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by Andrew108
Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

Even if moments of awareness are independent, subsequent moments of awareness are not substantially different. You can't tell one moment of awareness apart from another. They are substantially different and whereas I can't, and I guess you can't, tell them apart, accomplished yogis can and do. Refe...
by Andrew108
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

Are there limits on the types of Sutras I can reference? Only sutras listed in Pali Canon or other sutras are allowed? You need to substantiate what you are saying with reference to some sources. Try and find something in the (Pali) suttas, (Mahayana) sutras, or shastras (commentaries), or a Buddhi...
by Andrew108
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

...awareness seems to fit into the category of that which doesn't change or become effected by changes in life. According to Abhidhamma this is not the case at all. According to Abhidhamma vijnana/vinnana/rnam par shes pa is actually a series of independent rapidly changing, albeit related, moments...
by Andrew108
Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

Wayfarer wrote:I'd be surprised if you can find one. But - don't break a leg. :smile:
Are there limits on the types of Sutras I can reference? Only sutras listed in Pali Canon or other sutras are allowed?
by Andrew108
Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

For Buddhists, awareness seems to fit into the category of that which doesn't change or become effected by changes in life. Where is that in the Sutras? Simply put, your awareness doesn't get broken when your leg breaks and seems to be the same now as it was when I was a kid. I'll dig out a sutra r...
by Andrew108
Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

The atman that Buddhists argue against is something quite specific: it is held to be something unchanging, never affected by all the changes of life, separate and apart from all. One of the classic representations is the 'two birds on the tree' of prakriti and purusha. One of them represents the 'a...
by Andrew108
Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13691

Re: Is there anyone home?

It's pretty simple. First you identify awareness and then you see if there is a where or a when.
by Andrew108
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: An Unfortunately neglected Introduction.
Replies: 11
Views: 1721

Re: An Unfortunately neglected Introduction.

I share many of your points of view and can relate to your experiences. I'm glad that you still identify as Buddhist. For me, buddhism can absorb naturalism. The reason that buddhism isn't dead is because it is not a completed project. Those who think it is are the ones who are unwittingly causing i...
by Andrew108
Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma
Replies: 32
Views: 4762

Re: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma

You have an agenda that I disagree with.
by Andrew108
Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma
Replies: 32
Views: 4762

Re: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma

Nature is very important. In fact I would go as far as saying that dharma and nature are the same thing. Understand the characteristics of nature and you understand the characteristics of dharma.
by Andrew108
Mon May 26, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Evidence for karma
Replies: 16
Views: 1975

Re: Evidence for karma

Hi James, nice reply. The last paragraph has echos of Dzogchen.
by Andrew108
Mon May 26, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Understanding of karma
Replies: 23
Views: 4500

Re: Understanding of karma

Really? Dzogchen accepts a conventional view of karma? Very much so, as Garland of Pearls Tantra [one of seventeen tantras] states: One is placed in the dungeon of name and matter in the castle of the three realms, tortured with the barbs of ignorance and so on, oppressed by the thick darkness of s...
by Andrew108
Mon May 26, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where does I end and not-I begin?
Replies: 35
Views: 3763

Re: Where does I end and not-I begin?

Vajraprajnakhadga wrote:
rachmiel wrote: I'm talking about the physical I, not the psychological one (self/ego). The particular organism.
Your question makes no sense from a Dharmic perspective since there is no actual "physical I".
OP means body. Individual body.
by Andrew108
Mon May 26, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Understanding of karma
Replies: 23
Views: 4500

Re: Understanding of karma

For those who would wish to participate in discussion, without having to watch the video, maybe you could suggest some sources from which to study karma or give overview about karma from the point of view of nine vehicles. The point of view of karma in the conventional is the same for all nine vehi...
by Andrew108
Mon May 26, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where does I end and not-I begin?
Replies: 35
Views: 3763

Re: Where does I end and not-I begin?

I think it is clear that non-dualism is natural. Reality is pervasive. We are a part of that. Our energy and materiality are sourced externally. It is only experience that can be said to be internal and even that seems natural - authentic - not wrong - belonging to how things are.
by Andrew108
Mon May 26, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Evidence for karma
Replies: 16
Views: 1975

Re: Evidence for karma

Do you understand volition to be brain-based (in whatever way) or do you think the consciousness that holds karma is not brain-based?
by Andrew108
Tue May 20, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Death at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Arizona
Replies: 433
Views: 52594

Re: Death at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Arizona

Very interesting post Bryan. Thanks for posting.
by Andrew108
Mon May 19, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions
Replies: 224
Views: 18353

Re: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions

In a previous post I stated that purification practices were the way abuse was dealt with in Tibetan monasteries. That had been my experience, but I was wrong to assume it was like this in other monasteries. I apologise for the generalization that I made. It is clear that within the Gelug tradition ...
by Andrew108
Mon May 19, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: appearance-emptiness
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: appearance-emptiness

Nice poem Juha. And I agree with your last post.
by Andrew108
Mon May 19, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan monas
Replies: 215
Views: 14832

Re: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan m

Chinese authorities in Yulshul (Ch: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham has begun implementing new repressive measures introduced in late 2011 to directly control and manage Buddhist religious institutions in Tibet. Link This is happening so often...

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