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#33 RongzomFan

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

Yep, this iPad exists at the moment. I just posted this message on it and it's still right here on my lap next to the cat.
cat definitely exists. Try telling her otherwise and she'd likely have your eye out. Not a very nice cat.


All that stuff can happen in a dream. Research the "vajra sliver" reasoning.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

Bit like that finger pointing at the moon, it also indicates the death of irony .
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:24 PM

Vajra Sliver Reasoning on why one cannot claim anything exists:

http://books.google....epage&q&f=false
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

I love this stuff. Trouble is some prat has convened a faculty meeting at 9 am tomorrow and it's a three-line whip so I have to show my face, whether said face truly exists or not.
You want illusory?
Try sitting for two hours or more with thirty academics some of them labouring under the illusion that meetings actually accomplish something worthwhile.
G'night all.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

funny thing

existence, non existence.

they should introduce a new word in English
meaning neither of the two.




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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

funny thing

existence, non existence.

they should introduce a new word in English
meaning neither of the two.


There is a word already:

Illusory / illusion
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:02 AM

Buddhas are not Creators.

Pure Lands are merely bardo experiences according to a Sakya Loppon.

Indeed they are, when identified and solidified into a 'reality'. As with all things arising from mind.

Om svabhava shuddha sarva dharma svabhava shuddho 'ham!
Om shunyata jnana vajra svabhava atmako 'ham! 
Om ah hum hra phat!
Om muni muni mahamuni Shakyamuniye svaha! 
  
Appearances are mind, mind is emptiness, emptiness is spontaneous presence, spontaneous presence is self-liberation.
(9th Karmapa)
 

The objects perceived by sentient beings 

are like the appearance of illusions;

Sentient beings themselves are in the nature of illusion

they all arise through dependent origination. - Nagarjuna


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:47 AM

As I understand it it's not so much that it does or does not exist, it's more about that the object is more than the mere object. Mr. Hanh uses the illustration of a table. The table is really at a molecular level just atoms orbiting around. If you squeezed them all together they'd just be a tiny fraction of the table's original size, and look nothing like the table. As well the table isn't just its molecules. It is sun, air, earth, the people who made the table, the people who made the tools that made the table, etc. ad infinitum. If you take any of the non-table elements away from the table it would no longer exist. I thought about this, how someone would argue that the table would still be built, by a different tool or person or tree, but it would not be the same table at all. The table we are talking about is what it is based off its unique configuration of non-table elements. Any other table made in its place would be a completely different table even if it looked the same. So if the table's existance depends on changable elements, then it is not real in Buddhist thought, because, to paraphrase, "It is only real if it never changes."

Anyhow that will either clarify or confuse, I hope for the former not the latter :P Thanks everyone for all your posts! @ the poster talking about leaving one's faith... I have already said it but I will repeat, I ran into a dead-end with my faith. Maybe there are branches off the Christian tree I could follow, like Chistian Mysticsm. But in the end it comes down to the fact that I don't believe the Bible is accurate and I want nothing to do with a God that consigns people to Heaven or Hell. A God that basically gives me free will then punishes me for using it and not following His chosen faith. Such a narrow-minded entity to my mind could not be God, could not be someone who conceptualized the designs of this planet and all the life on it, as well as the rest of Creation. Too many people project into the Astral Planes and bring back similar reports that are nothing like the afterlife described by the Bible for me to keep those old beliefs. Too many questions... Here;s another... In the Bible there is an uncrossable gulf between Heaven and Hell. Yet in Job what do we see? Satan has come before God, crossing an uncrossable gulf, to basically get God's permission to persecute Job, for not good reason at all, and God grants it! Yeah, that kind of God is no God for me. But I mean no offense to any Christians or returning Christians here. If this faith is what draws you go for it. As for me I will test the Magical, Buddhist, Taoist and Yogic paths for now, drawing from each whatever it is I need to learn to become more aware of what is real, I.E. what is unchanging in Creation. So I guess that'll make me what, a former Christian Mystical Shaman Taoist/Buddhist/Yogic Magician? Maybe I have to invent a catchy label for myself, since everyone loves labels so much...
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

Hi Dreambliss,

I completely understand your perspective on Christianity. Opening yourself to other traditions is very helpful. As you study other traditions, I think you will find a deeper understanding in the words of Jesus. So much has been lost/obscured by the "institutions". Jesus says nothing about a "judging old man" in the Gospels, only a "spirit" and "love".

If you don't mind, a couple of suggestions... Read the first chapter of gospel of John (King James version). It is a quick and consise overview about Jesus coming to teach us all to be "sons of God". Also, read the Gospel of Thomas. It will help point the way.

Upon exploration, you may find that Christian Mysticism is remarkably similar to Tibetan Dzogchen. In the end, there is only one Primoridal State (or being one with God).

:)
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:49 AM

Spot on Jeff. All this stuff is embedded in every faith pathway you just need to know where and how to look for it. Buddhists don't have a monopoly on non duality,. Philokalia ( sayings of the desert fathers) for example marvellous stuff. Thing that bugs me slightly about some of our 'convert to Buddhism' cousins is their over dependence on the written word, kit ( they do love a bit of kit do born again Buddhists) and endless bleddy rituals. Born Buddhists I've come across more or less take their pathway for granted and don't make such a song and dance about Sutra this and canon that as these rather intense bods who take to it as a hobby cum lifestyle tend to do.
Whatever path gets you up the mountain is as good as any other path that does the same job.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:05 AM

Spot on Jeff. All this stuff is embedded in every faith pathway you just need to know where and how to look for it. Buddhists don't have a monopoly on non duality,. Philokalia ( sayings of the desert fathers) for example marvellous stuff. Thing that bugs me slightly about some of our 'convert to Buddhism' cousins is their over dependence on the written word, kit ( they do love a bit of kit do born again Buddhists) and endless bleddy rituals. Born Buddhists I've come across more or less take their pathway for granted and don't make such a song and dance about Sutra this and canon that as these rather intense bods who take to it as a hobby cum lifestyle tend to do.
Whatever path gets you up the mountain is as good as any other path that does the same job.


Dont know which is heavier... your axe or the grindstone, mr Grandmaster.

Btw, your claim that born Buddhists take their path for granted... is, for the most part, an inaccurate assessment. Understandable tho, given that you're always passing judgement on your fellow Western buddhist practitioners.

observation from a born Buddhist.

Om svabhava shuddha sarva dharma svabhava shuddho 'ham!
Om shunyata jnana vajra svabhava atmako 'ham! 
Om ah hum hra phat!
Om muni muni mahamuni Shakyamuniye svaha! 
  
Appearances are mind, mind is emptiness, emptiness is spontaneous presence, spontaneous presence is self-liberation.
(9th Karmapa)
 

The objects perceived by sentient beings 

are like the appearance of illusions;

Sentient beings themselves are in the nature of illusion

they all arise through dependent origination. - Nagarjuna


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:14 AM

Grindstone.
:-)
has to be heavier or axe stays blunt. A whetsone now, that can be lighter, quite portable too ; whetstones.
People who are comfortable in their religious skin tend not to make a fuss about said skin.
Those who really need to convince themselves shout loudest and converts are always the most zealous on any path.
We have New Kadampas and WBO (or Whatever hey are called this year) Brit Buddhist 'monks n nuns' locally.
Brother they are a sorry crew to behold and the turnover is phenomenal. r've only lived her six years but both centres ( we go to heir cafes) churn devotees. It's a phase some folk go through, as you well know CT.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:52 AM

Hi Dreambliss,

I completely understand your perspective on Christianity. Opening yourself to other traditions is very helpful. As you study other traditions, I think you will find a deeper understanding in the words of Jesus. So much has been lost/obscured by the "institutions". Jesus says nothing about a "judging old man" in the Gospels, only a "spirit" and "love".

If you don't mind, a couple of suggestions... Read the first chapter of gospel of John (King James version). It is a quick and consise overview about Jesus coming to teach us all to be "sons of God". Also, read the Gospel of Thomas. It will help point the way.

Upon exploration, you may find that Christian Mysticism is remarkably similar to Tibetan Dzogchen. In the end, there is only one Primoridal State (or being one with God).

:)

Except that dzogchen tantras go to great lengths to refute eternalist schools of thought. Here's one example...

http://www.dharmawhe...racarya#p122573:

"Malcolm: If you are going to assert that the intention of Dzogchen and Advaita are the same, then you need to provide side by side citations.

There is no point of course, because, for example, the Rig pa rang shar specifically refutes Advaita, naming Shankaracarya by name in the 25th chapter.

So what I am telling you is that even if you try to present citations from both Advaita and Dzogchen to try and illustrate their commonality, it will be easy to show how you are mistaken.

Sadly, many people make the same mistake you are making and come up with a system that is called "ra ma lug" in Tibetan i.e. a system that is neither a goat nor a sheep. How do they do this? By relying on their own intellectual contrivances."

P.S. Malcolm is a Loppon
When this exists, that exists;
with the arising of that, this arises.
When this does not exist, that does not exist;
with the cessation of that, this ceases.
~ Bodhi Sutta

He who sees dependent origination sees the Dhamma;
he who sees the Dhamma sees dependent origination.
~ Mahahatthipadopama Sutta

Dependent origination should be known as emptiness.
~Āryāṣṭadaśasahasrika-prajñāpāramitā-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:29 AM

Spot on Jeff. All this stuff is embedded in every faith pathway you just need to know where and how to look for it. Buddhists don't have a monopoly on non duality,. Philokalia ( sayings of the desert fathers) for example marvellous stuff. Thing that bugs me slightly about some of our 'convert to Buddhism' cousins is their over dependence on the written word, kit ( they do love a bit of kit do born again Buddhists) and endless bleddy rituals. Born Buddhists I've come across more or less take their pathway for granted and don't make such a song and dance about Sutra this and canon that as these rather intense bods who take to it as a hobby cum lifestyle tend to do.
Whatever path gets you up the mountain is as good as any other path that does the same job.

...

Not familiar with Philokalia then eh Simple-Jack?
If you choose to hold 1-2-1 converations perhaps with those you can comprehend; then possibly you'd be better doing so via PM.

The Pureland jhanas are vipassana/samatha hybrids, and are only available to those advanced practitioners who have attained to the level of anagami or arahat. As such, they are useful landmarks of progress; a person who can access either of the Pureland jhanas is, by definition, at least an anagami. Traditionally, these states are referred to as part of the suddhavasa or "pure abodes."
....
Have you the first idea about Pure Land cultivation or does your knowledge stem from a virtual community via t'internet old chum?
The above hybridisation would tend towards the latter.

Edited by GrandmasterP, 05 November 2012 - 09:35 AM.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:32 AM

Except that dzogchen tantras go to great lengths to refute eternalist schools of thought. Here's one example...

http://www.dharmawhe...racarya#p122573:

"Malcolm: If you are going to assert that the intention of Dzogchen and Advaita are the same, then you need to provide side by side citations.

There is no point of course, because, for example, the Rig pa rang shar specifically refutes Advaita, naming Shankaracarya by name in the 25th chapter.

So what I am telling you is that even if you try to present citations from both Advaita and Dzogchen to try and illustrate their commonality, it will be easy to show how you are mistaken.

Sadly, many people make the same mistake you are making and come up with a system that is called "ra ma lug" in Tibetan i.e. a system that is neither a goat nor a sheep. How do they do this? By relying on their own intellectual contrivances."

P.S. Malcolm is a Loppon



I have had a couple discussions with Malcolm (and I am sure that he would agree with you :) ). But, the "primordial state" is what is. Tibetan Dzogchen is not the only tradition of "direct transmission". In certain Gnostic Christian traditions, it is called the "Thunder path".

:)
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

'Way of the Wild Goose' in some others.
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