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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Some biologists also object “to the idea that cells can have goals, memories and so on, because it sounds like magic,” he added. But we have to remember, he said, that work on control theory, cybernetics, artificial intelligence and machine learning over the last century or so has shown that mechan...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The word I give this phenomena is "awarity". It's like awareness, but without any brain activity or organ of sensory perception or cognition. What I distinguish is between purely random activity, and what, for lack of a better word, is intentional . Even some plants exhibit this. But you have to be ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1885

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

It all depends on your motivation.
If your disagreement results from your being honest with yourself,
a good teacher will understand this, respect your honesty, and work with you from there.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 2823

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

I have a friend in Taiwan who I met when he was studying in the United States. He used to call me "the monk" even though I wasn't. But I lived in a tiny room, did lots of odd jobs for cash (lived day to day on less than $6000 a year --this was during the 1980s) and my day began with meditation, Tibe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arrogance
Replies: 28
Views: 918

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: 50
Views: 1860

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: 729

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: 696

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: 1580

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: 729

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: 601

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: 347

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: 729

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: 696

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: 50
Views: 1860

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: 3577

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: 3577

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: 50
Views: 1860

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: 3577

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...

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