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by Malcolm
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 23
Views: 528

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

I thought this was a thread about books on early Mahayana? :offtopic: There are many strands of knowledge in the world... Sure, but still: would be interested to hear who asserts this, and on what textual / archeological / other basis. Or is it your theory? Also the examples you offer also talk abou...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7246

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

I didn't affirm that Malcolm has proclaimed something, or that he has or not taught Longsal. I was just making a question. I know that Malcolm says that his "job is the 17 tantras." But he has also said things like:  "ChNN was one of the most accessible teachers in modern memory. He answered every ...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

With respect to the first two masters you mention, they did not build anything over Madhyamaka, they are simply Vajrayana practitioners; with the respect to the third, his Madhyamaka is distorted; with respect to fourth, it seems he used Madhyamaka as a departure and indeed constructed a novel syst...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa
Replies: 20
Views: 626

Re: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa

2. Profound inner meaning: (completion stage) for Naro Chödrak. She is working on one of the Kagyu volumes of Damngak dzod right now, specifically naro chodruk material. It’s beginning to sound like the notes I was given were confused. But let me know when you’re sure. It sounds like you were given...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no

Soma999 wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:37 am By the inner experiences, and the results in onés life.

How do you know you have really been initiated during an empowerment ?
If you understood the instructions, followed the recitations after the master, and genuinely made effort to follow the visualizations, then you received it.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

Bristollad wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:16 pm Tsongkhapa himself says the Perfection Vehicle and the Mantra Vehicle do not differ in regards to realising emptiness, nor in bodhicitta, only in regards to method:
Indeed, as do almost all Tibetan scholars following Sakya Pandita.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa
Replies: 20
Views: 626

Re: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa

Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:42 am 2. Profound inner meaning: (completion stage) for Naro Chödrak.
She is working on one of the Kagyu volumes of Damngak dzod right now, specifically naro chodruk material.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa
Replies: 20
Views: 626

Re: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa

lelopa wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:18 am "Hevajra belongs to the eight great Herukas"

I only know the 8 Kagye Nyingma Herukas, where Demchok is sometimes described as the same as Yangdag.....
What are the 8 to which Hevajra belongs?
Hevajra = Shri Heruka (yang dag), according to HHST.
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

The point is that every school would make their own assertion. Even in the interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa has regarded sutra is not enough to realize emptiness (i.e. four types of emptiness); the tantric practice is needed. False . Tsongkhapa merely acceded to the notion that common...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa
Replies: 20
Views: 626

Re: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa

On a related note, Tsadra Foundation is working on an English translation of the entire Hevajra Tantra. However I don’t know when it will be ready. I don’t think so. And it is not very long. Who told you this? I’ve recently finished the first volume of Lamdre material and submitted it to Shambhala....
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

If you don’t study and internalize these basic definitions, you’ll just engage in tons of proliferation as you have here. I'm explaining to you how Theravadins believe in the dhammas and how I don't believe in that. I don't think the Theravadins and the Sarvastivadins are exceptionally different in...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

The point is that every school would make their own assertion. Even in the interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa has regarded sutra is not enough to realize emptiness (i.e. four types of emptiness); the tantric practice is needed. False. Tsongkhapa merely acceded to the notion that common ...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

How is space, absence of impediment, an experience of meditation? How is the cessation of the series of a burnt seed an experience of meditation? Granted, cessation due to analysis is a result of insight, but that refers to the cessation of births, so how are these three uncompounded dharmas not ev...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

I don't believe in Abhidharma, but I do agree that I need to study it if I want to criticize it. You mean you don’t believe you have five skandhas? Twelves ayatanas, eighteen dhatus, twenty-two indriyas? Etc? I am not suggesting one has to accept Abhidharma uncritically, but one needs a solid groun...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

I can see already how difficult this conversation would be to even have, so we probably shouldn't have it and won't. Maybe if we meet some day we'll have it, who knows. I too can concede that the dharmas in the matrices of the Abhidharmas "exist" in a way, but I don't give then any kind of actual o...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

So in what sense do you bring up the emptiness of unconditioned things here (as opposed to conditioned things, I presume)? In the same sense that space and the two cessations are included in the dharmadhatu as objects of the manodhatu. The term “dharma,” in all its ten meanings, has no direct trans...
by Malcolm
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa
Replies: 20
Views: 626

Re: Garchen Rinpoche - Hevajra Empowerment and 4 Dharmas of Gampopa

On a related note, Tsadra Foundation is working on an English translation of the entire Hevajra Tantra. However I don’t know when it will be ready. I don’t think so. And it is not very long. Who told you this? I’ve recently finished the first volume of Lamdre material and submitted it to Shambhala....
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

Are uncompounded entities even entities? Or just imputation of entities? If imputations, then they're actually compounded... takes a subject to impute it. In a sense, that is the same as all entities that we otherwise say are compounded - its all imputation. We say they are uncompounded as a matter...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

I'm not disagreeing that emptiness is suchness and suchness is emptiness and these all refer to the same. I do want citations though, but not because I'm disputing it. I like reading. Ven Zhiyi himself says several times that suchness is emptiness, also that suchness is conventionality and that con...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3107

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

To use ziporyn's terminology, local coherence (conventions/dharma's) / global incoherence (emptiness). A is A in contrast to Not A; but Not A is an arbitrary distinction (Buddha makes distinctions in order to teach - upaya); but if A is intelligible only contrasted with Not A, Not A is actually an ...

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