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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that "Buddhism" should not lay claim to rites of passage since it will then embark upon a venture which is contrary to its essence. While this is true, in almost every country with a strong Buddhist influence, such ‘worldly’ concerns have nonetheless become part of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

An article in Tricycle many years ago made a good observation, western buddhism, as far as being a “religion” is concerned, until it has established birth, marriage, and funeral traditions, and those traditions have continued for a few generations, it will always be regarded as just a fringe spiritu...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

Every age group has its own priorities. If you go to Taiwan or other countries where Mahayana Buddhism is prevalent, you will find that there are Buddhist youth groups and clubs and things like that, organized by temples, but often the parents push their kids to participate. Otherwise, if you are a ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 11
Views: 278

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Red Pine occasionally shows up on this forum. You might search here and ask him. The Zen Teaching if Bodhidharma is one of my favorite books. I’ve read it over many times. I think the point Bodhidharma is making is that the nature of mind isn’t dependent on conditions, and it isn’t hiding anywhere. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 11
Views: 278

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

I was reading in the Bloodstream Sermon from The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, translated by Red Pine, A buddha is an idle person. He doesn’t run around after fortune and fame. What good are such things in the end? People who don’t see their nature and think reading sutras, invoking buddhas, studyin...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 17
Views: 361

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

... I'm not questioning meditation itself, because you can meditate without all the poses, and traditional sets, you understand? Why is it necessary to make it a technique? You're right, we can meditate without all the poses, etc. We don't though, unless we've been taught. And the easiest and best ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 1913

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

is there proof that the Buddha has unlimited awareness?because the Sutras seem to indicate that he has no vijnana or Citta. What sort of proof do you want? You can’t prove anything about a Buddha. But if you try to understand the point of the teachings You can prove to yourself whatever it is you n...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feeling Emotions
Replies: 17
Views: 257

Re: Feeling Emotions

That sounds a little depressing to me, like I'm just giving up on my dreams and what I want to do in this life. Like should I just give up on college then? A degree? Studying oceanography or something that would allow me to dive or travel out into the waters to observe and record and document? What...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feeling Emotions
Replies: 17
Views: 257

Re: Feeling Emotions

If you have a source for those claims, that would be useful. Most people, when they begin meditating feel all sorts of things...restlessness, boredom, sore knees... In terms of emotions, when one begins sitting meditation, you aren’t really engaging in any activity except watching the object of that...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?

You shouldn’t have a Buddha wallpaper on a computer
But it’s okay to have millions of tiny colored pixels
Arranged in such as way so that
Within your own mind they
Create the visualized thought of a buddha.

:jumping: :rolling:
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 1913

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

does every school of buddhism seemingly deny that buddha has awareness after nirvana? if there are some schools that say a Buddha has awareness after nirvana maybe I should just follow that school. I am confused by this. Maybe it was a typo on your side. I believe their impression is that Buddhism ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 1913

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

does every school of buddhism seemingly deny that buddha has awareness after nirvana? if there are some schools that say a Buddha has awareness after nirvana maybe I should just follow that school. I am confused by this. Maybe it was a typo on your side. Perhaps the best course to take from this po...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 17
Views: 361

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

The two previous answers are good. In specific, we get trapped in samsara because we chase after every thought and emotion. When you practice sitting meditation, you stop doing that, because you aren’t doing anything or going anywhere. You are just sitting there, which is exactly the opposite of eve...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 17
Views: 361

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

If you don’t try to push yourself any further than where you already are, then you really won’t get anywhere, will you? Interesting, I think it's accurate, I would question push , but no, I would like to question going where exactly? I would assume (if you are practicing Dharma) then, away from the...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 17
Views: 361

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

I disagree... if you are doing it right, ...and agree, if you are doing it wrong. The more you try to step out of your comfort zone, The bigger it will get. There’s a balance between sitting too long, feeling restless or drowsy (both of which have remedies for meditators, btw) and always jumping up ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Repetition in a Changing Reality
Replies: 12
Views: 290

Re: Repetition in a Changing Reality

Impermanence means constant change it does not mean consistency does not exist within that dynamic. In fact if there were no constants within impermanence liberation would not be possible. Why? because there would be no consistent outcome to teach because it would not be a fabric of absolute realit...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Repetition in a Changing Reality
Replies: 12
Views: 290

Repetition in a Changing Reality

I find it interesting that, although Buddhist teachings emphasize that everything is constantly changing, that nothing truly exists even for a second, Nearly all Buddhist practices involve doing the same thing over and over and over again... The same rituals every day, bowing and prostrations, bangi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 1913

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

I don't know about that. What I've learned from teachers sources tallies with what Malcolm says. I didn't even know the other one was an option, to be honest. The lineage prayer talks about swiftly attaining the state of Vajradhara and the Kagyu refuge prayer I've learned says we should attain real...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to avoid imagining the tantric world as inherently existing?
Replies: 50
Views: 1319

Re: How to avoid imagining the tantric world as inherently existing?

I think having very realistic visuslizations is fine. After all, consider the meditation of artists who paint thangkas. But you have to also dissolve that. Did you ever blow soap bubbles? They are also “real” in the material sense. But only for a few seconds. Your visualizations can be as real as t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 408

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

Sutras mention beings “born or moisture”.
I don’t know about India, but in Europe, prior to the invention of microscopes, it was once believed that life could simply sort of pop up out of dampness or fog or condensation

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