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by muni
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 2402

Re: Secular Buddhism

Whatever beings think, however they appear, whatever they do,...……... may all be free.

In inseparable dependency-emptiness Chenrezig shines.

Whatever is available and helps fellows temporary...
by muni
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 19
Views: 752

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

Is this part of what is meant in the saying (sorry, I can't remember the wording) the gist being, when working with ultimate truth, my view is vast and open and when working with relative truth my conduct is precise and finely tuned ? Yes. Without an insight into own emotions the mind can accumulat...
by muni
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: To a Buddhist is there a Hell and is there death? What are the 108 Existences
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: To a Buddhist is there a Hell and is there death? What are the 108 Existences

There is a famous Zen story from Japan: A famous soldier came to the master Hakuin and asked: "Master, tell me: is there really a heaven and a hell?" "Who are you?" asked Hakuin. "I am a soldier of the great Emperor's personal guard." "Nonsense!" said Hakuin. "What kind of emperor would have you ar...
by muni
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 564

Re: What is an obstacle?

And that obstacles are mere creations of the mind. For sure, thank you for the reminder. Alas our mind locked in its clouds has it difficult to see this and accept, and so suffers. Compassion heals own suffering and is the basis to help. Since there is no other obstacle than own confused mind. "It’...
by muni
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rejoicing
Replies: 19
Views: 652

Re: Rejoicing

You can rejoice when a person is no longer able to kill others
(no longer generating negative karma for themselves).
:good:

Rejoicing replaces the negativity in our mind like jealousy and its results. This to help us purify own perception.
by muni
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 72
Views: 6037

Re: In Praise of Virtue

It is only with the heart that one can see
rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
A. de Saint Exupéry
by muni
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2773

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

it sure seems that human birth is a very rare event in the Universe, even if at this time in history there are unprecedented numbers of humans on Earth. Maybe this is a chance for those beings - us, actually - to commit to the path and thereby avoid falling back into lesser realms for aeons. Once R...
by muni
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Skandhas Are Not Things.
Replies: 16
Views: 548

Re: The Skandhas Are Not Things.

"In its impure aspect the world is the five skandas, in its pure aspect it is the five buddhas In its impure aspect it is the five emotional afflictions, in its pure aspect it is the five wisdoms" Milarepa "All sentient beings in samsara and all buddhas in nirvana are in nature the same in essence T...
by muni
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about enlightenment
Replies: 19
Views: 1383

Re: Question about enlightenment

I was told aggregates still the same but nature is clearly discerned. Anything comes to mind is like a mirror reflecting images. This for Mahayana. Aggregates in 'impure way' form the world- afflictions. Aggregates in 'pure way' are Buddhas - wisdom. Of course just saying this, is of very little us...
by muni
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does Buddhism support some types of natural extinction? As inevitable?
Replies: 15
Views: 750

Re: Does Buddhism support some types of natural extinction? As inevitable?

But what the natural process of death due to old age, or breakdown of organs - whether from misuse or wear & tear? When a corpse decompose and rots due to bacterias? Isn't that an naturally occurring phenomenon of "decline-then-disappear". Wouldn't "care about the wellbeing of all" lead to desires ...
by muni
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 60
Views: 1619

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Equanimity erases all aversion, all attachment. Guidance and practice can help us out. Meanwhile prayer: May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness. May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering. May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suf...
by muni
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 60
Views: 1619

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

The Joy of Living is a path of meditation practice that can be followed by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural orientation. Meditation enables us to discover a lasting contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating conditions of the external world, and to nurture the qualities of wisdom...
by muni
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 60
Views: 1619

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

........but when we are aware, we see they free themselves. Then there is no attachment due to thoughts, no rejection but aware........ Watching thoughts----especially harmful types was the way i practiced for a long time. Some success sometimes but generally not so good and this here is my conclus...
by muni
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does Buddhism support some types of natural extinction? As inevitable?
Replies: 15
Views: 750

Re: Does Buddhism support some types of natural extinction? As inevitable?

Natural extinction, sounds somehow like inherent things-substantiality decline-disappear while there is no inherent thing. In any case all what is compounded is not staying, is change. So Is this viewpoint correct - to view extinction as inevitable natural processes, as part of the fundamental law o...
by muni
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 60
Views: 1619

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Hi Fully, Maybe this illustrate as well what is said and how thoughts play a huge roll into our experiences. Because thoughts cannot be stopped by a stopper :tongue: but when we are aware, we see they free themselves. Then there is no attachment due to thoughts, no rejection but aware. When thinking...
by muni
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Teachers/Masters Don’t explain it!
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Teachers/Masters Don’t explain it!

No it is indeed impossible to explain, only guide from within indescribable goodness, to purify our own mind-heart. I hope I may share this: “Let your mind become gentler. Let it be more peaceful and more joyful. Let your mind be full of love, kindness, patience, and understanding. Don’t let your mi...
by muni
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: contemplating mother's kindness
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: contemplating mother's kindness

I think it is really about the recognition of dependence on (m)others. i.e. despite our individualistic preconceptions, basically everything we do depends upon the work and effort of others . ! dependence on (m)others ! This is beautiful. Freed from own karmic preconceptions, 'allows' freedom/the v...
by muni
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feelings of shame arising
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: Feelings of shame arising

Hello all, I'm still early in my journey and one thing I am noticing is a rising feeling of shame. I'm seeing all my short comings in a new brighter light and I'm a bit overwhelmed. I am realizing how angry I get, how self destructive my lifestyle is, the effects my selfishness, how isolated I have...
by muni
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 73
Views: 2478

Re: Discrimination is self

Therefore, discrimination maybe a self/give rise to a self...... or it may not. In the latter case, if the process of discrimination, as well as the objects of discrimination( i.e. perceptual objects) are apprehended as dependent arisings. Son, it is not appearances that bind "you", it is your atta...
by muni
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 73
Views: 2478

Re: Discrimination is self

You wrote in another topic five aggregates: Thinking involves all aggregates simultaneously. Lost in thinking self 'arises' , often preceded by feelings, emotions. I am so thinking, what is meant with consciousness then is an 'artificial split' from awareness' , while seeing its' movement-display as...

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