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by Azidonis
Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 8265

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

The difference is being able to function in society.
by Azidonis
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Steven Seagal Rinpoche makes ads for Russian arms company
Replies: 19
Views: 2479

Re: Steven Seagal Rinpoche makes ads for Russian arms compan

First Dennis Rodman, now Steven Seagal.

It's all about the money and attention.
by Azidonis
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where do thoughts come from?
Replies: 47
Views: 4150

Re: Where do thoughts come from?

As to 'who or what is aware' that is in some ways a question without an answer, which is what makes it so interesting. The reason it is a question without an answer is because its primary assumption is backwards. As a result, no satisfactory answer is possible. But turn the primary assumption aroun...
by Azidonis
Thu May 30, 2013 3:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11418

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Nothing posted here has refuted my initial claim that mind cannot be known or located because it simply is never an object of cognition. It is always 'that which knows' and is never amongst the objects of perception. Thought cannot go outside of itself and look at itself. If it tries, it is still t...
by Azidonis
Wed May 29, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11418

Re: Question about "location of mind"

For Dzogchen subjective experience only appears out of ignorance, so it does appear, but that doesn't mean it's not an adulteration or a mere byproduct of imputation (it is). Again, not everyone here will be familiar with this "Buddhist minimal-awareness" view (Gelug prasangika-madhyamika??) -assum...
by Azidonis
Sun May 26, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Apratishtita Nirvana
Replies: 5
Views: 1330

Re: Apratishtita Nirvana

"Unlocalized nirvana"... as opposed to "localized nirvana"?

A dualistic notion of nirvana... no way.
by Azidonis
Sun May 26, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: March Against Monsanto
Replies: 36
Views: 5080

Re: March Against Monsanto

So... how'd the march go?
by Azidonis
Sun May 26, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11418

Re: Question about "location of mind"

So you think the egg is aware that the sperms are swimming to it? And the sperms are aware that they are headed for the egg? The sperm and egg do not possess awareness. If the sperm possessed awareness, then also, every cell in the brain would possess awareness. It's the other way around. Awareness...
by Azidonis
Sat May 25, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11418

Re: Question about "location of mind"

It's what I said before, the brain provides the physical conditions for the experience. In fact, you can even map out where in the brain certain activities take place. But that's all it does. The experience provides the experiencer. Thought in itself is not actually thought, until it is recognized....
by Azidonis
Mon May 13, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Mūlamadhyamaka Kārikā translation
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Re: Mūlamadhyamaka Kārikā translation

Looks good, so far. One thing to add: When looking at it, the beginning of the book is at the bottom of the page. This is anti-intuitive, and makes reading it a little more task-y.
by Azidonis
Mon May 13, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 4703

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

Which is Buddhism closer to? Neither of that. Buddhism is not about giving clever answers to difficult ontological-epistemological questions. Madhyamaka is about understanding that suffering comes from the reification of concepts, from the ignorance of imagining things to have self-nature. To see t...
by Azidonis
Sun May 12, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 5169

Re: Stopping thoughts?

I often encounter the advice that while practising shamatha one shouldn't try to stop the flow of thoughts, but should just sort of register them impassively. I found it basically impossible to do. Thought arises from consciousness. To be conscious without thought does not mean that the thoughts ar...
by Azidonis
Sun May 12, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 4703

Re: Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā: Questions and Comments

Tom wrote:This should be extremely good...

http://www.amazon.com/Nagarjunas-Middle ... =nagarjuna
I really like this version, as well as Kenneth Inada's translation.
by Azidonis
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where do thoughts come from?
Replies: 47
Views: 4150

Re: Where do thoughts come from?

Where thoughts come from, and where they go... They are like waves on the open sea. They come and they go. Maybe you want to grab some water from that ocean; Put it into a bottle? Put it on the boat and save it for later? Maybe it is best to let the waves be waves. Just watch them being waves. Who w...
by Azidonis
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "The Bin Laden of Buddhism"
Replies: 8
Views: 1189

"The Bin Laden of Buddhism"

Rohingya genocide.

Is this legit? If so, any thoughts?

To Mods: I wasn't sure which forum to place this into.
by Azidonis
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Website glitches, upgrades
Replies: 14
Views: 4294

Re: Website glitches, upgrades

Okay. That makes sense concerning the post history bug. Thanks for the update!
by Azidonis
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: post history
Replies: 2
Views: 883

post history

Apparently I have made 80+ posts, but have no post history, and cannot view any of my older posts or anything. Is this a bug, or due to inactivity, or...? Put this in Suggestion Box as I did not see a support forum. Edit: Even this post does not show up in post history (ie. when I click on "View you...
by Azidonis
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 28482

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

Rakshasa wrote:Eliminating sexual desire is therefore a solution to all the problems in this world...at least most of them.
And if everyone did that, there would be no humans left to do it.
by Azidonis
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about Khenpo Gangshar's vivid awareness
Replies: 82
Views: 8743

Re: Question about Khenpo Gangshar's vivid awareness

deepbluehum wrote:
Azidonis wrote:
deepbluehum wrote:When the mind is wandering it is sloughing.
Is "sloughing" the word you meant? If so, in what sense?
Just like a snake's skin.
What does the wandering mind shed?
by Azidonis
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2916

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

A lot of the "secrecy" has to do with 2 things: 1. dilution 2. control Some, "pure lineages" are more concerned with dilution. The "unpure" ones are concerned with control. These are big claims. Do you have any evidence in support of them? I mean material evidence, specific instances where this hap...