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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Goals & Non-Attachment
Replies: 33
Views: 499

Re: Goals & Non-Attachment

My understanding of non-attachment is that I should not be attached to outcomes since I cannot control all the variables of life and things are impermanence. With that view, I find it hard to have motivation to even set goals or try to achieve them. Why not do the minimal in life since everything i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 55
Views: 1386

Re: New Topic

Science is needed for understanding things scientifically but it is also possible to understand things unscientifically. The Lakota Sioux say, "The sky is the father of all things/the Earth is the mother of all things." This can hardly be regarded as a scientific argument, yet, it conveys the truth ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

I agree about the motivation matters the most. In the other hand, I heard "if you give something to a Buddha it creates more merit/karma than if you give to low realm beings (i.e animals)". It's like the concept of Garuka Kusala and Akusala Kamma, it depends and differentiates the objects. What do ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the best way to handle insensitivity and indifference?
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: What is the best way to handle insensitivity and indifference?

That's just how it is sometimes. So, as the Buddha taught... suffering. You just can't change some people. But, consider that most of the billions of people in the world likewise do not even know you exist, much less care. But does that concern you? no. So, then you have to examine why it is that wi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

About the examples I got it, thanks. :namaste: Another question, which do you say give more gains; helping living beings directly or offering to holy beings? The point is to have happy future lives and happy surrounding beings (Buddha-ksetra). Who the recipient is has very little to do with gaining...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Post Truth World
Replies: 46
Views: 1078

Re: Post Truth World

Agree with Miroku. I went to a Buddhism conference today, only stayed for two talks. The second, by an ordained Western teacher, made the point that 'Nirvāṇa is natural, suffering is an-natural, compassion is natural, hatred is un-natural', or something along those lines. Everyone nodded in agreeme...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to deal with fear the Buddhist way?
Replies: 10
Views: 442

Re: How to deal with fear the Buddhist way?

There are a lot of ways to deal with a fear of public speaking. Many have already been suggested. Breathe, pause between sentences, speak slowly, etc. I think a Buddhist approach might not be immediately applicable at the time, but it might be useful to apply Buddhist analytics for working on the fe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

A simpler example is that if you fold up a blanket or something soft to sit on when you meditate, you create the conditions for sitting meditation that are less painful that sitting on a concrete floor. So, you will want to meditate more, because it doesn't cause you pain. Eventually, because you me...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

For me, the entire point of practice is to reduce karma, not for gain. Karmic "gain" means developing the causes which will produce the best results for that practice. . . . Can you kindly give some examples? It's similar to practicing a musical instrument. The more you practice, the more your skil...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

For me, the entire point of practice is to reduce karma, not for gain. Karmic "gain" means developing the causes which will produce the best results for that practice. . . . Yeah... I think I understand the concept, but I am struggling to see how the best result for any practice could be anything o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

futerko wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:27 pm
For me, the entire point of practice is to reduce karma, not for gain.
Karmic "gain" means developing the causes which will produce the best results for that practice.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Overcoming Pride
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Overcoming Pride

I have a problem that whenever I do something positive there is a part of me that feels proud, and with it comes a feeling of excitement. That excitement seems to follow me throughout the rest of the day making it very hard to have equanimity. This really gets in the way of genuine spiritual practi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the earth flat according to Buddhism?
Replies: 36
Views: 952

Re: Is the earth flat according to Buddhism?

If the Earth is round, then according to Buddhism, the Earth is round. If the Earth is still taking form, and, like a partially-baked cake still in the oven, whose surface has a crust but whose insides are still hot and gooey, and thus is in a constant state of change and tectonic upheaval, and that...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difficulty Leaving the House
Replies: 27
Views: 763

Re: Difficulty Leaving the House

I don't generally go to group meditations or dharma talks. Generally speaking I am either too scared or too depressed to leave the house. This I think is really closing the door on a lot of opportunities to progress. I live adjacent to a city so there is no limit of options; from Zen to Tibetan to ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

In a teaching available on YouTube, Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro makes a brilliant suggestion, something like (sorry, not an exact quote): when the thought of wanting countless, infinite beings to be free from suffering becomes an overwhelming concept, that for a dharma practitioner to simply make the...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Karmic Gain

Speaking from personal experience, spending my time and energy regretting the good deeds I haven't done is self-defeating - I end up feeling useless and depressed, overwhelmed by how much there is still to do. It's like an astronomer, who realizes, after developing a telescope that can see further ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Excellent New Forum
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Excellent New Forum

I'm sorry to hear about your condition. Have you found bardo or death preparatory teachings that you've found helpful? What I find to be most intersting (and I'm going to assume at some point that will mean helpful ) are the teachings on the dissolution of the elements, and our not seeing the eleme...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Excellent New Forum
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Excellent New Forum

I asked that this sub-forum be created because earlier this year I was medically diagnosed with a terminal medical condition. When you find out you have only a few good years left, it changes your perspective and priorities. Even the fact of impermanence acquires a different reality. It's no longer ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Everyday and Everynight.
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Everyday and Everynight.

Everyday I remind myself that it could be my last. Every night I remind myself that I might not wake. One day or one night I will be correct. Far from being morbid this gives rise to a great appreciation for life and the opportunity it gives to Awaken beyond life and death. Similarly, before I get ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 19
Views: 890

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

For example, advocating for basic human rights to be observed and acted on for vulnerable individuals in the community, giving it all you have, failing again and seeing the suffering continue.....there can be moments of despair. Despair is a complex emotion but is it an affliction in this circumsta...

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