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by Bundokji
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 52
Views: 3520

Re: proof of nirvana?

The concept of "proof" belongs to worldly knowledge. For something to be proven, it should be defined. For it to be defined, it should have an independent existence. Things have independent existence only in the worlds of conditions.
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1933

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I think because the emotional and the intellectual sides of a human being are interconnected, not separate. For example, would you consider ill will as a thought or a feeling? its both. Also the four Brahmaviharas are indications of right view especially when the near enemy and far enemy of each are...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: What is Dualism truly?

One of the possible answers can be found in your question: "what is dualism truly". According to your question, there is a gap between the word "dualism" and "what it corresponds to in reality" and that the answer to the question would close the gap. If this gap is closed between the word and its me...
by Bundokji
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 953

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

I believe the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are of great depth, and that they represent all that ever needs to be understood. We have the idea that they're something simple to understand, because they're spelled out and repeated and memorised, and so we think we understand what they mean. But the...
by Bundokji
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma and insanity
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Karma and insanity

Indeed: intention and motivation. The problem as i see it is: 1- Karma can be used to convey an underlying reality of "justice" that is not apparent for most human beings 2- Karma is a universal law which applies equally to Buddhists and non-Buddhists 3- Buddhists are more likely to be less deluded...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma and insanity
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Karma and insanity

I don't actually think that. I've just phrased it a bit poorly in trying to get my question across. It could be better phrased but I suppose I lack the correct language.... Lets see if I can rephrase it here... A person who has no free will, a mad or disordered person or even a baby, does not have ...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma and insanity
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Karma and insanity

Your view of Karma implies an omniscient being that keeps a tally..
by Bundokji
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 38
Views: 1659

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

The Buddha said:
Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.
by Bundokji
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view

I know how you feel. I have a sister who suffers from the same mental illness, and it is quite common for the relatives of the mentally ill to experience guilt for various reasons. The guilt is driven by measuring actions against certain negative consequences. In your case, your mind linked your dec...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

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

To me, emptiness means that things can be perceived in myriad ways. That does not mean that all perceptions are equally valid. What determines the validity of a particular perception is intention or purpose. For instance, if you want to cure someone who is color blind, it is useful to think of eye c...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 5418

Re: Politics and Toxicity

This is all fine and good, but what would you have done in Hamlet's place with all this knowledge and wisdom? I am not sure why Hamlet (a fictional story) is of significance to you, but you seem to relate to it and see something in it that we as human beings face regularly especially when we approa...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 5418

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Bundokji, I think Hamlet's dilemma was pretty serious and relevant for us. He saw the corruption everywhere he looked and didn't see the way out. What is one to do when every action one take is likely to only make matters worse? The problem arise when we try to have a categorical answer to apply to...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 5418

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Indeed. The issue I see is making sure we don't fall into a Hamlet-like apathy - no one can be really certain that theirs is the right view, let alone what consequences their actions are bound to have. And yet we still have to act. Non-action is also action. Maybe the Hamlet-like apathy is a result...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 5418

Re: Politics and Toxicity

That said, sometimes we can be just too damn tolerant. I see it in some students of mine who are good at seeing and understanding multiple perspectives. Then why speak up, why protest - it's all perfectly understandable and valid in some sense... Hello Dan74 :namaste: Understandable and valid are t...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 12066

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

There is no dichotomy between public and private. Each sphere informs the other mutually. The perception is different though. How do you explain for example, when someone who condemns racism day and night but does not help a family member in need (assuming that he/she can make a difference)? How do...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 12066

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:07 am
There is no dichotomy between public and private. Each sphere informs the other mutually.
The perception is different though. How do you explain for example, when someone who condemns racism day and night but does not help a family member in need (assuming that he/she can make a difference)?
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 12066

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

It's interesting that the majority of respondents answered number 9. I wonder if there would be more lower numbers chosen by Theravadins (who don't take bodhisattva vows). I am almost certain that less Theravadins would vote for number 9. There seem to be a link between certain paths and personalit...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 12066

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

It's interesting that the majority of respondents answered number 9. I wonder if there would be more lower numbers chosen by Theravadins (who don't take bodhisattva vows). I am almost certain that less Theravadins would vote for number 9. There seem to be a link between certain paths and personalit...
by Bundokji
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 5685

Re: Realization

Also Hume's work on causality can be an interesting read.

https://www.iep.utm.edu/hume-cau/
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 5685

Re: Realization

No, I want scripture. I also have all sorts of cock-eyed ideas of what reality is, doesn't mean they are correct though. AND I am talking about scriptural sources for your view that self-view is the cause of impermanence and causality. It doesn't accord with anything I have ever read. But then agai...

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