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by Malcolm
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 33
Views: 598

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

How can there be karma and rebirth if there is no self? If there was a self, there could not be karma and rebirth. As for the first instance, a self, being uncompounded and permanent, cannot generate effects which are impermanent. As for the second, how can something uncompounded and impermanent be...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New guy to Tantra
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: New guy to Tantra

Yoga implies to link or yoke oneself to something, practice, a deity, etc. Yoga only means "poses" to Westerners because of the popularization of Yoga as exercise. Physical poses and exercises exist in Vajrayana, but generally "Yoga" here has a much broader meaning. That depends...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

Tantra includes a lot about castes, stuff on deities represents the four castes, etc. But keep in mind there was a proto culture shared with Iran which is very old. Zoarastrian temple fires must have ash from the hearths of four classes workers as well. The notion was diffused. The Brahmins just fo...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

Buddha also said in sutras your caste is what you do not to whom you're born. Yes, indeed he did. However, we can see in later literature a sort of brahminization of Buddhism, to the point where even creatures like nāgas are divided into four varnas, and so on, and brahmins being part of the deal i...
by Malcolm
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

Keep in mind, just as when we refer to “Prince” Siddhartha, saying he was a warrior is merely using a label, and we fill in what that label refers to with our imagination. Being a member of a certain caste in India would both define and limit you to some extent, even back then, but could also mean ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

This is not a Mahayana or Vajrayana topic, but I don't know where else to post the question to competent people. I have read that Siddharta Gautama is said to have had practical experience in battle, not just combat training as traditionally passed down. This seems very doubtful to me, so I would l...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"
Replies: 67
Views: 1455

Re: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"

So if even non-sentient life is self organizing, is it not the "mind/consciousness" the self organizing element "sine qua non"? Self-organization, autopoiesis, does not require a "force" and it cannot have a first cause. We do not understand the origins of life at all,...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 22
Views: 540

Re: Question about karma

tobes wrote: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:13 pm Silence is almost always better.
Well?
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 22
Views: 540

Re: Question about karma

Another great European philosopher - Kant, probably the greatest - argued that if a murderer comes to your doorstep and asks 'is so and so in your house?' even then, you should not lie! A very extreme argument. But nonetheless, I'm kind of on board with this: samsara is created by so many subtle li...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"
Replies: 67
Views: 1455

Re: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"

Hi Malcolm, As you said, sentient life have a process of self-organization, what about non sentient life? i.e Do a plant or a tree have a process of self-organization? If so, what "force" can give rise to self-organization in non sentient life if they don't have a consciousness to give ri...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"
Replies: 67
Views: 1455

Re: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"

I support Metzinger's call for a total moratorium on the creation of machines with even the potential to suffer until we truly get a handle on this issue. It is impossible. Sentience cannot be created. All examples of sentient life we observe arose out of a lengthy evolutionary process of self-orga...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 993

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

Matylda wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:36 pm
Malcolm wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:56 pm We are shudras.
Thank you.
So nn-Indian people could practice only highest tantra?
It’s the most effective kind in this degenerate age, so yes.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 993

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

Giovanni wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:20 pm What a very interesting thread…so what about the fruits of these practices? Are there for example records of attainment of the Rainbow Body in Shingon or Tendai?
Legend has it that Kukai is in eternal samadhi in a cave on Mt. Koya.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 993

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

Matylda wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:44 am
Malcolm wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:19 pm
But in reality, anuttarayoga tantra is for śūdras; kriya is for brahmins; carya is for kṣatriyas; and yoga tantra is for vaiśyas.
So if one is not from any of these classes, then there is no tantra for the unfortunate? Foreigners not included? :D
We are shudras.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 501

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

Subcontrary wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:19 amis there some difference I haven't detected between saying "there is no such thing as rabbits" and "rabbits are unreal?"
There are such things as rabbits, which is why you can say they are unreal. If there were no such thing as rabbits, what would could be described as unreal?
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 501

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

but Aryadeva writes (chapter 5, verse 3; or verse 103) thus: "The Sage has power over what should be done and what should not be done, and what should be said and what should not be said. Therefore, what reason is there for saying that the All-Knowing One is not omniscient?" This means th...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 501

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

People would laugh if I told them that there isn't really any such thing as rabbits, and they would laugh even harder if I told them they themselves don't even exist, but eventually I would like to be able to convince others of the reality of Madhyamaka, if indeed it is reality. Why would you tell ...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 993

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

Malcolm, is this a caste system? Kalachakra, Guhyasamaja etc predominantly for the ruling class? Regents, lords, kings etc? Kings and lords, regency unable or unwilling to relinquish their lifestyles. The story of the origins of Guhysamaja have to do with Indrabhuti's inability to give up his 1000 ...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Different Forms of Achi Chokyi Drolma
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: Different Forms of Achi Chokyi Drolma

There is an Achi Empowerment to be held tomorrow, conducted by H.E. Tritsab Gyabra Rinpoche [poster above]. I notice that there are three pictures of Achi in the poster one dark-blue of wrathful appearance with a vajra and kila - what form in that? I'm only familiar with the standing peaceful Achi ...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London
Replies: 14
Views: 575

Re: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London

SilenceMonkey wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:29 am
She probably had some bad experiences with being cheated by fake monks or rinpoches and feels she needs to expose them.
Nah, she is just an uptight busybody with nothing better to do with her time than harass beggars.

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