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by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:19 am
kausalya wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:37 am

Appearances can be deceiving. We can't read people's minds, nor can we know anything about their experience. This is basic.
Pro tip: the Buddha accepted inference as a valid form of knowledge.
My mind is unreliable; I play it safe by being an idiot.
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Who said they were? It doesn't mean they are "wrong views". Right View and Wrong View are very specific terms in Buddhism. You should understand that before you go ahead and incorrectly call all views "wrong views". Kevin... Since it's obvious I'm too dumb to use the correct words, would you be kin...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1922

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Wrong. Kevin... This life is nothing, and the lamas know that. They just want to propagate the teaching. If they need to stay longer in a body to do that, they will... Fine, but that is not the same as "Long-life prayers are really nto about prolonging physical life or health at all." Kevin... Not ...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1922

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Long-life prayers are really not about prolonging physical life or health at all, but about prolonging the life of someone's teachings/lineage/the Buddhadharma in general. Otherwise, an extended life has no beneficial purpose for anyone. Understanding this, your prayers will be effective. Long life...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

They aren't to be considered absolute truth. Who said they were? It doesn't mean they are "wrong views". Right View and Wrong View are very specific terms in Buddhism. You should understand that before you go ahead and incorrectly call all views "wrong views". Kevin... Since it's obvious I'm too du...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1922

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Long-life prayers are really not about prolonging physical life or health at all, Wrong. Kevin... This life is nothing, and the lamas know that. They just want to propagate the teaching. If they need to stay longer in a body to do that, they will... but it's our mind that transforms, nothing about ...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

All views are not wrong views. If all views were wrong views then why is Right View a factor of the Noble Eight-Fold Path and why is it clearly defined by Shakyamuni Buddha as well as many other places? Right views are like a compass that points to magnetic North. It’s not true North, but it’s good...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Every teaching is provisional toward this goal: If you are caught in the idea of a dharma, you are also caught in the ideas of a self, a person, a living being, and a life span. If you are caught in the idea that there is no dharma, you are still caught in the ideas of a self, a person, a living be...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Not what I tell myself... but we tell ourselves a lot of things that aren't true, to good effect. Yet it's what you just advised? Are you being "mischievous" again? All views are wrong views, but some are useful as part of the path, until they can be relinquished. All vies are not wrong views. If a...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Meanwhile, all I see myself doing is being cautious about judging the actions/appearances of others It is pretty easy to see who is worldly, who is not, who is virtuous, who is not, etc. If you can't discern even such basic things...it is unlikely you can discern who is a proper teacher and who is ...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Seeing it all as Buddha's mind would be one way of equalizing such negative feelings and allowing them to come and go without grasping anything. You can tell yourself that but your mind is not Buddha's mind. Kevin... Not what I tell myself... but we tell ourselves a lot of things that aren't true, ...
by kausalya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: "Thanks" on posts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1523

"Thanks" on posts?

I've often wondered if this would be possible to enable. It would be nice to have a way of showing gratitude for helpful posts, without resorting to a new post to do so.
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

As students, we can't say much. For a student who can't say much, you sure have a lot to say. Or I just have a big mouth. Meanwhile, all I see myself doing is being cautious about judging the actions/appearances of others... especially lamas who decide to offer specks of dharma to people like mysel...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Try to be more precise with your language. Wondering... did this get my point across? ... notions of self are an obscuration/limitation of mind. The "self," false as it is, is included in mind. Discursive thoughts are the Dharmakaya. I would definitely agree with the first sentence, but not with th...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

You think karma relieves you of choice? Volition is karma isn't it? It guides our actions, and restricts the choices we may have/may see, depending on the situation. I still take responsibility for what I say/do, but I've already accepted those consequences by being here. Bodhichitta is the only wa...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Reread the thread, friend. If I've ignored something, it's to refocus on what I consider to be important, which is "not to deter from tantric practice anyone having confidence in it." I see, so its all about you and what you consider important. Got it. Good to know. Hey, not just me. It's a commitm...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Virgo wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:45 pm
Try to be more precise with your language.
Wondering... did this get my point across?
... notions of self are an obscuration/limitation of mind. The "self," false as it is, is included in mind. Discursive thoughts are the Dharmakaya.
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

Listen... lol. I really don't have time for this. Kevin... Please accept my apologies. You've been very patient, clearly. Not your fault I have a mischievous streak. Yet, because "not-self" is so often misunderstood, I sought to put it in different words for Matthew's sake. I can see that's backfir...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

I've got about as little choice as you do, given the state of my karma. You think karma relieves you of choice? Not at all, but my karma has led me here, and I'm here to stay. My wish is to be of benefit in whatever way possible; engaging with people here is a natural consequence of that wish, and ...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3808

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

While uselessly negating the valuable things others say...get the picture? Negating what? Reread the thread, friend. If I've ignored something, it's to refocus on what I consider to be important, which is "not to deter from tantric practice anyone having confidence in it." Someone's confidence may ...

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