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by Bundokji
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 36
Views: 728

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: 179

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: 1202

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: 3429

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: 3429

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: 3429

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: 3429

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: 63
Views: 9712

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: 63
Views: 9712

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: 63
Views: 9712

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: 63
Views: 9712

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: 3377

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: 3377

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...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

So you would say that a Buddha or an Arhat (somebody that has overcome the grasping to self-view) would/could not observe the arising and passing of phenomena??? That phenomena require the presence of an observer possessed by self-view in order to arise and pass away? No, and yet, Nibbana is descri...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

A pratyakṣa ( mngon sum ) is a simple impression upon the senses, a direct perception or a cognition, take your pick, since they are synonyms. These are defined as nonconceptual in Buddhadharma. Since you are posting in the Dzogchen forum, you need to understand this word and concept is critically ...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

Change is a consequence of impermanence (the compounded nature of phenomena.) change=/=impermanence. And yes, one can understand impermanence without observing change, via a direct experience of the selfless nature of phenomena, of emptiness. Let's say I gave you a diamond as an object of meditatio...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

Now without referring to a memory of A1 and S1, A2 cannot directly infer change, and thus change is not directly experienced but inferred? :anjali: :anjali: :anjali: Is not our ability to recall thing and use this knowledge to predict the future is what gives us the impression that there is an unch...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

When you say that change cannot be perceived directly, are you referring to a pratyakṣa, a nonconceptual direct cognition? If so, please define your terms more carefully. "a non-conceptual direct cognition" is an oxymoron. Why? Cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and un...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

Huh? This does not make any sense at all. It is because there is no self and nothing that belongs to a self that there is impermanence. I explained how the perception of change is a conclusion and why change cannot be perceived directly. Did you have any problem with my explanation? The explanation...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3377

Re: Realization

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:11 pm
Bundokji wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:04 pm
Self view.
Self view is the cause of impermanence? How so?
You can refer back to my answer. I have nothing more to add. If you find something missing in my answer, then please state it clearly.

:spy:

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