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by Thundering Cloud
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: What is familiarity?

If you see something that you've never seen before, you have no feeling of familiarity. But, if it is perhaps some kind of machine part, then, because you have seen machines, you establish some familiarity with it in your mind. If it is round, then because you have seen a ball before, you establish...
by Thundering Cloud
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: What is familiarity?

Thank you everyone for your insights! I feel I may be starting to dismantle my confusion… The reason that the phenomenon of familiarity caught my attention is in part that it is essential to the perception of existence within a realm. From a psychological standpoint, a notion of object permanence is...
by Thundering Cloud
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: What is familiarity?

I’ll venture my understanding before the more experienced folks get here. The primary causes are our karmic propensities cultivated by prior intentional actions. The triggers you refer to are the secondary causes. They stimulate our primary reactions in response to the environmental conditions and ...
by Thundering Cloud
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 865

What is familiarity?

To my understanding, Buddhism teaches that it is incorrect to think of the universe as objectively extant, as a thing of substance "out there" with which we are interacting. It is better, instead, to think of reality as a byproduct of our experience, rather than the other way around. External phenom...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 58
Views: 3936

My thoughts…

In light of dependent origination, I am not sure that "all beings" is an entirely coherent concept, or at least that it can be thought about as straightforwardly as it may seem. What countless beings there may be do not exist independently, but are (as Indra's net illustrates) akin to reflections of...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: who do you think you're taking to?
Replies: 14
Views: 2501

Re: who do you think you're taking to?

tomschwarz wrote: ... The real Buddhism actually operates in full without any buddhist religion philosophy language terminology and so on.
And by this same token, its authenticity can be known. :smile:
by Thundering Cloud
Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: who do you think you're taking to?
Replies: 14
Views: 2501

Re: who do you think you're taking to?

hello dear friends from beginningless time, de ja vue. question: is it wise to identify someone as an individual, "that is jenny, she is always like that"? or is it unwise because the illusion of their independent identity is the cause of suffering? I think it is a great oversimplification to think...
by Thundering Cloud
Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth algorithm in Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 2116

Re: Rebirth algorithm in Buddhism?

I think it can be instructive to consider the view of multiple solipsism, that external reality is a projection from within. I also think it can be instructive to consider the opposite view, that one exists purely as a function of one's context and circumstance. Just remember that they are both only...
by Thundering Cloud
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why did you choose Buddhism?
Replies: 98
Views: 14616

Re: Why did you choose Buddhism?

Like others have mentioned, faith-based religion did not work for me. As much as I sometimes wanted to believe in Christian teachings, the bottom line was that I honestly didn't. I was a nihilist for awhile, and that was for me a truly dismal outlook on life. I had been exposed to Buddhism several t...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Aesthetics and Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 4019

Re: Aesthetics and Buddhism

Some people might find Buddhist chanting terribly irritating, Buddhist art grotesque and disturbing. While that may be true, I don't believe in artistic relativism personally. For example, it seems to me that if a number of people actually believed a Lil' Wayne piece was more beautiful than say a B...
by Thundering Cloud
Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Emptiness in Form
Replies: 27
Views: 3542

Re: The Emptiness in Form

Why as buddistes do we wish to awaken the dreamer? To end all suffering is to end. Why do we want to do that? These are thoughts I have had in meditation, so they are false thoughts but I still wonder why I (we) choose to walk a path that although leading to ultimate truth, will end with non-exista...
by Thundering Cloud
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

"Any" is much too broad, he was mostly arguing against specific philosophical positions regarding specific objects like: sensation, aggregates, subject, suffering, actions, etc... nagarjuna was NOT a post-modernist nor a deconstructivist. I reccomend reading the Mula Madhyamaka Karika (Verses from ...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

To restate it in more detail: although our future is karmically conditioned by what we do, it is not the actions themselves that matter. No action has the intrinsic property of being good or bad, skillful or unskillful, loving or debasing, etc. They are imbued with these qualities -- and with karmi...
by Thundering Cloud
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

I feel like we may be engaged in a debate over semantics on this point. I consider sexual activity (in many circumstances) to be an expression of love and trust. I believe that it can be bu that it isn't necessarily. Sex with a sex worker is not an expresion of love and trust. Sex motivated by lust...
by Thundering Cloud
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

The short answer is that for some people, it's just what works. It's what lights the fire, as it were. For some, "normal" romantic kinda things are nice but just not.... well, sexy. Okay, at last we are getting to the crux of the matter: BDSM has very little to do with love, trust and tenderness an...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

Have you ever wondered why the majority of people misperceive BDSM in this fashion? Are you 100% sure it is everybody else that is misperceiving the situation and not you? I mean sexually I am a very open minded, but how can a mock rape possibly be an expression of love and tenderness?. How can get...
by Thundering Cloud
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

Let's get something straight, I am not here to judge you, I feel consenting adults can engage in any sexual behaviour of their preference. But I am not here to feed your delusion. Thank you for the clarification. In the context of the larger thread, it becomes important to distinguish criticism fro...
by Thundering Cloud
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?
Replies: 134
Views: 16844

Re: Buddhist ethics and BDSM?

IN BDSM, among the serious practitioners I have known, it is considered unskillful and unacceptable * to harm another (regardless of consent or ignorance), * to take what is not negotiated, * to fail to develop control and awareness, * to fail to communicate honestly, * to undertake risk without in...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 4798

Re: Stuck souls?

Physical = That something is "physical" is a Fixed Point. Anything which repeatedly can be detected by science in terms of particle or quantum physics is regarded to be "physical", be it atoms (neutrons, electrons, protons), light or electromagnetism (photons), radiation (various particles includin...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Zoos and Pets
Replies: 10
Views: 1339

Re: Zoos and Pets

As far as pets are concerned, I suspect my cat would strongly disagree with you. :tongue: She's an indoor/outdoor cat, which means she goes outside whenever she wants to. She doesn't wear a collar (she hates them), and the yard is not fenced in. If she wanted to "get back to nature", she could just ...

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