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by Simon E.
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 48
Views: 574

Re: All is One

Have you returned to ' true naturalness' Tom? Is that where you live?
by Simon E.
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 48
Views: 574

Re: All is One

I am trying not to 'diversify' (prapanca). I am trying to unify all positions as 1. All = 1. Just 1. :namaste: That is not what most people mean by prapanca. Prapanca is the tendency of the mind towards proliferation of concepts. Concepts lead to more concepts, not to unity. Prapanca at root arises...
by Simon E.
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is convincing to you?
Replies: 11
Views: 183

Re: What is convincing to you?

Logical argument has little purchase with me. Textual references almost none. Because most western educated people I know live their actual meat world lives with no reference to logic beyond lip service and as an ideal, and they may know sutra and verse but that often tends to fall away when confron...
by Simon E.
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 553

Re: winning the lottery...???

'buddhism' says no such thing. 'buddhism' is concerned with motivation. It is motivation that drives karma. There might be many reasons for wanting more money..some positive, some negative, and some neutral. Agreed about motivation. But i disagree about the basic tenants/directions of Buddhism in t...
by Simon E.
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 553

Re: winning the lottery...???

Hmmmm. Various problems there. 1) You are assuming that the Buddhas act as celestial favour granters that can overide Karma. 2) You are assuming that winning the lottery would be an unmixed positive experience which will result in good outcomes all round. The evidence is actually that many big lott...
by Simon E.
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 553

Re: winning the lottery...???

'buddhism' says no such thing. 'buddhism' is concerned with motivation. It is motivation that drives karma. There might be many reasons for wanting more money..some positive, some negative, and some neutral.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suicidal Thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 279

Re: Suicidal Thoughts

You should not look for answers for suicidal tendencies in an online forum, no matter how trustworthy that forum is. The best would be to be followed by a qualified medical professional. It is also against the rules of this forum. Practice compassion and lovingkindness. For yourself and others. :go...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 64
Views: 2126

Re: Morality of stockholding

Do you think is it immoral to own shares in a company that makes profits from its employees? The OP. Because it was posted in the Dzogchen forum it is tempting to assume that Inge was making a particular case vis a vis Dzogchen. But the point you make is valid. Being a Vajrayana practitioner of any...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 37
Views: 694

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Earlier, when I brought up the point about the Bull of Heaven (named El), Asherah's consort (also El), the leader of the council of Gods (the Elohim), etc. It so point out that this figure, whom we treat as a static figure, arose out of a long history of religious evolution. If there is any such ex...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Memory in Dharma
Replies: 19
Views: 368

Re: Importance of Memory in Dharma

It's worth knowing that the Buddhist term which has come to be translated as 'mindfulness', i.e. 'smṛti' or 'dran pa' in Tibetan, basically means remembering or memory. It does. CTR used several words to capture the meaning in translation. One was 'recollection' in the original sense of re-collecti...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 553

Re: winning the lottery...???

Hmmmm. Various problems there. 1) You are assuming that the Buddhas act as celestial favour granters that can overide Karma. 2) You are assuming that winning the lottery would be an unmixed positive experience which will result in good outcomes all round. The evidence is actually that many big lotte...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 832

Re: Mala Etiquette

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:46 pm
If really Gurú Padmasambhava gave directions on mala characteristics, then it is important

Is the posted info reliable?
Before answering that we would have to clarify the historicity of Padmasambhava.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 832

Re: Mala Etiquette

Can one just use their fingers instead? I already made a habit of going from left thumb to right thumb, then back to left continuing on right thumb and then up to the right middle finger. That's one mala(4 mantras per finger, but one if it's long like Vajrasattva 100 or a dharani) and then I go bac...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 229
Views: 4275

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Yes, you finally figured it out... I wouldn't go that far personally. Myths can be very potent teaching aids. What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality. I was pointing out the poverty of negating someone else's mythological hooey and trying to prove your own. Most B...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 229
Views: 4275

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality. That goes too far... there are plenty of things we've thought were myth, only to find evidence that they are historical accounts - albeit often times mixed with myth. King Ashoka, for instance. I think there is a clear diff...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 229
Views: 4275

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm
The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
but that just leaves us claiming that the other side believes in a bunch of mythological hooey.
Yes, you finally figured it out...
I wouldn't go that far personally.
Myths can be very potent teaching aids.
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 74
Views: 1141

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

That would be considered by some notable Buddhist teachers to be a non-sequitur Ceomgenu.

The criterion according to those teachers is not what we identify with.
It is rather what drives our practice of Dharma.

Self-identifying as 'Buddhist' they would say, is not enough.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 553

Re: winning the lottery...???

My late father used to buy £100 worth of lottery tickets every month. (This was after my mother died, he would not have dared while she was alive). On one occasion he won £150. This was enough to keep his ticket-buying behaviour going for years. He was, as the Behaviourists say, on an intermittent s...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 832

Re: Mala Etiquette

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by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 48
Views: 574

Re: All is One

Prapanca.