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by SteRo
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How awakened are bodhisattva stream-entrants?
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: How awakened are bodhisattva stream-entrants?

How does the śrāvaka stream-entrant differ in his realization from the bodhisattva stream-entrant other than the former theoretically missing the foundations of bodhicitta? investigating their practice the most salient difference is that one following mahayana doctrine will inevitably cultivate sel...
by SteRo
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 981

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

Aemilius wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:19 pm
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In entering the stream therein is found no dharma or concept of "entering the stream".
it´s like jumping from one patch of space in space to next patch of space in space. Nothing is entered. nothing left behind, so only sravakas enter from one illusion into another.
by SteRo
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 981

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

So i want to know: what exactly is the first, most fundamental concept i need to realize first if i atleast want to reach the first stage of awakening in this life? Thanks again! Stream Entry is a sravaka concept. The most fundamental concepts in that context are self-identity views, attachment to ...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 694

Re: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?

Disclaimer: This is purely for contemplation purposes. Im not trying to encourage fascination with psychic powers because i know that can cause attachment. That said, im wondering all this because im trying to contemplate the nature of mind, and i feel this will connect some dots for me. what is it...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Words, characters, syllables & liberation
Replies: 14
Views: 320

Re: Words, characters, syllables & liberation

[mod note: topic split from here https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=541014#p541014 ] "... For that reason, Sariputra, liberation is taught without leaving behind letters. ..." (trans. Takagi + Dreitlein, 2011 pp81) ... McRae (BDK ed, p 128): '...Therefore, Śāriputra, the explanation of emancip...
by SteRo
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2916

Re: Sunyata and Nihilism

It's strange to associate emptiness with nihilism because it can't be emptiness that is associated with nihilism. There is no partial emptiness but nihilism would require a partial emptiness.
by SteRo
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2916

Re: Sunyata and Nihilism

Compassion does not have the power to liberate. This isn't a thread about liberation via compassion. It is a thread about sunyata and nihilism. ...................... A tremendous amount of effort to put boundaries around the inclusion of compassion in a talk about Sunyata. I don't understand the b...
by SteRo
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 1224

Re: Practice question

Rick wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:54 pm
...What does an omniscient Buddha know: the true nature of reality, the vector of each particle-wave, all events in all locations in all times?
According to Abhisamayalamkara: all phenomena ('the All'), all paths and all aspects (or 'modes').
by SteRo
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 1224

Re: Practice question

How would you translate 'eradicating the traces that cause birth in samsara' into non-Buddhist terms? Maybe 'eradicating all unease and/or sorrow and/or mental suffering'. That should be understandable without being conditioned by buddhist doctrine, right? Same for 'omniscience.' Being able to reac...
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 1224

Re: Practice question

So even in a state of mind that is not normally thought of as practice, the default mode network = daydreaming and mind-wandering, you are reinforcing your view that appearances are real, because that is the underlying assumption in DMN. Check the advice of prajnaparamita in terms of practice. It i...
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 888

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

In fact, the meaning is just the opposite. Beware of extremes. The experience of samsara is that the mind constitutes a “self”. Really? The teachings explain that the mind is not a “self”. What teachings? Since that is the truth concerning the nature of the mind, :roll: It's impossible to stop the ...
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 888

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

The phrase “true self” is a somewhat misleading abbreviation, because there is no intrinsically existing true “self”. What should be referred to is the true nature of the self, which is to say the true nature of mind, which is the naturally awakened state. It means, “who are you really? ” Are “you”...
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 1224

Re: Practice question

Is practice more to establish new 'right' habits or drop old 'un-right' habits? If the former, does this run the risk of trading one form of non-freedom for another? Practice is a skillful means that appears to conceit to support the conducive illusion of progress or regress. Is it my conceit or yo...
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 1224

Re: Practice question

Rick wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:15 pm
Is practice more to establish new 'right' habits or drop old 'un-right' habits?

If the former, does this run the risk of trading one form of non-freedom for another?
Practice is a skillful means that appears to conceit to support the conducive illusion of progress or regress.
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2916

Re: what happens to a sight?

Hazel wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:41 am
I see a red ball. It rolls away. What happened to my awareness of the ball?

:juggling:
How could something happen to the not-happened?
by SteRo
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 888

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

shanyin wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:31 pm
SteRo wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:34 am
shanyin wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:07 am
Can someone explain what one's true self is?
One's non-true self.
Or one's non-soul self? Me that exists in emptiness?
non-true conceit staging its own mock show.
by SteRo
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 888

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

shanyin wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:07 am
Can someone explain what one's true self is?
One's non-true self.
by SteRo
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Three intentions
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Three intentions

standard Mahayana, I guess
by SteRo
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a Buddha experience insomnia?
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Does a Buddha experience insomnia?

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:13 am
If a Buddha is in a constantly awakened state, does he or she experience insomnia?
No experience.

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