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by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 935

Re: Is Buddhism necessary?

Not necessary for society, maybe... As Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche often says, from a mundane perspective, Buddhadharma is completely useless. True, millions of dollars are spent on the trappings of piety that would be better served funding schools and hospitals. I don't think that's what he meant, ...
by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Avalokiteshvara Cult in the Tenth Century Dunhuang and the Mani mantra
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: The Avalokiteshvara Cult in the Tenth Century Dunhuang and the Mani mantra

Danny wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:36 pm
Don’t forget the creation myth....
There is more than one Tibetan creation myth.
by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 935

Re: Is Buddhism necessary?

Buddhism is not for everybody and is still a minority group so it is not necessary. The two most powerful men on this planet controlling together 10000 ICBM are not Buddhist.. Not necessary for society, maybe... As Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche often says, from a mundane perspective, Buddhadharma is c...
by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Lack of Media Coverage on Burn Pits
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Lack of Media Coverage on Burn Pits

amanitamusc wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:08 am Fox news no less.

The world is our burn pit.
by Malcolm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

What exactly is the point of Vajrasattva, Akshobhya, the 35 Buddhas, and other confessional practices if "misdeeds cannot be washed away with water"? (Yes, I get that the Buddha cannot give you enlightenment and you have to do that but what about these practices?) They are based on the idea in posa...
by Malcolm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Isn't there a saying that goes that just as there are infinite sentient beings, there are infinite myriads of tathagatas (and possibly bodhisattvas)? If one has been eliminated of knowledge obscuration, can control birth alongside help sentient beings, how is it that suffering still exists in the w...
by Malcolm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Könchok Chödrak wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:11 pmbut those who feel they are not ready need a provisional Vehicle stemming from the Ekayana (Single Vehicle) to continue their practice...
What are you defining as a provisional vehicle?
by Malcolm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Isn't there a saying that goes that just as there are infinite sentient beings, there are infinite myriads of tathagatas (and possibly bodhisattvas)? If one has been eliminated of knowledge obscuration, can control birth alongside help sentient beings, how is it that suffering still exists in the w...
by Malcolm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2240

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

If the knower were the same as the known, it would have to have parts in order to change. It would have to transform into all the different objects it knows, meaning it is not a self, has parts and components. This is the rebuttal to the Hindu idea you bring up below. You might object, well, what i...
by Malcolm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2240

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

All this madhyamaka discussion is off topic. The buddhanature is not fully elaborated in the Sutras. Sure it is. The Lanka states that tathāgatgarbha is the natural luminosity of the mind. What more does one need to know? There is the nonmaterial appearance of wisdom. That's beyond the scope of Kar...
by Malcolm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2240

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

Crazywisdom wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:58 pm All this madhyamaka discussion is off topic. The buddhanature is not fully elaborated in the Sutras.
Sure it is. The Lanka states that tathāgatgarbha is the natural luminosity of the mind. What more does one need to know?
by Malcolm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2240

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

The argument that a knower is a self has already been advanced and dismantled in Buddhist texts. If a knower can have many cognitions, it already has many parts and cannot be a unitary or an integral entity. We are therefore not operating here at a position prior to recognizing discrete entities, t...
by Malcolm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Tibetan Medicine primer - especially for pyschological states
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Tibetan Medicine primer - especially for pyschological states

Hoping Malcolm or someone else might be able to help here. I'm taking a class essentially on "alternative" frameworks to pyschotherapy. Half of it is good, some information on Ayurveda and a little on TCM. The other half is almost unbearable new age nonsense, seriously it's bad. I'm wondering if a ...
by Malcolm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

A Buddha doesn't get reborn once they are a Buddha... Not in the literal sense. But they appear to be reborn, don’t they? There is the Theravadin view by some that Gautama isn’t coming back at all, but the Mahayana view from what the Lotus Sutra (The White Lotus of the Good Dharma in Tibetan) has s...
by Malcolm
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Könchok Chödrak wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:11 pm Is there a Teaching about the various Bodhisattva Vows carrying over?
Yes, the bodhisattva vows are the only vows that one carries from one life to the next.
by Malcolm
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 328

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Actually, as a lay person, one has a choice to follow it or not. In the Tibetan tradition we purify all vows with the practice of Vajrasattva. Also, bodhisattva and Vajrayana vows take precedence. This is fascinating to me because it is not the way it is generally presented to laymen in most of Eas...
by Malcolm
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 328

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Lord Guatama Buddha designated refraining from intoxicants as one of the five vows for laymen, and thus a core vinaya vow for monks as well. It's one of the most basic parts of being Buddhist. No, it’s not a core vinaya vow. It’s one of the 90 or minor Vinaya vows. The core vows are the four defeat...
by Malcolm
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 328

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Lord Guatama Buddha designated refraining from intoxicants as one of the five vows for laymen, and thus a core vinaya vow for monks as well. It's one of the most basic parts of being Buddhist. No, it’s not a core vinaya vow. It’s one of the 90 or minor Vinaya vows. The core vows are the four defeat...
by Malcolm
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 328

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

I met someone who was interested in developing a meditation practice, and who also had interest in taking psychedelics. I wanted to warn her not to take drugs because I believe it could not only be harmful to her physical health, but also impede her meditation practice. Does anyone know how drugs h...
by Malcolm
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Is there an official Teaching for how Empowerments from past lives carry over? Yes, the official teaching is that they do not. I have always wondered, how is it possible then that just barely keeping samayas pure leads to liberation within 16 lifetimes? One needs to keep them in order to meet Vajra...

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