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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

There is no consciousness . But, there is subject and object. A sperm is attracted by the chemicals given off the egg, and so on. You cannot be so sure that "there is no consciousness". What I meant was cognitive awareness that depends on a physical mechanism for the processing of external data. Th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

Why do you have to postulate the "potential awareness"? Is there something from which the "potential awareness" itself arises? It doesn't matter whether you call it a "self" or not, you are nevertheless postulating a permanent independent "thing". Buddhism doesn't postulate a permanent thing as the...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

I also think there are many unexplained things in the behaviour of bacteria, as an example. How can we know they do not somehow perceive their surroundings? Bacteria have bacterial conjugation . Bacteria move from one place to another place, why would they do that? Do they have an awareness of an o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

Also, there are many places in the teachings of Dharma that state that there is no consciousness or awareness without an object. Consciousness arises depending on the six senses and the objects of the senses. There is no independent or separate consciousness. Claiming such would be same as grasping...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 990

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

MatthewAngby wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:40 am
I thought buddhas were so limitless in freedom and wisdom that they could perhaps even manifest in greater numbers than the number of beings in the lower realms?
"limitless numbers" in the ordinary sense of quantity doesn't apply.
Even just one buddha is an infinite number of buddhas!
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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

Your correction doesn't refute my post. I didn't say that consciousness arises without an object of consciousness. I said that the potential awareness that arises as consciousness exists prior to any contact with an object. Otherwise, consciousness would arise without a cause. This potential awarene...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 990

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

I live in an area where there are lots of buzzards who fly around all day, looking for dead things to eat. If you left a corpse by the side of the road, eventually buzzards would devour it. Likewise, enough buzzards could probably eat a whole corpse in a day. But nobody leaves dead people on the sid...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

"Samsara" is a word of human language, a concept in a human culture. Hence the word "samsara" and the view that evolved it have some kind of a beginning. There is a time when they didn't exist. At least in the modern view of history, geology and astronomy that is so. I love it when people use the w...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

If we take the geologic time scale as the common truth, where is the beginning of "samsara"? There were no "infinite number" of beings on Earth 540 million years ago. There were no days, no winter or summer before the formation of the solar system. How did time exist then? Geologic time and the eve...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

If sentient beings are numberless, then samsara is endless Winter is numberless, but it ends. The reason why winter is numberless, is that ultimately, the concept of numbers doesn't apply, because it's a season. So, it's absurd. You can say winter has a certain number of days, but then you are simp...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The third Noble Truth is
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: The third Noble Truth is

The truth of the end of suffering mans that it is something actually attainable, as opposed to say, being able to turn into Superman. The reason why it is attainable is because mind's original state is awakened (Bodhi). An agitated state of mind (suffering) is not mind's natural condition. If it wer...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3374

Re: No end to samsara?

"endless" is the keyword here. It doesn't refer to linear time. As long as you are in pain, with a toothache for example, the pain is limitless. But as soon as the pain stops, that awful "hell realm of having a toothache", if you want to call it that, is empty. You aren't dwelling there any more. Th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Common Language between Teacher and Student
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: Common Language between Teacher and Student

I have almost always communicated with my teachers via a translator.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

The precept against becoming intoxicated only applies to those who become intoxicated.
Its purpose is to prevent lapses in the practice habits and concentration of the meditator.

Ethical purity is also an ego trip.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

Rather than saying that Avalokiteshvara (Manjusri, etc.) exist or don't exist, which is a hopelessly dualistic way of approaching the whole issue, Better perhaps, to say, "They are no more real than you are" because when we ask if something is real or not, to what are we comparing that reality? Ulti...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

The duality of "inside samsara" ("our realm") and "outside samsara" only occurs to us as unenlightened beings. For Avalokiteshvara, all dualities are inseparable manifestations of one emptiness. It's kind of like, if you are at the movies, sitting up close to the screen, whatever is projected fills ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 3124

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

This is such a hard one simply because nobody knows. I have heard it argued that a being must be allowed to work out all of its karma, and that to end its life prematurely interrupts that process. But, being "put out of its misery" is also its karma, is it not? In a related situation, and perhaps on...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 4226

Re: Charging for Dharma

There was once a dharma center hosting a teaching by a lama who only spoke Tibetan. A sign on the door read, "Dharma teaching today: admission $10" A visitor went to the table where money was being collected, and handed over $5.00. The person taking the money said, "We require a $10 admission fee. T...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 879

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

What you are explaining is basically a strategy, the basic behavior behind this strategy is still intelligent, the plant seeks self-preservation through a specific strategy to obtain what it needs to survive... Yes, but my point is that the organism has a kind of "intentional awareness" of somethin...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 879

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...

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