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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

I struggled for 15 years with drinking, and nothing ever stopped the desire.
Then I took the five precept vows from a Tibetan Lama,
and the craving just stopped. That was around 27 years ago. Still sober.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 51
Views: 159

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Hui Neng, 6th Zen Patriarch said, “Fundamentally, there is not a thing there.” Yet the knowing quality is present and infused with consciousness. So, you are saying that perhaps, the "knowing quality" and"consciousness" is (are) a thing which is there? That's interesting. Where is it? . . .
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to get angry qualitatively?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Re: How to get angry qualitatively?

The purpose of the practice isn't to cultivate anger. I'm not sure how you would get an idea like that if you actually have a teacher. I'm also not sure if this kind of question is appropriate in an online forum. Probably better to ask a teacher. They're also not called angry deities. They're wrath...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to get angry qualitatively?
Replies: 28
Views: 774

Re: How to get angry qualitatively?

You're obviously not trying very hard. Maybe you should just give up and get a job stuffing envelopes or something that doesn't take as much attention, because you are certainly not up to the task. Why did you even choose Buddhism anyway? Was the monkey house at the zoo already full? What's your pro...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feelings of shame arising
Replies: 11
Views: 585

Re: Feelings of shame arising

The idea of this being ego rearing its ugly head is an insightful one. I definitely find myself wanting to be a saint. The goal of ethical conduct is one of the parts that matter most to me. It's strange to hear of it being a means to an end and not the end itself. The purpose of Buddha's teachings...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feelings of shame arising
Replies: 11
Views: 585

Re: Feelings of shame arising

Don't dwell on your faults or on the faults of others. That's actually just another kind of ego thing. Discipline, ethical conduct and mindfulness are tools for helping you to see the true nature of your mind The point isn't to turn you into some kind of saint! Do these thoughts arise during meditat...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 35
Views: 952

Re: Mind transcends death

I agree with that final sentence, but how does a Buddhist or anyone else who holds this view defend it against materialist-reductionist neuroscientists and philosophers? My own approach is to view the notion that mind = brain is a category error, confusing two separate domains, and attempting to ex...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Passing of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Re: Passing of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

KKR was my first teacher, and that has been for more of my entire lifetime. he has benefited countless beings, devoted to fulfilling the wishes of HH 16th Karmapa, as abbot of KTD Monastery, in Woodstock NY. Many teachers these days put their own twist on things. The translator, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso r...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 35
Views: 952

Re: Mind transcends death

Conventionally, what does cause/sustain mind? Ultimately? "Sustain" is a tricky word. In a sense, inaccurate, if we imagine it to mean a single thing like an opera singer sustaining one single sung note for a long time. Mind is always activity. maybe not always active , but always, in some way, an ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 924

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

There is a podcast by HH Dalai Lama where he discusses this. I can't provide a specific reference, because I heard it at http://lamrim.com , which is a GREAT podcast thing but they never identify what is playing. Anyway, the point of this is to realize the interconnectedness of all phenomena, and to...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Praying. Where to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 625

Re: Praying. Where to start?

Such a great balance between responses! Thank you :-). In regards to praying to dieties (lets use Tara for example as I seem drawn to her which is a weird feeling) I am having some trouble determining what is appropriate for someone such as myself that also has textual or historical precedent (I fe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 924

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

I have never been able to relate to it. However, If I meditate on the idea that all beings have been my children in past lives, because I am a parent myself in this life right now, that works for me. I feel a lot of...can generate a lot of... compassion and loving kindness toward others. Teachers sa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hand Rattle Bells - strange object
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Hand Rattle Bells - strange object

That got me curious and everything I could find about this and others similar to it refers to it as a Shinto ceremonial rattle.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids

The thing that attracts me most about Buddhism is the idea that you can insulate your happiness to be independent of exterior factors (events, people, outcomes, etc). Well, that's a mistake, because everything is interconnected. Nothing is independent, especially happiness. There are no exterior fa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 1295

Re: The hearer and the sound?

how should mind be trained when hearing sound in a way that’s not mistaken as self? If you regard the self as having some kind of inherent existence, then, naturally, you'll regard sound as having some kind of inherent existence. But, if you regard sound as not having any kind of inherent existence...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 1295

Re: The hearer and the sound?

What we, meaning awareness experiences as sound ( which is, after all, a concept) is air molecules vibrating the ear drum, and that vibration becoming an electric signal in the brain. The air molecules aren't the sound. The ear drum isn't the sound. The vibration isn't the sound. The electricity in ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Treatment of scriptures and sacred objects in Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Treatment of scriptures and sacred objects in Chinese Buddhism

It means don't take them into a dirty place. These days, in the west, many people's bathrooms are spotless and cleaned with disinfectants, etc. Maybe cleaner than where they meditate! Do what you feel comfortable with. If you are wearing a wrist mala, be mindful to keep it the wrist of whatever hand...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?
Replies: 25
Views: 685

Re: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?

While I understand that all traditions don't identify the higher realms the same at the top resides sentient beings that have achieved liberation. It is above all the other realms. The profound realization to be had in this (for me) is that all other realizations are in deference to this one. The r...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?
Replies: 25
Views: 685

Re: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?

One of the challenges is overcoming the latent desire to actualize reality through direct physical presence of material form. Take fear for example. It has no physical tangibility yet it is part of our being. Yet even without a direct physical form it works through our senses and evokes reaction. W...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?
Replies: 25
Views: 685

Re: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?

Is there really no scientific evidence in favor of higher realms? I'd really like it if there were. People always want to know, "are these things real "... "real" meaning, "you know, real, like the way you and I and trees and rocks are real" but, see, from the buddhist way of reckoning, that's a fa...

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