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by Rick
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Sacred activism
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Sacred activism

I’m more forgiving of the foibles of SAND. Yes it sometimes leans towards facile non-dual New Age-y pseudo-science/spirituality. The logo, for example. And the fairy tale-ish vibe of some of its content. But I’ve run into several little gems in the site. And I’m happy to see a group of smart and spi...
by Rick
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Sacred activism
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Sacred activism

The fine print: This is more 'nonduality teaching' than Buddhism, but engaged Buddhists might find it worth a gander. A four-part live webinar on sacred activism by Andrew Harvey, looks quite good: https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/webinar/sacred-activism The 1.5 hour interview video (bottom of ...
by Rick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bingo!
Replies: 12
Views: 432

Re: Bingo!

The way it was introduced to me, was that it distinguished the Buddhist understanding from the usual understanding of 'appearance and reality'. 'Appearance and reality' is one of the underlying themes of many forms of philosophy and spiritual teaching. For example in Plato, there's the appearance -...
by Rick
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bingo!
Replies: 12
Views: 432

Bingo!

“Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise.” — Lankavatara Sutra

I just love this line ... which is, of course, neither what it appears to be, nor otherwise. :twothumbsup:
by Rick
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 795

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Translated by erstwhile DW member Malcolm Smith: Buddhahood in This Life: The Great Commentary by Vimalamitra.
by Rick
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Our Anti-War President

Opinion piece from Antiwar.com via Truthdig: Democrats Are Becoming the Party of Permanent War.
by Rick
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just lounge-ing around ...
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Just lounge-ing around ...

What is the litmus test for Mind?
by Rick
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just lounge-ing around ...
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Just lounge-ing around ...

Plain old humans, sigh ... they're so last century. Let us not discriminate against our silicon-based brothers and sisters!
by Rick
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just lounge-ing around ...
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Just lounge-ing around ...

If (when) AIs attain sentience/consciousness ... will the first of the Four Noble Truths, dukkha, apply to them as they do to fleshly sentients?

Will all four truths apply?

Will virtual conscious entities be able to attain enlightenment? Manifest bodhicitta? Become bodhisattvas?
by Rick
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Inconceivable is not a thing.
Replies: 57
Views: 1607

Re: Inconceivable is not a thing.

non duality is not oneness, it is beyond designation. Ja. What I was taught: 'It' (non-duality, the ground, 'this') cannot be found ... though everything found is it cannot be felt ... though everything felt is it cannot be imagined ... though everything imagined is it. All that can be 'done' is to...
by Rick
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Re: Question about enlightenment

Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! :rolleye:
by Rick
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Re: Question about enlightenment

What happens with existing psychological momentum — karma, samskaras, vasanas — upon enlightenment? My understanding <after having poked around a bit> is that it *is* like the arrow in flight — karma continues to play itself out after awakening until full buddhahood. Karma and its fruits might beco...
by Rick
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Re: Question about enlightenment

In what way are these questions relevant for your 'Dharma in Everyday Life'? Very tangentially. Normally I steer clear of enlightenment tawk ... but I happen to be editing a book that discusses enlightenment at length. Moderators: Perhaps this thread would fit better in the Open Dharma subforum?
by Rick
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Re: Question about enlightenment

LastLegend wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:00 pm
I was told aggregates still the same but nature is clearly discerned.
Pretty much what I was taught too.
by Rick
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Re: Question about enlightenment

In the Hinayana model, once one attains Stream Entry (Srottopana) it just a matter of exhausting accumulated karma. That might take more than one lifetime, right? Must be strange to know you've *gotten* it ... but that you won't reap the full benefits until one or more rebirths hence. (I'm aware th...
by Rick
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Question about enlightenment

What happens with existing psychological momentum — karma, samskaras, vasanas — upon enlightenment?

Does it persist until it's worked itself out, like an arrow in flight?
Or does it get immediately wiped out?

Can an enlightened person incur new psychological momentum?

TIA
by Rick
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The two hard problems of consciousness
Replies: 29
Views: 924

Re: The two hard problems of consciousness

LastLegend wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:17 am
I am stuck. There is something I’ve overlooked. I need to work this out so I can ‘enter’ dharmakaya. Tired of samsara man. I’ll contemplate and ask teacher.
Yes, ask expert. Ask here and you'll get ten different answers! ;-)
by Rick
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The two hard problems of consciousness
Replies: 29
Views: 924

Re: The two hard problems of consciousness

LastLegend wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:18 am
I’ll get back to you on this in a few months or 1 year or two.
You're such a tease! ;-)

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