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by Sherab
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Donate to the center or to the teacher?
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Donate to the center or to the teacher?

Sapphire wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:41 am
Which is better, give the money to the center or give the money to the teacher? What is the difference in karma?
:juggling:
The difference lies in your motivation.
by Sherab
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?
Replies: 23
Views: 2116

Re: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?

Sometimes I read that you aren't supposed to reveal the yidam you practice. Other times I read biographies or watch YouTube videos of living people and they, well, reveal their yidam clear as day. I had a conversation with somebody today and they told the whole room what their main practice is. So,...
by Sherab
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty
Replies: 3
Views: 156

The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrb7bjv3bcY

I think that a lot of countries will end up with some form or aspects of the system in China. It seems quite inevitable when you combine cashless online transactions and public surveillance systems with big data and AI.
by Sherab
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

Well I am mainly a Varjrayana practitioner with interest in Mahayana teachings as well. Lately, I have been delving into Theravada teachings as they seem pretty straightforward compared to Vajrayana teachings. It seems to me that the Wisdom in the Theravada teachings with regard to the ultimate rea...
by Sherab
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 398

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Therein, the aggregates are the aggregates of matter, sensation, perception, formations and consciousness. Those, called ‘serially joined’, not having ceased, produce another produced from that cause; although not even the subtle particle of an existent has transmigrated from this world to the next...
by Sherab
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master

I cringed when watching it. Lots of vague terms like "energy" being thrown about. Then there is the attempt to use science as a form of justification for spiritual ideas which I think is where it all fails. Science as we know it currently has no theory or means to talk meaningfully about the spiritu...
by Sherab
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 691

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Do you folks come to the forum, looking to awaken or is there another purpose? When I started reading the suttas and sutras, I had so many questions and ideas but no efficient way of getting answers and testing those ideas. I went to the predecessor of this forum and then to this forum when the for...
by Sherab
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

IMy question is this: I understand that light reflected from objects and making contact with the eye gives rise to eye consciousness, but how do thoughts which are sensed by the mind giving rise to mind consciousness arise? This is how I see it: Each individual has a fundamental ability to know. Wh...
by Sherab
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 952

Re: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?

Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism? When I first became interested in Buddhism, vajrayana looked the least attractive to me compared to the other forms. Nevertheless, I ended up with vajrayana. I did not "choose" vajrayana. I ended up in vajrayana by virtue of circumstances. Now, I can't imagine...
by Sherab
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

And this is the text he's teaching: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/jigme-lingpa/prayer-ground-path-and-fruition What is the significance of the starting character ༂ in the prayer? It is the tertons mark, different for different tertons. /magnus What are the other terton's marks?
by Sherab
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

rang.drol wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:57 pm
And this is the text he's teaching: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... d-fruition
What is the significance of the starting character in the prayer?
by Sherab
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4187

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

None of this answers the question as to why anybody should care what HHDL's view on European migration policy is. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a major international figure. That usually means whatever such a person says or does, is viewed with interest. He is a Nobel Laureate (the Nobel Peace Pri...
by Sherab
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4187

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

Unfortunately HHDL does not understand the issues or the history. ... Kirt But surely HHDL does understand human nature..... and reality. He is omniscient wrt Buddhadharma. Human nature - no, not completely because cultures are different and he didn't understand that westerners were capable of self...
by Sherab
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4187

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/dalai-lama-says-europe-belongs-to-europeans Quite honestly, I have to agree with H.H. I am not super happy about it but I am starting to be afraid that their religion driven culture will prove to be incompatible with our European ones. What do you...
by Sherab
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4187

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/dalai-lama-says-europe-belongs-to-europeans Quite honestly, I have to agree with H.H. I am not super happy about it but I am starting to be afraid that their religion driven culture will prove to be incompatible with our European ones. What do you...
by Sherab
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 1030

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

The Buddha is an atheist. The Buddha was probably the first to use the argument of evil against the existence of an almighty God.

https://inthewordsofbuddha.wordpress.co ... -buddhism/

http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=946
by Sherab
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 1094

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

Dependently existent is madhyamika, is it not? So the domain of samsara is not non-existent, but also not 'truly existent'. It has a degree of reality. "Dependent existents" is refuted as wrong view in Madhyamaka. To begin with, the Buddha taught the following [all citations below translated by Mal...
by Sherab
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2222

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The idea of control automatically requires a subject and object. Therefore relative control is all that can be sensibly talked about in the realm of phenomena i.e. the realm where causality operates. But I see the Buddha as being free of all dependencies even while in the world. This combined with ...
by Sherab
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 3372

Re: Realization

Yeah, not quite. In dzogchen is totally different. Your primordially pure state is the nature of all dharmas. The Kunjed Gyalpo says:" I am the root of all dharmas. I am the nature of all dharmas, of all existence. Apart from my nature, nothing exists" You do understand that primordially pure state...
by Sherab
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 2222

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

It is something that we can test in our experience, by seeing if we can control it. So, in this case, if by "self" is meant the (supposed) "controller of the experience" we can verify its absence by contemplating the impossibility to have control on experience. Hence, if there is no controller, the...

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