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by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

If one wants to purport some permanent observer, then one should be able to describe it's qualities, and not just in theory. There's a passage in the Brihadarankya Upanisad which addresses this point. (I posted it previously and was reminded 'DharmaWheel is not a comparative religion forum', so I r...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 21
Views: 211

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

The self-described "pragmatists" have made an absolute disgrace of things. Actually I think they've done a damn fine job of coralling the rogue idiot in the Oval Office and preventing him from causing a major catastrophe. The fact that America/The World is still functioning at all is a testimony to...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 21
Views: 211

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

From an outside observer, Bernie Sanders seems at best a quixotic choice. He is too old, for starters. That's not ageism, it actuarial - the odds of a guy at his age enduring the rigours of office for a full term. And he's never going to impress the business-oriented voters. So to me, he represents ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I understand. I'm putting dharma axioms to the side for a moment to do a kind of thought experiment = wondering if there might be an 'observer module' that is both a semi-autonomous part of the brain-mind ... and the whole. If so, it would mean the brain-mind was a different category of thing than ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 200
Views: 11108

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

The point that I was trying to make, is that it is still an incredible time to be alive. Yes, there is massive inequality, the threat of environmental destruction and economic collapse are real. But even so, there are huge opportunities. This forum itself depends on the innovations that have seen th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 18
Views: 224

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

The Therigatha (Therīgāthā), often translated as Verses of the Elder Nuns (Pāli: therī elder (feminine) + gāthā verses), is a Buddhist text, a collection of short poems of early women who were elder nuns (having experienced 10 Vassa or monsoon periods). The poems date from a three hundred year peri...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Any time one discusses awareness, awareness is occurring. This doesn't mean that there is a permanent "thing" which is aware. I think that whatever is capable of awareness is close in meaning to the word 'being'. Practically a definition of being could be 'an entity possessing the attribute of awar...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A Question Concerning 'Self'
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: A Question Concerning 'Self'

Hi, welcome Matman. Actually, when asked directly whether 'the self exists', the Buddha declined to answer. Quite why this is, is a deep and fundamental aspect of Buddhism. But the account of the dialogue in which this occurs can be found here , and it's very short, so worth reading in answer to you...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

PadmaVonSamba wrote:Can you cite where the buddha teaches the mind cannot see itself?
It is a controversial question but in addition to the passages quoted above, see this passage (thanks to @boundless.)
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Very happy to see this fundamental principle stated in such an unequivocal manner. "As a sword cannot cut itself, or as a finger cannot touch its own tip, Mind cannot see itself." (Lankavatara Sutra, Sagathakam, v 568, tr Suzuki) "The Guardian of the World himself has said That mind cannot be seen ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Astus wrote:
An ancient said, “The knife does not cut itself, the finger does not touch itself, the mind does not know itself, the eye does not see itself.” This is true reality.
Very happy to see this fundamental principle stated in such an unequivocal manner.
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 200
Views: 11108

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

A good recent article addressing the claim that poverty is decreasing: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/29/bill-gates-davos-global-poverty-infographic-neoliberal Roser’s graph illustrates a story of coerced proletarianisation. The Guardian story exemplifies a typically leftist res...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

So would you say that this primordial clear light is outside of arising and ceasing, and can in that view be seen as something permanent? The very text you're commenting on says 'it is not existent, even the victorious ones do not see it.' It is making the point, that it is beyond the categories of...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

At the core, there is nothing fundamentally special or different between me, you, Buddha or anybody else. That is one of the delusions of modernity, and something traditional Buddhism would never entertain.On one level, 'all beings are already Buddhas' - according to specific doctrinal schools of B...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Highly recommended: The Unconditioned - a Dharma talk by Jeff Shore. I really like this talk. The only qualification is that it tries to explain the meaning of emptiness, as though it is something that could be conveyed, or ‘gotten’, by attending such a lecture. If that were indeed the case, then w...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 200
Views: 11108

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Maybe we could say that nihilism, materialism and meaninglessness are the shadow side of modernity. I mean, overall, I really value the amazing things that living in the modern world makes available. By all measures, most of us are better off than our ancestors, with longer life expectancy and an ov...
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 200
Views: 11108

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

A nice Introductory comic describing the concept found below. It makes many good points, but I am wary of explanations of humans based wholly and solely on evolutionary science. That's not to disparage evolutionary science in the least, and I am not an advocate of pseudo-scientific theories such as...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Stevie wrote:How would you differentiate karmic experience from insight experience?
I know you asked that of Sherab, and of course he may answer also, but the late, great Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche speaks of the difference between realisation and experience, which I think touches on your question.
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

MattJ wrote:Some words from the Third Karmapa from the Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra.
That is a marvellous poem. I intend to memorise it. There's a long commentary by Tai Situpa Rinpoche which can be found here.

Also this invocation is marvellous:



:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 179
Views: 1996

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

You touch a hot stove, you get burnt. In principle, it seems simple, but life is often complicated. And besides, it can't be said that belief systems don't play a fundamental role on discussions on this forum. Many of the discussions here, including a lot of the acrimonious ones, are about beliefs ...

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