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by tobes
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 5082

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

It means that Tsongkhapa also argued for a kind of extrinsic emptiness. Tables aren’t empty of tables, they are only empty of inherent existence. Is this what Gendun Chopel criticized when he said that Tsonkhapa's formulation of the object of negation resulted in a completely pointless refutation? ...
by tobes
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2996

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

For transparency, I suppose I should say that I met my current partner at a big teaching by HHDL, whilst she was chatting to the Khandro of my root master.... And that although it has not always been easy, to share practices together, to share a Dharma kinship....is pretty special, and no doubt the ...
by tobes
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2996

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by tobes
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 5082

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

But I think the vastness and profundity of his approach puts our own little too'ings and fro'ings on these sorts of issues into the correct perspective: it's all Dharma. Just drink as much of it as you can and stop worrying about your petty fixations to this thing or that.
by tobes
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 5082

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

The truly great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo....was Shakya & Shentong(ish).
by tobes
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2996

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by tobes
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa Day
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

Re: Je Tsongkhapa Day

Back to the OP: I practice across the four major traditions, but Lama Chopa has a special place in my heart. It is such a sublime, complete, inspiring practice. Completely overflowing with blessings.

:anjali: :anjali: :anjali:
by tobes
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa Day
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

Re: Je Tsongkhapa Day

What if you are falling-down drunk? Just curious. Is that a question in response to my quote or in response to requests to light a candle? Ha! KN Lol. Your quote. :smile: I think it's a valid question. I was once told by a Jodo-Shinshu priest that one could say the Nembutsu in any state of mind, bu...
by tobes
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa Day
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

Re: Je Tsongkhapa Day

FiveSkandhas wrote: Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:51 am What if you are falling-down drunk? Just curious.
Then you're doing one little wholesome thing amidst a backdrop of non virtue. Better to do this than not, have no doubt about this.
by tobes
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it ever negative to receive a transmission
Replies: 16
Views: 640

Re: Is it ever negative to receive a transmission

There's no God watching you for every little failing or shortcoming.

If you show respect for what you have received and practice to the best of your ability - that is perfectly sufficient.
by tobes
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2864

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

Monks live in temples because they do not follow the Dharma. We know nothing about original Buddhism (please see Wikipedia page on original Buddhism and read all the scholarly references and you will understand for yourself not even the 4 Noble Truth is certain) One of the few things we know is tha...
by tobes
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine
Replies: 114
Views: 4538

Re: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine

Very nailed Malcolm. :good:
by tobes
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 108
Views: 3478

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

Malcolm wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:28 am
Johnny Dangerous wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:57 amread Spinoza or something.
Spinoza was basically a materialist on the model of Epicurus.
????

A pretty direct link back to the Stoics, but I can't really see Epicureanism there.
by tobes
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 108
Views: 3478

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

To the OP: Why do you want so badly a place in the Vajrayana? In essence, the Vajrayana simply involves methods to realise and embody emptiness more swiftly; if you do not wish to realise emptiness, why the attraction/desire for the methods? So your position is a bit like wanting so badly to learn r...
by tobes
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine
Replies: 114
Views: 4538

Re: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine

But these are just sayings, assertions and beliefs. None is satisfactory, according to mahamudra, dzogchen, shentong, rangtong, or advaita vedanta. All agree that the yogic realisation exceeds such conceptual or semantic or rational approaches. So that leaves us the with basic possibility of gettin...
by tobes
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine
Replies: 114
Views: 4538

Re: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine

I think we have to recognise that philosophy-metaphysics-arguments are only going to take us so far on this question. In the end, we are comparing yogic realisation X with yogic realisation Y. In both traditions, this far exceeds what can be stated about it. And who is in any kind of position to le...
by tobes
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine
Replies: 114
Views: 4538

Re: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine

I think we have to recognise that philosophy-metaphysics-arguments are only going to take us so far on this question. In the end, we are comparing yogic realisation X with yogic realisation Y. In both traditions, this far exceeds what can be stated about it. And who is in any kind of position to leg...
by tobes
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(
Replies: 26
Views: 1693

Re: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(

Quality over quantity.

But also: the big numbers are a good reminder of how many obstacles there may be in the way of realisation, and how much merit needs to accumulated.
by tobes
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Two Truths Debate - Poll & Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 1201

Re: The Two Truths Debate - Poll & Discussion

Maybe I'm also giving my own take a bit, which would be 'both' in your poll options - and that's a critique of the attitude that treats issues in Madhyamaka as a football match; that one must support either Liverpool or Chelsea, and quash the enemy at all costs. The poll forgot "neither and both". ...
by tobes
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 155
Views: 9063

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

« When the guru die, flee. » That sound good advise. Maybe there are exceptions. A true master is an embodiement of a Principle, the Guru (the principle which removes darkness). The true master have no birth and no death. Look deep into yourself, take even the blessings of the Guru from a photo, pr...

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