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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 87
Views: 3710

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

What happens in the human brain is already nothing more than electricity and chemical interactions in what is essentially a very complex ball of water, salt, fat, and amino acids stored inside a calcium box. In this respect, the activity of a microchip is not that much difference. However, these che...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: To what extent do hell beings inhabit our world of physical objects?
Replies: 15
Views: 331

Re: To what extent do hell beings inhabit our world of physical objects?

something to consider, when we raise the question of another kind of being occurring in our (human) realm, that sort of starts with the premise that this realm that we experience has some kind of intrinsic reality to it (as opposed to being emptiness, sunyata, devoid of any intrinsic substantial ess...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 59
Views: 1798

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

"ultimate reality" can also be referred to as dharmata, and as mahamudra, although the use of these terms when applying them to various abstract concepts is a bit ... you have to be careful not to be misunderstood. Ultimately ... (perhaps better to say, "technically speaking") there is only one real...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 59
Views: 1798

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

"Ultimate Reality" is a term meant to describe that which stands in contrast to the relative, limited, experience we have, that we ordinarily think of as "reality". "Ultimate reality", of course, as a phrase by itself is somewhat redundant. When buddhists say that Sakyamuni achieved a level of, or a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Buddhism?
Replies: 13
Views: 348

Re: What is Buddhism?

"Buddhism" can refer to two things: 1. Buddha's teachings (the Buddhadharma). The essence of the Buddha's teachings is the perfect and complete liberation from the suffering that results from one's clinging to the experience of a self. 2.The institutions of lineage which have formalized the preserva...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 59
Views: 1798

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

The thought occurred to me this morning:
Q."Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?"
A. "Practice, and find out for yourself!"
:lol:
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 59
Views: 1798

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

This question is based on a conventional, relative point of view. But the topic is ultimate. So, conventional terminology won't answer it. Where is his body? Where is his mind? Where was it five minutes ago? Buddhist perfect enlightenment goes beyond ordinary concepts of existence and non-existence,...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 42
Views: 1651

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

There are always problems. So, you can't judge things based on how many problems there are. But now, people are aware of climate change, inequality, injustice, pollution, and so forth. Now, people speak out against problems and are trying to take actions to improve things. Of course, there is still ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 30
Views: 753

Re: Solipsism

Only two things can be proven to occur: 1.awareness 2.objects of awareness "proven to occur" is a phrase superior to "known to exist" because "exist" in the buddhist context refers to having an intrinsic self-arising reality which cannot be deconstructed into other parts, and the term, "known", well...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Alayavijnana As Construct
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Alayavijnana As Construct

Alayavijnana is the space in which all constructs, including behavioral tendencies, arise. Your description of the mental process itself isn't faulty, but your contention is misplaced. You could just as easily argue that your own objection is meaningless because it's all made up in your head. But yo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Spiritual path or worldly path?
Replies: 14
Views: 624

Re: Spiritual path or worldly path?

There is a line in a Kagyu prayer about realizing the inseparability of samsara and nirvana. Before I married and we had a baby, I was like a monk. I spent lots of hours in meditation and visualizations and sadhanas. After the baby, because I work from home, my job was feeding and diapering, all hou...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.
Replies: 24
Views: 853

Re: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.

Except for the activities of members of Soka Gakai, I have never heard of Buddhists trying to convert people, meaning proselytizing. I don't know of any "evangelical Buddhism" In other words, unless specifically asked, no intentional effort is made to try to "hook" people. That is because of the und...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Practice for rain
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Practice for rain

You don't need to make rain fall.
Rain already falls, all by itself.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.

If body mandala visualization were the only means of practicing vajrayana,
and that practice was the only means of attaining realization,
then it would matter.
But since that isn't the only practice in vajrayana,
and it isn't the only mean of attaining realization,
then why be concerned?
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.

This question came up many years ago during a question and answer period during a dharma teaching weekend. The teacher replied that all beings have the same potential, and that all who are able to learn and understand the teachings are able to practice vajrayana. Today, Sign language, universal educ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 11049

Re: How to believe in rebirth

There were two carved jack-o-lanterns in a state of advanced decay, having a conversation about rebirth a few days after Halloween. "I've had this spooky expression ever since I can remember. Do you think I will be reborn as someone who is mean or angry?" "I don't know", said the other pumpkin, "But...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 11049

Re: How to believe in rebirth

It's like an echo. You yell into a canyon, and the echo resembles the yell. Consider, a truck carrying a load of wood boards on a road that runs along next to a river. The truck hits a hole and falls into the river, and all the wood falls out and scatters downstream where it washes up here and there...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 11049

Re: How to believe in rebirth

As JD pointed out a while back in a thread on Rebirth and Karma ... the key snag in believing in (the possibility) of rebirth, actual not metaphorical, is the difficulty believing that consciousness can survive physical death. Without this continuation of some form of mental energy, rebirth would b...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What Have You Learned
Replies: 19
Views: 631

Re: What Have You Learned

In my own experience, that it can take a lifetime to learn not to be a total jerk.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?
Replies: 12
Views: 467

Re: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?

I think that one of the challenges to understanding what is essentially mind-body co-arising is the tendency to start with the premise that mind is an inherently self-existent thing and also that the body is an inherently self-existent thing. Even when we study dharma teachings and we understand tha...