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by Parasamgate
Fri May 24, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Not sure where to begin but hey here's my intro
Replies: 19
Views: 1828

Re: Not sure where to begin but hey here's my intro

I've been drawn to the Dalai Lama for quite a while but I'm not sure if there's any of his traditions in the pasaic county NJ are that I can drive to. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in New York in October for a two and a half day teaching. It might be very beneficial for you to take this oppor...
by Parasamgate
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

Given the parameters of the discussion I think it is fair to conclude that at no time does the cup end. The cup ended in the instantaneous and durationless non-moment represented by that asterisk I pointed out above. That asterisk is not a moment of any duration. So we have a situation where there ...
by Parasamgate
Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

The point is to understand that phenomena don't move distances. Presence doesn't have a speed and neither does impermanence. There do not exist compounded phomena which arise and cease in dependence on before and after. This is the intention. So it's important to understand this. I am sorry, but I ...
by Parasamgate
Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

Maybe what the original question should have beeen, "at what exact moment does a cup become a broken cup?" I'm not so sure. Let's say we adopt your definition of 'cup' and say that is based upon subjective imputations that are impermanent and changing and also dependent upon the mind that makes the...
by Parasamgate
Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

Who travels faster, the pilot flying an airplane or the lazy man lying in his bed? In relation to what? In relation to presence. I don't know what that means. What do you mean by, 'In relation to presence'? To answer your question of who travels faster we must know by what third object the speed of...
by Parasamgate
Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

I want to thank everyone who has helped contribute to this thread. Here is where my mind is now... Given the discussion on mosquitoes in that other thread the example of the flat worm came up. In this example we have a single sentient being physically split in two and the question was whether or not...
by Parasamgate
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

In the first moment a cup exists. In the second moment a broken cup exists. And there is no moment in between these two. Thus the answer to your question is the second possibility and this is how it happens. The definitions you put forward for cup sets it up so that these are the properties of time...
by Parasamgate
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

Andrew108 wrote: Who travels faster, the pilot flying an airplane or the lazy man lying in his bed?
In relation to what?
by Parasamgate
Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

Is it the case that there is a final moment of a cup, in which it breaks, or is it the case that the cup no longer exists during the moment that it breaks? i would say there is a cup in the final moment. the trick is knowing the nature of endings so that you can get out of the absurdity this answer...
by Parasamgate
Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

Has it occurred to you that the breaking of a cup seems to occur quickly, only because of your perception? I think you might be misunderstanding the basis for this exercise. This is my perception... 5heaps has certain definitions and if we adopt these definitions, then we run into a seeming paradox...
by Parasamgate
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 17
Views: 1916

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

This is a very good question and many who encounter Buddhism have the same question. Others will explain how these questions come about because of an incorrect view of the doctrine of no-self. I am going to try and just answer the questions straightforward. 1) If I'm illusion, why should I practice ...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: impermanence
Replies: 113
Views: 7460

Re: impermanence

I say that in the moment of breakage the cup is not there. but then you know what my reply will be... if theres no cup present at the time of breakage then quite literally theres no cup there that can end Agreed. So the conclusion would be that if this were true, then there is quite literally no di...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soul split into multiple mosquitoes?
Replies: 101
Views: 10981

Re: Soul split into multiple mosquitoes?

How do you explain the consciousness of earthworms that can survive as two beings after being split in half? Or for that matter, identical twins? In Buddhism, conception requires the presence of the gandharva (rebirth consciousness) - yet the splitting of the egg happens later in the process. If we...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

In Buddhism, the mind-stream is referring to the stream of consciousness. So to understand our minds, we need to understand our consciousness. Basically, there are two terms of the mind i.e. conscious and sub-conscious. In turn, consciousness can be categorised into four layers i.e. mind consciousn...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

Huseng wrote:If the foundation of matter is comprised of mental events, then matter arises from mind.
If matter arises from mind, then according to the argument of only like can beget like that would mean that matter and the mind are fundamentally of the same substance. Right?
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

Well, I believe this area of inquiry is far more mysterious than your few examples. It may do you good to look into and contemplate neuroplasticity, the way that behavior and action changes the pathways and thus the very shape and material of the brain. For instance, specifically studies on meditat...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

This is a really fascinating topic. Thanks for bringing it up. I am happy that someone else might find it beneficial :) I am not sure that "One continuous stream" is entirely accurate. My understanding is that the 'stream' is a bit more like a chain of falling dominoes, but with each domino giving ...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

It is posited that the two are substantively different and that they have a different basis and are composed of different 'substances'. Significant use of quotation marks there. What is a 'substance'? ... With this qualification in mind, there is a Buddhist argument along the lines that 'like gives...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

Even if there were, splitting a mind by splitting a brain would be insufficient proof of mind-brain identity, which has in all honesty been done to death on Dharmawheel :rolleye: {A good-summing up would be that the theory is as self-evidently nonsensical as it is scientifically demonstrable :shrug...
by Parasamgate
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10445

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

Hey "Parasamgate", Check this out http://dharmawheel.net/search.php?keywords=brain&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=titleonly&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search Should be enough there to keep you busy for a while! :smile: Thanks Greg. By the way my name is Adam and I live in Boston and atten...