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by Rakz
Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure Lands
Replies: 61
Views: 8819

Re: Pure Lands

So I guess the common deluded man is screwed. This is the view of "namdrol" not the great sages. The "common deluded man" is definitely screwed. At least until he finds the methods necessary to unscrew himself. This is my view and its fairly common. Such as being reborn in a Pure Land. Which appare...
by Rakz
Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure Lands
Replies: 61
Views: 8819

Re: Pure Lands

So I guess the common deluded man is screwed. This is the view of "namdrol" not the great sages.
by Rakz
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body Misconception
Replies: 80
Views: 15565

Re: Rainbow Body Misconception

The body of light aka rainbow body is simply the body reverting back to the five lights of wisdom. The sign of this is that at death the body shrinks to a very small size. Probably a dumb question. I don't know much about Vajrayana. Once rainbow body is achieved does it revert back to human form if...
by Rakz
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Death Stories
Replies: 45
Views: 11838

Re: Chinese Pure Land Death Stories

Do you think the stories represented in Chinese Pure Land are just that...stories? I mean they're aren't really comparable stories in Japanese or even Tibetan Pure Land. Though there are stories of maha siddhas being whisked away by Vajrayogini. \ That's what I've always wondered. You never hear ab...
by Rakz
Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ven. Chin Kung to enter Pureland soon?
Replies: 23
Views: 8210

Re: Ven. Chin Kung to enter Pureland soon?

Chinese new year day has passed... :thinking:
by Rakz
Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)
Replies: 20
Views: 2696

Re: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)

I think I remember reading from Paul William's book Doctrinal foundations of Mahayana that int the Lokottaravada school it was thought that if there were infinite sentient beings liberated there would be an infinite more deluded sentient beings still in samsara. So according to this belief Buddhas/B...
by Rakz
Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:16 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: 信心 and how to develop it
Replies: 23
Views: 7136

Re: 信心 and how to develop it

Hi, This came up in an earlier thread but it was a bit of a tangent so I would like to raise it again here. Buddha name recitation, on the surface, sounds like the simplest of methods, except that it should be supported by 信心/shinjin. Otherwise, isn't it just a method for calming the mind, no diffe...
by Rakz
Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What is the role of Shakyamuni Buddha in Pure Land?
Replies: 24
Views: 5706

Re: What is the role of Shakyamuni Buddha in Pure Land?

Thank you Venerable for clarifying :smile:
by Rakz
Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What is the role of Shakyamuni Buddha in Pure Land?
Replies: 24
Views: 5706

Re: What is the role of Shakyamuni Buddha in Pure Land?

Is there any way to empirically verify such a claim besides dying and seeing if you end up in the Pure Land? Once you reach a higher bodhisattva level you'll have no problem seeing buddha-lands far far away. Or perhaps even on the 1st bhumi you can converse with buddhas. Also, the Pratyutpannasamad...
by Rakz
Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What is the role of Shakyamuni Buddha in Pure Land?
Replies: 24
Views: 5706

Re: What is the role of Shakyamuni Buddha in Pure Land?

Yeah, good old pureland. The beauty of it is, when the philosophical arguments come up, the attitude seems to be like "Dude! Relax! Have a little faith!". End of problem. Serve tea. Watch flowers. Your liberation from suffering is on the line. Such a carefree attitude is not advisable. It is better...
by Rakz
Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Of what use is the Bardo Thodol?
Replies: 39
Views: 5739

Re: Of what use is the Bardo Thodol?

Enlightenment in the bardo meaning instant full Buddhahood and skipping all the bhumi levels a bodhisattva has to go through or enlightenment meaning one's consciousness is transferred to a buddha field and attains enlightenment there? The first one. My understanding is that in the bardo one has a ...
by Rakz
Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Of what use is the Bardo Thodol?
Replies: 39
Views: 5739

Re: Of what use is the Bardo Thodol?

Hi Luke,

Enlightenment in the bardo meaning instant full Buddhahood and skipping all the bhumi levels a bodhisattva has to go through or enlightenment meaning one's consciousness is transferred to a buddha field and attains enlightenment there?
by Rakz
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and Hinduism
Replies: 21
Views: 4801

Re: Buddhism and Hinduism

What's the difference between Nirguna Brahman of advaita and shunyata? They both seem to be very similar.
by Rakz
Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Auspicious clouds.
Replies: 17
Views: 3137

Re: Auspicious clouds.

catmoon wrote:The spirit sitting on the lotus is seen at 1:26 in the video, occupying the left half of the screen. Yes, it's pretty impressionistic, but try looking at it for a while. A surpising amount of detail fits.
Thanks for pointing that out. I wasn't looking carefully. It is very surprising indeed.
by Rakz
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Auspicious clouds.
Replies: 17
Views: 3137

Re: Auspicious clouds.

I found video footage of these same clouds that were posted. They are definitely not a hoax. Chung Li's spirit on a lotus flower is no where to be seen in the video though.

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by Rakz
Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Auspicious clouds.
Replies: 17
Views: 3137

Re: Auspicious clouds.

Hi remm those are some very nice pics. Did you take them all yourself? Are those types of clouds a common occurence there? And who's Mrs. Chung Li Chung?
by Rakz
Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Buddha Nature
Replies: 16
Views: 2450

Re: Questions on Buddha Nature

Thank you all for all the great replies. I now have a better understanding of Buddha Nature. :smile:
by Rakz
Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Buddha Nature
Replies: 16
Views: 2450

Questions on Buddha Nature

Hi, didn't get any response in the previous thread. I'd appreciate if anyone can answer these. If something with an awakened nature can suffer, what good is it? How could something innately awakened become defiled? If your original Buddha nature became deluded, what’s to prevent it from becoming del...
by Rakz
Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ch'an understanding of Suffering
Replies: 18
Views: 2748

Re: Ch'an understanding of Suffering

Huifeng wrote:Was it that your "this" was referring to what came next? whereas I took your "this" to refer to the post that you had quoted above it, which I had written?
Yes, sorry for the confusion.
by Rakz
Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:01 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ch'an understanding of Suffering
Replies: 18
Views: 2748

Re: Ch'an understanding of Suffering

Funny stuff. The site I got it from didn't name you after the quote. I was thinking it was written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu to refute Buddha nature. If that's not the case then I'm curious to know how you would respond to your own inquiry? :smile:

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