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by PeterC
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Failing to discover the nature of ones mind in this lifetime.
Replies: 25
Views: 773

Re: Failing to discover the nature of ones mind in this lifetime.

Ah ok. Buddhas only see pure buddha fields. Buddhas have no impure vision, they only have pure vision. Wouldn't that contradict their omniscience, as they should be able to see what ordinary being see as well? They're omniscient with respect to knowing how to liberate beings, not omniscient in the ...
by PeterC
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Some people take it as a blessing rather than incur various practice commitments, I’ve been told. If a person attend an empowerment with no intention to take any vows but just to see the Guru, it won't turn out to be just a positive connection? Rejecting the empowerment doesn't strike me as very po...
by PeterC
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do Empowerments Give Refuge, Precepts, and Bodhisattva Vows?
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: Do Empowerments Give Refuge, Precepts, and Bodhisattva Vows?

It has been my experience that empowerments given (usually following) refuge ceremony are generally for practices such as Chenrezig, Tara, Guru Rinpoche, let’s say, “introductory practices” and everyone had to leave the room and those wishing to receive the empowerment had to re-enter once some pre...
by PeterC
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

True, and yes, many think that. Does not exempt them from samaya. You may be thinking of some case but there are really a myriads/nuances in situation. For example, there are parents who brought children to empowerments. There are people who attend empowerments with motivation of becoming rich. The...
by PeterC
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Yes. but what are their exact words. Do they mean they allow people who can't attend physically to attend it online as blessing? Surely, this will be out of compassion or that effective empowerments will/can be received this way. btw, I received HH Sakya Trichen's lung in you tube (recorded because...
by PeterC
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

I don't think it is a question of whether the teachers allow but whether there is doctrinal basis on whether it is valid. The conclusion on the other thread has been empowerments are not valid online. if the teacher allows, it could be a allowing a form of connection and blessing but the empowermen...
by PeterC
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 125
Views: 10114

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

Yeah, Totoro is amazing. The way Miyazaki draws on Japanese animism and spirits is so fun, even capturing that ancient arbitrariness you find in ancient Shinto beliefs, but also in many primitive, pre-morality sorts of spiritualism you find throughout the world. Its a really appropriate motif to ad...
by PeterC
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Along this line, I've always wondered what actually counts as a lung. I mean, is intention a part of it, does the teacher need to intend to transmit a lung at a given time...or is a lung transmitted simply by them reciting it? The lama just reads it in the language they received it in. That's basic...
by PeterC
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Alexander Berzin: "The Four Immeasurables (Brahma viharas) in Sravakayana, Mahayana and Bon"
Replies: 53
Views: 1129

Re: Alexander Berzin: "The Four Immeasurables (Brahma viharas) in Sravakayana, Mahayana and Bon"

Since there are latent sentient beings, there are never actually any “new” ones. Liberation also does not mean a sentient being vanishes. I'm a little surprised because I always thought that buddhas and arhats are not sattvas ie. sentient beings. This is because they are not subject to compulsive r...
by PeterC
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Along this line, I've always wondered what actually counts as a lung. I mean, is intention a part of it, does the teacher need to intend to transmit a lung at a given time...or is a lung transmitted simply by them reciting it? Recently I received a lung but the audio clipped out due to tech issues ...
by PeterC
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why lung or transmission is needed
Replies: 94
Views: 2060

Re: Why lung or transmission is needed

Along this line, I've always wondered what actually counts as a lung. I mean, is intention a part of it, does the teacher need to intend to transmit a lung at a given time...or is a lung transmitted simply by them reciting it? The lama just reads it in the language they received it in. That's basic...
by PeterC
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 125
Views: 10114

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

Sophia Coppola, who has done some good stuff as a director, was absolutely horrendous as an actor. It was remarkable how bad - she pierced that suspension of reality that fiction requires, popping off the screen like she was badly CGI'd in. The only other comparably bad performance I can think of i...
by PeterC
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 125
Views: 10114

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

The Godfather I, II, and I've endured III several times. It's not entirely without merit. But you could compress all the good material into about five minutes. My Neighbor Totoro. This is such an clever film. On one level it's a kids film, and it can certainly be enjoyed as that. But it's also the ...
by PeterC
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fasting
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Fasting

Virgo wrote: Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:11 am Fasting on a Tuesday is good for overcoming your enemies/ending disputes, etc. It works quite well.

Virgo
Interesting. Seems like a win-win - lose weight, improve health and overcome enemies all at once. What's the source for that?
by PeterC
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 125
Views: 10114

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

Lillyhammer, Hilarious. Full disclosure, I've watched both the Sopranos and the Wire at least twice in their entirety. The Wire has a good claim to being the best television series ever made. A lot of people give up partway through the first season because it does require a bit of effort and patien...
by PeterC
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Buddhism a methodological solipsism?
Replies: 70
Views: 1135

Re: Does Buddhism preach any form of solipsism?

about 10 percent of the population are Buddhists. I read on the Internet that Buddhism is solipsism. This is why I want to ask you: 1. Does Buddhism preach solipsism and skepticism of other minds? Nope, absolutely not. (that is, one who believes in Buddhism must believe that only he has consciousne...
by PeterC
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Movies you have watched a lot of times.
Replies: 125
Views: 10114

Re: Movies you have watched a lot of times.

The real question: how does one watch the same movies over and over? :lol: Easy - there aren't many films made these days that merit watching even a second time. Lots of older films can be watched again and again, and they seem only to improve with age. The ones I'm always happy to see another time...
by PeterC
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Equivalent to thogal
Replies: 144
Views: 4792

Re: Equivalent to thogal

The Buddha actually presents his own version of pascal's wager in the pali Canon in regards to karma and whether one should believe it without having direct experience of it. The difference is that where pascal proposes that one should believe on the basis of the wager, the Buddha proposes that it ...
by PeterC
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Equivalent to thogal
Replies: 144
Views: 4792

Re: Equivalent to thogal

Pascal’s wager ...only really works for Catholicism: 1. Entry requirements for heaven satisfied by low-cost ritual observance, irrespective of state of mind 2. No possibility of gaining direct experience of the truth of the teachings The Buddha actually presents his own version of pascal's wager in...

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