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by Supramundane
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can't meditate anymore.
Replies: 18
Views: 894

Re: Can't meditate anymore.

is there a Bodhisattvaa for each jhana? is it possible? each Jhana represents a quality of a Bodhisattva? or that there is a Bodhisattva for each one? maybe i am taking things too figuratively. we assume Bodhisattvas to be other earthly beings or enlightened humans, but what if it is purely figurat...
by Supramundane
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can't meditate anymore.
Replies: 18
Views: 894

Re: Can't meditate anymore.

is there a Bodhisattvaa for each jhana?
by Supramundane
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1796

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

if everything is leading to heat death and dissolution, what part does life have to play? as a silent witness? ... if everything is Sunyata, and the universe is heading toward heat death and 100 percent entropy, if the Arrow of Time invariably goes toward death, what part does life play at all in t...
by Supramundane
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1796

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

option (2) is that there is and has only ever been ONE life form on earth, and that is the simply reason why it cannot be created in a lab. Maybe our technology is not yet that good ( and might never be ) to create life in a lab. Or that when scientist create abiogenesis, it may require millions or...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 1813

Re: all or nothing? what will it be....

i see what you are saying. but perhaps they are so different as to be mirror image opposites of each other, if you follow me. emptiness cannot be divided; entities cannot be distinguished from each other. therefore, in a sense, they are uniform, unified, i.e. one. If we were all one, then if I piss...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 1813

Re: all or nothing? what will it be....

Buddhism is like the negative photo of Hinduism: Buddhism sees the self as ultimately empty, and if everything is empty, then all is One too. Phenomena that are empty are unfindable. It is impossible to posit a universal or singular entity if no entities can be located. Hinduism, specifically non-d...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 1813

all or nothing? what will it be....

One way to understand Mahayana Buddhism is to contrast it with Hinduism. In some ways they are two sides of the same coin: Nirvana seems to be very similar to "Moksha", or Liberation. But we can increase our understanding of Mahayana Buddhism by contrasting it with Hindusim, Advaita in particular. T...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

I would like to take another go at comparisons using ‘child’s mind” or 'like a child' when some commentators refer to non-conceptual thoughts. Since a child does not yet possess language, it is possible he would not have the same categorizations and conceptualizations that an adult would. Some comme...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

how then can there be an 'original mind' or 'true self'??? The nirmanakaya is how ordinary beings perceive/conceive a buddha, i.e. the human aspect. The sambhogakaya is how arya-bodhisattvas perceive/conceive a buddha, i.e. the devotional and meditational aspect. The dharmakaya is the true nature o...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

I often come across references to Original Mind, Nature, etc.in discussions of Buddhism (especially Zen). If you want the East Asian teachings on such matters, start with the Awakening of Faith in Mahayana. It talks of "original enlightenment" (benjue 本覺). "The essence of Mind is free from thoughts...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

Is there an infinite consciousness or self that is shining everywhere? Well, there is the Pabhassara Sutta: "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is ...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

I Again, I've never seen that argued, or if so it was in a different context - "view the world fresh like a child" or something similar. [ Again, I don't think anyone really makes th argument that children are naturally enlightened in serious Buddhist studies, but I could be wrong. i have seen quit...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. Actually, the two 'extremes' are not nihilism and idealism, but nihilism and eternalism . And eternalism is something like the belief that the aim of the spiritual life...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

Let me take another crack at the idea of Original Mind and True Self, which I believe are misnomers. I think that it is valid to speak of a Mahayana Buddhism as a Buddhism of negation where sunyata is the determining principle. Sunyata is not a force of nihilism but the essence of all being; not a n...
by Supramundane
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

Astus wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:00 pm
Supramundane wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:09 pm
Perhaps the Trikaya is a reflection of the middle way too?
Not really. The trikaya doctrine is meant to explain the different aspects of a buddha.
just an idea:)
by Supramundane
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

Perhaps the Trikaya is a reflection of the middle way too?

Nirmanakaya: the earthly body (nihilism: we are just a body)
Dharmakaya: the essence (idealism: we are the soul)

And the middle way, Samboghakaya (rainbow body)

Am i correct the make the equivalence?

In any case, a good memory aide:)
by Supramundane
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: original as misnomer

thanks for your comments. what i'm afraid of however that the mirror reference is a reification of what is only a potential, a capacity which has no intrinsic reality. just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. t...
by Supramundane
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 905

original as misnomer

I often come across references to Original Mind, Nature, etc.in discussions of Buddhism (especially Zen). However, i don't see a lot of intellectual rigor in these discussions; if we break things down, Original is defined as 'inherent' or sometimes indicates a temporal reference, i.e. like a child. ...
by Supramundane
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: escape from samsara
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: escape from samsara

My understanding of the Mahāyāna teaching, is that I don't think it's a matter of 'escaping' so much, as a matter of 'letting go'. The teaching is: when you seize or cling to saṃsāra, it is the source of suffering, when you release it, it's the source of joy. In comments on The Fundamental Wisdom o...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:21 am
Virgo wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:34 am
All beings are interconnected in this web.

Kevin...
Who's the spider :spy:
Indra :P

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