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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arrogance
Replies: 19
Views: 613

Re: Arrogance

Why do you want to get rid of arrogance? Is it a cause of your suffering? Does it cause suffering to others? If the answer is yes, if it's obvious, then by meditating on that, getting rid of arrogance should be relatively easy. You can see it's like holding a burning log. If the answer is no, then y...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 24, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 1357

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Two apes are sitting in a tree 200,000 years ago and see the first homo sapien walk by
the one ape says to the other: "Must be some new samsaric realm..."
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 624

Re: Enlightenment

Is the question, "what makes Mahayana Buddhism Mahayana... how is it different from Theravada?"
There are a few points of distinction.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 19, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 659

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

What makes it hot or cold? Your own mind. This even occurs in the human realm, if you touch something like dry-ice (frozen carbon dioxide) it is so cold, it feels like it is burning and can cause red blisters on your skin. In other words, at the point of such severity, it may be hard to tell the dif...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 42
Views: 1432

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

There is nothing outside of your own mind keeping you from establishing a pure land right now.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 624

Re: Enlightenment

I'm sure you will get better answers if you are a bit more specific about what you want to know.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Beginning
Replies: 6
Views: 540

Re: Beginning

The best way for buddhists to consume food is with the mouth. Aside from that, in Nagarjuna's 'Letter To A Friend', the author says, "regard all food as medicine" which means, don't get overly attached to the flavor, or whether it uses some kind of exotic ingredients or whatever. Just eat to nourish...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma and Concussions
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Karma and Concussions

Karma reflects motivation.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 624

Re: Enlightenment

Study the teachings, and follow the teachings.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 659

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

It's hot hell by default, but it becomes cold hell if you forget to pay the utility bill
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue May 01, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 1357

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

...is there any causal relationship with energy and or matter? is there any compositional relationship (e.g. mind is made of light energy)? or is mind only and always emptiness itself...? Mind is said to have three qualities: 1. Emptiness = it has no color or shape, etc. 2. Clarity = like space in ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Illusion in Dzogchen
Replies: 71
Views: 3331

Re: Illusion in Dzogchen

Beyond both subject and object how can there be experience? Not beyond subject and object... beyond the dualism of subject and object. When you search yourself for: " what is it that arises, which is perceiving" ...you see nothing can be found to exist intrinsically . Likewise, when you search a pe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Illusion in Dzogchen
Replies: 71
Views: 3331

Re: Illusion in Dzogchen

Is it possible to see or experience anything that is not illusion? Usually, objects of awareness are illusion. But awareness itself cannot be refuted. Even if you argue, "all of this might simply be a dream" there is awareness of that. Thus, when, by practice, you are aware of awareness itself, awa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 1357

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

are you asking about how awareness interacts (arises) with matter?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Illusion in Dzogchen
Replies: 71
Views: 3331

Re: Illusion in Dzogchen

I don't know if this reply has anything to do with your questions but my understanding is that, generally speaking, the way we experience phenomena is sort of a reflection of the "reality" of the experience we have of ourselves. It's like, when people ask if the yidams and dharma protectors are "rea...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does anger comes from self-centered attitude?
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Does anger comes from self-centered attitude?

Yes, I agree with you regarding the raisin of children. But for a lot of people there is this idea of, "you know what you did was something you should not do, so you have to face some kind of consequence" ...which is perhaps why so many people have a misunderstanding of karma. Anyway... 1. Okay, pro...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mongolian Chenrezig Song: Source?
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Mongolian Chenrezig Song: Source?

A Mandarin Chinese version is available on a phone app, with the Chinese lyrics included, which I am sharing here. Alas, my ability to translate is lacking. 六字真言 Liu Zi zhen yan Six word mantra Six word genuine speech 六字真言颂 曲:巴岱喇嘛 歌词整理:水中星月_ 六字真言颂 怙主三宝 Hu zhu san bao 虔心皈依怙主三宝 Qiánxīn guīyī hù zhǔ sā...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does anger comes from self-centered attitude?
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Does anger comes from self-centered attitude?

Everything we do in samsara comes from a self-centered attitude. What we think of as anger isn't always what is meant by anger in the Buddhist context. This is because, if you look at the deepest motivation for why you feel like screaming and your face is red and you are expressing a lot of negativi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mongolian Chenrezig Song: Source?
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Mongolian Chenrezig Song: Source?

Does anyone know the source of this music, Mongolian Chenrezig Mantra Song... who produced it, who is singing it, and what the words translate as? The language is Mongolian (the scrolling message is Vietnamese). There is also a Mandarin Chinese version of this. I'm really curious! https://www.youtub...

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