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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 18
Views: 395

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: 483

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: 363

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: 781

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: 781

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: 1915

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: 3528

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: 681

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: 681

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...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 681

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The word I give this phenomena is "awarity". It's like awareness, but without any brain activity or organ of sensory perception or cognition. What I distinguish is between purely random activity, and what, for lack of a better word, is intentional . Even some plants exhibit this. But you have to be ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 73
Views: 2967

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

It all depends on your motivation.
If your disagreement results from your being honest with yourself,
a good teacher will understand this, respect your honesty, and work with you from there.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 3358

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

I have a friend in Taiwan who I met when he was studying in the United States. He used to call me "the monk" even though I wasn't. But I lived in a tiny room, did lots of odd jobs for cash (lived day to day on less than $6000 a year --this was during the 1980s) and my day began with meditation, Tibe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arrogance
Replies: 28
Views: 1076

Re: Arrogance

Why do you want to get rid of arrogance? Is it a cause of your suffering? Does it cause suffering to others? If the answer is yes, if it's obvious, then by meditating on that, getting rid of arrogance should be relatively easy. You can see it's like holding a burning log. If the answer is no, then y...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 24, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 2216

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Two apes are sitting in a tree 200,000 years ago and see the first homo sapien walk by
the one ape says to the other: "Must be some new samsaric realm..."
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Enlightenment

Is the question, "what makes Mahayana Buddhism Mahayana... how is it different from Theravada?"
There are a few points of distinction.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 19, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 830

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

What makes it hot or cold? Your own mind. This even occurs in the human realm, if you touch something like dry-ice (frozen carbon dioxide) it is so cold, it feels like it is burning and can cause red blisters on your skin. In other words, at the point of such severity, it may be hard to tell the dif...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 42
Views: 1837

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

There is nothing outside of your own mind keeping you from establishing a pure land right now.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Enlightenment

I'm sure you will get better answers if you are a bit more specific about what you want to know.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Beginning
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Re: Beginning

The best way for buddhists to consume food is with the mouth. Aside from that, in Nagarjuna's 'Letter To A Friend', the author says, "regard all food as medicine" which means, don't get overly attached to the flavor, or whether it uses some kind of exotic ingredients or whatever. Just eat to nourish...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 18, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma and Concussions
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: Karma and Concussions

Karma reflects motivation.
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