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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus
Replies: 36
Views: 1235

Re: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus

The gist of it is, I failed to express to others his level as a teacher. He is an amazing teacher and it's all pure Dharma, verifiable. But the level in which he wanted me to express, was above what (I think) one could reasonably say... Hold on— are you saying your teacher was upset because you did...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

But there can be no “thing” that is constantly changing, because that implies “it” is constantly becoming something other than itself. Depends what you mean by "thing/it." If "it" is a fixed substance then by definition it is unchanging. If "it" is a dynamic process then by definition it is changin...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practicing contentment for my children
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Practicing contentment for my children

Strive for great things, but strictly abandon any attachment to the rewards, because they are fleeting. Why pursue anything then? Do it for the benefit of others. Strangely enough, this will result in the greatest joy.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 31
Views: 2366

Re: We don't exist anywhere?

... but rather “Nothing exists which is that thing”. How come the affirmation of "that thing" through mere reference? “That thing” is still an arising appearance that occurs. That’s why there’s attachment. That’s why there’s suffering as a result of attachment. The context is illusion, isn’t it?
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

Does the apple tree exist? This question is quite old as in it has been asked for a long time. The underlying issue is duality exist versus not exist, subject versus object, etc. This is why: “Contemplating the appearances of subject and object without differentiation is practicing prajñā-pāramitā....
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

It remains a momentary cluster of conditions. Same for the tiger in a dream. Intrinsic reality is not relevant to arising conditions. What is intrinsic reality? “Intrinsic reality” means having something being real out of, or based on some intrinsic essence. Buddhism interprets the term 'intrinsic ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

Sunyata doesn’t argue that phenomena aren’t occurring as perceived, but that when deconstructed, we find that nothing truly exists on its own as the basis for the perceived phenomena. ߷߷߷ Does a perceived phenomenon exist? (Not the imputed source of the perceived phenomenon, the perceived phenomeno...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

Let's say, for fun, that to exist unconditionally is to Exist and to exist conditionally is to exist. The apple tree does not Exist. But it most certainly exists ... right? The most common challenge to the person trying to understanding Sunyata (“emptiness”) is that he or she is trying to unravel t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 31
Views: 2366

Re: We don't exist anywhere?

The most common challenge to the person trying to understanding Sunyata (“emptiness”) is that he or she is trying to unravel the idea, “that thing doesn’t exist”. But the premise of sunyata isn’t “that thing doesn’t exist” but rather “Nothing exists which is that thing”. At first, these two statemen...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 31
Views: 2366

Re: We don't exist anywhere?

Has anyone experience emptiness or non self of everything or any things that dont change without mental fabrication but as natural living experience 24 x7? Such a being wouldn't want to eat, sleep, eliminate waste, do anything, he'd just die. All things we do are to keep the ego going, keep survivi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

If we have no more delusion no more suffering, the tree doesn’t disappear?! If you have no more delusion, you still see an apple tree, but you don’t see it as unchanging. You don’t see it as a solid, unchanging entity. When you no longer grasp at phenomena as having an unchanging, intrinsic reality...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 31, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

If we have no more delusion no more suffering, the tree doesn’t disappear?! It remains a momentary cluster of conditions. Same for the tiger in a dream. Intrinsic reality is not relevant to arising conditions. What is intrinsic reality? “Intrinsic reality” means having something being real out of, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

My own homemade litmus test for existence is: If x can be aware'd, it exists. That aware-ing might be via onboard perception (senses), or might require manipulation (digging up buried treasure), or instrumentation (microscope, telescope). The required perception, manipulation, or instrumentation mi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

If knowing is a function of the mind, then the mind would know if the apple tree exists or not. Maybe. If otoh knowing can happen without the mind being involved, then it's a mystery (to me, at least) what would know the tree exists or not. “Knower” and “mind” are not the same thing. “Knower” is an...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

If knowing is a function of the mind, then the mind would know if the apple tree exists or not. [/quote l] Maybe. If otoh knowing can happen without the mind being involved, then it's a mystery (to me, at least) what would know the tree exists or not. “Knower” and “mind” are not the same thing. “Kn...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

Does the apple tree exist? Define: “exist”. For this thread, let's say "Does the apple tree exist?" means "Is there an actual object that we call an apple tree?" “Actual object” doesn’t define it. Merely different terms. But when you begin to define it, then you get closer to answering the question...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

LastLegend wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 6:08 pm
Rick wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 5:40 pm
What knows anything ... the mind of the knower ... or something 'deeper' ?
Explain please.
“Knower” is a concept arising from knowing,
rather than, what people usually assume,
the other way around.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 39
Views: 399

Re: Apple tree

Does the apple tree exist? Define: “exist”. An infinite series of rapidly sequential events occur ... from which arises in the mind of the perceiver... a unified concept of an object ... which is then matched to previously conceived ideas about “Apple tree”. All of that is definitely occurring with...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 29, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47778

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

There seems to be a lot of attention being given to a rise in depression, suicide, etc. which is being blamed on the lockdown (this is in the United States. I don’t know about elsewhere). Although it probably couldn’t be accurately measured, I’d be interested to know if people who practice Buddhist ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 28, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 143
Views: 1933

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

I can’t say for others, but in my case, “I think” means I am asserting something that isn’t necessarily stated in any sutras or historic Dharma texts, as far as I know. It’s merely my own inference, based on what I’ve read, or it’s a conclusion that I’ve arrived at based on observations and analysi...

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