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by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 86
Views: 3694

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

We could think of a human as a set of instructions - admittedly very complicated ones - instantiated in a biological mechanism.
You could think of it that way, but such a view would be at odds with Buddhadharma.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 799

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Buddhas are omniscient but not omnipotent. Karma comes into play, otherwise they would enlighten all beings with the snap of a fingers. Ok, but what attributes/powers, do deities and gods have ? Devas, yidams, bodhisattvas, maha-bodhisattvas, and buddhas are all different types of beings that might...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 799

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Buddhas are omniscient but not omnipotent. Karma comes into play, otherwise they would enlighten all beings with the snap of a fingers.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 12
Views: 190

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

How funny, catmoon. In the world my husband and I started, I built golden human-shaped structures facing from the west to represent Amitabha. Also made a little altar in our castle with the cake block as the offering. :smile: I love messing with the redstone and the music boxes. There's some real co...
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 487

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Some may accumulate mantras in a broader training such as ngöndro. Hopefully a Vajrayana Buddhist can explain more on this point. Others may accumulate because without a numeric goal, they become lax in their recitation or don't realize how much or how little they actually are reciting. Obviously th...
by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Duck?
Replies: 30
Views: 520

Re: What is a Duck?

florin wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:26 pm
So disappointed with this duck business... :roll:
Duck, duck, duck, duck... goose!!
by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1318

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Side note: Dharma Flower wrote the quote in DGA's post, not rory.
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Hello everyone

:hi:
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 487

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Not as much for my hands anyway. I tried a digital thing and it hurt my thumb. I guess everyone's different. :toilet:
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 487

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Pushing a button can be hard on the thumb after a while if you're doing high numbers of recitations daily.
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 487

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Glad to see it. Keeping track of mantras during the day can be tricky.

Wayfarer, I'm in Insight too. We should start a DW group if there isn't one already :)
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3778

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

DF, you have disagreed with nearly every person who has replied: Zen practitioners, Pure Land practitioners, two dual cultivators, and Malcolm who knows Mahayana sutras better than most here.

What is your objective?
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3778

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I think the issue is a One Mind being in all things "no matter what name or form we ascribe to it", i.e. an overarching essence independent of marks. But all phenomena are empty of such svabhava.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: prayers for my mother
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: prayers for my mother

Spinning a prayer wheel for her now. May buddhas and bodhisattvas surround her thousands thick, bringing her peace in body and heart. :group:
Good luck to you too, JD.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3778

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Insisting that Amida either exists or does not exist, when seen in light of the Lankavatara Sutra, is an unnecessary dualistic distinction. The One Mind in all things just is, no matter what name or form we ascribe to it.
We're just talking in circles at this point so I'll bow out :popcorn:
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Duck?
Replies: 30
Views: 520

Re: What is a Duck?

If someone thinks a duck is a goose, they'll call every goose a duck :smile:
That's why we need a duck master to help us not make a mistake at the outset :rolling:
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 18
Views: 443

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

I think this is a wonderful example. Whatever you think of again and again, you mind becomes that. Especially at death, when your conscious is no longer limited by physical form. If you occupy your mind with killing or thoughts of condescension, that will determine your rebirth. If you think of the...
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 18
Views: 443

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

The BWF link in my earlier post answers your question both about what signs/realms pertaining to the Pure Land are and how practitioners should guide their response to them.

:focus:
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 18
Views: 443

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

Mod Note: Post edited to remove quote of content violating ToS As always, any answers would be greatly appreciated. I hesitated to respond to this post, because I'm not a Purelander, but I thought of my experience with these visions after intense repetition. ....i thought it was somewhat valid....a...