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The Superiority of Tantra to Sutra

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Sutra, like Madhyamaka, is slightly realist (Buddhist definition)

 

Slightly? You must do better than that.

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What is the diff between the two? Cliff notes newbie version? :D

 

Tantra is based on tantras and dohas.

 

Sutra is based on sutras

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Tantra is based on tantras and dohas.

 

Sutra is based on sutras

 

So mantras vs reading of books/phrases? (I just want to know what the basic definitions are, so I didn't go further than wiki :D.

 

I forgot to ask for "in english" ;).

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Tantra is based on tantras and dohas, which are classes of literature

 

Sutra is based on sutras, which is another class of literature

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The problem with the Buddhist apologist's is that only dogma and doctrine are posted here. No personal experience!

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Tantra is based on tantras and dohas, which are classes of literature

 

Sutra is based on sutras, which is another class of literature

 

Is it sort of like meditate in type A. way vs meditate in type B sort of way?

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None of your personal experience in that thread.

 

Noone wants to read my personal experience.

 

Just like ChNN tells people, 'don't email me about your dreams people'.

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Noone wants to read my personal experience.

 

Just like ChNN tells people, 'don't email me about your dreams people'.

 

Actually I would.

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The problem with the Buddhist apologist's is that only dogma and doctrine are posted here. No personal experience!

 

Meditational experiences (Tib. nyam) are temporary, ultimately they're delusions.

 

Noone wants to read my personal experience.

 

Just like ChNN tells people, 'don't email me about your dreams people'.

 

:lol:

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Is it sort of like meditate in type A. way vs meditate in type B sort of way?

 

Tantra has all sorts of features that are not in sutra.

 

Like channels in the body, what happens during death etc.

 

I am sure the list is pretty long.

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Meditational experiences (Tib. nyam) are temporary, ultimately they're delusions.

 

Mahayana 101: The basis, path, result, are completely equivalent to an illusion. Looking at this perspective in Dzogchen terms:

 

http://thetaobums.com/topic/33574-substance-dualism-in-buddhadharma/

 

You have to understand that all of this explanation of cosmic cycles is really intended to be brought down to the level of the individual's life cycle in terms of the four bardos:

 

The bardo of death == destruction of the universe up to the two higher form realms

The bardo of dharmatā == the arising of the sound, light and rays of the basis

The bardo of becoming == non-recognition of the basis

The natural bardo of this life == the appearance of samsara and nirvana

 

It is an explanation for practice. ~ Loppon Malcolm

 

 

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None of your personal experience in that thread.

 

You think I'm more important that autobiographies by Dudjom Lingpa, Jigme Lingpa etc.?

 

Wow I'm flattered ralis

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There are no superior or inferior paths (in the Buddhist tradition).

 

Due to the varying degrees in mental capabilities/potentialities of students, unfortunately the above had to come into existence. But its simply expedient ~ Means nought.

 

Its quite pointless to give the most superior teaching to one of average mental capacity. Likewise, its going to be a let-down to train intelligent students using more time-consuming teachings, like sutras/sastras, for example.

 

Typically, there will always be comparative tendencies, which tells on the person actually bothering to exert effort to make such comparisons. Distractions, all of it.

 

 

edit to add: In actual settings, depending on the students' aims, those who wish to pursue a path where teaching Dharma is a priority, then all the levels are equally vital to learn. And those who go on to Geshe level (usually the brightest minds) spend more time on mastering the basic teachings, because they realize most of their students belong to the middling group of people.

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