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by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When this veneration is directed towards the most worthy objects of homage — the Triple Gem — the merit generated is vast and powerful. Such merit, accumulated in the mind, has the capacity to ward off obstructions to the fulfillment of one’s virtuous undertakings and to support their successful co...
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When this veneration is directed towards the most worthy objects of homage — the Triple Gem — the merit generated is vast and powerful. Such merit, accumulated in the mind, has the capacity to ward off obstructions to the fulfillment of one’s virtuous undertakings and to support their successful co...
by smcj
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Ok, so at dinner tonight I asked 3 different western lamas about this thread. I asked if you could say that "merit = good karma", as in something that is produced by an action before it ripens as result. I presented the opposing viewpoint as saying that there is only action and result in a two-step ...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Ibid
Kongtrul wrote:"Merit" refers to the cumulative effects of meritorious actions.
I'm good with that. YMMV.
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

If I remember correctly, you're currently residing at a monastery or center, yes? So here's what you should do: If that place has a qualified Khenpo, you should kindly ask that Khenpo to give you teachings on Vasubandhu's Karmasiddhiprakarana ("The Treatise on Action"), or his chapter (fourth) on K...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Torch of Certainty, chapter on Mandala Offerings. p.93:
Kongtrul wrote:"Merit" refers to the cumulative effects of meritorious actions.
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

When I sit down to practice my intention is to create good karma. After I am done I dedicate the merit. That is the way 100% of my teachers have taught me. It's just that simple.

So all I can say is, whatever floats your boat.
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

From Wiki:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipāka
Vipāka (Sanskrit and Pāli) is a Buddhist term that refers to the ripening or maturation of karma
(formatting mine)


Karma that has ripened is “vipaka”.
Unripened karma is not “vipaka”.
Does everybody agree?
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

There is a sequence: 1. An action, which produces 2. Karma, which after some time ripens into 3. Outcome/vipaka. Or don’t you believe in “unripened karma”? Karma means literally action so 1 and 2 are the same. /magnus So you are saying that the idea of “unripened karma” is nonsense? When I sit down...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

what is produced is called “merit” or “good karma”. No, the outcome of an action is not good karma, it is good karma VIPAKA. A good OUTCOME (vipaka) of ACTION (karma). It is not rocket science. If you are going to use a term, use it correctly. There is a sequence: 1. An action, which produces 2. Ka...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Karma' is the word for your action(s). “Action/karma” can be positive, negative, or neutral. Once you talk about the quality of an action (pos, neg, or neutral) you are talking about a potency, an energy, that your action has produced . (You cannot talk about karma ripening without positing it in a...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Merit=good karma. No. Virtuous action creates merit/good karma. You can accumulate a store of merit/good karma. In the common Mahayana you must accumulate merit/good karma and awareness oth in order to become enlightened. When merit/good karma ripens it is experienced as happiness or good circumsta...
by smcj
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merit = good karma ?
Replies: 49
Views: 818

Re: Merit = good karma ?

Merit=good karma.
by smcj
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 1747

Re: what do we mean by faith?

From "Ground, Path, and Fruition" by Situ R.: We also have belief without using reasoning. When we have total faith and trust in something we do not need to use reasoning. If we have total faith, total trust in the Buddha, then we don't have to have a reason. It is the same thing as taking aspirin w...
by smcj
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How has your relationship with Refuge evolved over time?
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: How has your relationship with Refuge evolved over time?

I had a very hard time understanding what "Refuge" meant. What I wanted it to mean was like having some sort of guardian angel to protect me from samsara. But then when I looked around I saw bad things happening to Vajrayana people all the time. So obviously that wasn't what it was about. My teacher...
by smcj
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 938

Re: Is it good not to exist?

Steered clear of change? Steered in the direction of more suffering?
oops.

Should have made it more clear. “Steered away from change that was going in a bad direction, meaning steered away from more suffering.
by smcj
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 938

Re: Is it good not to exist?

Once you have taken Refuge (and been safely steered clear of change in the direction of more suffering), isn’t that delightful? Steered clear of change? Steered in the direction of more suffering? Can you give example of these two ideas? The Shravakayana. Were you saying that you feel delight in un...
by smcj
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 938

Re: Is it good not to exist?

Emptiness doesn’t say that you don’t exist at all. It says you do not have an inert essence that cannot change . Thus you could say your fundamental nature is Freedom (to change). . Once you have taken Refuge (and been safely steered clear of change in the direction of more suffering), isn’t that de...
by smcj
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8363

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I’m ok with Luke being a grumpy old coot. Makes me feel better about my life.

(Oops. Sorry. I thought this was “The Last Jedi” thread.)
by smcj
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 938

Re: Is it good not to exist?

The first step in finding an answer is to correctly state the problem. No-self tells us that even our own psyche, identity, ego, is subject to change. The Mahayana extends this to objective phenomena as well. Therefore everything is transitory, therefore unreliable and subject to suffering. That’s t...