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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 395

Re: How is karma individual?

Each karma is unique just as different rivers are unique,
even though they lead to the same ocean.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 22
Views: 433

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

This isn't so much about not practicing, not making time for it etc. I do a surprisingly good job of that given my other responsibilities (job, kids, wife, family, all my worldly hobbies and fun distractions lol), It's mainly that at one time Tantra attracted me, the more bells and whistles the bet...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 22
Views: 433

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

My introduction to Buddhism was Vajrayana and that’s still my main study, even if I’m not always engaged in practice. But, you know, it is awfully elaborate when compared to, say, Zen. I actually like visiting a local Thai temple, which is also very elaborate in many ways, but also very simple. What...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Answering via private message
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Answering via private message

Hello.
I can’t figure out how to reply to posts where the only way to reply is via private message
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 22
Views: 433

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

I think, in a lot of ways everything starts out on a superficial level. Even deeply superficial! When we are new to the practice, even when we are really into it, we haven’t really related to it or absorbed it into many life situations. It’s more like a new diversion. After a while, we get tired of ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 22
Views: 433

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

I think, in a lot of ways everything starts out on a superficial level. When we are new to the practice, even when we are really into it, we haven’t really related to it or absorbed it into many life situations. It’s more like a new diversion. After a while, we get tired of the diversion and then we...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Selling the dharma
Replies: 69
Views: 6637

Re: Selling the dharma

A dharma center hosted a talk by a well-known teacher from Tibet, and at the door to the event posted a sign reading: “$10 donation please” A visitor stepped up to the table where they were collecting the money and handed over a $5 bill. The person collecting said, “you know, this is a very famous l...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Problems with Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Problems with Meditation

Don’t “try” to meditate. Just sit quietly and watch the breath. Maybe think of it as “breathitating” instead of “meditating” because there’s less baggage. Just make that your focus wherever you are. Just keep coming back to the next breath. Don’t try to repeat a previous meditation session. Don’t tr...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The limit of compounded phenomena
Replies: 28
Views: 2272

Re: The limit of compounded phenomena

It means that if you keep reducing (“cutting in half”) phenomena, eventually you reach a point where everything is indistinguishable from everything else.
Like dust.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 46
Views: 1120

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

I can only relate this to my own personal experience. For many years, I practiced as an unmarried, unburdened layperson, sometimes around monks and lamas, other times not. Living pretty much day to day doing odd jobs, moving from one cheap apartment to the next, usually with housemates. It was easy ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Looking for advice as a researcher
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Looking for advice as a researcher

Just thoughts... As you are no doubt aware, “mindfulness meditation” is very popular these days. However, taken out of its Buddhist context, it has in many cases shown to be the opposite of helpful: people suddenly become very aware of all kinds of inner stuff they weren’t before, and now it’s all o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 56
Views: 1561

Re: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I used to visit a very large and nationally famous American zoo. It is arranged with different types of animals living in areas that are themed in such a way so as to reflect the geographic origins of the animals in that section. So, for example, a North America section, an Africa section, and so on...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hostile environment/political activism
Replies: 21
Views: 630

Re: Hostile environment/political activism

Maybe it's just prejudice but when thinking "political activism" the thought "hysteria" is associated quite naturally. So "political activism" appears to be an affliction. Well, it can be shouting and demonstrating and throwing things or posting angry stuff on Facebook. But it can also be developin...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hostile environment/political activism
Replies: 21
Views: 630

Re: Hostile environment/political activism

Political activism addresses contradictions in society (if you are a Marxist, then “class contradictions”). As a political activist, you can take sides if you wish, and if it’s a question of good vs. evil, then you should take sides. But, I think, as a Buddhist, one needs to bring up the basic thing...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: All or nothing?
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: All or nothing?

Sounds strange, but I aspire to this. If we take 'casual' to mean 'relaxed, natural and trusting your relationship with both sacred and mundane worlds.' As opposed to: flippant, careless, arrogant and superficial. Well, I think what I mean is, for example, most Christians that I know, that’s just s...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hostile environment/political activism
Replies: 21
Views: 630

Re: Hostile environment/political activism

Buddhism has all sorts of vows,
But revenge isn’t one of them.
Conquering one’s enemy is easy
compared with controlling one’s own mind.
Yes, you can fight injustice without causing harm,
and if you are clever about it, the results will be
much, much more effective.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: All or nothing?
Replies: 9
Views: 561

All or nothing?

Buddhism isn’t so much a type of worship as it is a daily living practice, which, I think, you could say has two aspects to it. There is the applying Buddhist values into one’s everyday activities (compassion, patience, generosity, and so on). But then there are also those activities which one devot...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice- Getting a bigger place, MIL is kondoing and unloading unwanted stuff
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: Advice- Getting a bigger place, MIL is kondoing and unloading unwanted stuff

I think there are different types of hoarders for different reasons (different causes). Some people hold onto stuff out of insecurity. “I might need that piece of aluminum foil one day”. For others, it’s like a collection. We have a culture that encourages people to collect. As kids, we are taken on...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 44
Views: 1354

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

I’m just gonna reply to a few statements. I think probably this topic, which is a good topic, needs to be defined a little better. Tricycle Magazine has run at least a few articles about how Buddhism fits into western class society, either confronting it, acclimating to it, or both. But anyway, rega...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

I'll give you my perspective and you are welcome to demolish it. In fact, I hope you do :smile: ...we are interconnected and constantly evolving. The 'me' now is not the same 'me' from any other instance in time - neither past or future. but there is still a continuum. No continuum. Only the illusi...

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