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by Jeff H
Thu May 13, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Song of the Vajra in musical notation?
Replies: 15
Views: 3679

Re: Song of the Vajra in musical notation?

To quote Fa Dao, "Gad, you rock!" Thanks for posting this again. :twothumbsup:
by Jeff H
Tue May 11, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara begins 5/11 online
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara begins 5/11 online

Thanks for the heads-up. I attended the first session this morning and I found Dr. Hun Lye to be very engaging. Looking forward to following this series.
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 45
Views: 3854

Re: Rebirth

It’s my understanding that the teaching of all beings having been our mother is that each of us has engaged with every other living being in every possible kind of relationship, from the very worst to the very best. Motherhood is used to encourage thinking of our relationships in the most positive s...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 45
Views: 3854

Re: Rebirth

I take what I think of as a pragmatic approach. Since I don’t consider rebirth an issue that can be definitively resolved from the relative perspective, I simply consider it to be extremely useful. Enlightening, if you will. I compare it with the only two competing views I know of, the materialist a...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: In what sense is the brain and consciousness not just biochemicals
Replies: 102
Views: 5204

Re: In what sense is the brain and consciousness not just biochemicals

Is the brain and consciousness just bio-chemicals? If not, what is the extra component from a Buddhist perspective? I think from a Buddhist perspective this is the wrong question. The question only makes sense from a strictly materialistic point of view. We can only posit matter because our senses ...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two questions on Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 1150

Re: Two questions on Karma

Remember, too, that although we usually imply the negative when speaking of karma, all the positive things we experience are also the results of karma. Then everything is predetermined--more so if "we" have had infinite lives--and there would be no basis for anything new. Actually, some s...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two questions on Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 1150

Re: Two questions on Karma

But that "stream of consciousness" is not identical with any of its manifestations such as "Jeff H", "tkp67", or "kili". Each of us enters this life with the legacy of our previous manifestations. If it is not its manifestations, then the previous manifestati...
by Jeff H
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two questions on Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 1150

Re: Two questions on Karma

Therapeutically I like to think of it in the context of taking ownership of a life which has inherited causes, conditions and capacities. This same framework works well for me in Buddhist practice. Whatever aspect of karma contributed to this existence *tkp67* did not generate it as *tkp67*. So I o...
by Jeff H
Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Water offering
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Water offering

I believe it is the practitioner who imbues the altar with its dignity and reverence, not the things that are placed on it. I may be wrong in the way I apply that belief to my altar, and I hope to be corrected if I am, but this is the altar I’ve used every morning for about 15 years. I have no place...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 47
Views: 2508

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

This site is “tribal” in the sense that it is specifically intended for and used by individuals who have been stimulated to explore and practice the teachings of Buddha in its various forms. We come to this place for that expressed purpose, not for generalized philosophical debate. Your presence fee...
by Jeff H
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 2257

Re: Buddhist Morality

Personally I think this philosophical approach provides more smoke than light. The way I understand Buddhist ethics is this. First, we live in a conventional, relativistic world whose primary characteristic is dualism: “because this, then that”. Buddha’s teaching tells us that such dualism is mislea...
by Jeff H
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 47
Views: 2508

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

I mostly lurk here and my posts seldom get any notice. That’s fine with me. I like DW because I find it helps to broaden and deepen my understanding of Buddhism both spiritually and in worldly integration. I’m not sure how useful your classifications are. Most Buddhist traditions are represented her...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 133
Views: 7101

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

now who is being sectarian... what are you saying now...what does that even mean what i underlined and i did apologize ..obviously you did not read the whole post... maybe you need also to look in the mirror.. I read your whole post. A lot of waffling around, declarations of contempt for all other ...
by Jeff H
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 45
Views: 3854

Re: Rebirth

Personally, I think PadmaVonSamba’s posts have a ring of clarity. And to the OP, I’d suggest looking inward. How do you answer PVS’s question about what bothers you when you think of rebirth? More than that, what do you think happens when we die? And why do you think that is a better explanation tha...
by Jeff H
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything that we experience karma?
Replies: 36
Views: 2131

Re: Is everything that we experience karma?

I think the main reason this is is because Buddhists see the fundamental unfairness of Karma, and resolve to liberate all beings from its sufferings, whereas Abrahamic religions often veer fully into "just world" concepts in order to justify an omnibenevolent and omnipotent being pulling ...
by Jeff H
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 2111

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

Thanks Florin. I went through process of what I called building a bridge from my sutra practice when I was first introduced to Dzogchen. And I still cling to much of my earlier instruction, partly because I don’t understand how to apply some elements of Dzogchen, such as effortlessness, for example....
by Jeff H
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 2111

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

Meaning stop thinking so much. If there are karmic obstacles you won’t get far. Jump in. See how the river takes you. Or not. I certainly agree with this. I feel as though both my original introduction (in this life) to Gelug-based sutra practice and my subsequent entrance into Dzogchen were handed...
by Jeff H
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 2111

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

A possibility is you are an ant stepped on by a practitioner, Hmm. So just lucky, I guess. :thumbsup: Perhaps this is the answer to Kunzang Pelden in his commentary to Bodhicharyavatara , Nectar of Manjushri's Speech . Regarding chapter 4:20-21, he points out that Shantideva seems to be saying that...
by Jeff H
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 2111

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

I’ve just been rereading ChNN's Gura Yoga and this sentence caught my eye: If you do not have a connection with the teaching and with the transmission from previous lives, you can never enter the Dzogchen path. Does this mean that only certain beings can ever enter Dzogchen? And if this sentence is...
by Jeff H
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 2111

Dzogchen prerequisite?

I’ve just been rereading ChNN's Gura Yoga and this sentence caught my eye: If you do not have a connection with the teaching and with the transmission from previous lives, you can never enter the Dzogchen path. Does this mean that only certain beings can ever enter Dzogchen? And if this sentence is ...

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