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by monkishlife
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 46
Views: 5545

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: 46
Views: 5545

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: 46
Views: 5545

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: 53
Views: 1044

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: 4312

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: 3504

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: 3436

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: 2228

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: 5282

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: 135
Views: 12151

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: 46
Views: 5545

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: 1413

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: 1413

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: 46
Views: 5545

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: 46
Views: 5545

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...
by monkishlife
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 46
Views: 5545

Re: Vipassanā

... They also don't teach emptiness alongside vipassana from the get-go as they do in Mahayana traditions. Emptiness for the Theravadans is something you understand gradually with vipassana meditation and more advanced "intellectual" studies, I suppose. When Theravadins speak of "emptiness" they re...
by monkishlife
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 46
Views: 5545

Re: Vipassanā

I've been taught Tibetann Vipaysana practices that involve observation both of the mind and of bodily sensation, techniques addressing both are very common IME. From my own limited point of view there is not a huge difference between Theravadin Vipaysana and Tibetan Vipaysana at the level of sutra ...
by monkishlife
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 86
Views: 7560

Re: My explanation of emptiness

@LastLegend Thank you, friend, for your responses. I think I understand what you are saying: Yes, there are lay Buddhists who do understand emptiness quite well but fail miserably in applying it to real life. When emptiness is seen more directly, we see that there is no other choice but to abide by ...
by monkishlife
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 86
Views: 7560

Re: My explanation of emptiness

True but most people see emptiness directly doesn’t mean full enlightenment. Yes, there is more to enlightenment than just seeing emptiness directly. But it one of the major conditions. We can understand emptiness very well intellectually, but that doesn't mean we understand it as if it's deep in o...
by monkishlife
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 86
Views: 7560

Re: My explanation of emptiness

I think emptiness can be talked about with too much blabber. The more we ramble on about it, the less we "get it." Nonetheless, it needs to be discussed a lot but always in the simplest of terms over and over again;and then meditated upon in a profound way until we understand it deep in our bones. E...

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