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by Jerafreyr
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The illusory nature of phassa
Replies: 1
Views: 170

The illusory nature of phassa

According to shantideva the wheel of dependent origination can be undone at the point of contact, just as in craving. Is that correct? 91. If suffering does not arise when the conditions for its opposite have arisen, does it not follow that a "feeling" is a false notion created by conceptual fabrica...
by Jerafreyr
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 53
Views: 1795

Re: Experience

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:29 pm
Jerafreyr wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:41 pm
When mind correctly apprehends phenomena this leads to the cessation of the subject as well.
Are you are saying that a correct subject/object experience leads to the end of subject and object?
I'm saying freedom from conceptual elaboration is liberation.
by Jerafreyr
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 53
Views: 1795

Re: Experience

Please explain how you can have a subject free from an object. When mind correctly apprehends phenomena this leads to the cessation of the subject as well. Bodhicaryavatara chapter 9 line 34 states: When neither an entity nor a non-entity remains before the mind, then since there is no other possib...
by Jerafreyr
Tue May 07, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Dad
Replies: 8
Views: 1407

Re: Prayers for Dad

May your father receive the blessings of celestial protectors and may behold their forms with unobstructed vision. May the rains of perfect dharma clouds ascend upon his body and may he be entirely free from any discomfort May the sacred door of the ear be free from obstacles that he may hear the vo...
by Jerafreyr
Sun May 05, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2086

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

When I was very new to Buddhism and examining its surface the Milinda panha (http://buddhanet.net/pdf_file/milinda.pdf) left a great impression on me. After that I found the text Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness (http://www.ibc.ac.th/faqing/files/progressive-stages-of-meditation-on-empt...
by Jerafreyr
Fri May 03, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 911

Re: The desire to stop suffering

43. 1 shall be tenacious in this matter; and fixed on revenge, I shall wage war, except against those mental afflictions that are related to the elimination of mental afflictions. 44. Let my entrails ooze out and my head fall off, but by no means shall I bow down to my enemies, the mental afflictio...
by Jerafreyr
Fri May 03, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 911

Re: The desire to stop suffering

43. 1 shall be tenacious in this matter; and fixed on revenge, I shall wage war, except against those mental afflictions that are related to the elimination of mental afflictions. 44. Let my entrails ooze out and my head fall off, but by no means shall I bow down to my enemies, the mental afflictions.
by Jerafreyr
Fri May 03, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 2130

Re: Emotions = suffering?

To me the sutta is saying that the World will Fail you, that Life is Suffering. I'm not disputing that. Here are 3 well-recognized Buddhist teachers saying that there are helpful as well as harmful emotions: https://buddhismnow.com/2011/02/12/liberating-emotions-by-ajahn-sumedho/ https://www.buddha...
by Jerafreyr
Thu May 02, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 53
Views: 1795

Re: Experience

Nirvana is experienced when the subject is free from all objects. Bodhisattvas and other arya beings merge into this in meditation (abiding nirvana) for the purpose of developing undifferential non abiding nirvana (Buddhahood). Source? Ha. You got me. I will kindly differ this to someone who who kn...
by Jerafreyr
Thu May 02, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can schizophrenics make progress to enlightenment through meditation?
Replies: 26
Views: 1578

Re: Can schizophrenics make progress to enlightenment through meditation?

When I was young I was diagnosed with depression. I was supposed to take zoloft which I never took. Battling with those extremely dark states of mind for decades was terrible (almost hung myself at one point) until I made the perceptual exchange of self and other. I give my life to the dharma which ...
by Jerafreyr
Thu May 02, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 53
Views: 1795

Re: Experience

I was taught ( here ) that the ultimate nature of reality is nondual: no subject/object division. But experiencing requires this division: a subject (experiencer) experiences an object (experienced). If both of these are true ... why is experiencing such a huge part of the Buddhist path? What is it...
by Jerafreyr
Wed May 01, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Liberate all living beings
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Liberate all living beings

Hi all, In Mahayana teachings, the aspiration or vow to save all living beings from suffering is more emphasized compare to Theravada teaching. Bodhisattva vows not to attain nibbana before save all living beings. In East Asian Buddhism Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is said to refuse nibbana for the sake...
by Jerafreyr
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 2130

Re: Emotions = suffering?

The entirety of emotion cannot be summarized as asava and klesa. As has been discussed, what we call emotion in the West does not fit neatly into Buddhist doctrine. You are trying to drive a square peg into a round hole. I’m shocked that any self-respecting Tibetan would go this very Hinayana route...
by Jerafreyr
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 2130

Re: Emotions = suffering?

Emotion is a fire and it's fuel is craving. You think things should be this way or that. It carries you further from what actually is. The four immeasurables are not emotions since they are not responses to worldly conditions.
by Jerafreyr
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Third Jewel.
Replies: 35
Views: 1174

Re: The Third Jewel.

The sangha is the assembly of beings who have understood the essence of the dharma. If they had not realized the dharma for themselves they would not be suitable for being a refuge.
by Jerafreyr
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Like a dream or a kind of dream?
Replies: 30
Views: 1460

Re: Like a dream or a kind of dream?

The awakened state is pure lucidity. It is snapping out of the dream. No more spinning. :toilet: :rolling: :stirthepot: :juggling:
by Jerafreyr
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 12354

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

Politics was a major influence that had pulled me away from dharma practice. There are many truths to this world and most of them are connected to ignorance. Even altruistic intent connected to ignorance leads to suffering.
by Jerafreyr
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Breaking the law = bad karma?
Replies: 17
Views: 1555

Re: Breaking the law = bad karma?

The Buddha never made a criminal of anyone nor did he force people to be charitable. The problem with government is the coercion behind it. Not to mention the enemies created by those of opposing viewpoints. Policies are only pleasant when they are in your favor in which the reverse is usually the c...
by Jerafreyr
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Breaking the law = bad karma?
Replies: 17
Views: 1555

Re: Breaking the law = bad karma?

Politics and Buddhism do not mix. Politics are based on worldly perceptions and not necessarily in accordance with dharmic law. The only protection from karmic forces is the awakened state.

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