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by PeterC
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Summarizing" Buddhadharma
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: "Summarizing" Buddhadharma

Summarising can have different purposes. “Ye dharma hetuprabhava...” doesn’t really tell you what the Dharma *is* but it does tell you what the most important part of the Dharma addresses.
by PeterC
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 36
Views: 7672

Re: About Alara Kalama

The Buddha taught different things to different people in accordance with their capacities, as Buddhas do, and they were compiled centuries later into different collections of texts. This isn’t just doctrine, it’s common sense. Different lineages inherited different bits and pieces in accordance wi...
by PeterC
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 144269

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

I read that one the other day. Simply awful. This isn’t the conduct of dharma practitioners, definitely not teachers. It's the conduct of predators. Predators who should be behind bars. Their religious garb should be stripped off them and replaced with prison uniforms instead, much more fitting. It...
by PeterC
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 36
Views: 7672

Re: About Alara Kalama

What I asked for was "What was Lord Buddha Sakyamuni's first teaching....HIS Buddhadharma? Not modern Buddhism because modern Buddhism has groups which take from 3/4 different lineages and make a new Buddhist sect out of it. Is this not so or what? Are you not aware of this phenomenon? The Buddha t...
by PeterC
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 36
Views: 7672

Re: About Alara Kalama

We don't know that for sure. No they don't. Not even close. Scholarship is generally confined to people who have spent considerable time in study. As such, it has always been an occupation of the privileged few. But are you being honest? Do you know that what you say is true and fair, or have you j...
by PeterC
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 36
Views: 7672

Re: About Alara Kalama

Hi all, This is interesting. Alexander Wynne is the most honest scholar that I know that studied the roots of Pali Buddhism VERY deeply. This is also the case with Alara Kalama in his study. I will say that what, TO THE T, the Lord Buddha actually taught is unknown....even though approximations can...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Thoughts on Vajra Hell
Replies: 36
Views: 5292

Re: Thoughts on Vajra Hell

Not sure there really is an appropriate response to OPs last post.

Happy tirthika ganapuja day everyone.
by PeterC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 3266

Re: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate

You're welcome, but no, that's not the full summary. That's a portion. There's still all the other parts of the world from the Neolithic Period(aka. Agricultural Period, c. ______ - 600 B.C.E.) to Classical Period(600 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.) to Post-Classical Period(600 C.E. - 1450) to Early Modern Peri...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Thoughts on Vajra Hell
Replies: 36
Views: 5292

Re: Thoughts on Vajra Hell

As for this talk of teachers. Reggie Ray is Chögyam Trungpa, Chögyam Trungpa is Heruka Vajrasatta, Heruka Vajrasatta is Buddha, Buddha is the beautiful blue light of the oral instructions, and the fact that I'm aware of all this makes some obvious implications about who and what I am, and who and w...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Thoughts on Vajra Hell
Replies: 36
Views: 5292

Re: Thoughts on Vajra Hell

There is nothing so humble as going public with your humility. I apologise as an unworthy excrescence for responding so. Seriously, though, I know some Tibetans write a lot about how humble they are once they become teachers, perhaps as a convention. My immediate reaction is not at all one of overw...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayers and mantras
Replies: 51
Views: 4803

Re: Prayers and mantras

If you use the search function you'll find there's been an extensive discussion on this. According to my research a full empowerment is not possible through live webcast. Thats what I thought. The search function is your friend. It’s probably not helpful to continue to flog this particular dead hor...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 3266

Re: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate

But his policy,based on xenophabia towards non-Chinese religion, is far-reaching - mostly of the Buddhist school were almost wiped out and died off for real(like Tangmi for example,which now survives in Japan and Shingon) except for Chan and Pureland school. Even other religions such as Christainit...
by PeterC
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The siddhi of winning wars
Replies: 76
Views: 8306

Re: The siddhi of winning wars

Source please. Which deities? Were they yidam or worldly deities? Read: Vajrayogini: Her Visualizations, Rituals, and Form Trikaya-vajrayogini, a yidam, confers the siddhi of conquering cities. You need to look at the inner as well as the outer meaning. For instance - even if you're not regularly f...
by PeterC
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 3266

Re: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate

Wuzong's reign is hardly representative of the dynasty as a whole. And Han Yu is the sort of polemicist I had in mind But his policy,based on xenophabia towards non-Chinese religion, is far-reaching - mostly of the Buddhist school were almost wiped out and died off for real(like Tangmi for example,...
by PeterC
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 3266

Re: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate

Wuzong's reign is hardly representative of the dynasty as a whole. And Han Yu is the sort of polemicist I had in mind But his policy,based on xenophabia towards non-Chinese religion, is far-reaching - mostly of the Buddhist school were almost wiped out and died off for real(like Tangmi for example,...
by PeterC
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 3266

Re: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate

Wuzong's reign is hardly representative of the dynasty as a whole. And Han Yu is the sort of polemicist I had in mind
by PeterC
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 3266

Re: Drogön Chögyal Phagpaand and the Yuan Dynasty Daoist Debate

Strange, in AP world history, we learned that Buddhism was incorporated as one of the 3 teachings in China alongside Confucianism and Taoism, including Buddhism being regarded as Confucian filial piety and submission! How is it that Taoism, which considered Buddhism as an equal with just a differen...
by PeterC
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayers and mantras
Replies: 51
Views: 4803

Re: Prayers and mantras

Dzogchen sounds good but there are no teachers around here and I'm skeptical of the whole thing about receiving teachings through webcast. With a little planning it’s always possible to travel to receive teachings. But if you don’t trust webcasts then you should also avoid any teachings that use PA...
by PeterC
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Six Lamps
Replies: 48
Views: 12341

Re: The Six Lamps

Even if one did have permission, it's unclear why you'd wish to read a practice text unless you were actually doing that practice (leaving aside the few people who are translators or doing research). The best outcome from reading something not relevant to your current practices is distraction; the ...
by PeterC
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Six Lamps
Replies: 48
Views: 12341

Re: The Six Lamps

Even if one did have permission, it's unclear why you'd wish to read a practice text unless you were actually doing that practice (leaving aside the few people who are translators or doing research). The best outcome from reading something not relevant to your current practices is distraction; the w...

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