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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9401

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: 9401

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: 9401

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: 305

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: 241

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...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism

Nembutsu practice is, I think, the perfect practice for the skeptical intellectual, because it's really kind of stupid, which makes it very profound. Clinging to the rational, skeptical mind is like, one of the last great ego trips. We like to think everything out, and when it's all logical and we'v...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha without an object
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Shamatha without an object

Your teacher's instructions should be enough. However, since you asked... Breath, for example, is an object of meditation. It serves as a focal point, something that helps you to balance, deal with, and resolve issues of distraction. When you are able to rest the mind evenly, even for a short time, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 72
Views: 1900

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Buddha Nature is not a thing that an entity, a person or object has or doesn't have, like a belly button, even though the convenient phrase is used, "all beings have Buddha Nature" . The term describes the assertion that the fundamental, or original nature of mind is clear and luminous and free of c...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Willingly falling asleep - without being tired
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Willingly falling asleep - without being tired

I often drink espresso coffee at night, a couple of hours before I go to sleep. I really love espresso. I can go right to sleep. If I wake up. I'm instantly wide awake, but I can go back to sleep. I think the key is isolating areas of brain activity and muscle relaxation. Do you meditate? If you can...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 2618

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

Wow, I have always found the Diamond Sutra to be really profound,
describing the illusory nature of appearances, concepts and labels.
It's also a very quick read, as sutras tend to go.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 2618

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

This thread already now contains 40 posts and comments.
It contains all the opinions and thoughts of everyone who ever contributed to the discussion.
How does it do that? How does contain all those ideas?
A teacher transmits the blessings of a lineage,
it's like that.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 38
Views: 1210

Re: Morality of stockholding

The Buddha hung out with kings as well as beggars.
many people who make money off employees do in fact do great and beneficial things with that money. There are many wealthy buddhsts in Asia doing great things
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 38
Views: 1210

Re: Morality of stockholding

"an employee gets paid" is another way of saying the employee receives a percentage of the total wealth his or her labor has produced.
If the employee makes more than what it costs to eat and live, and earns enough extra to save, then that employee has made a profit.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 38
Views: 1210

Re: Morality of stockholding

There are certainly many factors involved in production, but the cost of everything in production is a reflection of the labor needed to use it. If there is a shipping fee, it's because somebody needs to transport it, or track its transporting or whatever. Robots pose an interesting problem here, as...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?

No karmic activity occurs outside of the mind. There is a mistaken idea that activity of the body, speech and mind attracts karma, as though karma is a force in the universe, like gravity, or that the cosmos metes out rewards and punishments to individuals who do good or bad things. But this view is...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 38
Views: 1210

Re: Morality of stockholding

Labor creates the wealth of a company. In a capitalist system,that wealth (and the investment potential of that wealth) belongs to the owner the owner of the company. If a company is owned by its workers, they collectively own that wealth. In a socialist economy, that wealth belongs to the workers a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 72
Views: 1900

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Artificial Intelligence has no cause to experience suffering. Intelligence, cognition, consciousness, and so forth, is not a thing, but a collection of rapidly occurring, ever changing events. The brain is made of fat, water, salts, and amino acids, all of which are merely molecular compounds. Are m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1587

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Please determine the existence of nagas or of hungry ghost realms using logical deduction.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 26
Views: 546

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

The vow of a bodhisattva is to postpone complete enlightenment until all other beings have become enlightened. This doesn't mean that the bodhisattva continues suffering just as a doctor or nurse goes back to work each day at the hospital doesn't mean they get sick themselves. There is an idea of ni...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1587

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

I think, the reason why people do not believe in rebirth and karma, why secular people do, is because they don't really understand what they are. They only have a pop culture understanding, for example, that the universe is busy rewarding and punishing people, or that the salt, fat, water and amino ...