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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality

There are different Pure Land Schools, different emphasis, so, a lot depends on what the criticism is.

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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 161
Views: 1787

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Any time one discusses awareness, awareness is occurring.
This doesn't mean that there is a permanent "thing" which is aware.
It's simply awareness of that momentary occurrence of awareness.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Which path? Which practice?
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Which path? Which practice?

I think, ultimately, there is just something intangible that one feels a connection to, or connects with in some way. This is because your present connection to the dharma is the result of your past actions. All the paths, if studied on their, what one might say, "profound" level, the levels of unde...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 161
Views: 1787

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

The Buddha taught that a mind cannot see itself. This is true in the case of ordinary mind. In the case of non-dual mind, there is no object, so there is no seeing anyway. There is just a knowing. It is the innate function of a mind to know. Can you cite where the buddha teaches the mind cannot see...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?
Replies: 22
Views: 409

Re: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?

1. On one level, you can say the zen teaching is monistic in so far as all dualities are transcended. However, zen goes even beyond that, because if you say, "all one", then you have to ask, "all one, as compared to what?" ...in other words, at this point you are only establishing oneness in relativ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 161
Views: 1787

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Consciousness could just as well be a permanent field and what/how we would perceive content of consciousness (feelings, thoughts, sensations, etc) would still be seen as arising and falling. That would be an equally valid premise. Sort of like an allergy to polar bear fur, which a person could hav...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Is it wrong to control the mind?
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Is it wrong to control the mind?

Not, "wrong"... but you have to examine what you mean by "control". What this usually means is, during meditation, thoughts arise. You don't try to suppress them. Don't indulge them, but also don't try to "not think". Thoughts arise, you just give them room and return to watching your breath or what...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 1464

Re: Dharma Ending Age

(1) the admission of women into the monastic community; (2) the lack of respect toward various elements of the Buddhist tradition; (3) the lack of diligence in meditation practice; (4) carelessness in the transmission of the teachings; (5) the emergence of divisions within the Sangha; (6) the emerg...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 90
Views: 2617

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

The article by DKR is good. It is important to keep in mind that everything one understands must be understood within a context. This includes essays by teachers such as DKR, it includes the sutras, and it includes how we relate to out root lamas, which is at all times a very personal and individual...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1728

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Open is better, but closing eyes for a moment can be done to help focus the mind. and is also useful during visualization practice. But, open is better, especially in shamatha. The question isn't about Shamatha though! What I meant was, when you begin a session, if you practice shamatha for a few m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1728

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

open/closed
what a duality!
to be on the safe side, keep one eye open and one closed.
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Open is better, but closing eyes for a moment can be done to help focus the mind.
and is also useful during visualization practice.
But, open is better, especially in shamatha.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 44
Views: 3930

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

You practice dharma for other beings. You practice for people who aren't even here yet. There is no self in Buddhism. No Soul. But there is karma, and all of your karma will someday ripen and manifest as another life, as a totally different being who also has no intrinsic existence, but who thinks t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Manjushri Sadhana
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Manjushri Sadhana

by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Manjushri Sadhana
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Manjushri Sadhana

There was a great comentary available on line for this. I also have this practice, given to me by my good friend who is also an important lama, but not my root lama. He didn't give an empowerment. I copied the commentary and may have it somewhere. I will look for it and if I can find it I will send ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1173

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Any suggestions on how to answer that question? The offerings to the Buddha are symbolic, and they are a means of practicing one of the six paramitas, generosity. I might try to keep it on a symbolic level. Little kids, as literal as they tend to be, have an amazing grasp of abstract symbolism. You...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1173

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

A few years ago, some guys doing repair work on our house noticed the 'shrine' I keep. He said: "You a buddhist? I know a Vietnamese guy... he's a buddhist. He feeds his buddha a plate of food every day. What do you feed your Buddha?" "What Do You Feed Your Buddha?" ... one of the most profound teac...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

What the Buddha taught was a dharma that leads to the end of suffering and the causes of suffering. His words were not written down until a century after he died, some 5,000 miles south of where he spoke them. and in a language he never used. There is no "proof" that he ever taught anything that has...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Most famous teacher of all time?
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Most famous teacher of all time?

Buddha
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1365

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Why Compassion , rather than, say, punctuality, or cleverness, or good hygiene, or any number of other possible attributes? This is a very good reply, I think: If you truly understand that all things, independently from their grossness or subtleness, are interconnected and constantly permeating (hen...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gohonzon for sale at Walmart?
Replies: 12
Views: 480

Re: Gohonzon for sale at Walmart?

Grigoris wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:32 pm
I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in the Central African Republic and is visiting his folks back here in Greece, and he told me that a hand grenade costs less than a falafel in the capital Bangui. Go figure.
Falafel lasts longer.

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