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by haha
Thu May 14, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1138

Re: All life is suffering

Lack of awareness/consciousness about suffering may mean that one would lack of urgency to practice (i.e. effort to be free from suffering). It is just like if one is pricked by a thorn and one is not conscious about the pain and thorn. What would happen if one is not conscious about the thorn and t...
by haha
Wed May 13, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1138

Re: All life is suffering

Whichever existence one chooses, or whatever existence one chooses, that will ultimately lead to suffering. There are the levels of experience of suffering: generally three types. First is so common. Second is that things change and we are bound to experience suffering; it is just the matter of time...
by haha
Sat May 09, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Plants Acquiring Sentience
Replies: 40
Views: 1124

Re: Plants Acquiring Sentience

Current scientific understanding has shown that plants do communication through their roots. They communicate about hostility and friendship. They do read the soil nature/information, etc. I am not sure where I read or heard that if rukkhadevata (tree-deity/spirit) leaves the tree, that tree would d...
by haha
Sat May 09, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 50
Views: 1537

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

Oh man, this is really deprecated translation, It is very inaccurate and the translator has a real axe to grind. Better to cite the Sidrits' translation. Thanks for the suggestion. However, person’s choice would depend on availability, economy, timing, approachability, convenience, etc. So the main...
by haha
Thu May 07, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 23
Views: 712

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

Generally, manasikara holds the object and consciousness is characterized by act of knowing. What will happen if one breaks the habit of manasikara? Sometimes one may have heard the analogy of a house with five windows and a monkey. However, there is different level of understanding of the conscious...
by haha
Wed May 06, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 50
Views: 1537

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

For meaninglessness and flatly incorrectness, here are some remarks from MMK 24: 11a. A wrongly perceived emptiness ruins a person of meager intelligence. 13. Furthermore, if you were generate any obsession with regard to emptiness, the accompanying error is not ours. That [obsession] is not appropr...
by haha
Mon May 04, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 50
Views: 1537

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

If no arising nor ceasing occur then the twelve links are meaningless, reduced to nonsense. Dependent origination must be flatly incorrect: it states arising and cessation do occur. Does the above statement follow its own rule? If it follows, then this statement itself is meaningless, reduced to no...
by haha
Sun May 03, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Enlightenment and compassion
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

Re: Enlightenment and compassion

Nothing felt indeed could be the enlightenment. Enlightened people feel compassion because of their past training in bodhicitta/compassion. Or it could be that there is no self and it happens spontaneously. Just like when one touches the fire, there is spontaneous reaction; no need to train. General...
by haha
Sun May 03, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 1158

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

Here are some notes that could be considered for above argument. Traditionally it was understood that Sarvastivada, Sautrantika, and Yogacara were three distinct traditions, but this framework has been seriously questioned in recent years. Taken together, these points seem to suggest that the Yogaca...
by haha
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Karma in the animal realm?
Replies: 27
Views: 1048

Re: Karma in the animal realm?

For particular animals, the killing is not the killing. One might have heard that they generally would not kill when they are not hungry. However, they have to experience karmic retribution of that killing in their same life or in future lives. You might have heard that bodhisattva has got born as a...
by haha
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4691

Re: Soul Integration

It seems that earlier Buddhist literatures were more focused on “how rebirth” but not on “what rebirth”. As long as there is ignorance and mental formation, there would be becoming, birth, and death. However, there are the concepts of transference of consciousness in Hindu literature as well as Daoi...
by haha
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind

Let me clarify it. I have not provided any point at all. Only provided the reference that I am familiar with. It is the original poster's question: "I am wondering about the scriptural (or otherwise) origin of the Tibetan Buddhist Four Thoughts, part of the Vajrayana preliminary practices." Here is ...
by haha
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind

It is a story or it is the history that is up to the individual. These are two different things one is the topic The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind and the other is the text by Sakya Pandita Parting from the Four Attachments . According to His Holiness Sakya Trizin: "Parting from the Four Desires...
by haha
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind

It is a story or it is the history that is up to the individual. Here are some remarks: The four foundations or reminders were first brought to Tibet by the great Indian scholar Atisha in the eleventh century and were elaborated on by the famous Kagyu lineage holder Gampopa . They are a part of the ...
by haha
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Eye Does Not See Itself - Source?
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: The Eye Does Not See Itself - Source?

It could be from Najarjuna. Here is the reference that I know. svamātmānaṃ darśanaṃ hi tattameva na paśyati| na paśyati yadātmānaṃ kathaṃ drakṣyati tatparān||2|| dsbcproject 2. Seeing does not perceive itself, its own form. How can that which does not perceive itself, see others? Kalupahana, David J...
by haha
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Order of teachings, five periods and the superiority of the Lotus - discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 852

Re: Order of teachings, five periods and the superiority of the Lotus - discussion

Here is a presentation. It also explains how this five time periods are associated with Sakyamuni‘s whole lifetime teachings. 2.3.2. Five Flavors and Five Periods Question: How should we understand the five flavors in terms of their relation to the five teaching periods? Answer: There are two ways. ...
by haha
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 33
Views: 1173

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

It is called knowledge when for example a pharmacist knows which medicine is which and what substances they contain. It is common pharmacological knowledge that medical compounds change gradually in the course of time, therefore their usage time is limited. The science of astronomy does not make th...
by haha
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6973

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

I will clarify what I want to say. Killing the ant means killing the fetus and killing the elephant means killing the fully grown human being. It has double meanings. There is no way one will kill without the pratigha citta, whichever way one wants to label and justify the killing. One is small lump...
by haha
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1824

Re: Why?

Maybe none of these things actually work? Ever seen someone try to cure their cancer with Medicine Buddha mantras? The sutra says it should work. So why doesn't it? I started a thread awhile ago asking this very question, wondering why Medicine Buddha practice would not heal me of my disease (nor a...
by haha
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 33
Views: 1173

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

What I under here is the suggestion that Nagarjuna is contradicting himself by asserting both that perception relies on stuff being there for our senses to pick up on, but at the same time asserting that stuff isn’t really there. Am I getting that right? If so, then I think this gets back to the cl...

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