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by Matt J
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget

A lot of Mahayana monks in the U.S. work jobs. As a monk, you could get a part-time, subsistence level job and spend the rest of the time for practice.
by Matt J
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Single book that provides survey or overview of tibetan Vajrayana
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Single book that provides survey or overview of tibetan Vajrayana

That’s a good one. Some also recommend Introduction to Tantra by Lama Yeshe. “Indestructible Truth” by Reginald Ray is informative and readable. It a broad overview of Dharma with an emphasis towards Tibetan practices. It’s what I wish was available when I started. It was originally designed as the ...
by Matt J
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 42
Views: 1417

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

I suppose one could flip the question as ask why it lasted as long as it did...
Malcolm wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:49 am It’s not like that. A corrupt country always plants the seeds of its own demise, and Tibet, politically speaking, was extremely corrupt.
by Matt J
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: "Please allow me to introduce myself..." - Rolling Stones
Replies: 12
Views: 448

Re: "Please allow me to introduce myself..." - Rolling Stones

So are you Satan, a Cuban coke dealer, or Ramakrishna? I'm getting mixed messages here. :rolling:
by Matt J
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 42
Views: 1417

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

Superior military power does not always equate success--- early modern Israel, the Mongol invasion of Tsushima, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq shows that just off the top of my head. There are many, many factors that are involved in determining the outcome of a military conflict, especially over a su...
by Matt J
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 42
Views: 1417

Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

If Tibetan Buddhism has some of the highest teachings, advanced practitioners, etc. including powerful tantric practices, how do Tibetan sources account for the Chinese invasion and destruction of Tibet?
by Matt J
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Theory of Momentariness - Sources for Studying
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: Buddhist Theory of Momentariness - Sources for Studying

I am curious about the status of this doctrine in Mahayana, so if anyone has any references for that, that would be great.
by Matt J
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Nature Of Thought?
Replies: 29
Views: 606

Re: What Is The Nature Of Thought?

Certainly the solution to thinking isn't more thinking. The history of Western philosophy is a testament to that. It is not that merely the right combination of thoughts in the head ends suffering. If the most fundamental source of human suffering is the nature of thought itself, to what degree can ...
by Matt J
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 47
Views: 1426

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

That's exactly why we have living teachers.
NatureTalk wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:00 am Other posters elsewhere have pointed me to Nāgārjuna, so I'm listening. Having difficulty so far translating language from another time and place in to every day conversational English.
by Matt J
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 15394

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

For myself, I check what a teacher is saying against the scriptures and commentaries of the tradition, and my own personal experience. If what a teacher says is consistent with tradition, and I can verify it, then I will learn from that teacher. If over time my suffering reduces and my compassion in...
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Evaluate A Teacher?
Replies: 15
Views: 520

Re: How To Evaluate A Teacher?

I evaluate teachers based on scriptures and personal experience. If a teaching does not appear to be in line with scriptures or personal experience, I tend to look elsewhere. You don't just want a teacher, but a teacher that is good for you and inspires you to practice.
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 15394

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Color me skeptical about self-authorizing claims.
Pascal2 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:00 pm
Matt J wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:27 pm How do you know if some one else obtained satori or not?
My master thinks he can judge
It is called tenken (点検)
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 15394

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I mostly agree, but it can be relevant if one wants a teacher. A proper teacher should have realized what they teach, otherwise they are merely teaching based on some one else's understanding. On the other hand, we have no direct access to other minds, and teachers appear in one own's mind. So if a ...
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 47
Views: 1426

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

I would say neither one really fits, because from what I've learned, experience doesn't fit into neat, mental concepts. So a lot of how one would classify one's experience of a board depends on one's own mind and inclinations.
by Matt J
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 15394

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

How do you know if some one else obtained satori or not?
by Matt J
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 777

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

Some commentaries: Influence of Yogacara on Tantra by Traleg Rinpoche Opening the Clear Vision of the Mind Only School , Khenpo Rinpoches (a part of the PSL Shedra series which covers many topics) For a less intellectual approach, if you want more than book knowledge: Progressive Stages of Meditatio...
by Matt J
Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.

I haven't heard of a lot of teachings on this, but I have had the same experience. In fact, when I'm dreaming, I have identified at least three unique memory streams: 1) my normal memory; 2) my dream character's memory; and 3) memories of prior dreams. Sometimes these are partial or mixed up. The me...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Martial Arts & Buddhist Practice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1815

Re: Martial Arts & Buddhist Practice?

I have dabbled in martial arts over the years. It really depends on the class, and whether there is a focus on martial application. Many classes lack either a spiritual component or fighting applications, and are therefore largely just a form of physical exercise in my opinion. Classes that actually...
by Matt J
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tergar Online - Ngondro Transmission and Pointing Out Instructions
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: Tergar Online - Ngondro Transmission and Pointing Out Instructions

The course just started but so far it’s great.

If you have questions about prerequisites contact
study @ tergar.org.
by Matt J
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.
Replies: 8
Views: 1002

Re: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.

It is a meditation experience. These come and go. Try not to be too attached to them. Many people spend many years chasing these, and often mistake experiences for realization. It sounds like you are questioning your sense of self, which is a good thing. It may be a good time to start looking for a ...

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