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by MatthewAngby
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is avoiding dharma bad karma?
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Why is avoiding dharma bad karma?

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:21 pm
MatthewAngby wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:29 pm
And what constitutes avoiding or abandoning the Buddhadharma?
Now that is the million dollar question.

You have to start with: "What constitutes Buddhadharma?"
The 84,000 teachings /antidotes?
by MatthewAngby
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is avoiding dharma bad karma?
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Why is avoiding dharma bad karma?

And what constitutes avoiding or abandoning the Buddhadharma?
by MatthewAngby
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is avoiding dharma bad karma?
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Why is avoiding dharma bad karma?

If someone were a Christian and you start to force your Buddhist belief and evangelize it , chances are, he’ll be annoyed and walk off. Why is avoiding the dharma a bad karma? Someone may be of another faith and not believe in the Buddha , because he or she may have a personal belief of his or her o...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non conceptual thought
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Non conceptual thought

“ You have non-conceptual thought every time you encounter something new, every time you can't fit a new object or idea into the list of concepts you have generated and stored up during your life time.” “When you first encounter a new device, you are not sure what to call it as you have never seen i...
by MatthewAngby
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1181

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

In Buddhism, sunyata, often translated into English as "emptiness" just means that there are no irreducible things. All things are nothing more than the confluence of other things. In other words, the coffee mug on my desk has nothing intrinsically "coffee mug" about it. It is baked clay and glaze ...
by MatthewAngby
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 957

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

I think you need to investigate the real nature of the ego before you can conclude whether ego or egoless-ness is better. You're assuming ego is a substantial, essentially reducible thing. When you find it, let me know. Show me, and then I think I'll be able to go down this rabbit hole with you. Ma...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 957

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

Why bother practicing Mahayana? Because I wish to help beings , giving them enjoyments...while at the same time, not forsaking myself and enjoying myself. But again, what’s wrong with caring for oneself? ( in terms of Mahayana ) Because when you practice Mahayana the self should NEVER come before o...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 957

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

———— What do you think? Ego or egoless? I still personally choose ego The ego is just a deeply engrained thought. It is not inherently good or bad. It is just an illusion. Are dreams "good" or "bad"? tp Yeah, I sure had some pretty good dreams and bad dreams over the years but that’s subjective in ...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 957

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

What do you think? Ego or egoless? I still personally choose ego Ssshhhhhh... Don't let Yamantaka hear you! (50) And so Yamantaka, spin round with great power the wheel of sharp weapons of good actions now. Three times turn it round, in your wrathful-like aspect your legs set apart for the two grad...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 957

Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

Advantages of having an ego - you feel proud and happy when you get something you want - you are able to show off when you’re rich and gain a boost of joy and confidence - you feel a sense of security Disadvantages of having an ego - You take things personally, so you are bound to be in suffering no...
by MatthewAngby
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 189 dead in Air Asia ( Idonesia ) plane crash
Replies: 0
Views: 541

189 dead in Air Asia ( Idonesia ) plane crash

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/worl ... crash.html

If you could, please Recite prayers for them during these 7 weeks 🙏🏼
by MatthewAngby
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

In Scroll 88, Nagarjuna's Commentary on the Mahaparamitasutra (Ch. 大智度論, pinyin: Dazhidulun, T. 1509; Skt. Mahāprajñāpāramitāupadeśa), he says: [0682a22] 問曰: Question: [0682a22] 若爾者,不應有三惡道! ...if so (that the Bodhisattvas constantly come to the three lower realms and save the sentient beings there)...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

Why did the Buddha teach at all, rather than simply cure? Because liberation is an interactive process between sentient beings and buddhas. If it could come from sentient beings alone, then samsara wouldn't be self-perpetuating. If it could come from buddhas alone, then as Thomas says, the buddhas ...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

Since there are so many mantras, sutras and tantras to liberate those in the lower realms, I believe a particular Buddha or bodhisattva could manifest in infinite bodies and perform these mantras ( dharanis ) or tantric texts for each individual being to liberate them from their pains ( lower realms...
by MatthewAngby
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 706

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: 706

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: 706

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: 1608

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: 1150

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: 1150

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...

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