's pure land

Yes, there is canonical precedent for the usage of mantras guiding a dying person to a pure land or at least better rebirth in the absence of their intent. Regarding the Vajra Guru mantra: “If you place the mantra upon a corpse immediately upon death and do not remove it, during cremation rainbow co...
by GrapeLover
Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Good deeds done without the feeling of compassion?
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Good deeds done without the feeling of compassion?

Karmically, it’s best if you’re able to rejoice in your positive deeds. You don’t need to be brimming with an emotional feeling of compassion for the recipient, but if you can intend to benefit them, perform the action, and then feel pleased on some level that you’ve done so, then that is best. Conv...
by GrapeLover
Thu Jul 01, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6311

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Hence my comment about your lack of understanding of Mahayana. You can be generous and share how’s it done. Knowledge is not a hindrance. Ignorance is. First, one generates bodhicitta, the desire to liberate all sentient beings from samsara. This has two aspects, ultimate and relative. The relative...
by GrapeLover
Tue Jun 29, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 17
Views: 695

Re: 5 Precepts

What is the mentality in Tibetan Buddhism about taking these precepts in relation to taking your own initiative? Do you always have to wait for your Lama to take initiative to give the precepts and till then one does not follow them and continue killing, stealing etc till the Lama tells otherwise. ...
by GrapeLover
Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro
Replies: 203
Views: 6585

Re: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro

If you are up for a book, then Entering the Great Expanse by Tulku Sherdor is very good on this topic
by GrapeLover
Fri Jun 25, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6311

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Śrāvaka perspective but maybe relevant on some level “I see other beings who are not devoid of passion for sensualities, who are chewed up by sensual craving, burning with sensual fever, partaking of sensualities, and I don’t envy them or delight there. Why is that? Because there is a delight apart ...
by GrapeLover
Wed Jun 23, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche Yangzab Empowerment
Replies: 95
Views: 5620

Re: Garchen Rinpoche Yangzab Empowerment

Looks like Khenchen Lama Rinpoche is giving the lung for a Konchok Chidu sadhana tomorrow morning (U.K. time) on Facebook, but may be late for those in America. https://www.facebook.com/100063679062131/posts/183088323823802/?d=n https://bit.ly/2SlwxG5 Any idea how to attend this? Just tune in to Ri...
by GrapeLover
Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche Yangzab Empowerment
Replies: 95
Views: 5620

Re: Garchen Rinpoche Yangzab Empowerment

Looks like Khenchen Lama Rinpoche is giving the lung for a Konchok Chidu sadhana tomorrow morning (U.K. time) on Facebook, but may be late for those in America.

https://bit.ly/2SlwxG5
by GrapeLover
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?
Replies: 24
Views: 3748

Re: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?

I don’t know anything official about his credentials or anything, but I contacted his centre to request a lung and they set up a Zoom session for me to receive it with him and his translator. Neither he nor the centre requested money at any point or even suggested making an offering—I did make an of...
by GrapeLover
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If its just a story...
Replies: 126
Views: 2779

Re: If its just a story...

Maybe... maybe not... :shrug: Well, if you imagine Meru is "out there" somewhere, you are just engaging in conceptual proliferation and fantasies. HH Dalai Lama, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, etc., are all very content to dispense with Meru Cosmology. Have mercy on us. In more recent times Kong...
by GrapeLover
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If its just a story...
Replies: 126
Views: 2779

Re: If its just a story...

Generally I wouldn’t assume that the relevant scriptures were written from the perspective of ordinary human karmic perception. When it comes to Mt Meru, for instance, when you read even the descriptions of the humans and their experiences on the other continents (Vasubandhu goes into wild detail t...
by GrapeLover
Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If its just a story...
Replies: 126
Views: 2779

Re: If its just a story...

Generally I wouldn’t assume that the relevant scriptures were written from the perspective of ordinary human karmic perception. When it comes to Mt Meru, for instance, when you read even the descriptions of the humans and their experiences on the other continents (Vasubandhu goes into wild detail th...
by GrapeLover
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: Machig Ling and Chödpa Lama Rinpoche?
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: Machig Ling and Chödpa Lama Rinpoche?

Hi, There was some controversy as to if this is a real Lama- I asked for a mo confirmation/ clarification (from a previous mo from another person) and they asked for a donation and I paid them on Paypal. His staff replied with almost no answer to my question and when I asked for clarification or de...
by GrapeLover
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: nyingma lineages/cycles structures of practice.
Replies: 70
Views: 2969

Re: nyingma lineages/cycles structures of practice.

I’m curious, why are they referred to as cycles of teachings? Cycle is a translation of skor, which means cycle and section. I mean, is it like a set of teachings thats repeated every three years or so? What is getting cycled? I take it in the spirit of the Oxford dictionary definition “a complete ...

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