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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Requirements to be reborn in Guru Padmasambhava's pure land?
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Requirements to be reborn in Guru Padmasambhava's pure land?

There is no requirement to get into Amitabha’s pure Land (Sukhsvati) other than to recite his name with some sense of sincerity. With Guru Rinpoche, as I understand it, you need two forms of current ID. (Haha) Actually, I think this has more to do with different approaches, Vajrayana or Sūtrayana. I...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 185
Views: 4330

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I think most zen teachers are awakened
Otherwise they’d miss breakfast every morning.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on personality traits
Replies: 41
Views: 563

Re: Zen on personality traits

LastLegend wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:02 pm

People think enlightened beings don’t encounter karma. Buddha Shakyamuni was bled by his cousin? (name?).
Buddha Shakyamuni also died from food poisoning.
But he didn’t take rebirth trapped in samsara.
That’s the important thing.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on personality traits
Replies: 41
Views: 563

Re: Zen on personality traits

A person doesn’t show an ungovernable temper if the right buttons aren’t pushed, otherwise would be hypocrisy, not real, acting. But, why does that ungovernable temper manifests? It’s a trait? If it is, could it be inherited? When we say “trait”, this is really a vague term. If there is something t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on personality traits
Replies: 41
Views: 563

Re: Zen on personality traits

Do you choose your thoughts or do your thoughts choose you? That’s a question that even science can’t answer. You don’t know if your thoughts are actually your own, we know very little about the human brain...” Maybe some relevant quotes are in order here soon.... The Buddha teaches that nothing ar...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on personality traits
Replies: 41
Views: 563

Re: Zen on personality traits

Do you choose your thoughts or
do your thoughts choose you?
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: tibet dieteis are real or story
Replies: 14
Views: 602

Re: tibet dieteis are real or story

It may depend on which one you are talking about.
I think something to remember is that we all imagine who we are. We create our identities from our own imaginations. So, whether you imagine you are are you, or you visualize yourself as Avalokiteshvara, both are just your imagination
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non-conceptual
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: Non-conceptual

Experiencing emptiness directly without thinking about it,
The way that pain is experienced when you accidentally hit your thumb when hammering a nail.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections
Replies: 39
Views: 750

Re: Im getting close to understanding anatman but still have some objections

Everyone who can’t make sense of the idea of anatman, Regardless of their background, Hindu, materialist, Christian, whatever, makes the same mistake right from the start: “This is a thing. How can it be ‘not’ a thing?” ... in this case, “here is atma. How can it not be atma?” Naturally, if you star...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 870

Re: Consciousness question

While your mind is focused on this sentence, what does the back of your leg feel?
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 870

Re: Consciousness question

If a person is allergic to strawberries, They not even know they are allergic to strawberries, And they never, ever encounter a strawberry, What is the nature of that allergy? The potential is still there, But unless the arising conditions occur, its like a seed that never gets planted. The Mona Lis...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1566

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

It’s simply a mistake to insist that when saying something is an “object” of meditation, that therefore it as an “object” in the sense of being a thing unto itself, either as a composite or as something self-arising. While it’s true that objects such as breath, or images or flames can be the focus ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and Nihilism
Replies: 172
Views: 2507

Re: Sunyata and Nihilism

I don’t think that’s quite the same thing. If something is Empty of Self, there’s nothing unchanging about it. Everything about it is subject to change. Thus no limits to change = boundless. Actually, just the opposite. You are correct that there is no limit to change. But that’s because there is n...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1566

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

It’s simply a mistake to insist that when saying something is an “object” of meditation, that therefore it as an “object” in the sense of being a thing unto itself, either as a composite or as something self-arising. While it’s true that objects such as breath, or images or flames can be the focus o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1566

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

... Edit: The word respectless was not fitting. I think it is encroaching on Gelug teachings to insist that meditation on emptiness was impossible. It (meditation on emptiness) is taught by venerable teachers. Yes, it is widely taught, practiced, and has been for centuries. When someone suggests, i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I am struggling. Was consciousness the most important aggregate according to the Buddha?
Replies: 16
Views: 510

Re: I am struggling. Was consciousness the most important aggregate according to the Buddha?

From your explanation, it doesn’t sound as though the issue is about distinguishing awareness from consciousness. Being able to arrive at a blissful experience by allowing the mind to rest in the seat of the observer is fine. The problem, as you describe it, seems to be in generalizing that in your ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1566

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Emptiness is not an object. Yes, that's what I said. Emptiness describes the reality of phenomena. Uh, huh. I suppose can argue that a ‘description’ itself is an object. Yes, that's what I said. But I don’t think anyone is asserting Meditation on descriptions of things. 1. You assume. 2. I can't gu...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1566

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Emptiness is not an object. Emptiness describes the reality of phenomena. I suppose can argue that a ‘description’ itself is an object. But I don’t think anyone is asserting Meditation on descriptions of things. It would seem to hold true then, using your own reasoning, That really, there would be n...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1566

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:54 pm
That's fine in discourse. The idea that I commented on was "meditation on emptiness". That is what I said makes no sense.
So, you don’t suppose a person can just sit there and ponder how everything arises interconnectedly and has no intrinsic self?

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