Alan W
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What is the historical origin of Vajrapani?
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Longchen Rabjam's Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems (tr. Richard Barron) says: Traditionally, Manjushri is renowned for having compiled the tantras of enlightened form, Avalokiteshvara the ...

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Introductory books to Buddhism
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Lots of great suggestions above, but it looks to me like there's plenty of room to add a foundational Mahayana text to the mix. I suggest a complete presentation of the path in the form of a poem: ...

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mind-body relationship
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The Mind-Body problem is based on a mistaken and non-empirical premise: that the world is “fundamentally physical.” Because every school of Buddhism that I’m aware of has avoided this error, it is ...

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Supernatural beings and the 31 planes of existence
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First, it might help to probe the meaning of "supernatural" in the Buddhist context. I think this blog post covers it pretty well. In particular: The very notion of ‘Supernatural’ is one ...

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Does the Buddha's concept of Citta contradict the Mahayana doctrine of emptiness?
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This Wiki entry talks about the meaning of citta and the different ways various traditions have conceived of the purified, luminous citta. As is the case for all appearances (whether pure or impure) ...

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Was the Buddha Humanist?
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Gautama Buddha was asked shortly after his enlightenment: "are you human"? He answered: "no, I'm awake." (Paraphrase from a more extended passage in a sutra from the Pali Canon.) So I consider ...

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Consider then the magician and the philosopher
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From what I understand and in line with Buddho's comments above, the kind of karma created depends on the motivation of the magician or philosopher (at least as far as he/she is concerned). A more ...

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What are the consequences of the 14th Dalai Lama being the last one?
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I am in no position to speak for the Dalai Lama, though personally confident that he will never abandon Bodhichitta. But I think I can partly answer your question even so. Choosing not to be reborn ...

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How and when does one not invest in others in Buddhism?
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These are all quite good answers to my mind. The essential point is that we must always work first and foremost on ourselves, starting wherever we are. The more we clean up our own hearts and minds, ...

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If karma is objective, how come it's cause for "good" rebirth?
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Karma doesn't have or reflect an agenda, so it's not agreeing with or encouraging behavior any more than the law of gravity is "punishing" someone who steps off a cliff by smashing them into the ...

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How can the theory of emptiness be true and yet the self still transmigrates and takes rebirth?
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To add to these other answers, the question seems to overemphasize the 'dependent' aspect of dependent origination. See the Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification), which also points out the resulting ...

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Are Buddhists happier than average?
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On the point of happiness as a 'slippery notion', I think there's a very helpful distinction to make between hedonic and eudaemonic happiness. Roughly speaking (and this is just my take - I welcome ...

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Is a Ghatika an ideal minimum meditation duration?
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I don't think I would claim that 24-minute increments are 'ideal', but they've worked in my experience. Perhaps this is simply because I feel tremendous confidence and respect toward Alan Wallace, and ...

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Is there another term than "Mahayana"?
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As a fellow 'Mahayana' practitioner, I share your great respect for Theravadin buddhism and appreciate your sensitivity to the polemical origins of the term 'Mahayana' (I've used it many times myself, ...

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Is a Mahayana Buddhist *required* to take a Bodhisattva vow?
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Cultivating bodhicitta (both ultimate and relative) is absolutely indispensable on the Mahayana path; and one who has vowed to do so is called a bodhisattva. From my understanding, this vow can be ...

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The buddhist dillema on lesser evil
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Here is an alternate perspective from the Mahayana tradition. (I'm not equating arahant & bodhisattva, but if you are asking what a Buddha would do it is perfectly legitimate in my mind to ...

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What is Thögal?
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In terms of practice, the key point I've learned is that thögal can only be practiced from the perspective of rigpa (pristine awareness); which in turn assumes that one has achieved shamatha, ...

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Can you reach the substrate consciousness through visualization practices
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Here is what Alan Wallace says in 'Stilling the Mind' (p 62) - I think this speaks to your question: "Visualizations are fine. The stage of generation is important. Yet you must still confront your ...

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What is the origin of the Five Enobling Virtues?
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I found it here for free download: The Five Precepts : The Buddhist Golden Rule By His Royal Highness the late Supreme Patriarch Prince Vajirananavarorasa I found it linked from this page: 'The 5 ...

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