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by Silent Forest
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: about conditioning
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: about conditioning

I´d say, one can definitely can overcome conscious interpretation. The unconscious part (eg. the brain filters a lot of the input which it receives and kind of preprocesses the input to make it easier to handle) usually remains. Trying to get rid of these filters may work to some extent, but probabl...
by Silent Forest
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: about conditioning
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: about conditioning

How about the experiences without interpretation? At which point would you say that one has reached experience without interpretation? From a buddhist perspective, is the sensual experience similar to us all or how is it guided by our conditioning? I can´t recite any Buddhist texts, but according t...
by Silent Forest
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 8967

Re: Buddha Nature

Quiet Heart wrote:I hope I'm still in that process of cleaning my stone. Maybe, it is a gem....maybe it isn't.
I just asked myself whether it can be something different than a gem which comes out? Or has it just not been rinsed well enough if it isn´t?
by Silent Forest
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garlic
Replies: 40
Views: 5000

Re: Garlic

If you´re interested in reading the related sutras: Surangama Sutra (five kinds of pungent roots): http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/surangama.pdf Brahmajala Sutra (pungent herbs) http://www.ymba.org/bns/bnsframe.htm I had in mind, that the yoga sutras of Patanjali had sections which relate to herbs...
by Silent Forest
Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garlic
Replies: 40
Views: 5000

Re: Garlic

Garlic does destroy the micro living organisms in our body, This does disturb the Gods outside our body and they feel themselves upset about this killing. Result is the leaving of all those Gods etc. and misfortune would be the result. From this point of view it would also be better to wash yoursel...
by Silent Forest
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Forceful Enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 2709

Re: Forceful Enlightenment

Life(s) probably is (are) such a „supernormal“ power which sometimes forces people to enlightenment ;-) And can they be applied ethically on non-Buddhists, such as hardcore atheists and Christians? Maybe someone who really thought about it and decided to be atheist or Christian already is on the pat...
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does pleasure arise?
Replies: 26
Views: 2399

Re: How does pleasure arise?

From a scientific point you have the purely physical part eg. if it is too cold and your about to freeze to death this is rather unpleasant. Then there is the psychological part which as far as I know is quite complex. Two important aspects here are conditioning (eg. if your family loves to eat snai...
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy
Replies: 429
Views: 35318

Re: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy

Which countries actually have a democracy in which the citizens have a possibility to change the decisions of the parliament/federal council/president? The first country that comes to my mind is Switzerland and then not much more. And even in such small countries it is strongly influenced by greed, ...
by Silent Forest
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confused about attachment
Replies: 13
Views: 1610

Re: Confused about attachment

So I made a vow to try to detach myself. But that has only led me to isolate myself from others. I think it is important to be aware, that detachment is not about breaking connections but about not being dependent on what the other person thinks or may think if you would tell him what bothers you. ...
by Silent Forest
Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire & Attachment Beginner HELP! Insight needed...
Replies: 15
Views: 1551

Re: Desire & Attachment Beginner HELP! Insight needed...

Yes, its ok to enjoy and experience things in your life. We have to work with our circumstances in order truly enjoy them rather than ignorantly cling and chase after them. For instance, there is nothing wrong with driving a nice car, just make sure the car doesn't drive you. One probably also shou...
by Silent Forest
Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: I think, therefore I am
Replies: 22
Views: 3886

Re: I think, therefore I am

Chaz wrote:How about "I think, therefore I think I am.".
:twothumbsup:
ronnewmexico wrote:I think not I am not, is more like it.
Also Intentional (meditative) not-thinking or only unintentional?
by Silent Forest
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: I think, therefore I am
Replies: 22
Views: 3886

I think, therefore I am

Cogito ergo sum
I think, therefore I am

Or maybe not quite?
by Silent Forest
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: sleepiness at meditation
Replies: 34
Views: 3209

Re: sleepiness at meditation

My experience is that sleepiness often is caused by stress (or rather the suddenly removed stress). For me it helped a lot against the stress to frequently check my state (Breathing, Posture, Thoughts) during the day. This at the same time calms down the thoughts and makes the difference in “quietne...
by Silent Forest
Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What was the first sutra you ever read ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1556

Re: What was the first sutra you ever read ?

I first read some bits of sutras as teenager. They were without commentaries or guidance and didn´t understand much. Even knowing what they try to tell is far away from really understanding them (and being able to apply it to the own life). So I´d also say that I don´t fully understand them until to...
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction from Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Introduction from Germany

Hello from Saarland in Germany
:namaste:
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The 1000 Buddhas
Replies: 14
Views: 2604

Re: The 1000 Buddhas

We are four buddhas down, 998 left to go. Then the universe will be destroyed. This seems to imply several consequences which I don´t quite understand: Having the universe destroyed would mean, that the cycle of birth and rebirth would come to an end? Does this mean that all beings are enlightened ...
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 1892

Re: Karma

In a discussion with a Christian I got an input which I found quite interesting regarding karma. It was about the story of Adam and Eve in book of Genesis (from which I couldn’t ever get any value and which found really useless until then). They ate a fruit from the tree of knowledge and god banned ...
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The 1000 Buddhas
Replies: 14
Views: 2604

Re: The 1000 Buddhas

1000 seems to be a number for endless. We all know some Buddha names and there would be many names. Some related Questions: - How many names do we know of those 1000 Buddhas? - What would be the name of that Sutra, if mentioned somewhere? - Do those Buddhas know eachother? - Can we speak here of a ...
by Silent Forest
Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi :-)
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Hi :-)

Hi, I got the URL of this forum from Starglade (respectively my SO) and decided to register. As I lived in Switzerland two years ago, I used to have interesting discussions with some colleagues. Now that I moved to Germany I was looking for an interesting forum for quite some time and couldn´t find ...

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