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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 838

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: 838

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: 14
Views: 365

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: 443

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: 21
Views: 948

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: 408

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.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 778

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

Sentient beings become buddhas. Is there just one sentient being? :shrug: Relatively speaking, there are countless sentient beings. Ultimately, however, nothing, not one thing can be found that has intrinsic "being-ness". Thus, it's the realization of no-self that is experienced as liberation. Chap...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confronting Mortality
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Confronting Mortality

go to Amitabha's Pure Land So lets say that a practitioner can see emptiness. How will it the help him/her to go to one land verses the other? Isn't that a negation of emptiness: "absence of defining characteristics "? Note that in the definition of emptiness, there is "all things are empty" and no...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 778

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

what does space become when you chop it up? ...what that means is, you can divide space up into rooms of a house, or parking slots, or different pockets in a coat or whatever. You can fill space or leave it empty, as in a swimming pool. But, it's all still the same big bunch of infinite space. Simi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 778

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

The most common hurdle that people create is in trying to negate a self. The reason why this is a hurdle, and also why it is the most common, is that one is basically trying to deconstruct something which has no inherent existence to begin with. What the Buddha taught was that there is nothing that ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1017

Re: Text/prayer table

I've always heard the term, "Puja Table"
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Book for beginners
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: Book for beginners

The Practice of Tranquility and Insight - Khenchen Thrangu
...but you may need to read it slowly, a little bit at a a time, and perhaps more than once.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 778

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

what does space become when you chop it up?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Fundamental Ignorance
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Fundamental Ignorance

"...do you agree that your mind has an undistorted state, where you do not have fundamental ignorance..." Yeah, of course. Otherwise there is no point to practicing the teachings. You can compare this "fundamental state" to a baby who is born unable to sit up or walk. The potential is there. Over t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 1055

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

People tend to wonder about Heavens/Hells/Purelands, and figures such as Avalokiteshvara and Majushri, wondering "are they real?" But you have to ask, "real...as compared to what? As compared to me and you and our 3D material world?" and the little problem here is that this assumes a lot of reality ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Left Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: Left Buddhism

I also practice Vajrayana, but I had the great fortune once to meet the late Korean Zen teacher Daehaeng Kun Sunim, and asked her about this same kind of thing. Actually, it is not uncommon. She said, Dharma is like boiling water to make soup. When we are dedicated to practice, that's like the boili...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DJKR letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Replies: 77
Views: 3006

Re: DJKR letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

I must confess, as a westerner, I have chewed gum and worn faded blue jeans.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu Ngondro - Mandala Offerings
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Karma Kagyu Ngondro - Mandala Offerings

There are some good instructions in the book, Words Of My Perfect TeacherBy Patrul Rinpoche.
Actually, it's full of all kinds of good stuff. But he goes into some detail about making Mandala offerings.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I need some help , i do not like my lifestyle and habits
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: I need some help , i do not like my lifestyle and habits

Smoking requires the cooperation between three things: Your hands Your mouth Your mind. They work like a gang. It is very difficult to take on (confront, or fight) all three of them at once. So, you have to take them on one at a time. If you don't really want to stop smoking, this technique will not...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: What is familiarity?

If you see something that you've never seen before, you have no feeling of familiarity. But, if it is perhaps some kind of machine part, then, because you have seen machines, you establish some familiarity with it in your mind. If it is round, then because you have seen a ball before, you establish ...

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