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by Bundokji
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

The trouble with Vajrayana is that even if you get the books and somehow learn to practice and start getting results, without the right empowerment it is all cause to go to hell. It can be expensive to get the right empowerment. Expect your teacher to string you along for a long time and give you s...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paṭiccasamuppāda and idappaccayatā, as presented in the Sutta Pitaka
Replies: 52
Views: 967

Re: Buddhadasa (paticcasamuppada) His comments on the Commentaries

As for the practicality of including rebirth in paticcasamuppada, i can't think of any. One could ask what is it that dies without addressing rebirth.
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

I think that such a belief is perfectly justified. After all, Buddhism has declined from the purity of the Pali canon (and related rescensions) with Mahayana forgeries, and even where the Pali Canon has been preserved, there have been long times when monastics forgot to strive for arhatship and cam...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

Buyer beware. Your recent post is more to do with tantric secrecy. More on that later, which is separate but related to guruyoga. There is also the widespread unforgivable slander that Gautama Buddha's Dharma has declined and is all but gone and you must be in the retinue of a new Sammāsambuddha. T...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

It is the physical experience of being around someone that convinces you that they are awakened. This is not just how they look or if it seems like the air vibrates around them. I'm talking about how they talk. What they say. In a weird way, I think that might answer your question, or it didn't at ...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

I don't practice Vajrayana, but I have read a fair amount of chatter at DharmaWheel, and have read some off of DharmaWheel concerning Vajrayana. So this is not an insider's answer. Part of the thing with Tantra is that it is supposed to be infallible techniques to bring about natural uncaused bodhi...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Gurus in Vajrayana

Can anyone explain to me the emphasis on finding a guru in vajrayana Buddhism?

Many thanks :anjali:
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 544

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

Logic of conditioning is shown as Dependant origination in a form of circular logic (not linear or diagonal). Linear logic is a result of the law of excluded middle. Teaching dependent origination as a middle between the extremes of existence and non-existence does not aim to present a circular vie...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Ideal Wife
Replies: 26
Views: 658

Re: Ideal Wife

Aloka wrote: Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:40 pm A doll perhaps ? .... try Googling "Bodybuilder weds his 'sex doll' !
One can be sure that she wont complain whatever he does!
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asura realm
Replies: 23
Views: 399

Re: Asura realm

* The Asura is a human clan. It's often confused with the Bhutha of the 31 realms. * The Yakka is a human clan. It's often confused with the Petha of the 31 realms. * The Deva is also a human clan. It's often confused with the Deva of the 31 realms. * The Naga is a human clan. It's often confused w...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Ideal Wife
Replies: 26
Views: 658

Re: Ideal Wife

I think morality is the cornerstone for any successful relationship. Also some temperaments match better than others. I remember in 2012, i traveled to India. In Varanasi, i met an interesting man and we had a conversation. He offered his services to help me find a suitable wife!! What would be the ...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do we have unique fingerprints?
Replies: 13
Views: 234

Re: Why do we have unique fingerprints?

SarathW wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:42 am Why do we have unique fingerprints?
Is this evidence to support Kamma Vipaka?
I think the process that forms fingerprints has to partly pattern-less.
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 544

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

The last passage of SN44.6 could be also relevant to the discussion: "But, my friend, would there another line of reasoning, in line with which that has not been declared by the Blessed One?" "There would, my friend. "For one who loves craving, who is fond of craving, who cherishes craving, who does...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 544

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

I suppose when the world is conditioned. 1-3 applied When the unconditioned (Nibbana) 4th applied. The four alternatives seem to be an outcome of conditioning. "Now, friend Kotthita, when asked if the Tathagata exists after death, you say, 'That has not been declared by the Blessed One: "The Tathag...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 544

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

I would say that the operation of dependent origination presents four possibilities:

1- Individual.
2- Collective
3- Both
4- Neither.