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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: What is Dharma?

Thanks! That is not as simple as it may seem. Words have no absolute existence, meaning of the Dharma is often very elusive. Thus it is impossible to say that "here is Dharma", and "there is no Dharma" with absolute certainty. Dharma exists in communication, in experience. As is pointed to by the G...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: What is Dharma?

Words are never the same, each person pronounces words differently. Words are written differently. Styles of writing change. Inks, colours, pencils and paper change. Words written on paper are different from words spoken. Words in a computer memory are different from words spoken. Words spoken in t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?
Replies: 48
Views: 1069

Re: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?

Buddhas transcend both singular and plural. One Buddha, a million buddhas. How many separate drops of water are in the ocean? How many parts of space in an empty room? How many separate moments exist in time? It's like that. . . . That really confused me. It is true that Buddha trascends all dualit...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol
Replies: 16
Views: 562

Re: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol

I've read versions of this story before, but I can't remember where. I assume it comes from a sutra. "There was once a monk who was living in a mountain cave practicing meditation. His benefactor down below would bring up food from time to time. He also had a beautiful daughter who would bring the ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?
Replies: 48
Views: 1069

Re: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?

Buddhas transcend both singular and plural.
One Buddha, a million buddhas.
How many separate drops of water are in the ocean?
How many parts of space in an empty room?
How many separate moments exist in time?
It's like that.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: What is Dharma?

You probably have forgotten the process how, as an infant, you learned the language of the surrounding world. At first it was new and strange to you. But then you started to find out what the words stood for. This took you many years. Gradually your view of the world also hardened. In the beginning...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: What is Dharma?

You also need to define all the words and concepts used in all the teachings, see...Like for example what is "view", what is "right view", ... what is "liberation", what is "right liberation", etc... It is endless,... the responsibility rests also on the hearer or the one who understands. The funny...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Calming the mind
Replies: 13
Views: 383

Re: Calming the mind

dolphin_color wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:33 pm
Hi Myoan, thanks. And how specifically do you practice bodhicitta before your sessions?
Remind yourself that you are meditating for the benefit of all beings,
you are doing it so that you can be able to liberate beings from samsara.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Not for a better Samsara
Replies: 11
Views: 444

Re: Not for a better Samsara

Samsara and Nirvana are two different ways of experiencing the same phenomena. Everything Buddha talked about relates to our experience. It's not as though he was way out there and nobody could understand what he was rambling about. Even though it is true that making samsara cozier is not the goal o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan?
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan?

Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan? I study both Tibetan Buddhism and East Asian Buddhism. I study both as well, plus conversational Chinese. It depends on what your purpose is. You could also consider Sanskrit. Language is really about the interpretation of concepts....
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: What is Dharma?

What is Dharma and what is not should be evident from its effects. Thus says the Bhagavan Shakyamuni. It is not a thing decided by some authority or by another authority. See the Gotami sutta https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.053.than.html Very true. The Buddha didn't "invent" t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 17
Views: 707

Re: Is the Pure Land an actual place?

By "actual" do you mean in the same way that you actually exist?
How do you actually exist?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

" I want a pleasing illusion. Given the truth of what you say, I have to wonder how the agreement that one person is attractive and another ugly comes about." ...Often there is not an agreement, is there? Some people love the flavor of cilantro while other people hate it. This is all due to previous...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: About bad parents, how should we treat them in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 376

Re: About bad parents, how should we treat them in Buddhism

They are your parents, so you are adding that fact into the situation. But if you think about it, that fact really doesn't make any difference. If you had the best parents, but a different person was cruel and mean to you, then that cruel person would be the object of your question, "how should I tr...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World peace
Replies: 8
Views: 250

Re: World peace

World peace only takes one second to happen. If everybody stopped killing for one second, then one minute, then one day, then one year, I think it would catch on very quickly. I have always thought an international peace minute would be a good thing to promote. just for one minute, just for the kids...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

You do realize, of course, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? I don't know if I would find a green woman with three eyeballs especially attractive. Further, all appearances are illusions. This means that what we experience as beautiful or ugly is really just a projection of our own ego. This...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What Devotion Really Is
Replies: 11
Views: 507

Re: What Devotion Really Is

I think that for many western students, unless one has the conditions for a deep teacher-student relationship, to sort of fall naturally into that. I know this is the case for me. One of the reasons is that dharma is intangible in a way. If you are learning how to, say, play a musical instrument, or...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The teaching of Buddha.
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: The teaching of Buddha.

I used to have that book.
I found it to be a great read, and a good resource again and again.
On the last page it explains the history of its publishing.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin-centric practice
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: Guanyin-centric practice

Guan Yin in the Chinese name of Avalokiteshvara, The Bodhisattva who embodies infinite compassion for all beings. Tibetan Buddhism has many practices which are specifically visualization practices of Guan Yin (Tib: Chenrezig ) Because of the many miracle stories associated with Guan Yin, there are m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Compassion for the enemy
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: Compassion for the enemy

If you examine why someone is the "enemy", it's because they are causing you some kind of suffering, either physical, mental, or emotional anguish. Why are they doing this, and why do you experience it as suffering? First, they are doing it because they too are suffering. They are acting out of igno...

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