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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: 318

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: 954

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: 954

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: 165

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: 619

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: 619

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: 619

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...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?
Replies: 25
Views: 619

Re: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?

I know this question has been addressed in other threads, but how much of Buddhist cosmology are we really required to take literally? Is it like Christianity and Islam, in which one is branded a heretic for doubting or being agnostic about the literal existence of heaven and hell? "Literally" is a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?
Replies: 25
Views: 619

Re: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?

Is there scientific evidence of the human realm?
If you answer yes, then what does that really mean?
The six realms have no intrinsic reality to them to begin with,
nothing occurring within the six realms has any inherent existence.
...not even the scientists in the human realm!
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Does being compassionate mean if we always have to be nice and we can express our opinions?
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Does being compassionate mean if we always have to be nice and we can express our opinions?

Even though "mindfulness" is a popular buzzword these days, it really applies here. If you really take time to examine your mind when you want to express yourself, this will help. For example, the asshole driver who cuts you off or grabs the parking space you've been patiently waiting for, you reall...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 26
Views: 1402

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

"mantra" means that which focuses the mind. now, as far as why one wishes to focus the mind' or recite mantras until their tongues wear out, there can certainly be all sorts of wrong reasons (from a buddhist point of view) for that. I once spoke with an elderly Japanese woman who reassured me that b...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 48
Views: 1394

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: 48
Views: 1394

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: 1280

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: 651

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: 1280

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: 48
Views: 1394

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: 48
Views: 1394

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: 413

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: 671

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...

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