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by LastLegend
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Discovering Tree Hugging
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Discovering Tree Hugging

Did you ask the tree for permission? :lol:
by LastLegend
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off

Op,

Buddha while he was alive in human body had pain but no suffering! The 5 aggregates including perceptions, sensations/feelings/emotions, form/physical body, action, and consciousness. Study them.
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 731

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Interesting.

Other powers! Nobody truly relies on themselves without the aid of Ancient or Past Bodhisattvas and Buddhas. Lotus Sutra!

Making great personal vows is also relying on other powers! Very crucial today!
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

True!
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1396

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Op,

Nature if described is innate knowing. Realized person would be someone who has completely removed arising of subject versus object division.
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 731

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

My preference seems to go in the direction of mixed practice - self and other power. Devotion is a wonderful wonderful quality, but I also find self-practice methods very important, but there aren't many people around who do both it seems.. Really? I thought that was standard mahayana Not many West...
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

justsit wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:12 pm
IMO the answer to "how to live?" can be distilled down to the basics - do good, avoid evil, purify the mind. Since we continue to create karma, better to act in as positive a manner as possible in this very life.
👍
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Yeah, be careful talking about Buddhanature. That needs explanation and is easily misunderstood and takes even more work to untangle. Well there is a recognition or a knowledge which is (‘that’ knows) as the subject and nature as object. This knowledge/recognition is still appearance. ‘That’ is con...
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:19 pm
“Undead” is not merely unconventional.
Okay! No contest!
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Yeah, be careful talking about Buddhanature. That needs explanation and is easily misunderstood and takes even more work to untangle. Well there is a recognition or a knowledge which is (‘that’ knows) as the subject and nature as object. This knowledge/recognition is still appearance. ‘That’ is con...
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:06 pm

No we don’t. The Unborn and Unmade there are. But they are not you nor me. Neither do we ‘have’ them.
The undead exist only in Zombie movements.
True and correct. Was using a conventional way to express it!
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

I was contemplating this on subway ride to work. If everything in life is impermanence, why try at all? Besides practicing meditation, all other efforts are fruitless to our individual path to nirvana, peace and happiness. I am a layman and do not live in a monastery like a monk. Does that mean I s...
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 731

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

That said, I wonder if there are potential pitfalls in over-relying on Other Power, just as there are pitfalls in over-relying on Self-Power. There are practices we can do to work on the body-mind, bring it into balance, avoid the unwholesome and develop clarity and insight. One may say that one's ...
by LastLegend
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1396

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Hi! So, I've thought within a Buddhist worldview since 1999, but I've never taken refuge in the three jewels. By that I mean I've never felt mature enough to be able to make such a decision. So ever since I was very young, the notion of reincarnation has infatuated me because it's a way to becoming...
by LastLegend
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 1002

Re: Dream Yoga

“Abide” is still a verb and it’s fine as a practice.
by LastLegend
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Clear!
Replies: 0
Views: 138

Clear!

Clear in that clarity! If arising two appearances of subject versus object, that’s our habit.
by LastLegend
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

It’s okay Trilobyte.
Stick to simple stuff if you see people suffer arise a wish in mind for them to end suffering. If you want to take on suffering of others, make a vow for that and you will feel their suffering eventually.
by LastLegend
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

The desire to end suffering is not totally conceptual. It is a sincere desire.
That can be a great tool at the place of clarity. That sincerity can be bodhicitta if extend to all beings.
by LastLegend
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

Op, We all experience suffering in one or another. People walking mayahana path can make personal vows to liberate sentient beings. Vows could be any specifically related to our personal obstacles on the journey or past/present experience of suffering. The way I was told to make vows is when we are ...
by LastLegend
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

Empathy is more of relating and somewhat feels what others feel. Still in the area of practice. Great Bodhisattvas/Avalokitesvara/Ksitigarbha are able to have the suffering experience of others but they arise Dharma through their wisdom for sentient beings to practice. For us, most of the time we ar...

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