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  1. Hugging you now... See what you get...
  2. As I responded in the previous post, emptiness is not inside of Brahman (or some being like it). Brahman is an example of the “One” who emerges from the Dao in Taoism. Dao = Emptiness.
  3. While our overall frameworks we describe are very similar, they are different in a few ways. As an example, in my definition of emptiness, it is not possible to recreate it, as everything is a “subset” of emptiness. Your awareness + wisdom would be more like “manifest potential” to me, which is a subset. You sort of see it all as being inside of Brahman. To me it is more like Brahman emerges (or is the potential) of emptiness. Hence my becoming like the universal ground, in your framework would be like I knew how to become a Buddha, but instead decided to be the backstop for sentient beings, so that they could better access the clear light of Buddha’s and higher beings. In terms of wisdoms, it is sort of like I provide the “extra space” for not my wisdoms, but those of other beings that have the potential to manifest.
  4. Assuming you meant this question for me... No, I am not a disciple of some advanced bhoddisatta, but I definitely support and venerate such beings. My path is more like to be the universal “ground” for sentient beings so that they can work with such beings.
  5. The difference that we are describing comes from the point of I am starting from well before what the lotus sutra calls “ignorance causing action”. Or maybe your could say more fully describing the “ignorance” part. In the text, it is presupposing that there is a being in the first place to even be ignorant or do an action. So my order would be something like... bubble up from emptiness... formless and unaware blob of potential... potential starts to take essence... essence begins to become aware... aware essence attaches to stuff = ignorance... then your ignorance causes action...
  6. Look forward to the discussion. Proof is in the hugs (and the actual flows).
  7. We have not "fallen" from emptiness based upon any "lack". It is more like we "bubble up" from emptiness. In the that bubbling up (of potential) process, we manifest in the broader buddhamind space. Kind of like the primordial buddha providing a stable bubble (what we call the universe), so that we can grow and stabilize as a being. As part of this individual stabilization, everyone becomes "self aware". In this early self aware phase, one becomes attached to various items that they perceive in the stable bubble of buddhamind. This attachment is basis of all of the ego stuff that sentient beings experience. The growth of the individual self aware bubble continues over a very long time. Wisdom starts when one begins to "clear out" all of the underlying ego attachment within the individual self aware bubble. Higher wisdoms comes as one starts to further expand and integrate that self aware bubble into the broader buddhamind space. When one begins to integrate into buddhamind (3rd & 4th bhumi), the clarity of this buddhamind radiates into the world. That clarity/energy is often called "light". That light though not able to be really seen (as it is clear), can be felt at a subconscious by all beings. Beings are naturally attracted to that light, and hence the beings look to that person radiating for guidance. (hence master-student dynamics) I would agree that often people get attached to the process (and descriptions) itself, rather than the real underlying point. What you call the blond system in classical tantric buddhism or dzogchen, would be known as Guru/Diety (or Dakini) yoga. The system is highly beneficial because one is using that "higher" buddhamind direct light flow and sort of imbuing it at local individual self bubble level. It takes advantage of the natural male-female energy dynamic as sort of the delivery mechanism, but it is flowing a more pure light (than energy) into the systems. Hence the clearing/purification process is greatly accelerated. With the accelerated approach, one has greater access to what you call "wisdoms".
  8. Maybe consider the completion stage aspects of the six yogas of Nāropa. You may remember part of it as the blonde stuff. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Yogas_of_Naropa
  9. While I would agree that in my view you are solidly at the 1st bhumi, I would say that with some of our past joint work I have noticed you periodically at higher levels.
  10. With your levels of bhoddisattva are you describing the normal levels of ten bhumis to buddhahood?
  11. Hello all :) good to be here!

    Welcome
  12. Is your number 4 actually in the Lotus Sutra somewhere? Or, is it more your personal view and understanding?
  13. I am not really a member of the site any more and I am sure you can use the search engine there to find specifics, but here is the line of the recommended practice... https://www.aypsite.org/319.html
  14. So is this some form of purification using your own urine mixed with water? There were many at the AYP website that also worked with this approach.
  15. Something I read today

    Doug, How did the interview come up? Or just something you wanted to say? Thanks, Jeff
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