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by Rick
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 19
Views: 297

Re: Agency

So, just as there is ultimately no cause-ality per the Madhyamaka, there is no do-ality. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Ferdinand never does X. X is never done, by anyone or anything, period. X simply is, or isn't ... end of story. ? It is best if you consult the investigation into movement in the MMK, ...
by Rick
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 19
Views: 297

Re: Agency

So, just as there is ultimately no cause-ality per the Madhyamaka, there is no do-ality. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Ferdinand never does X. X is never done, by anyone or anything, period. X simply is, or isn't ... end of story.

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by Rick
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 19
Views: 297

Re: Agency

Is it like the weather:

There is no snowfall agent/doer/entity that causes snow to fall (which it is doing quite nicely today).

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by Rick
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agency
Replies: 19
Views: 297

Agency

Who or what is the doer, that which does things: types this sentence, intends to learn the dharma, digests breakfast, has a thought, dreams?
by Rick
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 56
Views: 2303

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

Donny wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:05 pm
https://www.chronicleproject.com/a-con ... h-century/
Steve Roth: “What about Krishnamurti?”

VCTR: “Arhat.” (long pause) … “Big baby.”

That's hilarious! :tongue: :namaste: :tongue:

Rick (recovering Catholic and Krishnamurtian)
by Rick
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Ani Trime, a Buddhist nun, was asked at a retreat what the most important thing she learned from her 30+ years practicing Buddhism. She thought about it for a while, and then said: Kindness. I was really surprised. I thought she would have said something about rigpa or emptiness or rebirth or anothe...
by Rick
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1287

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

My favorite short descriptor of emptiness:

Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.
by Rick
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OCD
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: OCD

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:40 pm
The most helpful thing for my obsessive thinking that came from an actual therapy source is this guy:

http://www.drmartinseif.com
Thanks, JD.
by Rick
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OCD
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: OCD

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:28 pm
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has written beautifully on such conditions.
Thanks, Monlam. I'm no stranger to depression, it tends to be a part of the OCD process.
by Rick
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OCD
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: OCD

... but "traditional" treatment for it is not something I do anymore, nor do I want to. Same here. I tried CBT exposure therapy. Hated it, and it didn't help. The only drug that ever helped was Prozac at a high dosage ... but it made me so anxious that it kind of defeated the point! I've grown to p...
by Rick
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OCD
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: OCD

When we understand the actual nature of this world we dwell in , through the lense and teachings of Lord Nagarjuna's , Sunyata, even ocd can be put to use in Dharma . That's an interesting and creative approach to having OCD. To view it as a blessing, a living (24/7-ish) manifestation of affliction...
by Rick
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OCD
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: OCD

Clarify?
by Rick
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OCD
Replies: 10
Views: 589

OCD

Any OCDers out there? I've been obsessive my whole life, but the obsessive-compulsive thing kicked in about three decades ago. I'm pretty sure 30 years of OCD (sometimes active, sometimes dormant, but always there) has changed the structure and functionality of my little gray cells. This includes th...
by Rick
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

What does Buddhism teach about right/wrong thinking? Not just the quality of the thoughts: virtuous, non-virtuous, etc. But the process of thinking itself. Isn't that the main focus of abhidharma? Understanding the causal sequences which give rise to desire/attachment/aversion? I can't answer the q...
by Rick
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

Geshe Tashi uses the metaphor of going to a new place: first you need reliable directions (i.e. listening to someone with knowledge of how to get to the place); then you go there repeatedly on your own with the help of those directions and a map (i.e. conscious reflection); and finally, you interna...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

Aha. I have the Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth book by Geshe Tashi Tsering ... enjoyed what I read, found it illuminating, but didn't manage to slog all the way through it (yet). I took a look at the TOC of the Buddhist Psychology book you linked to and yes, it seems to dive deep into the thinking p...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

Clear and helpful, thanks.

It seems from pretty much everyone's msgs here that Buddhism focuses on the content of thoughts and the consequences that arise from this content ... but isn't interested in the process of thinking and the consequences that arise from this process.

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by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

I understand.

Thanks, Aryjna.
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

Is mentally calculating if you have enough money for a car better than explicitly thinking that you want the car? I would think it is in the Buddhist sense, because calculating is neutral vis-a-vis ego-self whereas wanting the car stokes the self. And how would one go through all the thoughts appea...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1334

Re: Right/wrong thought

Probably better not to discuss Krishnamurti on this forum, it’s outside ToS, Gotcha. "This is not a comparative religion site." I mentioned Krishnamurti to set the context of the OP question, but now that I've done that I'd be happy to drop K from the discussion. Which brings the question back home...

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