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by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any realist schools (mind independent reality exists conventionally) in Mahayana or Vajrayana?
Replies: 18
Views: 219

Re: Are there any realist schools (mind independent reality exists conventionally) in Mahayana or Vajrayana?

Wait, what? You are an IDEALIST after all. A Yogacarin once removed? :D
Malcolm wrote: Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:14 pm It is axiomatic in Buddhism that matter arises from mind, even in Abhidharma.
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo‘s understanding of Buddhahood and Gnosis
Replies: 23
Views: 454

Re: Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo‘s understanding of Buddhahood and Gnosis

This sounds very Shentong to me. I was looking into Rongzom’s writings, and came across an interpretation of his views on Buddhahood that seem to suggest he believed that ultimately Buddhas do not have Gnosis rather Buddhahood is simply “the purified expanse of reality( Dharmadhatu, Chos Dbyings)”
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 27
Views: 577

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

:D Nice memory! Not the lung, but the explanation, for the Blazing Lamp Tantra. Why doesn't tradition apply to suttas and sutras then? And why don't non-Tibetan schools do lung? And what about teacher who recommend or ask students to read certain books without giving lung? If you look at EPK's Fligh...
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any realist schools (mind independent reality exists conventionally) in Mahayana or Vajrayana?
Replies: 18
Views: 219

Re: Are there any realist schools (mind independent reality exists conventionally) in Mahayana or Vajrayana?

So a wallet that has no color, size, shape, texture, feeling sensation, or sound (since those are all qualia, i.e. mind)? So, for example, a school that teaches that your long lost and forgotten wallet still exists, even though you can't see it, don't think about it, and it is completely out of mind...
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 27
Views: 577

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Doing things just because it has been the way things were done is not a good reason, in my opinion.
Malcolm wrote: Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:50 am It’s an ancient tradition left over from when sutras, vinaya, and abhidharma were only preserved orally. This is also why it is important to preserve this tradition for our most important texts.
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Regular Caffeine Consumption Affects Brain Structure
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: Regular Caffeine Consumption Affects Brain Structure

I quit caffeine for about a year or two. Now, it is creeping back in. :D
“Our results do not necessarily mean that caffeine consumption has a negative impact on the brain,” emphasizes Reichert.
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 27
Views: 577

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

I would also be curious if anyone has a source for lung for reading (as opposed to practices/mantra). Personally, I have doubts about whether one needs a lung to read commentaries, etc.
by Matt J
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 27
Views: 577

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

I agree it is usually not well explained (at least to us Westerners). Some of the old non-Buddhist Tantric sources have stated that one can only get, say, a mantra from one who has brought the mantra to fruition because when you hear it, that sound-energy enters into you. But it sounds a lot like th...
by Matt J
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 116
Views: 9657

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

Wow, my most quoted DW comment ever! For the most part, this is exactly what people are NOT listing. My involvement with avant garde cinema did not last long, however. I saw Tarkovsky's the Sacrifice in my college movie theater. I could follow the overall, but a lot of it didn't make sense. Like gee...
by Matt J
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 116
Views: 9657

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

The real question: how does one watch the same movies over and over? :lol:
by Matt J
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practical advice for interacting with Tibetan teachers
Replies: 14
Views: 566

Re: Practical advice for interacting with Tibetan teachers

More often than not, I find this to be the case. Or the answer is often a variation of: 1. Keep going! 2. Don't cling or push away. 3. Just do the practice. On the other hand, one will often find that by taking time to really identify the problem specifically, writing it out to express exactly what ...
by Matt J
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen books
Replies: 10
Views: 794

Re: Dzogchen books

I actually wouldn't recommend any books because they'll fill up the head with ideas. I would find a teacher and get instruction--- one will have less to unlearn that way.
by Matt J
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice (Split from: Are Zen teachers awakened?)
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Cognitive dissonance only if one denies emptiness, and accepts boundaries. Maybe the distinctions are sharper amongst Japanese Pure Land followers, I do not know. Here is the talk from Hsu Yun: https://thebamboosea.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/a-conversation-with-hsu-yun-john-blofeld/ From Sheng Yen: ht...
by Matt J
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice (Split from: Are Zen teachers awakened?)
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice

Where does it say he did not find Satori and went back to Pureland? His actions in this talk sound pretty Zen. The Pureland/Zen dichotomy is largely a forced one, IMHO. Plenty of Zen masters had a foot in both. And Chan master Xu Yun has a brilliant talk where he demolishes such a dichotomy. I find ...
by Matt J
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Equivalent to thogal
Replies: 144
Views: 4731

Re: Equivalent to thogal

Not all of them, IME.
Crazywisdom wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:22 am You won't find any lamas talking like that because they are conditioned by tradition that makes Mahayoga or Anuttarayogatantra the most important element of a retreat.
by Matt J
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Equivalent to thogal
Replies: 144
Views: 4731

Re: Equivalent to thogal

You stated that Malcolm provided "misinformation" in disagreeing with you (stating "[t]his function is generally abandoned at the level of anuyoga, and especially in ati yoga.") Now you are stating there may be a difference in lineage? Also, it is not clear to me what was asked of this person, and w...
by Matt J
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's Tsa Lung and Trul Khor
Replies: 17
Views: 476

Re: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's Tsa Lung and Trul Khor

Tsa Lung is a bit more "accident prone" than shamatha from what I've been told.
Tata1 wrote: Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:36 am But then again, same thing can happen with something as "simple" as shamata.
by Matt J
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who Gets Enlightened (Bodhi)
Replies: 33
Views: 693

Re: Who Gets Enlightened (Bodhi)

It's sort of like asking: if there is no self, which self gets enlightened?
by Matt J
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's Tsa Lung and Trul Khor
Replies: 17
Views: 476

Re: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's Tsa Lung and Trul Khor

I wouldn't assume anything, personally. It likely depends on the specific make up of the individual--- physical health, mental health, karma, etc. I've had some fairly intense experiences from some fairly "gentle" practices in the past. I do note that Ligmincha often has courses on this, including o...
by Matt J
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Phonetics of Seven Line prayer
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: Phonetics of Seven Line prayer

There are many available videos and transliterations online. I learned a nice melody from a local Nyingma center.

Here are a couple:

Transliteration:
http://acalavidyaraja.blogspot.com/2013 ... rayer.html

Transliteration with Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jczsIm7hRvk

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