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by Aryjna
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

The point is that you cannot go on breaking things in to smaller things ad infinitum , -as the Indian Madhyamikas reasoned when they were 'refuting' the Buddhist atomists. Therefore, in this respect the Madhyamaka has been proven wrong long ago. This is leading nowhere, as long as you make claims w...
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

According to the Madhyamaka long is long, because there is the short. The size of big or small is always relative to the size of another object. Is that what got out of it? This is not the Madhyamaka, it is a fact of common sense. According to the String theory there comes a limit to how small we c...
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

According to the Madhyamaka long is long, because there is the short. The size of big or small is always relative to the size of another object. Is that what got out of it? This is not the Madhyamaka, it is a fact of common sense. According to the String theory there comes a limit to how small we c...
by Aryjna
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 3812

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Why should a teacher have so many students in the first place that he can no longer follow them all? It remerbers me a story. In the mid-90's, I sat in a large meeting between a famous rinpoche and his students. One of the student, maybe a bit arrogant, asked this question to the rinpoche (about to...
by Aryjna
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Must read books?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: Must read books?

Taranatha's Essence of Ambrosia is the best introductory/foundational book on Buddhism imo; in how it lays out the path by setting up a series of contemplations, from the start of generating a virtuous worldy mind, to the progression of the Hinayana renunciation of samsara, and then finally to the ...
by Aryjna
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Must read books?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: Must read books?

These three short texts are also very important, and there are many different teachings on them that one can find online, in video or books. https://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/longchen-rabjam/30-stanzas-of-advice http://unfetteredmind.org/37-practices-of-a-bodhisattva/ https://wahiduddin.n...
by Aryjna
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Must read books?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: Must read books?

SilenceMonkey wrote: Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:30 pm Bodhisattvacaryavatara by Shantideva
The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech by Kunzang Palden (commentary of Bodhisattvacaryavatara)
I agree, it is considered essential, and possibly the most important Mahayana text, by many.
by Aryjna
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 3812

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Aloke wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:32 pmThe way they are treating this subject, and others too, is not honest, is not respectful and fair with members nor with newcomers, and accepting this in a passive way, like "oh there's nothing we can do" is what I call romanticise things.
Ok, so what are you doing, or want to do, about it?
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 3812

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

I was a member. I respect your opinion, and agree in certain points. Of course there's no perfect Sangha or perfect place without problems anywhere, it would be so childish to expect that. But, to me this sounds like a romantic way of treating things, of course there are problems everywhere, as lon...
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 3812

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

That is not what really bugs me though, people are people, and they act like people. What gets me is the organizational disfunction..or at least what appears to me to be that, I could certainly be off. I have an idea of the general situation, but I am not really following closely what is happening ...
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 3812

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Things like this, all the confusing cryptic descriptions of what and what not to talk about, the claims that Rinpoche believed that paying Dzogchen Community dues was necessary in order to practice his teachings, the gory details like treehuggingoctopus said, and not just in my particular experienc...
by Aryjna
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cults
Replies: 49
Views: 957

Re: Cults

withholds teaching of the dharma from those who don't have money Well, this one would apply in a lot of cases where centers charge for teachings. So, truly a lot would fall under this one. And they have their ways of justifying it. Unless you mean withholding all teachings, rather than some. Many c...
by Aryjna
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4028

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Since this thread is already very interesting and helpful, i hope its OK when i ask if someone knows resources where one can learn more about Pure Land Teachings in Tibetan Buddhism? I really enjoyed "Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook" by Tulku Thondup, but haven't found ...
by Aryjna
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4028

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Yes, it seems strange. Vajrayana is the most rare teaching. For example, it will not be taught by Maitreya Buddha. However, isn't it said that there will be a Guru RInpoche for each Buddha of this era? In general I don't believe it's said that Shakyamuni necessarily taught all of the tantras that a...
by Aryjna
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment
Replies: 19
Views: 715

Re: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment

Furthermore, the website you are quoting here apparently is run by... OK, so the site is not reputable. Thank you for clearing that up. I can't keep on top of all the sites run by "those of whom we do not speak", which seem to proliferate rapidly. Your discernment is appreciated. I am speaking gene...
by Aryjna
Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment
Replies: 19
Views: 715

Re: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment

I don't know if this source is considered reputable or not, but it does state: Despite his power, Vajrapani is a Bodhisattva and has a peaceful aspect that anyone may appreciate, meditate on or practice. The mantra is a recommended daily chant, with or without any empowerment. Source: [Modnote: Sor...
by Aryjna
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment
Replies: 19
Views: 715

Re: Vajrapani and Manjushri mantra without empowerment

This will very much depend on who you ask. The Chinese take a very relaxed attitude toward mantra recitation. To quote one site: Those who have contact with Tibetan Tantrism may have some concern about receiving “transmission” of a mantra from a “highly realized” lama, vested with the authority of ...
by Aryjna
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4028

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Seems a bit odd to me given that Guru RInpoche is an emanation of Amitabha. Yes, it seems strange. Vajrayana is the most rare teaching. For example, it will not be taught by Maitreya Buddha. Karma Chagme talks about that too in a different text. It is a bit annoying that there isn't more of a conse...
by Aryjna
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4028

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

The main question is to what degree you can make rapid progress by doing that, in comparison to taking aeons until buddhahood. If you could shorten the time by travelling to Vajrayana oriented pure realms, then buddhahood would take a few centuries at most for everyone in Sukhavati. At least some, ...
by Aryjna
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4028

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

You don’t need it in Sukhavati. I suppose so. It seems a bit strange though, when they could suggest Zangdokpalri instead. You can travel to any pure land you want from Sukhavati. Could go to Guru Rinpoche’s if you want. The main question is to what degree you can make rapid progress by doing that,...

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