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by Sherab
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 2650

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I often hear and read how compassion is vital to Buddhist practice, alongside wisdom. My question is why is compassion important and how does it relate to wisdom? I think this is a very deep question. I may be wrong but so far I have not seen any answers that actually probe its depth. The standard ...
by Sherab
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

Please let me restate the question more simply. It is not a question about life, it is a question about Buddhist Dharma: on one hand we are taught the the illusion of individual existence (a.k.a. independent self) is fundamental ignorance, the cause of all suffering, and it must be countered with b...
by Sherab
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 1650

Re: What is Dualism truly?

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:21 pm
Sherab wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:47 am
...even if the actual reality has two components: individuals and a physical environment.
Who is deluding themselves about "actual reality"? :shrug:
You misunderstood. "Even if" does not imply "is" but "supposing".
by Sherab
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

So if we agree with all of that, then what would it be like to "peel off of" or "form" an individual identity from the non-individual "Buddha" ? Is that the bardo of becoming? Did sidartha gautama go through that same process when he was conceived? My understanding is this: there are many Buddhas a...
by Sherab
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 1650

Re: What is Dualism truly?

I think in the Buddhist understanding, generally, dualism of any form always is rooted in some idea of ‘self’ and of ‘me and mine’, even if that is projected outwards to some imagined supreme being. So overcoming or seeing through that sense of ‘otherness’ is the way of realising the non-dual (adva...
by Sherab
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: An Old Lie
Replies: 1
Views: 641

Re: An Old Lie

In Mahayana, you place the benefit to others above benefit to yourself. So the question you have to answer very carefully is whether the disclosure of the truth is of such great benefit to her that the hurt would pale in comparison. I said very carefully because (1) the deluded mind is very good at ...
by Sherab
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

On the one hand, after enlightenment, Buddha doubted for several weeks whether to preach the dharma(Four Noble Truths) comprehended by him, calling it deep. And then he preached it to the five cool yogis, his fellow yoga practitioners. On the other hand, today FNT is set out by modern teachers at t...
by Sherab
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?
Replies: 32
Views: 4464

Re: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?

Sometimes I read that you aren't supposed to reveal the yidam you practice. Other times I read biographies or watch YouTube videos of living people and they, well, reveal their yidam clear as day. I had a conversation with somebody today and they told the whole room what their main practice is. So,...
by Sherab
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

Hello friends, in short, is there individuality in enlightenment? If not, is the individualization of individual "buddhas" simply a skillfull means (thanks kausalya) in the Buddhist Dharma (see Namparnangdze, Mikyododjesempa, Rinchenschangna,Maiyatreya, etc..) created to help our self-centered, fun...
by Sherab
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Donate to the center or to the teacher?
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: Donate to the center or to the teacher?

Sapphire wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:41 am
Which is better, give the money to the center or give the money to the teacher? What is the difference in karma?
:juggling:
The difference lies in your motivation.
by Sherab
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?
Replies: 32
Views: 4464

Re: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?

Sometimes I read that you aren't supposed to reveal the yidam you practice. Other times I read biographies or watch YouTube videos of living people and they, well, reveal their yidam clear as day. I had a conversation with somebody today and they told the whole room what their main practice is. So,...
by Sherab
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1228

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

Well I am mainly a Varjrayana practitioner with interest in Mahayana teachings as well. Lately, I have been delving into Theravada teachings as they seem pretty straightforward compared to Vajrayana teachings. It seems to me that the Wisdom in the Theravada teachings with regard to the ultimate rea...
by Sherab
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Therein, the aggregates are the aggregates of matter, sensation, perception, formations and consciousness. Those, called ‘serially joined’, not having ceased, produce another produced from that cause; although not even the subtle particle of an existent has transmigrated from this world to the next...
by Sherab
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 10
Views: 1336

Re: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master

I cringed when watching it. Lots of vague terms like "energy" being thrown about. Then there is the attempt to use science as a form of justification for spiritual ideas which I think is where it all fails. Science as we know it currently has no theory or means to talk meaningfully about the spiritu...
by Sherab
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 2572

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Do you folks come to the forum, looking to awaken or is there another purpose? When I started reading the suttas and sutras, I had so many questions and ideas but no efficient way of getting answers and testing those ideas. I went to the predecessor of this forum and then to this forum when the for...
by Sherab
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 14
Views: 1602

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

IMy question is this: I understand that light reflected from objects and making contact with the eye gives rise to eye consciousness, but how do thoughts which are sensed by the mind giving rise to mind consciousness arise? This is how I see it: Each individual has a fundamental ability to know. Wh...
by Sherab
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 1625

Re: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?

Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism? When I first became interested in Buddhism, vajrayana looked the least attractive to me compared to the other forms. Nevertheless, I ended up with vajrayana. I did not "choose" vajrayana. I ended up in vajrayana by virtue of circumstances. Now, I can't imagine...
by Sherab
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

And this is the text he's teaching: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/jigme-lingpa/prayer-ground-path-and-fruition What is the significance of the starting character ༂ in the prayer? It is the tertons mark, different for different tertons. /magnus What are the other terton's marks?
by Sherab
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

rang.drol wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:57 pm
And this is the text he's teaching: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... d-fruition
What is the significance of the starting character in the prayer?
by Sherab
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 2680

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

The Buddha is an atheist. The Buddha was probably the first to use the argument of evil against the existence of an almighty God.

https://inthewordsofbuddha.wordpress.co ... -buddhism/

http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=946

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