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by stevie
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 3629

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

Anyway, cognitive dissonance comes from having inconsistent thoughts and beliefs. If there's no inconsistency, then no cognitive dissonance. Good point: In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more con...
by stevie
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 4789

Re: What is Art ?

And I am sure our discussion would soon bring us back to the main topics of the Buddhadharma Sure there is nothing that isn't related to Buddhadharma. A liking for arts e.g. expresses a liking for the form realms. I have to disagree slightly. Art must not always deal with form. Modern art rather ex...
by stevie
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 3629

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

An important aspect of faith from my perspective is that without faith conventional bodhicitta would be impossible and thus Mahayana would be impossible.
But actually it's the same with all other paths as well. Who would generate a resolve to attain a goal without faith?
by stevie
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 4789

Re: What is Art ?

Douglas Westbury wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:59 pm

And I am sure our discussion would soon bring us back to the main topics of the Buddhadharma
Sure there is nothing that isn't related to Buddhadharma. A liking for arts e.g. expresses a liking for the form realms.
by stevie
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2255

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Here, the intended meaning for suppression is that practicing of the jhana (absorption) only leads to suppress of such fetters (samyojana) (i.e. restlessness). They are only eradicated by Vipassana; even Stream-enterer cannot eradicate it. Only arhats and higher bhumi bodhisattvas can eradicate thi...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

... Up to here, it sounds like reading/contemplation is required, but not meditation. Unless "contemplate" "develop" "research" "consider" etc. mean meditation. Do they? ... This part sounds like it requires meditation. It also sounds like it can only begin once the reading/contemplation have yield...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

'View' always is conceptual, so the advice to attain right view is actually bad advice. Such a view is necessarily deceptive if one lacks the decisive experience. So you're saying, iiuyc, that establishing right view for oneself involves practice as much as theory. I'd been thinking of it (and I'd ...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 41
Views: 18807

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

... So I would imagine those Arahants could be easily convinced by Buddhas/Bodhisattavs to help benefit other sentient beings too to become like Buddhas too, thus embarking on Buddhahood path again. So in the end, I would imagine the end results would be all the same: all Buddhas. That's actually s...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

But without objectifying the two truths to learn them correctly to establish the right conventional view, the view will be off ... as will all bets for progress along the path. It's something I've read over and over, from many different sources: Get the two truths right! Understand them correctly, ...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 41
Views: 18807

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

So its better to start small, before tackling the bigger harder tasks, right? In that case, I believe the Arahants' paths and methods are very powerful ways to cultivate those essential tools and skills. If you believe so then either you've not been introduced to the Mahayana or you've been introdu...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

What I’m asking is if, per the Madhyamaka two truths interpretation: Viewing things as empty = dependently arisen is right conventional view and Viewing things as non-empty = real from their own side is wrong conventional view ? If I may add a further comment - putting aside the right vs wrong dist...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2255

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Piti and sukha as i understand them do not engender karma. Depends. If one gets attached then karma of the form realm may ensue. .... In fact, most would concur the goal of jhanas is release from the senses, and thus fixation on pleasure would be unexpected. you are not correctly differentiating me...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2255

Re: experience of piti and sukha

this suppression you make reference to, do you believe it is a product of one-pointed concentration (the meditative experience itself) or of a (pre-existing) deeper understanding (i.e. qualities that are not associated with the immediate act of meditation) that allow for the suppression of restless...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2255

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Supramundane wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:12 am
Piti and sukha as i understand them do not engender karma.
Depends. If one gets attached then karma of the form realm may ensue.
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

What I’m asking is if, per the Madhyamaka two truths interpretation: Viewing things as empty = dependently arisen is right conventional view and Viewing things as non-empty = real from their own side is wrong conventional view ? If I may add a further comment - putting aside the right vs wrong dist...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

What I’m asking is if, per the Madhyamaka two truths interpretation: Viewing things as empty = dependently arisen is right conventional view and Viewing things as non-empty = real from their own side is wrong conventional view ? I suggest you study the different kinds of Madhyamaka. There are very ...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

Seriously, if you want to refute something, ... In my sphere of experience when it happens to me that I want to refute something then because I take something else to be truly existing. No need to agree, I am just talking about my experience. So in my sphere of experience the dream metaphor is perf...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2255

Re: experience of piti and sukha

piti and sukha aren't really suitable topics for forum discussion, ... Why? They are phenomena belonging to modes of conventional consciousnesses everyone can experience. Nothing special, not truly existing and impermanent. They are getting special only of the desire realm afflictions are strong. H...
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

Rinchen Samphel wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:39 am
Ultimate truth is not the realization of emptiness.

Emptiness is not a view.
Since there can't be a truth in a dream ultimately one can only 'realize' - meaning 'embody' metaphorically - dreamlike emptiness.
in a dream there is no true realizer, no true realization and no true realized.
by stevie
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5920

Re: One truth?

Question for the DW MMK Hit Squad: If <as they say> ultimate truth is the realization of emptiness, And the view of emptiness is <like all views> conventional truth, What is the view of non-emptiness , i.e. that things exist inherently? <<Wrong conventional truth?>> Why are you insisting to talk ab...

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