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by SteRo
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 376

Re: How is karma individual?

Intention of enlightened beings is pure for benefits of sentient beings while for us, every thought is a struggle !? Unless we say enlightened beings have no intention and do not generate any karmic connection with other sentient beings? Obsession with "beings" might not occur in the sphere of expe...
by SteRo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 376

Re: How is karma individual?

Actions and activities lead to effects in the sphere of experience of the agent. So your simile of an echo is appropriate. The main thing is what motivates these actions and activities which might be percepts and/or concepts that entail an impulse to act. There are no agents that are responsible fo...
by SteRo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 376

Re: How is karma individual?

... What I can't wrap my head around is how karma is individual and how your karma is supposed to maintain the cycle of samsara. It seems to contradict impermanence and non-self in my head. Also, how does the individual being not disperse at death? Karma is both, individual and collective. It is co...
by SteRo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 376

Re: How is karma individual?

... What I can't wrap my head around is how karma is individual and how your karma is supposed to maintain the cycle of samsara. It seems to contradict impermanence and non-self in my head. Also, how does the individual being not disperse at death? Karma is both, individual and collective. There is...
by SteRo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 376

Re: How is karma individual?

... What I can't wrap my head around is how karma is individual and how your karma is supposed to maintain the cycle of samsara. It seems to contradict impermanence and non-self in my head. Also, how does the individual being not disperse at death? Karma is both, individual and collective. It is co...
by SteRo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

And what truth replaces the ignorance when it is displaced? None. Ignorance is not displaced but ceases. Knowledge replaces ignorance, thus you can replace "ignorance" with "knowledge": The above are actually two recurring views on the path: 1. the path is a path of mere abandonment of ignorance 2....
by SteRo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

All limbs following after ignorance above can be understood as forms of ignorance since they originate from ignorance. I assume 'ignorance' is a mental phenomena. So are you saying each of the 12 limbs refers to an aspect of mental phenomena? Are birth, aging & death physical or are they mental? Th...
by SteRo
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

Simple Question: I've heard it said that Enlightenment is the abolition of ignorance. Can you explain in what way ignorance is responsible for our suffering? The Buddha explained: From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes consciousne...
by SteRo
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which Nalanda pandit?
Replies: 14
Views: 258

Re: Which Nalanda pandit?

I'd like to read one of their writings, rather than start with a commentary or guide. That only works if you know sanskrit and the sanskrit original is available. Every translation is already a commentary because when selecting the words that appear appropriate to the translator she/he makes alread...
by SteRo
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 46
Views: 1117

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

Very wise things said. But what is the perfect practice? It is the practice where there is no practitioner and no object of practice. Thus it is non-practice. Yes, but there are some definite ways to get to this point, for the vast majority of practitioners. Trying to "non-practice" without the pro...
by SteRo
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 46
Views: 1117

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

Very wise things said.

But what is the perfect practice?

It is the practice where there is no practitioner and no object of practice. Thus it is non-practice.
by SteRo
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 46
Views: 1117

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

I'm not "correcting" anyone, simply sharing my own opinion. It's an opinion produced by a fairly meager, limited intellect, but I've had good teachers, and lots of teachings on this subject. I'm just trying to share what I've learned, agreeing with it or accepting it is optional. I share this kind ...
by SteRo
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions
Replies: 18
Views: 516

Re: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions

New to the forum here. I don't know much about Zen. I wondered if Zen had a kind of Progress of Insight similar to the Theravada tradition? I am surprised about Astus' post because so far a view of "progress" on the path and Zen appeared to be incompatible to me. And the views of Theravada appeared...
by SteRo
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hostile environment/political activism
Replies: 21
Views: 626

Re: Hostile environment/political activism

Maybe it's just prejudice but when thinking "political activism" the thought "hysteria" is associated quite naturally. So "political activism" appears to be an affliction.
by SteRo
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hostile environment/political activism
Replies: 21
Views: 626

Re: Hostile environment/political activism

TruthBonzo wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:55 pm
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Is it actually better to leave the madness to its own devices and get as far away from it as possible?
Sometimes yes. However "as far away from it as possible" needs not to be understood in the context of location. Letting go might do as well.
by SteRo
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 46
Views: 1117

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

... What good is a practice that pulls you out of ordinary existence to the point that dealing with ordinary existence becomes a deep distraction. To me that comes across as a form of attachment and lack of flexibility. Yes and no. Yes, you are right. No because in order to get to a certain level o...
by SteRo
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Desert island book
Replies: 45
Views: 1388

Re: Desert island book

So we can assume that you will not be contributing to Vajrayana discussions? As a rule I try to avoid the tibetan forum and everything outside of that I take to be either Mahayana other than vajrayana or general Mahayana where vajrayana conventions are only optional depending on practitioner. E.g. ...
by SteRo
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Desert island book
Replies: 45
Views: 1388

Re: Desert island book

So we can assume that you will not be contributing to Vajrayana discussions? As a rule I try to avoid the tibetan forum and everything outside of that I take to be either Mahayana other than vajrayana or general Mahayana where vajrayana conventions are only optional depending on practitioner. E.g. ...
by SteRo
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Desert island book
Replies: 45
Views: 1388

Re: Desert island book

Maybe you want to apply specific tibetan conventions to the whole of Mahayana. :shrug: No, I am sure he is referring to Vajrayāna material, which requires empowerment and transmission. If one has subscribed to that tradition that may be the case. However if not subscribed only interest and knowledg...
by SteRo
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Desert island book
Replies: 45
Views: 1388

Re: Desert island book

... Can they be books that don't require an empowerment, but do normally require a reading transmission? Strange ideas. ? Many books fit that description. The rules were no books requiring empowerment Maybe you want to apply specific tibetan conventions to the whole of Mahayana. :shrug: From my per...

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