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by Bristollad
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Correct Bodhisattva acting to rich people
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Correct Bodhisattva acting to rich people

I think that intentionally being stingy making time for family or friends because we see them as rich or privileged would be strange behaviour for a bodhisattva. A bodhisattva has compassion for ALL sentient beings because he understands that ALL sentient beings are suffering. By practising generosi...
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 221
Views: 3145

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

Perhaps there was confusion with the four empties: 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. Four empties (Wyl. stong pa bzhi) — “The four empties are respectively ...
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 221
Views: 3145

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

Malcolm wrote: ↑Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:57 am haha wrote: ↑Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:40 am 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 ...
by Bristollad
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Becoming a monk in the West?
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: Becoming a monk in the West?

Thank you!! The monastery I meant was Gambpo Abbey. I love that tradition of Shambala. Thank you for your suggestions. Do you think I could start out there and then change to Gambpo Abbey? I am not so familiar with the differences Between traditions. I just know I would like to choose one with a st...
by Bristollad
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Becoming a monk in the West?
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: Becoming a monk in the West?

Nalanda Monastery, Rouzegas, Labastide St. Georges, 81500 France (+33) (0)5 63-58-02-25 [email protected].eu https://nalanda-monastery.eu/index.php/en/ If you are thinking of becoming a monk, it is possible to volunteer at Nalanda and pay a reduced rate for teachings, accommodation and food. ht...
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On the Origin of Indian Logic from the Viewpoint of the Pāli Canon
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: On the Origin of Indian Logic from the Viewpoint of the Pāli Canon

So India learned valid inference from the Greeks... the paper's interesting and detailed but I wasn't convinced to accept this conclusion.
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What happens BEFORE ngondro?
Replies: 21
Views: 696

Re: What happens BEFORE ngondro?

The senior told me he has no wish to be a tantric guru. He is happier helping people with the simple things (his words).

Most of my teachers have cautioned against people rushing to get the next “greatest” empowerment.
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What happens BEFORE ngondro?
Replies: 21
Views: 696

Re: What happens BEFORE ngondro?

If you look to the FPMT, probably the main Gelug organisation in the West, their education program starts off with Discovering Buddhism, which has 13 study modules and one special integration experiences module: "Undertaking intensive practices of purification, a ten-day lamrim course/retreat, and t...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Covetousness and Greed
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Difference between Covetousness and Greed

In the teachings I've heard and read on the 10 unwholesome actions, covetousness is rooted in desire and has another's wealth/possessions as its focus. As PVS says, this makes it slightly different to greed which might also be focussed on one's own possessions. So though both greed and covetousness ...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sur Offering
Replies: 26
Views: 676

Re: Sur Offering

Here is the page for the FPMT resources with a practice text and commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

https://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/sur-offering/
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Geshe Gedün Lodrö
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: Geshe Gedün Lodrö

I just took a look in our library - the two books are definitely sourced from the same material. In Walking through Walls, there is no middle section between the sections on calm abiding and special insight. Instead that material appears in appendices. Other than that it largely appears identical, e...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Copper Colored mountain location?
Replies: 105
Views: 10838

Re: Copper Colored mountain location?

As for identifying Queen Victoria as Palden Lhamo, if I remember rightly Berzin explains it as a way of diplomatically encouraging Queen Victoria to act like Palden Lhamo i.e. to act as a protectress of Tibet. In a similar fashion, a small eastern European country might appeal to the president of th...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 754

Re: John LeCarre

For me, when I'm reading fiction, I like a good story - the technical artistry of the writing comes second place. A good story well told is best of course. A bad or boring story written well is still bad or boring. Stories don't have to be original but they have to make me engage emotionally. Bad wr...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 4212

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

From what I can tell, the only school which is exclusively Madhyamaka [and not Shentong] is the Gelug school. vs At least Dolpopa does in his Mountain Dharma, presenting the view as “Great(er) Madhyamaka” and seeking to refute that it’s at odds with Madhyamaka vs What is not studied [by Gelugpas] i...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 4212

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

...but my impression from a couple of Sakya khenpos is the same as JD's, that the most prevalent perspective is freedom from extremes... Yes. That is what I said. From what I can tell, the only school which is exclusively Madhyamaka is the Gelug school . (Or it was before HHDL started forcing his n...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2506

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Even though the above post is correct, I think in the "real world" there are many, many people who practice for merit rather than for enlightenment or out of compassion for all beings. So much of lay Buddhism revolves around merit and hopes for a better reincarnation, this-worldly benefits, or fili...
by Bristollad
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2506

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Even though the above post is correct, I think in the "real world" there are many, many people who practice for merit rather than for enlightenment or out of compassion for all beings. So much of lay Buddhism revolves around merit and hopes for a better reincarnation, this-worldly benefits, or fili...
by Bristollad
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2506

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Artziebetter1 wrote: Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:38 am The only reason to practice for me is to gain merit, to be born in the deva realms as long as possible
I value my consciousness.
And this is another reason why it would be inappropriate for you to practise Buddhist tantra - this aspiration is insufficient for that practice.
by Bristollad
Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Where’s all the Gelukpas?
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

Re: Where’s all the Gelukpas?

Another Gelugpa here. Started my Dharma studies with a drelo geshe in South Wales, then with the wonderful Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering of Sera Mey when he was in London and now I’m studying with two Sera Je geshes in Italy.
by Bristollad
Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is monastic life a right livelihood?
Replies: 28
Views: 865

Re: Is monastic life a right livelihood?

I don't know if you know of Ven. Thubten Chodron and Sravasti Abbey. They normally run a course called Exploring Monastic Life in August each year (obviously 2020 was online-only due to Covid-19): "Exploring Monastic Life (EML) is an intensive training program, held in August every year. It’s for pe...

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