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by Sherab
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 125
Views: 2151

Re: One truth?

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your takes. So do different traditions point to the same one truth? My provisional conclusion ... it's an interesting question <for those who like to think about things like this>, but not worth putting too much energy into, as it risks prapanca. And I doubt it could e...
by Sherab
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 125
Views: 2151

Re: One truth?

Consciousness is seeking a home, a basis to abide on, i.e. a truth, therefore the non-abiding and homelessness teachings of prajnaparamita Dharma may be frustrating for an I that acquires consciousness as 'mine' and this frustration may undermine motivation to pursue the path from the outset. That ...
by Sherab
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 27
Views: 763

Re: Theravada against mathematics

(This contradiction is not removed by the "Two Truths". If the Dhamma is about the true reality (about the given here-and-now), then the logical law of the excluded is valid. True, either "A" or "Not A", the third is not given It is impossible to say at the same time that Satta does not exist (Para...
by Sherab
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 560

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

Consciousness is momentary, mental states rapidly occur and cease. To conceive the mind as continuous is one of the common basis of believing in an enduring existence. I never know what momentary really means. When a consciousness cease, does it cease into utter nothingness? If it does, how come ou...
by Sherab
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 560

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

I think, with anesthesia consciousness ceases. So, we may believe consciousness was a kind of everlasting state but it isn't. Even consciousness is an impermanent phenomenon. Under anesthesia, awareness of externally-generated sensory stimulation is blocked. So, I'm not disagreeing with your main p...
by Sherab
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 27
Views: 763

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Theravada proposes to take on faith the mathematically impossible model of reality: its school Abhidhamma contradicts the theory of probability. The concept of "satta" in the Theravadin Abhidhamma is the concept of not-existent (satta-pannatti is the avijjamana-pannatti). There was no one who could...
by Sherab
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism

Hello to everyone. I'm new to the forum and look forwarded to participating. I am currently experiencing some challenge in my practice. As some backstory, I was raised in a Christian tradition and slowly gravitated away from it. When I started to explore Buddhism I found the idea that there is no p...
by Sherab
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I never said that the consciousness beyond the all is unchanging/permanent, or changing/impermanent. This is because whatever is beyond the all is necessary beyond the range of words and concepts. Word and concepts arise from and within the all. If it is beyond the six sensory areas, that means it ...
by Sherab
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

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by Sherab
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I never said that the consciousness beyond the all is unchanging/permanent, or changing/impermanent. This is because whatever is beyond the all is necessary beyond the range of words and concepts. Word and concepts arise from and within the all. The consciousness beyond the all can be said to be un...
by Sherab
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

See, one interpretation appears 'very clear' to you and the other interpretation appears 'strange to say the least' to you. Nevertheless we now have these two interpretations. I'd say that both are 'from within the All' because there is no other way of speaking and you keep saying 'beyond the All' ...
by Sherab
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

If the above does not show that there is a consciousness beyond the all, then what is this consciousness that has NOT been experienced through the allness of the all? Here's Piya Tan's take on it: "In short, this stanza,“[t]he consciousness without attribute, without end, radiant all around” refers...
by Sherab
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddha nature misunderstood as atman.
Replies: 50
Views: 9142

Re: Buddha nature misunderstood as atman.

I don't know anything about the history of this view. It’s from the “The Uttaratantra” by Maitreya/Asanga. There are a series of analogies for Buddha Nature given. Each has its own significance. Probably the best known one is the sun behind the clouds. Ah. Well duality between true and false in Yog...
by Sherab
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

From my perspective there is a difference between conventionally pointing and conventionally asserting that 'this or that totally un conventional' would be what one is pointing at. The moon example is not appropriate here because everybody can see the moon. However there are innumerable arbitrary a...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

So are you really asserting that your thinking and writing, your understanding of words, is beyond the conventional? No, but the conventional is needed to be the finger for pointing at the moon. Or if one has purified one's mind sufficiently, a symbolic transmission and a mind transmission by one's...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

@Sherab, But see, even the Buddha taught from within the All because there is no other possibility of teaching. It is the old story of 'conventional' and 'ultimate'. Even using the word 'ultimate' is conventional. And even saying 'beyond the All' is within the All. So if you feel that you have some...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

It's the true nature of the six sensory areas and five aggregates that is to be realised, and not something apart from them. The definition of abhijna is super-knowledge. 'Abhi' is 'higher' - the question is, 'higher' along what axis? 'Higher' compared to what? Why is it that 'abhijna' cannot be kn...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

@Sherab, But see, even the Buddha taught from within the All because there is no other possibility of teaching. It is the old story of 'conventional' and 'ultimate'. Even using the word 'ultimate' is conventional. And even saying 'beyond the All' is within the All. So if you feel that you have some...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5260

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

the Buddha taught that there are two types of consciousness. Where is that taught? What is a reference to a 'consciousness beyond the All?' I will just provide a reference to a specific teaching (MN 38 Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta: The Greater Craving-Destruction Discourse https://www.accesstoinsight.or...

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