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by Rick
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

I’m confused (as usual). I thought dependent origination meant that nothing exists inherently?
by Rick
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

Per Buddhism, what does "to exist" mean? Can this be answered (satisfactorily) without reference to the two truths? If so, please do. :namaste: Then comes the sadly ignorant use of a "loaded" meaning of "exist" as in the ignorant assumption that if something "exists" it must exist forever, and if i...
by Rick
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 15
Views: 683

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

This was recommended to me by Vasana and a few others in this forum: Center of the Sunlit Sky, by Karl Brunnhölzl.
by Rick
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 71
Views: 4338

Re: Emptiness nutshells

All shadows, 'tis. Even the shadows.
by Rick
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 71
Views: 4338

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Shadows on the cave walls?
by Rick
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 71
Views: 4338

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Buddha emptiness nutshell:
Ananda, since it is empty of identity or anything pertaining to identity, therefore it is said that the world is empty.
by Rick
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

haha wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:29 pm
Rick wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:30 am
Per Buddhism, what does "to exist" mean? Can this be answered (satisfactorily) without reference to the two truths? If so, please do. :namaste:
At this point Mañjuśrī asked Vimalakīrti, “How should the bodhisattva view sentient beings?”
Vimalakīrti said, ... ... ...
Rack 'em! :namaste:
by Rick
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

I would think that for a very young child all there is is a stream of sensory input, of objects in consciousness. Later they learn how to parse and make sense of this stream of objects. And then later they start attaching stories to the objects. Sound about right to you? Yes, then I guess, our huma...
by Rick
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

Been wading back into the Madhyamaka pool.

No wonder hardly anyone responded to this thread. Nagarjuna and da Middle Way boys made mincemeat of (impassioned questions about) existence!

The Madhyamaka is a wonderful antidote to Existential Groping Syndrome. :crazy:
by Rick
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ripples in the Net
Replies: 13
Views: 427

Re: ripples in the Net

i heard someone say that initially quite strange to me but later it resonated somewhat. Someone mentioned to me very casually that the current state of animosity and hatred that exists all over the world is because ISIS won the war on terror. Yeah, because before ISIS the world was just one giant g...
by Rick
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

That temporary little child looking around, not experiencing "my "arm and moms' hand and things as somehow things around it as things on themselves, how can there be "some thing"? Would it be possible it has not that experience of "some thing is there" because it lacks the experience "me"? I would ...
by Rick
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

So you are saying only the five skhandas exist? don’t they? isn’t that what the texts say? From Introduction to the Middle Way : Anyway, in the Lankavatara Sutra, the Buddha talks about the existence of alaya, or ground of all, and also the existence of individuals. He says things like, “Monks, san...
by Rick
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

Yep, I think this does the trick for me:

X exists = X can be aware'd

Now I can sit back and take a well-earned rest, knowing that 'existence' has been taken care of. :thumbsup: :stirthepot: :spy:
by Rick
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

This just in! Small but important change to my proposition for a working 'definition' of existence: X exists = X can be aware'd The old version: X exists = X is aware'd The new version takes care of the problem of things not currently being aware'd not existing. If an object is hurtling through spac...
by Rick
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

The tree exist because there is aware'd of tree? Yes, given the view "X exists" = "X is aware'd" the tree only exists when it is being aware'd (by any entity capable of awareness). For the record, I'm not asserting this view is right, I'm just kind of testing it out. But when a child never learned:...
by Rick
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Re: Existence

I'm tempted to say that "X exists" means "X is aware'd." Two problems with this view: 1. If Being A awares X, "X exists" is true from Being A's point of view, but not necessarily from Being B's, C's, etc. So instead of "X exists" it would be "X exists for Being A." This is kind of like saying that e...
by Rick
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1509

Existence

Per Buddhism, what does "to exist" mean? Can this be answered (satisfactorily) without reference to the two truths? If so, please do. :namaste:
by Rick
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

I just found out that my wife needs to spend some time with her sister, who is recovering from an operation. I'm off summers (teaching) so I have buncha time, and I just started planning out some kind of one-week retreat when I ran into this posting! I'm not much of an on-the-cushion meditator, so I...
by Rick
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 31
Views: 694

Re: boring questions about losing weight

Sounds very ascetic to me. I'm guessing only a small % of humans could manage it. For a nosher with a tendency to low blood sugar like me it would be nigh unto impossible!

Did you have a hard time getting used to it? Do you ever have a hard time staying on it? (Do you cheat? ;-) )
by Rick
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 31
Views: 694

Re: boring questions about losing weight

My vote: Mediterranean-ish diet (olive oil, wine, tons of fresh veg/fruit, less meat/protein), calorie-counting (but not obsessive, ime the online weight-loss calorie calculators work surprisingly well), eating the right foods at the right times (biggest meal midday, don't eat heavy foods late), dai...

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