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by MatthewAngby
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: Are Buddhas formless or form?

Those who hold the second view that buddhas do not possess the pristine awareness of things as manifold quote as their authority the Infinite Means of Purification Sutra: Having reached true and perfect buddhahood, the Tathāgata neither knows nor has in mind any phenomenon whatever. Why is this? Be...
by MatthewAngby
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: Are Buddhas formless or form?

Those who hold the second view that buddhas do not possess the pristine awareness of things as manifold quote as their authority the Infinite Means of Purification Sutra: Having reached true and perfect buddhahood, the Tathāgata neither knows nor has in mind any phenomenon whatever. Why is this? Be...
by MatthewAngby
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Are Buddhas formless or form?

Are buddhas actually formless in reality but only appear in form when needed? Or are buddhas beyond form and formlessness, yet not seperate from both?
by MatthewAngby
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1349

Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting for another 70-80 years before death ? I wish to talk with the Highly realised beings to clarify doubts , after all, some of them are known to smack your doubts and wrong views quite ...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

Dear Matthew... But I asked the lamas and they said it is beyond happiness? And what is the bliss they speak of? The feeling of non - feeling and beyond happiness? That sounds scary... Hmmm... A little "sales pitch" for Samyaksambuddha-hood... I thought sambokaya was only for the benefit of beings....
by MatthewAngby
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

Believe it or not, it *might* be possible to be happy without parties, although admittedly when you're young it can be hard to imagine. :roll: (( please note that I know I sound to be trolling , but I am not, I am really in a state where I am confused and depressed )) Yes I know... but I fear it wh...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

You get to set your own priorities. What I'm saying is that the priorities you're clinging to are precisely what I think I need to be liberated from. There's an old joke that if masturbation makes you go blind, I'll just do it till I need glasses. It's like a fish thinking, "doesn't that mean I hav...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

...doesn’t that mean I won’t be interested in having grand parties with the beautiful goddesses and taking a walk with them on their lush gardens ? You get to set your own priorities. What I'm saying is that the priorities you're clinging to are precisely what I think I need to be liberated from. T...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

I don’t know what it might be like to be a buddha, but I’m very frightened of the alternative: samsara. If your main concern is feeling, you’re already in the right place: samsara is for you. In addition to impermanence and karma, I’d recommend studying the teachings on “precious human life”. The r...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

You can read about the qualities and activities of buddhas in the Uttaratantra. A large part of the text is on this matter: [Enlightenment, of which the Buddha] said: “It is by nature clear light,” is similar to the sun and space. It is free from the stains of the adventitious poisons and hindrance...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

Why wouldn’t we strive to become a god then, and also accumulate merit to sustain our next rebirth in a good realm... That is what everyone does normally in samsara, but hardly anyone attains. And even if heavenly birth is attained, it shall pass. I don’t know how to feel now. It feels like oh you ...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

1) Is there any bliss , joy or enjoyment in enlightenment actually? If not, why do we aim for that? "This Unbinding is pleasant, friends. This Unbinding is pleasant." When this was said, Ven. Udayin said to Ven. Sariputta, "But what is the pleasure here, my friend, where there is nothing felt?" "Ju...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN72.html So why would one still wish to bring beings to enlightenment? Other than the fact to relieve them of suffering , isn’t it scary if we do not even know if we can perceive anything at all or if we will become floating space rocks in the deep expanse? No...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

Looking at the Buddha's life, he didn't seem much like a 'floating space rock'. And check out contemporary masters from all traditions (Dilgo Khyentse R., Ajahn Chah, Kusan S., Kodo Sawaki, Omori R, etc. etc.) I'd say they were pretty happy. Enlightenment is liberation from delusion. Delusion doesn...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Enlightenment

https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN72.html So why would one still wish to bring beings to enlightenment? Other than the fact to relieve them of suffering , isn’t it scary if we do not even know if we can perceive anything at all or if we will become floating space rocks in the deep expanse? No...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Enlightenment

1) Is there any bliss , joy or enjoyment in enlightenment actually? If not, why do we aim for that? Do we become vegetable state beings in enlightenment , sitting tightly in blank space ? If everyone became buddhas and there is no more to liberate , can buddhas still do anything at all? Do they fina...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do the gods or buddhas have greater happiness , joy and enjoyment?
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Do the gods or buddhas have greater happiness , joy and enjoyment?

The gods are still in Samsara, they still experience suffering and when they die they are reborn in the lower realms. Buddhas are liberated, they are no longer subject to rebirth due to karma and so due not suffer. The gods spend all their time selfishly trying to enjoy themselves. Buddhas without ...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do the gods or buddhas have greater happiness , joy and enjoyment?
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Do the gods or buddhas have greater happiness , joy and enjoyment?

The gods are still in Samsara, they still experience suffering and when they die they are reborn in the lower realms. Buddhas are liberated, they are no longer subject to rebirth due to karma and so due not suffer. The gods spend all their time selfishly trying to enjoy themselves. Buddhas without ...
by MatthewAngby
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some days visualisation and bodhicitta comes easier
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Some days visualisation and bodhicitta comes easier

Lobsangs response is excellent. I just wanted to add that our energy can contribute to these things as well. Paying attention to how we feel after certain activities, eating, drinking etc. can make our practice and mindfulness more precise. How come on some days when I do Practice, my visualisation...

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