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by tomschwarz
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confronting Mortality
Replies: 15
Views: 704

Re: Confronting Mortality

go to Amitabha's Pure Land How are you, or anyone else, going to do that? I mean sure the intention of loving kindness and all things amitabha will help to calm the mind and remove distorted aflicted mental states.... ....but what about emptiness? Emptiness is said to be rhe ultimate truth, that al...
by tomschwarz
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

Please let me restate the question more simply. It is not a question about life, it is a question about Buddhist Dharma: on one hand we are taught the the illusion of individual existence (a.k.a. independent self) is fundamental ignorance, the cause of all suffering, and it must be countered with bu...
by tomschwarz
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dealing with 'should be and shouldn't be'
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Dealing with 'should be and shouldn't be'

These may be useful, I hope... When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering' — then you should abandon them. 'These qualities ...
by tomschwarz
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

If a Perfectly Enlightened Buddha were to say to himself, ‘I am enlightened’ he would be admitting there is an individual person, a separate self and personality, and would therefore not be a Perfectly Enlightened Buddha. Diamond sutra. True there is some text that does not negate individuality in ...
by tomschwarz
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dealing with 'should be and shouldn't be'
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Dealing with 'should be and shouldn't be'

Hello, please do you know, how to deal with these thoughts:I should be like that, I shouldn't do this, I should meditate more, I wouldn't play video games, drink alcohol, learn language,...... How could I deal with these thoughts? How to accept things? I'll be grateful for everything. It sounds lik...
by tomschwarz
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

what does space become when you chop it up? ...I can not confirm that space is suey.... But with that said, if it was, and we chopped it up, it would become chopped suey. Ax merry Christmas, that was funny. So i am still hopping to have some heart level feelings for the both-individual-and-not idea...
by tomschwarz
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

If yes, then obviously there must an individual element; if no, then everything is mechanically driven and what i think or feel as an individual will be irrelevant, right? What do you think, T? I am not sure. Need some time for non conceptual focus on this, "vipasana"....meditation. will follow up....
by tomschwarz
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Is there just one Buddha?

Hello friends, in short, is there individuality in enlightenment? If not, is the individualization of individual "buddhas" simply a skillfull means (thanks kausalya) in the Buddhist Dharma (see Namparnangdze, Mikyododjesempa, Rinchenschangna,Maiyatreya, etc..) created to help our self-centered, fund...
by tomschwarz
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Fundamental Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 699

Re: Fundamental Ignorance

areyadeva in 400 stanzas wrote: "first, what is non-virtuous must be averted in the middle, self must be negated and finally all distorted views must be eliminated. he who understands that sequence is a wise person" so the question here, do you personally, have both distortion and clarity? if yes, d...
by tomschwarz
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Fundamental Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 699

Re: Fundamental Ignorance

You can compare this "fundamental state" to a baby who is born unable to sit up or walk. The potential is there. Over time, it can be realized. right, let's say that i am now a baby, just born. I just came/9 months out, from the bardo of birth. this would relate to the 12 links of dependent origina...
by tomschwarz
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Fundamental Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 699

Fundamental Ignorance

Hello friends, His holiness the Dalai lama, here at 1:00:00 (one hour) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqidwjqGkfE ...said that fundamental ignorance is a distorted state of mind. "Distorted" means: 1) not truly or completely representing the facts or reality; misrepresented; false: She has a distor...
by tomschwarz
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 38
Views: 1347

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

. It seems a slightly unskilled use of one's own merits to spend time when a person *expects* you to help and is thereafter ungrateful. Funny john john. Do you know what you are? A priceless treasure! A rare gem of geometric immposibilty. An infinitely faceted ruby-emerald-marble-starform-ray-extru...
by tomschwarz
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are the 4 noble truths about death
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Are the 4 noble truths about death

Wondering what is life? Mind plans, mind remembers, mind is looking for more and more things, as much as possible interesting things, hopes to get inspired to be happy, mind wants to hold what is making happy and great and does not want what is not. Always lost in phenomena. It seems to me all this...
by tomschwarz
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 1112

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

That is funny.. so am i hope, is Sonam, i hope.... ....that you will write your opinions in response to my communication.
by tomschwarz
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 1112

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

Sentient beings are the tree roots, and Bodhisattvas and Buddhas are respectively the flowers and fruits beautiful, thank you So.... ...If I am a Buddhist, which is correct, I am a Buddhist, I should be able to understand what is unwholesome about at least one (or more) variants of a voodoo practit...
by tomschwarz
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are the 4 noble truths about death
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Are the 4 noble truths about death

Hello friends, As Buddhists we base our wisdom practice on the 4 noble truths. Are those the truths of life and of death? Assuming that all which is not alive is dead, do the 4 noble truths apply to death? For example, the first noble truth. Is the first noble truth "of death", the truth of suffing ...
by tomschwarz
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 1112

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

If I understand correctly, you're specifically asking about esoteric practices like tummo. As I said previously, Buddhadharma is only dangerous if misunderstood or improperly practiced. As such, especially in regards to something like tummo, it is necessary to learn from an authentic teacher in ord...
by tomschwarz
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 1112

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

we all understand each other quite well. thank you. ochen priyatno s vami eto thema obsudits. ...i am trying to directly confront that last thread titled "Tummo" as being self-centered. buddhism is about deepening our love for each other and revealing the insincerity and unhappiness of egoism and br...
by tomschwarz
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 1112

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

buddhism might really not, in and of itself, have any sort of working that would be something like "powerful" or like a "magic potion" With Dependent Origination, nothing arises or acts "in and of itself". Buddhas don't exist without sentient beings. When there is a disease to cure, medicine is nee...
by tomschwarz
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 1112

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

Dangerous to what? Dangerous to ignorance and delusion? Most definitely. :twothumbsup: that is funny. ok so in all seriousness, that is my perspective. so, life itself is quite dangerous, at its core. buddhism is really good, at its core, i mean for humanity and other things with sensation. and i d...

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