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by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

And yet the Theravada acknowledges the omniscience of the historical Buddha, right? It might be worth reading "The Buddha and Omniscience " by Bhikkhu Analayo. Here are 2 excerpts: in the Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta the Buddha was asked whether he claimed omniscience himself. In reply, the Buddha quit...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Zom wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:43 pm
That Buddha is God? -) Well.... okay 8-)
No.


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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Believe me, I read enough. And don't forget that all mahayanic texts are considered true and correct by mahayanists - there is no such thing that some mayahanic groups don't accept certain scriptures. Mahayana is all-inclusive religion (and for this reason it has a number of inner contradictions). ...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Zom wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Short answer: in Mahayana Buddha is a God.
Source, please?

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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 21
Views: 745

Re: Shambhala international

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:48 pm
That is rather unfortunate. Pema Chodrons writings are pretty good. I was given a book written by her not long ago. I like her writing style.
Sure, Pema Chodron writes some sensible advice for beginners. She was previously a student of Chogyam Trungpa and she's a nun who keeps her precepts.
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 21
Views: 745

Re: Shambhala international

No, I don't live in the USA - but I noticed this newspaper article about them recently: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/buddhist-group-admits-sexual-abuse-by-teachers Somehow I don't feel comfortable with the idea of a Buddhist organisation with its own "king" and "queen" of a mythical...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's Omniscience.
Replies: 40
Views: 7653

Re: The Buddha's Omniscience.

"The Buddha's Omniscience" by Bhikkhu Analayo might be of interest if it hasn't already been mentioned in this topic (which appears to be two different topics merged into one):

https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg ... cience.pdf


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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Correction my quote from "Path to Buddhahood" in a post above this one which says: A truly perfect Buddha is the best possible purity and the best possible purity (jnana). was a mistake and should say: "A truly perfect Buddha is the best possible purity and the best possible primordial wisdom (jnan...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Mahayana Buddhas are celestial Buddhas who lives forever and ever and ever. Sometimes their manifested body comes to earth, for example, our Gautama Buddha said to be a manifestation of Vairocana Buddha. So are these the beliefs in Zen, Nirichen, and Soka Gakkai, as well as Pure Land ? I very much ...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood? Here is a short excerpt of a Vajrayana interpretation of Buddhahood from Ringu Tulku's book "Path to Buddhahood - Teachings on Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation," from the chapter "Perfect Buddhahood "page 150: F...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood? Fistly you're missing out Vajrayana, and secondly there are some very different schools which are all labelled "Mahayana". This chart from Buddhanet (which I haven't read myself) may, or may not be helpful. https://ww...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: Musings about Tantra.

Grigoris wrote:I have NEVER seen a Buddhist Tantra teacher advertise and talk about sexual and desire based practices. Never.
Me neither and I've been to a lot of Vajrayana teachings in the past, which included several residential courses and two group retreats.


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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: Musings about Tantra.

Aloka is a Tibetan name is it not? I don't blame you for trying to cover things up. It is quite common among tantric cults. Excuse me? "Aloka" is a Pali word and the name was suggested to me a few years ago by a Theravadin friend. I do have a Tibetan Buddhist Refuge name, however - but what that is...
by Aloka
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Didn't Tibetan teachers in the west take advantage of tantra practise to sexually exploit their females students?? ..and how many teachers was that out of all the Tibetans with students in the west? Any idea? I can only think of 3 that have been publicly "outed" and they were lay teachers not monks...
by Aloka
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: Musings about Tantra.

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:38 am
I had my first lesson in Tantra.
I hope I got the right Guru.
:jumping:
Oh puleeze.....are we still in junior school ? :thinking:


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