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by muni
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path

Which of the two books is the most recommended for beginners? ~ The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi ~ Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Hello, I have no idea of these books. Reviews can help? You can perhaps ...
by muni
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

Thank you White Lotus, if I use the words 'this' and 'that' I have failed to observe things and instead have fallen into words. words prevent me from seeing things just as they are or aren't. so... simply by virtue of the fact that 'this' and 'that' are words they lead to mental elaboration and dist...
by muni
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

Muni, why do you think that emphasising 'this' or 'that' is unhelpful, when it can give an appreciation of mind and reality. is it too subjective? or not empty enough for you? Analyzing has its temporary place in Buddhism to help us, for sure. I like for example the quote by Kalu Rinpoche; We live ...
by muni
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

say more about the ineffable nature of dharma, the wordless nature of reality.
Lol.

:anjali:
by muni
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

Am I right in thinking that the two words 'this' and 'that' are not seen by you as ''all things''
Yes. I meant explanations are in a variety of ways like for whatever to explain 'dharmas', dependent on what helps.

Best wishes White Lotus.
by muni
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

this here now, not me here now... this here now. reality is completely real and yet completely empty. cant separate emptiness from reality. to start with 'this' is it, then if you want this is here, this is there. 1 and yet 1 is consumed. only emptiness and yet totally real. Muni, you have said... ...
by muni
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1296

Re: Right/wrong thought

All actions by body speech and mind can be by awareness. By confusion or when lost in the thought world, wholesome thoughts are medicine softening the grasping to self while unwholesome body speech and mind solidify more the experience of self, since it creates strong self-other. Relative bodhichitt...
by muni
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 790

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

It looks very hard to see any separate individuality in "inseparable dependence-emptiness of all and All".

Skandas' dream is individual.

:heart:
by muni
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Practice
Replies: 20
Views: 655

Re: Daily Practice

I’m sort of new to formal practice. So far I just meditate about 5 times a week for about 20 minutes. I also meditate at a Chan temple once a week. I attend teachings at a Gelug place and at a Nyingma temple. What suggestions do you all have for a wholesome daily practice? Be kind. Its healing and ...
by muni
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 38
Views: 927

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

Hello Archaic, The ungrateful one is my ungrateful self. The venom one is my venom self. The arrogant one is my arrogant self. The wrong one is my wrong self. The compassionless one is my compassionless self. The angry one is my angry self. all dissolving in compassion. Not being able to be grateful...
by muni
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are the 4 noble truths about death
Replies: 3
Views: 240

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 muni
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

Wake thinking nr 2 Hello, Not Buddhism is dangerous but the clinging to it. Like clinging to emptiness, clinging to solidness of dharma... All conventional Dharma is guiding ice cream, not to collect on the beach in Florida but to eat-use and repeat as long as necessary. A teaching of Buddha become...
by muni
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

possibble dear friend, of that i am certain. Possible since all and all are nature. It cannot otherways. The three 'bodies' of a buddha. They relate not only to the truth in us, as three aspects of the true nature of mind, but to the truth in everything. Everything we perceive around us is nirmanak...
by muni
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

"now in this life, total causation manifests. yet, still... one's own state of being corresponds to some freedom from that one person"... It is very delicate I think such translations because this is about liberation. If this below gives the impression that a person or 'a one knows this' : all thin...
by muni
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

"Not one truth and one false" Yes, the two truths are never in separation, just like a reflection ( not substantial appearance) in the water. But impression of being there two ( separation); a basis and things, this is not in that way, is confusion. Nothing is separate from basic space. There are n...
by muni
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

how does losing faith and liberation occur this way simultaneously?
Apologize since I try to understand the question.
Losing faith is by doubt-confusion, aware of this confusion, it is recognized for what it is and is not longer there.
by muni
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

I am confidently committed to the path for this life. I think the Vajrayana requires great faith. I know i could muster it, but maybe I am afraid? Faith in the guidance seems to be crucial if we want to get out of our comfortable safe self cocoon. And guidance can be pleasurable and painful as well...
by muni
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

Hi dear, I am not so learned but there is an 'opening' somehow by your post. It is obviously indeed so that the meaning of the Buddha is not in investigation of objective science or obtained knowledge to find. Even Buddhism recommends also investigation but not to keep investigating, rather to come ...
by muni
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 6848

Re: Who is America ?

One test compassion or aggression; is whatever we do by own frustration or is it for the welfare of those fellows acting repeatedly by violence, causing so much harm and for those who are harmed? Is it for protecting them all from such harm? In that way using countermeasures? Because out of frustrat...
by muni
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3625

Re: Existence

Per Buddhism, what does "to exist" mean? Can this be answered (satisfactorily) without reference to the two truths? If so, please do. :namaste: to be dependently originated... Correct, that is what it means. Everything arises based on causes and conditions. That is why these days I start to become ...

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