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by Supramundane
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Various schools contend that it is possible to reach Buddhahood in one lifetime. Zen Buddhism is such a school. In fact, Zen teaches Buddhahood in this very moment. The Dalai Lama himself once said that Buddhahood can be achieved in one lifetime by attaining exceptional Bodhicitta. "You should seek...
by Supramundane
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Access alone to teachings has been facilitated by technology in ways that would seem alien to people 2000 years ago. Also our minds connect now without the same sensual interaction. We communicate mind to mind now through technology. There seems to be some exponential advancement in ways mind and i...
by Supramundane
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Do you believe this is possible? A side question --- can you achieve Buddhahood even though your Master has not? Prior to his awakening, the ascetic Gotama studied with and mastered the teachings of Alara Kalama and then Udaka Ramaputta. He perceived, however, that their teachings did not lead to l...
by Supramundane
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

SteRo wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:20 pm
Supramundane wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:42 am
Do you believe this is possible?
Regardless of how many lifetimes it takes there will always be the last one. So yes, Buddhahood is attained in a lifetime.

:namaste:
aha !!!

great answer!

i didn't see that one coming, but of course you are completely right.
bravo
by Supramundane
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Various schools contend that it is possible to reach Buddhahood in one lifetime. The Dalai Lama himself once said that Buddhahood can be achieved in one lifetime by attaining exceptional Bodhicitta. "You should seek to discover what prevents you from becoming a Buddha, and you will find your mind is...
by Supramundane
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation on selflessness
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Analytic meditation on selflessness

Does anyone know how to do analytic meditation on non self or emptiness? Or have resources about it? Thank you i believe you will find what you are looking for in the Lamrin. if you wish to focus on the emptiness of self, there are two meditations in the Lamrin that i remember off the bat. 1. Medit...
by Supramundane
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Eightfold Path & Impernanence
Replies: 24
Views: 1354

Re: Eightfold Path & Impernanence

true !

"Those who are far from his doctrine reinforce the illusion of self-existence, whereas those who follow him will free themselves from such confusion". –DL
by Supramundane
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: When is enlightenment known?
Replies: 26
Views: 854

Re: When is enlightenment known?

I always think of enlightenment as being a step toward nirvana; enlightenment simply means you understand the nature of existence. When the buddha realized the four noble truths and the eightfold path, he was enlightened; however, until one follows the eightfold path, one cannot glimpse nirvana. Nev...
by Supramundane
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Eightfold Path & Impernanence
Replies: 24
Views: 1354

Re: Eightfold Path & Impernanence

All is empty but let us not fall into the trap of nihilism, which you seem to be veering toward. The Eight-fold Path is a means to an end. Everything is empty, but do not fall into despair; look at emptiness in a positive way: if all is empty, then there is no guru or master who exists inherently ap...
by Supramundane
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Your favorite quotes.
Replies: 59
Views: 10997

Re: Your favorite quotes.

"There is a path to an ancient city.
That city is Nirvana.
The path to it is the Eight-Fold Path.
At the end of the path is jhana"
--unknown
by Supramundane
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3902

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

tathagatagarbha (more or less buddha nature) is the idea that beyond the early buddhist concepts of impermanence, suffering and non-self there is a permanent, liberated self of sorts which remains forever untainted from karma, delusion and all forms of suffering. I was brought up a Nichiren Buddhis...
by Supramundane
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism

to apprehend the Buddha's concept of self, the notion of conventional truth and ultimate truth is very helpful. please take a look at it. things will be much clearer. in some ways, the human species is more of an 'individual' than one single human being in the grand scheme of things, if you know wha...
by Supramundane
Wed May 01, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The same thing four times
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: The same thing four times

Avoidance of doubt
by Supramundane
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 4218

Re: proof of nirvana?

Aemilius wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:14 pm
On the contrary, self exists in the ordinary everyday meaning even for Nagarjuna and Shakyamuni, see Dhammapada chapter on Self, and MMK. Famous monks too have passports, they have the nominal, biological, genetic and legislative identity.
True. On a conventional level.
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 1705

Re: experience of piti and sukha

I think Theravada tends to see the Jhanas like Maslow's pyramid: you keep pushing up until you reach the highest point, enlightenment. The first jhana seems to be centered on disconnecting the five senses. By focusing the mind on an unchanging object of awareness, one transcends distracting percept...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 4218

Re: proof of nirvana?

Stop the presses: maybe i have (reverse) proof of Nirvana: What if we accept that the Self is the opposite of Nirvana; that we reach Nirvana by comprehending the illusory nature of self, that it is mere illusion and the root cause of misery by clinging to this delusion. If we posit them as being dia...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 1705

Re: experience of piti and sukha

I think Theravada tends to see the Jhanas like Maslow's pyramid: you keep pushing up until you reach the highest point, enlightenment. The first jhana seems to be centered on disconnecting the five senses. By focusing the mind on an unchanging object of awareness, one transcends distracting percepti...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I can't forgive
Replies: 17
Views: 817

Re: I can't forgive

I can't seem to forgive someone who caused me a lot of pain: imagine the worst and you'll be close. This person, of course, is family...and not so easy to cut out of my life. And the person won't apologize, so the rage in me just builds and builds. I want justice, vengeance even. I have really beco...
by Supramundane
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sarcasm wrong speech? Is feeding other people ego and greed wrong? And other perils in wall street stock markets
Replies: 12
Views: 1074

Re: Is sarcasm wrong speech? Is feeding other people ego and greed wrong? And other perils in wall street stock markets

i feel you bro: i wanted to start a Sarcastic Club recently, but couldn't figure out if anyone really wanted to join. btw i'm not sure about the company culture where you work, but analysts are not allowed to promise high returns or even use the word "predict". (i think 'forecast' is the SEC languag...
by Supramundane
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 4218

Re: proof of nirvana?

A friend of mine naively asked me the other day, "is there any proof of Nirvana? can you show it to me?" Before i tell you how i answered, i am curious to know your answers. Can we prove the existence of Nirvana, either through logic or sutras? it is a fair question after all. Btw, I answered in th...

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