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by Jeff
Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a tree possess tree-ness?
Replies: 137
Views: 11053

Re: Does a tree possess tree-ness?

Yes, I would agree. There is a tree like "beingness" to it. Like the beingness exists at a certain layer. Yes, a certain layer, nice. I think of the tree-ness as kind of hovering above the totality of tree parts/processes. Yes, exactly. If you can feel it with a tree, you can probably also do it wi...
by Jeff
Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a tree possess tree-ness?
Replies: 137
Views: 11053

Re: Does a tree possess tree-ness?

Does a tree possess an essential tree-ness? I know what the Madhyamaka-cally correct answer to this is: No, nothing possesses essential thing-ness. Most of the Middle Way stuff feels right to me, but this one gives me pause. If we're talking about a human-made thing, sure I agree, no essence. A lam...
by Jeff
Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Section of my favorite sutra that is bewildering
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: Section of my favorite sutra that is bewildering

The word follow is fine, but the point and the examples with the text seem to be showing that one does not cling (or is not "attached") to it.

On the air they rise
And fly an invisible course,
Gathering nothing, storing nothing.
Their food is knowledge.
They live upon emptiness.
-Dhammapada
by Jeff
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

hello dear friends from beginningless time, i had a realization on the heart level of what jesse described above. there is some profound, not only interdependence and interconnection, but also unity between our minds when we communicate or have other shared experiences. there is still the relative ...
by Jeff
Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

muni wrote:
Lazy? Great idea. I was reflecting about some points here:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... 3237960828
Excellent post. Thank you.
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

.... This does not comprise an object of mutual exchange in a direct fashion betwwen the discrete continuum of one mind and that of another, neither for the perceiving awareness of an observer who is not resting in equipoise nor for one resting poised in meditative balance, even when such knowledge...
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

To all,

This discussion seems to have gone into an endless loop. Additionally, from the recent posts even civil discussion seems to have been lost. It seems time to let it drop.

Best regards and wishes to all,
Jeff
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

Malcolm wrote:
Many people experience delusions that directly comtradict Buddhadharma, your's is just one more.
I do not at all think it contradicts Buddhadarma. That is my point, which the Rinpoche (or at least the translator) seems to share.
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

For all we know Garchen Rinpoche said something like "Ultimately, the minds of all sentient beings share a single basis." , or something to that extent... which would be acceptable, like saying all fires share a single nature of heat. But it was then translated "Ultimately, there is a single ground...
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

As Garchen Rinpoche said: Ultimately, there is a single ground within which all beings are one. Because we are connected to all beings on the ultimate level, we can pervade them with love. They can actually receive our love. Now back to your regularly scheduled program. :smile: Thank you for your a...
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

By "mind," we are usually talking about the "stream of consciousness." This is the "mental consciousness," in most standard Yogacara/Cittamatra presentations. Consciousness is something different, though it is the basis of the mental consciousness, as well as the other consciousnesses. But neither ...
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

That was the nature of the question, the relative connection "framework". Why I have recently posted the question (multiple times) about the computer network analogy. Malcolm is the only one who has really voted. Stating that in Buddhadarma there is no mind to mind connection, that the mind is limi...
by Jeff
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

My point in originally bringing up the passage was related to the original connection point or how they know "they know how many sentient beings there are, they know the differences among sentient beings, etc..." Knowing the differences (to me) implies that they "have access to" all of the sentient...
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

Malcolm wrote:
I already tried to explain it to him, it is hopeless.
Yes, you have been very clear with your opinion many times. :smile:
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

Malcolm, I in no way am attempting to impose Advaita Vedanta concepts on Buddhadarma. But the actual position you are laying down is a textbook example of Advaita Vedanta. Can you name any substantial difference between your view and that of Adi Shankara? On why traditions say that it is located in...
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

So for you is there some difference between consciousness and mind? Is not the nature of a discussion to present various positions? As with the sutra I provided, I think it shows a very reasonable counter point. Also, I will take a look at the Buddha's Twofold Onniscience material. Best regards, Je...
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

Is not the nature of a discussion to present various positions? As with the sutra I provided, I think it shows a very reasonable counter point. As I said, you don't understand the sūtra's meaning, not to mention the fact it is not a reliable translation by any means. Are you now also saying that th...
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

To all, From some of the comments it appears that many are not really interested in the topic. It was not my intent to push any agenda, but more to explore the boundaries of understanding (and potential) in Buddhadarma. As there does not seem to be much interest, it seems to make sense to just let t...
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

Malcolm, I in no way am attempting to impose Advaita Vedanta concepts on Buddhadarma. I am just disagreeing with aspects of your interpretation. Also, I am not looking to reconcile anything, as this is the "exploring buddhism" section, I am do just that. Actually, it does not appear that you are me...
by Jeff
Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is the mind individual?
Replies: 308
Views: 23203

Re: is the mind individual?

Due to thoughts linked to habitual patterns, The myriad things arising from the mind Appear to people as external. They are no external phenomena It is the mind that arises as the myriad things. Body, activities, dwelling, and such I declare that all these are only mind. Lankavatara. Yes, of course...

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