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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Fundamental Ignorance
Replies: 3
Views: 133

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: 875

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: 648

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: 2860

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: 415

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: 298

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: 876

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 ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Help understand quote
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Help understand quote

1. If you look at samsara as one thing, and nirvana as something else, as its opposite, then this is a duality, dualistic thinking, which is conceptual. Perfect realization goes beyond, or transcends all dualities and all conceptualities. That's one way to look at it. 2. Everything we experience is ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 811

Re: 5 precepts

You didn't mention whether you had formally taken the precepts. It was many years after taking refuge that I had the opportunity to take the five precepts, from a Rinpoche (lama). He explained that while one does not have to take the precepts in order to practice the Buddhist teachings, once a perso...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3665

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: 3665

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: 3665

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: 3665

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: 1092

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: 3665

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: 1092

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: 3665

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: 3665

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: 3665

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: 305

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...

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