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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 37
Views: 831

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

No disagreement. Secular buddhism simply rejects what cannot be verified. That, however doesn't mean that for many it isn't the right path. It's better for people who simply can't bring themselves to believe in ghosts and gods than it is to try to convince themselves that they do. If nothing else, i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 37
Views: 831

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

It won't happen. One cannot practice with wrong view and expect anything other than error as a result. That's simply didactic. If one can, then one can. Why is it "wrong view" not to accept on faith alone, or simply because someone has said it, or simply because someone told you that the Buddha tau...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

Karma is often misunderstood. It's not some thing you get. It isn't a system of rewards and punishments meted out by a spiritual universe. What you experience in the mind, what you project from the mind, that is the essence of karma. A person who is greedy, for example, only experiences deprivation ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 37
Views: 831

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

The words of the Buddha taught weren't even written down until a century after he spoke them... ...in a language he didn't speak... ...5,000 miles south of where he spoke them! If Mahayana teachings (or any buddhist teachings) are practiced, and they lead to realization, then the teachings are authe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 992

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

"Buddha Nature" isn't a thing . It is a description of the true nature of mind, or, one might say, original state of mind, which is clear, empty and luminous. It's called "Buddha nature" because Buddha means awake, which is another way of saying free from confusion and suffering. Not dreaming. Not d...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: on the colour of relics...
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: on the colour of relics...

it means that all things in this phenomenal world undergo constant change, just as the Buddha taught!
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karma & Hell Realm!
Replies: 31
Views: 950

Re: Karma & Hell Realm!

Good point but there are also actual different planes of existence in both the Pali Canon, Mahayana Sutras, and to my knowledge Tantra material. Can you go into this a bit? Also were do these realms come from, what is the dynamic of how they come into existence as obviously the environment will con...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why samsara exists
Replies: 23
Views: 932

Re: Why samsara exists

samsara arises because our universe is filled with infinite phenomena. the perception of phenomena gives rise to the experience of a perceiver and an object that is perceived. Thus, a dualism. because the phenomena perceived appears to be a solid, inherently existing thing the experience of perceive...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 20
Views: 1224

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

"Phenomenon exists as this or that is dependent on the observers. It is just like describing the same elephant by different blind men – one blind man may say an elephant looks like a tree trunk; another blind man would say an elephant looks like a snake." The perception is dependent on observation. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Origins of "OM AH HUM"
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Origins of "OM AH HUM"

I always assumed it to be what people mumble when all thoughts suddenly escape and the mind goes blank.
:rolling:
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karma & Hell Realm!
Replies: 31
Views: 950

Re: Karma & Hell Realm!

How do actions create a material realm? This is a very good question. But it also assumes a lot, which is why it is hard to answer directly. Some of the assumptions are not necessarily accurate, and this has to do with our definitions of things. First, when we humans talk about the reality of things...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 20
Views: 1224

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

If "...anything that is not known to the mind does not exist..." then nothing new would ever be discovered. You could not have an illness that you are unaware of. There would be no members to this forum until you yourself joined it, and all posts would be creations of your own mind. And if that is t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Schizophrenia and parenthood
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Schizophrenia and parenthood

if the likelihood of the child developing schizophrenia is 17%, then it is 83% ethical to have children.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Help with this Trungpa talk please?
Replies: 19
Views: 779

Re: Help with this Trungpa talk please?

Try reading it as "negating negativity". "Negative" as an adjective kind of misses the point. it works better as a verb. First, he is referring to negativity as a characteristic of some of our experiences. We have negative experiences. Then, he is talking about the way we relate to those negative ex...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Traveling to Buddhist Countries
Replies: 13
Views: 546

Re: Traveling to Buddhist Countries

Taiwan.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: can a sinner rise to fame?
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: can a sinner rise to fame?

The thing is,you are connecting two things which have no direct connection to begin with. If you've done some awful thing in the past, that thing may come back to haunt you whether or not you ever become famous for something. We see this played out in the headlines every day. Some movie star or TV a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lifetimes completing cycle of Dependent origination
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: Lifetimes completing cycle of Dependent origination

Some people hold to the idea that karma is a system of reward and punishment, that the universe rewards and punishes beings in order to maintain some kind of perfect yin-yang balance or something, and they look at the outward appearances of events as being either good or bad, and then attribute that...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 22
Views: 1086

Re: Rebirth

Look at the notion of rebirth itself, then ask, "rebirth, as compared to what?" And by that, I mean in the same sense that people ask, "are Buddhist deities real? " and again, "real, as compared to what?" because essentially, I think, we compare these notions to the experiential notion we have of a ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 892

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

The key term here isn't "rites and rituals" but reliance . It means don't depend on ceremonies and customs to be your practice. This is a mistake a lot of people make. It's not like following a recipe, where you do this and that according to the steps and you end up with a batch of cookies. A lot of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 20
Views: 1224

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

Let's define some terms. Strictly speaking, to "exist" in the Buddhist sense means to possess an inherent, indivisible quality. That means that something must occur regardless of its relationship to anything else, and that it cannot be broken down into various components which do not also fully expr...