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by smcj
Thu May 21, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyungne
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: Nyungne

What was it like?
Torture.
Do you have any advice?
Don’t do it.

*****

It makes you aware of how pleasure dependent you are for food and drink. Since pleasure dependency is one of the prime engines of cyclic existence that’s important to know.
by smcj
Thu May 21, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advayavajra-Maitrīpa and the 'existance'of Dieties
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Advayavajra-Maitrīpa and the 'existance'of Dieties

Do the Dieties exist (conventionally speaking) or are they manifestations in accordance with mantras for a set function? Why do you assume the two are mutually exclusive? Circumstantial potentiality of ones internal clockwork. Also correct. ****** When asked if the deities were real, the previous K...
by smcj
Thu May 21, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!

Welcome from another old geezer.
by smcj
Wed May 20, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Language
Topic: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 524

Re: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra

I know he, like many of his generation, was at least tangentially interested in so-called "eastern mysticism," that which westerly moderns in their folly think they are above. Not only does Padme mean lotus, “Skywalker” is a translation of dakini. So I guess he had some Dharma exposure and influenc...
by smcj
Wed May 20, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Language
Topic: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 524

Re: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra

Aemilius wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 8:40 am
The sanskrit form is Om Mani Padme Hum
Padme? You mean like Luke Skywalker’s mother?
by smcj
Tue May 19, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Being careful about worship
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: Being careful about worship

If you ask a Pure Land practitioner about this you might get a different answer than what you’re hoping for. A lot depends on your definition of “God”. To the best of my knowledge no form of Buddhism believes in in an omnipotent creator God. But that doesn’t mean all forms of Buddhism have zero beli...
by smcj
Mon May 18, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

Please don’t think I’m trying to lay a trip on anybody. I’m just explaining the teaching as I have been taught and as I have digested it. Life is worth living regardless of this teaching. But if someone wants to disengage their minds from samsara and look deeper into Dharma, this is a very helpful s...
by smcj
Sun May 17, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

It is not true to all 3 or more yanas. There is a profound difference, if you intend to work in the manifested world for thousands of kalpas. Nirvana does not exist somewhere outside of the manifested world. Mahayana has different views about it, like "nirvana is that nothing arises or ceases (esse...
by smcj
Sun May 17, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

The point is that duhkha or suffering doesn't describe the world or history in a useful or beneficial way. To the contrary. It describes it perfectly and without exception. (Countries) are very often in conflict with each other. It is the normal state of affairs in the evolution of species on this ...
by smcj
Sun May 17, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

Aemilius wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:10 pm

Modern Israel has its origins in the Zionism movement...
Nice history lesson.

My point was about dukkha and the suffering of change.

So your point is...what?
by smcj
Sat May 16, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: White Robes, Matted Hair...
Replies: 11
Views: 839

Re: White Robes, Matted Hair...

“Polysemous” is a valuable new word for me for use in the context of Dharma. It’s right up there wi Alan Wallace’s use of “coterminous”.

I like it when DW improves my vocabulary.
by smcj
Sat May 16, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47676

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

tkp67 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 1:37 am
Crest of the wave has broken and resided at my wife's work.
Since you didn’t mention her further I’d like to assume she made it through unscathed (so far).
:namaste:
by smcj
Fri May 15, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

Dukkha covers the gamut from physical agony, to emotional agony, to restlessness and boredom. It even goes further than that in subtlety. Unsatisfactoryness is a better translation, but it isn’t assumed to include physical agony.

So maybe we should leave it untranslated and say life is dukkha.
by smcj
Fri May 15, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm on
Replies: 14
Views: 485

Re: I'm on

Why aren't there any yogis like Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, etc. ?
You’re assuming that if there were any you would know about them. Maybe there are!
:shrug:
by smcj
Fri May 15, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

The meaning of a context is what outlives its end. Without an end, there can be no meaning to outlive it.
Correct. So in order to discover the meaning you need to focus on what outlives the end.

What do you think that is?
by smcj
Fri May 15, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

Your whole input about death seems to be based on generalizations and ignoring context. The thing about death that is relevant to the practice of Dharma is that invalidates the circumstances and dramas of life. Once somebody is dead family, friends, health, money, politics, and such mean nothing. S...
by smcj
Fri May 15, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

LastLegend wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 10:09 pm
smcj wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 9:33 pm
I quite like the translation 'unsatisfactory'.
So do I.
What’s more important is the content of suffering
I think I don’t understand.
by smcj
Thu May 14, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

I quite like the translation 'unsatisfactory'.
So do I.
by smcj
Thu May 14, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

Me: Obviously physical or emotional suffering is self-evident. You Nope, it is not self evident. It dependence on a theoretical frame work describing it as such. Had it been self evident, people would have seen it without being instructed. :shrug: It’s also a truism that we all die. Additionally non...
by smcj
Thu May 14, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1188

Re: All life is suffering

And yet, this very framing of experience as "suffering" does not survive all tests. It fails the test of objective reality for example as it does not describe all of our experiences all of the time Actually it does. Obviously physical or emotional suffering is self-evident. But beyond that each sta...

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