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by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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: 3343

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: 3343

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 ...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Why worry about what others are doing? Why do you? :applause: I don't. I'm just offering these words in the hope that someone will benefit. I've got about as little choice as you do, given the state of my karma. At the very least, posting here has helped me to refine my own understanding. Whether o...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

It is so, just open your eyes and look around you. I do! Hello to you. My behaviour is my only concern. As for others, I only have compassion. That is very nice for you. You should try it! The question itself has no answer that we can comprehend. If I've been dismissive of it, this is why. It's not...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

I just realize I have no control over anything, so that's how it goes. I can only practice to be better at living, and communicate with those who see something valuable in what I say. While uselessly negating the valuable things others say...get the picture? Negating what? In the end, there is no a...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

It is so, just open your eyes and look around you. I do! Hello to you. My behaviour is my only concern. As for others, I only have compassion. You appear to be someone who's friends with the one with crazy wisdom. Nuh uh. Never spoken with him. I just realize I have no control over anything, so tha...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:46 pm
kausalya wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:31 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:29 pm



It is evident from people's behavior.
Not so. Your karma dictates what you see.
It is so, just open your eyes and look around you.
I do! Hello to you.

My behaviour is my only concern. As for others, I only have compassion.
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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

Is there an issue with what I said after the fact? Which citta or caitasika is "the self" or "a self"? Kevin... Listen... lol. I'm hardly the best with words, but my best approximation of what I was trying to accomplish was to get Matthew to consider that notions of self are an obscuration/limitati...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:29 pm
kausalya wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:25 pm

From our perspective, we don't know who is a dharma person and who is not.

It is evident from people's behavior.
Not so. Your karma dictates what you see.
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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

...but there are so many points of failure even when we're doing our best that neither of us can say one is wrong or the other is right. Yes we can. In numerous Sutta the Buddha berated people for misrepresenting and misconstruing his teachings, going as far as to call people fools. In closing: It ...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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

Words are just words. No they are not. Words have meanings and convey meaning. The meaning conveyed by words can be wrong or right. Both of us are putting strings of letters together in the best way we know how to communicate what's in our hearts, but there are so many points of failure even when w...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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

FWIW, I was responding to the wording in the thread title: "a self". Words are a limitation. Simply referring to the mind as Buddha's mind. All there is is mind... no separation between self/other. Totally impersonal, yet surrounding and including every person, enlightened and non-enlightened. This...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

when common people goes around for blessing from an empowerment I would say they want a mundane blessing. Mundane blessings are what some people need. Then they should ask for a pat on the head and a blessing cord, not an empowerment. they want the world, they don't want to free themselves. if this...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3343

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

when common people goes around for blessing from an empowerment I would say they want a mundane blessing. they want the world, they don't want to free themselves. if this isn't degeneration I don't know what is it. Mundane blessings are what some people need. Once they're "hooked" into practice, th...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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

The OP asked Is the mind the self? And it was replied: The mind is THE self. Unfortunately, this is a non- Buddhist view. Kevin... FWIW, I was responding to the wording in the thread title: "a self". Words are a limitation. Simply referring to the mind as Buddha's mind. All there is is mind... no s...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1613

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

Tenma wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:01 pm
What does H.H. dying mean though?
It's bringing up emotions you need to process.

See him clearly, with equanimity, and you can benefit him.

The physical body was always destined to go, but, as my teacher told me, "no one's guru ever died."
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 3656

Re: Accept, respect, love, gone

Apply in daily life, is the way to integrate. Other ways what sense Dharma makes? You say that is easy... :spy: It becomes probably easier the more there is awareness, there is familiarization.. It becomes easy when you contemplate renunciation, see what is serving you & others & your practice and ...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Milarepa namthar?
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: Milarepa namthar?

as moving as it may be, Tsang Nyon Heruka's biography is mostly a fiction. Is it worth asking which aspects might be accurate? It's an interesting question, I think... in a way, everything is fictional. What's not fictional is what we receive in our mind when we interact positively with what arises...
by kausalya
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 1124

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

If I may say, karma is empty on the receiving end. This means we should be ready/willing to receive whatever people give to us (think of it like offerings) and transform it into medicine for ourselves and others. The boy who gave the Buddha a handful of dirt exemplified this principle. As for the ka...

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