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by Supramundane
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: proof of nirvana?

i think you have understood the sutras well; nirvana is a verb not a noun. it is not a place, not a state, not a 'heaven'. perhaps it is a dimension of the mind and with the readiness of time we can drink from its spring. A verb describes an action, state or occurrence - so if you're saying Nirvana...
by Supramundane
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: proof of nirvana?

my answer to the question about proof of nirvana was as follows:


Yes, i can provide proof of nirvana.

I will provide it when you provide me proof of samsara.
by Supramundane
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: proof of nirvana?

One could only catch a glimpse of nirvana when the dust settles after the mind is neutered. i like your take on the question. i once spoke to someone who told me that the goal of buddhism is to glimpse nirvana, if even for a moment. once we did that, all our cares would fall away. once we realize t...
by Supramundane
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: proof of nirvana?

No, Nirvana is not a thing that can be shown. It's an absence of defilement. How are you going to prove the absence of greed or hate in someones mind? Although, it's quite logical to conclude that if hate can be reduced some, then it can be reduced more. If it can be reduced more, then it can be re...
by Supramundane
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 7
Views: 266

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 the...
by Supramundane
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 792

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 b...
by Supramundane
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 116
Views: 23268

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

Our next fighter is Mr. X; he has the heart of a lion.

And a lifetime ban from the London Zoo.
by Supramundane
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

Fair question. As in quantum physics and the double-slit experiement, we see that light is both a wave and a particle or rather that it has qualities of both. Can this be equated with the three bodies of buddha? Which of the three is the 'real buddha'? The answer is all three. The phenomena of inter...
by Supramundane
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 18
Views: 473

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

to the extent that the Buddha is 'the Awakened One', yes you are right. However, i was once told that a school of Tibetan Buddhism (Dzogchen?) pushes this concept even further, going so far as to say that even sensory perceptions of reality are a dream: not just 'empty' as per Nagarjuna, but nothing...
by Supramundane
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 18
Views: 473

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

So how can we practice this? By not grasping at phenomena as if they have inherent qualities. Could you give an example of when to practice this? I'm afraid incorporating this into daily life is rather...difficult. To answer your very apt question, i believe there is a school of Tibetan Buddhism th...
by Supramundane
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...

such feelings are the key; they will lead you to insight. for an outsider, the two things you mention do not immediately influence each other nor are they related. but for you they are. this can be a starting point for you; why do your relations with your family impact upon your practice? is practic...
by Supramundane
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3734

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

:)

for humans, the arrow of time is curved, i.e. time is a human construct.


the question is: "is the difference between me and the way i was twenty years ago the same as the difference between the me now and the me after death".

metta
by Supramundane
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3734

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

or put another way: i am reborn every moment and the arrow of time is curved; after death is it curved too? What do you mean by the arrow of time is curved ? sorry, just restating the same thing in various ways. the arrow of time only goes one way in terms of physics. however, it is noted that in t...
by Supramundane
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3734

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

There is talk here about some not accepting rebirth; i don't think that is the case. If you accept the Four Noble Truths and DO, this leads logically to the conclusion of rebirth: the only question is the form it will take and the exact parameters of what this entails. the words reinacarnation and r...
by Supramundane
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: millions die of drug addiction
Replies: 13
Views: 648

Re: millions die of drug addiction

yes my friend it is the closer they are to you the harder it is to understand the better you know them the more inscrutable the problem is because you can never seem to get into their head and understand. there is a method to quit smoking (the Carr method?) someone once told me abut and which i alwa...
by Supramundane
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3814

Re: No end to samsara?

Beings are so numerous they're beyond counting, like the grains of sand in a river. This refers not only to beings but to their afflictions, which they've spent an incredibly long time accumulating. To help one severely deluded being takes a very long time. To help many takes that much longer. Chen...
by Supramundane
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: millions die of drug addiction
Replies: 13
Views: 648

millions die of drug addiction

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/maddie-just-junkie-obituary-gives-drug-addiction-091600757--abc-news-topstories.html i'm a total softie, i guess i have to admit it. this article moved me deeply. i have lost many close friends to drug and alcohol addiction. they remain an enigma to me; when i was young i o...
by Supramundane
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: shake your nibutti
Replies: 13
Views: 677

Re: shake your nibutti

The next step in the discussion of Nirvana must be Collective Liberation. I note that before we are alive, while we live and after we die, THE MIND will still be there. Even though we believe we possess a mind, we cannot determine its qualities or limits. When we meet another person, we lock eyes an...
by Supramundane
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 771

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

great diagram, V. i think when the ocean dies, all life will die. i wonder if there has ever been a case study on whether life on land could survive the loss of the ocean. we don't appreciate the interplay between the two. we see ourselves as independent of the ocean, but the opposite is true. i use...
by Supramundane
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 771

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

the whole 'climate change', 'global warning' argument is a huge red herring.

instead of arguing about it we should re-frame the argument. rather than trying to prove or disprove it, we should simply state that we should stop treating the ocean like a trash can.

no one can argue about that.

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