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by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva appearing as a Buddha
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Bodhisattva appearing as a Buddha

Great bodhisattvas are said to be able to appear as buddhas in order to approach and teach beings. What is the difference between a bona fide buddha and a bodhisattva who appears as a buddha? Is there any difference? I assume by great bodhisattvas we are talking about tenth stage bodhisattvas, in w...
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 480

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

1. Not already enlightened. Being Enlightened means you realize it. It’s like walking into a dark room and turning on the lights (hence the term, “enlightened”). The term "enlightened" does not exist in any Buddhist text in Sanskrit, Pali, or Tibetan. The term "bodhi" means to awaken. Yeah, that’s ...
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 480

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

So, all people in our world are already enlightened, they just need to practice to realize it? What will happen to people who have realized their enlightenment, what will they feel, what will they do next? 1. Not already enlightened. Being Enlightened means you realize it. It’s like walking into a ...
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 87
Views: 3748

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

neander wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:55 am
Many Buddhist have a negative attitude towards the scholars because they are somehow detached from the subject.
Most Buddhists could care less what Schopen and co. think. The project of the latter is completely disconnected from the Dharma, since their modus operandi is strictly forensic.
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 480

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

LastLegend wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:16 pm Alaya is simply a recall of memories.
No, the ālaya has no cognitive operations. It is just a repository of traces. It does not remember anything. Memory is an operation of the sixth consciousness.
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 480

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

The only difference between a Buddha and an ordinary, sentient being, is that the ordinary person doesn’t realize they are Buddha. No, the difference between a buddha and and sentient beings is the presence or absence of adventitious afflictions, as the Buddha states in the Hevajra tantra: Sentient...
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 480

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

Tathagatagarbha --- womb or embryo? It is disputed whether buddha-nature is identical to Tathagatagarbha. Perhaps they both describe the same thing from different angles? Tathāgatagarbha needs no cultivation... only uncovering, as it is already present and perfect in each being. (Remember the Sutra...
by Malcolm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 480

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

RonBucker wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:24 am A good teacher can lead any person to enlightenment, or are there people whom he cannot help?
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink. Buddhanature is irrelevant.
by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: This odd quote by Master Hsuan Hua
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Re: This odd quote by Master Hsuan Hua

joshua wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:28 am

What do you all make of this? On the surface, this is all sorts of wrong view and nonsense. What is the Master saying here? I'm having trouble believing one should be taking these words at face value.
It has been discussed here at quite some length. It is a wrong view, all the way down.
by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Avalokiteshvara Cult in the Tenth Century Dunhuang and the Mani mantra
Replies: 7
Views: 482

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

Danny wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:06 pm
Malcolm wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:35 am
Danny wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:36 pm
Don’t forget the creation myth....
There is more than one Tibetan creation myth.
Indeed, but in context of Tibetan power
You were not that specific.
by Malcolm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 1014

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: 7
Views: 482

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: 1014

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: 4
Views: 154

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: 65
Views: 1825

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: 65
Views: 1825

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: 65
Views: 1825

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: 65
Views: 1825

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: 2368

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: 2368

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...

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