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by tomschwarz
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Degenerate age
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Degenerate age

and so, what do you mean by "different things going on in one age"? if it's a question related to dinosaurs, appears that we can go from a world to another -between planets- while transmigrating, where our karma fits the conditions to manifest, so kaliyuga is happening in many worlds. ......
by tomschwarz
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Degenerate age
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Degenerate age

Hello brothers and sisters, This idea that we were born in a degenerate age has always intrigued me. Of course any verbal theory has limitations and becomes meaningless as the ever expanding context dwarfs the context in which the theory was devined. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Ages_of_Bud...
by tomschwarz
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: TranscendIng self
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: TranscendIng self

So if we take either direction, self is poison, muni, or self is illusion and prajna naturally arises, we oversimplify, think. Of course, I agree with what you are both saying. The problem arises when we try to say that all duality is bad, the relative truth is bad, absolute truth is good, absolute ...
by tomschwarz
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: TranscendIng self
Replies: 8
Views: 247

TranscendIng self

Hello sisters and brothers, I think a goal of human Buddhist practice is to transcend the sense of self. Is this true? If yes, does that area of practice also include release from attachment to inner calm (self peace)? How far does it/should it go, or not go, to actually remove the sense of self? Ar...
by tomschwarz
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Constant compassionate kindness
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Re: Constant compassionate kindness

Wonderful muni )))) And exactly what his holiness the tender hearted wisdom master from Tibet and dalai lama has been teaching the last few days in Delhi. In short the core of the path and the most significant progress on the path depend on boddhiccita and wisdom. Here is day 2 of three (shantideva ...
by tomschwarz
Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 18
Views: 1204

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

From the Vimalakirti Sutra - Chapter VII Śāriputra said, “Why do you not transform your female body?” The goddess said, “For the past twelve years I have sought the characteristic of being female and have comprehended it to be unattainable (i.e., imperceptible). Why should I transform it? It is as ...
by tomschwarz
Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 86
Views: 13883

Re: Dharma Gems

As for the dharma of nirvāṇa, there are many paths of entry into it. However, if we discuss those which are crucially essential, they do not go beyond the two dharmas of calming and insight. How is this so? Calming (śamatha) constitutes the initial method through which one is able to suppress the f...
by tomschwarz
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 3543

Re: Rebirth and karma

Is belief in literal rebirth and karma required for an earnest commitment to a Buddhist path? Or is seeing rebirth and karma as metaphors sufficient? Rebirth as a metaphor for dying to and being reborn in every moment of this life, karma as a metaphor for the consequentiality of thoughts and action...
by tomschwarz
Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Constant compassionate kindness
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Re: Constant compassionate kindness

being phony-nice as though that was at least as big a problem as being brash I have been reflecting about this "phony-nice" and "brash". Phony-nice means artificial nice, right? Both are coming from personhood and are leaving traces. Both are actually acting with an expectation....
by tomschwarz
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living from ultimate truth
Replies: 88
Views: 2929

Re: Living from ultimate truth

I think that Johnny and Malcolm are being too categorical. All of these subjects, which appear to be this versus that, dissolve into their contexts, their causes. That is the bigger picture. But more specifically, there are an infinite number of beings who have made an infinite amount of spiritual p...
by tomschwarz
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living from ultimate truth
Replies: 88
Views: 2929

Re: Living from ultimate truth

Is it possible to live from ultimate truth? I.e. to grok ultimate truth and let the grokking inform all aspects of your life? Since there is finally no difference between ultimate and conventional truth, is living from ultimate truth simply ... living? sure. I don't know if grok is the right verb n...
by tomschwarz
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Constant compassionate kindness
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Constant compassionate kindness

Hello brothers and sisters, Now you may ask yourself is this Tom Schwarz person (whoever that really is) starting another thread about being nice? What an idiot - and he is not even nice him/herself!!! But consider this, many of you have identified the risk of being phony-nice as though that was at ...
by tomschwarz
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 6073

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

videos... )))) Ok pure azaelis. Do I have to be good to be a Buddhist? Muni you understand all of this perfectly. Sure understanding on Internet forum does not necessarily equal perfection in practice. At least not in my case. My problem is I loose my patience and become somewhat aggressive. But th...
by tomschwarz
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 6073

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

You know dear brothers and sisters, I want us all to make progress on the path. I am eager about that. I will actually do just about anything if I believe that the end result will be truly positive. It is not hard to see the toughness in men and in women too. In the West there is all kinds of toughn...
by tomschwarz
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?

In Buddhism we believe in countless former lives. Imagine how many times you died exactly where you are standing now :geek: if that makes you feel "vibed out" )))) try samadhi in Buddhism we are interested in the nature of the mind... ...emotions like this or that vibe, not so much. There ...
by tomschwarz
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?

This is not Buddhism. In Buddhism we do not associate any kind of long lived spirit with some old bones. Am I wrong? Dharma references? Otherwise please consider moving thread to an atman- oriented religion forum.
by tomschwarz
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 1116

Re: The importance of direct experience

Wonderful and honest question dear Rachmiel. More simply you are asking about learning and forgetting. As with all of your questions, and with all of mine, a perfect answer can be found in non-conceptual meditation. 1) samadhi 2) rise up and see the playing field from above. accept what you see with...
by tomschwarz
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 6073

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

You know why you have to be nice? Because after the bardo of death, you will see that all you have is your mind. And if it is not a nice place, well you are stuck with it. Sounds funny )), but there can not be a more serious point. Can you be not nice to others and still have your mind be nice to yo...
by tomschwarz
Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What can you say, about enlightenment?
Replies: 10
Views: 742

What can you say, about enlightenment?

Hello brothers and sisters, It recently occurred on me that all my deepest questions about Buddhism relate to the desire to understand and characterise enlightenment. Can you say something about what enlightenment is/ is like/ is not like? Dharma references? Here is one from the diamond sutra chpt 6...
by tomschwarz
Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Antidote for Anger
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Antidote for Anger

Don't forget that you are going to die. Your neck will rot off of your head unless it is burned or hacked off first. And this will happen quite soon. So if you agree with this, and too feel it is an affront to our basic sense of self, safety, and well being/health, then you too need to look for anot...

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