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by monkishlife
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

Thank you so much, SilenceMonkey. This is very confusing stuff for sure. You're right about Advaita Vedanta: they would consider everything to be an illusion but Brahman, the eternal essence. Madhyamaka is just the notion that everything is empty of inherent existence (even emptiness is empty). Ever...
by monkishlife
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

I think maybe what malcolm meant is that if you have a belief in the first place, this is already the essence of duality. Preferring one over another. All buddhist schools claim to be the middle way, free of extremes. In tibetan buddhism, it's common to study the tenet systems to compare their unde...
by monkishlife
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

You're going to have to be a bit more specific about what you mean by "non-duality" for us to help, I think. But if you have Advaita Vedanta tendencies, then a good point to start would be understanding specifically where that doctrines differ from the Buddhadharma (in any of its forms). Thank you ...
by monkishlife
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: tibet dieteis are real or story
Replies: 17
Views: 1572

Re: tibet dieteis are real or story

I called out to Tara in a nightmare and a very tall lady appeared who had a big smile on her face; she radiated compassion and joy. She said "you call me, I come" very playfully. I have no doubt that it was Tara. She came with a big group of Buddhist monks who taught me about the importance of tend...
by monkishlife
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 38
Views: 2151

Re: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?

I recommend the book Sukhavati, by Wong Kiew Kit. On page 36, the author writes about his understanding of a soul. He writes: "Theravadins fail to appreciate that the doctrine of non-soul is an expedient means to help aspirants attain the Cosmic Soul or Nirvana, and not a rigid dogma claiming souls...
by monkishlife
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

I took it as "Dzogchen is anti-sectarian," but could be wrong. I know that non-duality is not fully accepted in Theravada Buddhism. I also know that non-duality is one of the core teachings in Mahayana Buddhism. I believe in non-duality. I had this discussion on a Theravada forum. Every one was qui...
by monkishlife
Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

Please explain yourselves - don't play an insider game for an ego boost. LOL. Help me out!

I am trying to learn. :namaste:
by monkishlife
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

There's a book I've been meaning to read for a while on this topic of theravada and dzogchen. It's a conversation between Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Ajahn Amaro, called "Small Boat, Great Mountain." https://www.abhayagiri.org/media/books/amaro_small_boat_great_mountain.pdf Thank you so much! I believe st...
by monkishlife
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cults
Replies: 55
Views: 1737

Re: Cults

There are simply some things in Vajrayana (even Buddhism generally) that will make other people think you are in a cult, this is one of the reasons it's good to maintain some discretion with what you talk about among people who are of significantly different religious beliefs, or are not religious ...
by monkishlife
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: chan/seon/rinzai/soto differences
Replies: 16
Views: 4540

Re: chan/seon/rinzai/soto differences

I think that celibacy is much more important in Chan and Seon. The Vinaya is also more highly respected in Chan and Seon than in Zen (hence, the adherence to celibacy and strict sexual conduct practices). Chan is influenced by Taosim. I also believe that Seon (Korean Buddhism) is more influenced by ...
by monkishlife
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lama Lena Testimonies/Credentials
Replies: 39
Views: 4112

Re: Lama Lena Testimonies/Credentials

I've listened to a few of her talks. Of course, that is far from enough for me to make an assessment of her. She seems very legitimate and quite skilled at relaying fundamental ideas of Tibetan Buddhism. I have a good feeling about her overall. But I'm not going to set that in stone. Best of luck wi...
by monkishlife
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 3661

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

Suppose today is trash collection day, and there is a bag of garbage on one side of the street, and on the opposite side of the street, a different bag of garbage. Nobody is disputing the fact that there are two different bags of garbage. But that doesn’t mean either one constitutes an inherently e...
by monkishlife
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 33
Views: 2363

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

What I under here is the suggestion that Nagarjuna is contradicting himself by asserting both that perception relies on stuff being there for our senses to pick up on, but at the same time asserting that stuff isn’t really there. Am I getting that right? If so, then I think this gets back to the cl...
by monkishlife
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 39
Views: 5553

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

I personally will almost always given them a bit of money because I know how they live and I know that the money often might prevent them from doing something worse for it. People do way worse things than panhandling and making up BS stories for drugs, and sometimes a person doing this might actual...
by monkishlife
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 149
Views: 14834

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

All phenomena is based on causes and conditions. All suffering is likewise based on causes and conditions. It is very complicated. No one suffering is forever; it will cease. I sincerely wish that people with physical and mental diseases be free from their pain. I wish this from the bottom of my hea...
by monkishlife
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

I still don't understand what any of you are trying to say about emptiness. :thinking: I've been listening to Yuttadhammo Bikkhu too much perhaps. :rolling: My only teacher now in person is Soto Zen and the practice is very much akin to vipassana (although I do Theravadin style). She is all I have i...
by monkishlife
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Bruce
Replies: 6
Views: 1507

Re: Prayer for Bruce

dolphin_color wrote: Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:49 pm Thanks, how is monkish life?
I am doing just fine; in fact, I am just "being".

Thank you so much for asking how I am doing, by the way. That is so kind of you.

I am hoping that Bruce has many lifetimes of joy.

Peace and enlightenment.

:anjali:
by monkishlife
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Bruce
Replies: 6
Views: 1507

Re: Prayer for Bruce

This thread has brought awareness to the respect for all life. We should do our best to minimize the suffering all living beings.

Peace and enlightenment
by monkishlife
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

I know that concept of emptiness is the same between Theravadins and Mahayanas . You are free to disagree - and you do. That is A-okay. Everything I come across and have gathered from teachers is that the teaching is the same. However, how emptiness is approached and taught between the traditions ca...
by monkishlife
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7446

Re: Vipassanā

Vipassana meditation is more or less the same in all traditions of Buddhism, unless I missed something along the way. You definitely missed something along the way. Vipassana focuses on the so-called three marks of existence: anitya, dukkha, and anatman, that is, impermanence, suffering, and the ab...

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