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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 50
Views: 667

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Another point to consider in understanding this is that karma is occurring within the context of relative truth, meaning, within the parameters of confused or ignorant (unenlightened) perception of things, the experience of sentient beings referred to as samsara . Ultimately, there is no individual ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Transcribe cassettes soon!
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Transcribe cassettes soon!

Many Dharma centers have cassette recordings of teachings by various Rinpoches, spanning some three decades or more. If your dharma center or group has some, you should really think about transcribing them soon, as these are precious teachings which are easily lost to decay or destroyed by fire, etc...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Opening oneself to others
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Opening oneself to others

I think, you know the answer, as expressed in your last paragraph. Maybe this can be handled by going back to the basics, examining "who" is being defensive, "who" is shutting things off. I would say, spend some time on that. Really spend a week focused on that and see what happens. In my own experi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality

There are two ways that Pure Land practice can be approached, regardless of the tradition, and regardless of whether one is relying more on self-power or other power. Both approaches are valid. There is an "ordinary approach", which regards rebirth in Amitabha's Pure Land as occurring at the time of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 17
Views: 560

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

I think, all of this is meaningless. Who was the first person to produce fire by friction, using wood, flint, etc? Nobody knows. Yet, if you use a modern cigarette lighter to produce a flame, is this kind of fire not really valid? Is it fake fire? If you hold paper to it, will the paper fail to burn...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 799

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

At a teaching one time, our teacher was asked, "There is a saying, to give until it hurts . Should we do that as Buddhists?" The teacher said, no, don't do that. Don't cause yourself suffering! Be as generous as you are able to be. If you can only give someone a penny, but your motivation is really ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 799

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

What is the motivation? If one is practicing compassion, which isn't merely expressed through generosity by the way, but also though patience, effort, and so on, then, one needs to look at whether one is merely taking a cookie-cutter approach, or really applying their practice to the situation. The ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Media
Topic: A Living Message From The Silence Body of Dorzong Rinpoche
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: A Living Message From The Silence Body of Dorzong Rinpoche

I never understand what the point is to this kind of "miraculous" thing.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6872

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

What is taught in the Kagyu lineage is that all beings have primordial wisdom which is not affected by conditions. Here is a transcript from the question/answer portion of a talk on Mahamudra, by H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche: Q. You've said primordial wisdom is the essence of us, and the essence of us is ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 4538

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

I'm asking how to work with appearances in contemplation, once you have certainty distinguishing mind from nature of mind...) I think the last two or three answers before this one pretty much hit the nail on the head. You don't need to do anything. What's the point? However, it is also good to just...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?
Replies: 17
Views: 546

Re: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?

KiwiNFLFan wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:26 pm
What do you do if you think you may have unintentionally "insulted" or "offended" a Bodhisattva or Buddha? Is saying sorry enough to offset the bad karma? Would chanting their mantra help?
It depends on where it is.
Where is the insult located right now?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whack-a-mole approach
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: Whack-a-mole approach

What does the term mean? In the game, you try to suppress (whack) the mole as soon as you are aware of it. of course, another one immediately pops up, which is the point of the game: it never ends. you merely see how many you can smash in two minutes or whatever. But that's not really the buddhist m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 1676

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

What happened to the baby your parents had, who gave it your name? Every cell in that baby's body died a long time ago. Every thought in that baby's mind is long gone. Yet, somehow, here you are. Well, you were...a second ago. What that rebirth? Most of the answers are better than this one. Nothing ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Ethics of selling gifts
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Ethics of selling gifts

If someone gives someone a gift still has strings attached to what may be done with that gift, then they haven't fully given it, have they? If someone gives another person a gift, it should be because they want that other person to be happy. So, maybe you got a lot of happiness from a gift, but late...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 2766

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

Would you take your dharma texts with you to recite while you sit on the toilet? No, I certainly wouldn't. I think it is best to respect dharma items as an extension of our respect to the Buddha and his teachings. For me, a mala would fall into this category. But many just view a mala as a simple "...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 2766

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

Everything about malas is stuff people have made up over time. Bathrooms are regarded as dirty places, and for most of the past 2500 years, didn't have flushing toilets or a sink for washing hands. Even today, this is true for much of the world. Modern bathrooms are comparatively clean, and some peo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

I think, with anesthesia consciousness ceases. So, we may believe consciousness was a kind of everlasting state but it isn't. Even consciousness is an impermanent phenomenon. Under anesthesia, awareness of externally-generated sensory stimulation is blocked. So, I'm not disagreeing with your main p...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Style of teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Style of teaching

I've noticed that there are two distinct ways that teachers give Buddhist teachings. One way is to pretty much just go through a text line by line, explaining the context, the meaning of the terms being used, and so forth. This is the experience I have had with my teachers. It's practically academic...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Oral Transmissions Online: From how's to nuts and bolts
Replies: 22
Views: 1000

Re: Oral Transmissions Online: From how's to nuts and bolts

There are many good sources for Lojong teachings online. I think, hearing them from different teachers helps to learn them. I don't know that "online transmission" is really a thing in itself. The only difference is (unless it is a live streaming video) you don't get a chance to ask questions. If yo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

Consciousness can be broken down into several parts: physiology, sensory cognition, processing, and so on. Stages, or links. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? (Someone asked this to Lama Zopa, who replied, "what do you mean...Buddha hears it!" ) ...B...

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