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by Jeff H
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth, Karma & Emptiness
Replies: 66
Views: 7058

Re: Rebirth, Karma & Emptiness

If HHDL suggested that the "very very subtle mind and body" goes on between lives, he has just taken the eternalism position. He has just suggested a soul. That would be the case if HHDL believed that any aspect of the very subtle mind and body existed inherently from their own sides. But he is a G...
by Jeff H
Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth, Karma & Emptiness
Replies: 66
Views: 7058

Re: Rebirth, Karma & Emptiness

Here’s another possible analogy for the mental continuum. Intention is just one factor among the elements of an individual mental moment. If I intend to be a great pianist I must intend to practice playing piano. Each note I play is a moment of consciousness. “I”, the fleeting and selfless amalgamat...
by Jeff H
Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do Mahayanists interact with conventional society?
Replies: 15
Views: 2192

Re: How do Mahayanists interact with conventional society?

Compassion is not difficult, and it can be done. Compassion comes in many forms. I chanted and prayed for him, everyone on the plane AND the deluded terrorists. In that raw moment I wasn't filled with hate at all (surprising as I do have a temper) and no emotion clouded my activities. ... I made my...
by Jeff H
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do Mahayanists interact with conventional society?
Replies: 15
Views: 2192

Re: How do Mahayanists interact with conventional society?

Yes, of course, all of that constitutes personal practice. And it includes the intention to help anyone with the karma to appreciate Dharma be able to find and progress on the path. But how do we reconcile a Buddhist householder’s practice with our own and our neighbors’ reactions to a pedophile mov...
by Jeff H
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do Mahayanists interact with conventional society?
Replies: 15
Views: 2192

How do Mahayanists interact with conventional society?

If a religion professes loving-compassion as its most fundamental premise, how should it interact with the conventional world? There have been a lot of posts about the problems of terrorism, Islam, and appropriate socio-political responses. But most address the external problem, not the internal Mah...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: DW and Political Bias
Replies: 54
Views: 6602

Re: DW and Political Bias

Clearly I have no history on the site to draw from, but I think the points about reasonable discussion are all that matter. I think the problems with politics are: 1.) Everybody’s screaming and nobody’s listening; and 2.) Big-money-interests squelch both the rational voices and the ability to compro...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

This post seems to me to have come full circle. I think it has amply demonstrated that samsara hurts and it's unfixable. We can all suggest what we think is wrong and how to improve these unacceptable situations, but none of us has the ability to affect any such proposals. All the powerful instituti...
by Jeff H
Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

I, too, am agreed on all points. Tom. So maybe I would put it this way. As I have learned through Buddhism, I don’t believe there could ever have been a time when nothing existed and then something arose. Neither could there ever have been a thing which existed in isolation rather than in relation. ...
by Jeff H
Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

I would speculate that since other religions don't teach liberation or enlightenment in the Buddhist sense of the terms, no you can't attain what we mean by liberation without Buddhism. However, while the aspiration is enlightenment, I believe it is inappropriate to expect liberation or enlightenmen...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

Please correct me if I’m missing the point on a deeper level, but this sounds to me like asking if there is bodhicitta without bodhicitta. Ultimate bodhicitta is the direct realization of emptiness by a mind that previously realized conventional bodhicitta. In that sense it lacks the two aspirations...
by Jeff H
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Disappointed with this site
Replies: 114
Views: 9768

Re: Disappointed with this site

Nice discussion! I have limited access to “meat-bearing” sangha, and even when I am with them, I need to be able to think through and reflect on things I’m learning. I do that best in writing –- mostly because I’m a slow thinker –- but most of my Dharma friends seem averse to that technique. I had a...
by Jeff H
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

I think Buddha did want us to be enthusiastic about liberating living beings from suffering, this is the bodhisattva way of life and it won't be fulfilled through secular ethics. Can you help me understand what you mean by this, Tsongkhapafan? I agree that the bodhisattva’s way cannot be fulfilled ...
by Jeff H
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

I think of Dharma as the teachings and the practice. Buddhism is the packaging. I have found answers and methods in Dharma through Buddhism. They work for me and I believe they could work for everyone. But that’s very different than insisting they ARE right for everyone. The followers of every relig...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddism without buddism
Replies: 143
Views: 11714

Re: Buddism without buddism

Tsongkhapafan, I like what you say about the importance of having methods. I was a devout Christian and I longed to realize the ideal of universal love, but the only method I encountered was “surrender to Christ”. I was unable to realize that teaching or understand its efficacy, but many can. For me...
by Jeff H
Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Right livelihood
Replies: 47
Views: 8074

Re: Right livelihood

Even though I know that karma is often taught and discussed in this “ledger book” format, my feeling is that it can be more practically useful as guidance rather than calculation. We cannot live in samsara without killing. Karmic teachings address the issue of how we deal with that fact until we can...
by Jeff H
Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to eliminate self-cherishing?
Replies: 18
Views: 3047

Re: How to eliminate self-cherishing?

I can recommend The Awakening Mind by Geshe Tashi Tsering: http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/awakening-mind. It is the basic text for the fourth module of his “Foundation of Buddhist Thought” course. Geshe Tashi teaches that course at Jamyang in London and it is also offered as a 2-year online course. ...
by Jeff H
Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to eliminate self-cherishing?
Replies: 18
Views: 3047

Re: How to eliminate self-cherishing?

SeekerNo1000003, I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to get at. It seems like you’re asking whether there’s any way to overcome self-cherishing other than a deep realization of dependent arising. But maybe you're asking how to go about overcoming self-cherishing. I think that working on our...
by Jeff H
Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to eliminate self-cherishing?
Replies: 18
Views: 3047

Re: How to eliminate self-cherishing?

By “person” we mean all sentient beings, including those who suffer in samsara, those who strive after Dharma, and those with realizations on the path. By “self” we may mean simply a person experiencing life or we may mean a truly existing entity experiencing life. The first referent exists, the sec...

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