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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 44
Views: 2974

Re: Lying; Is it Acceptable?

A lot depends on one's motivation.
Is there an intent to deceive,
or are you just "guarding the truth"?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism
Replies: 10
Views: 550

Re: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism

I feel like by letting go of the ego, attachments, and seeking pure awareness, I am inching closer to nihilism where nothing matters and everything is ultimately meaningless. This is not a place where I want to be. This reminds me of when I was a teenager, and went vegetarian, and someone said to m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: sentient beings-enlightenment-evolution
Replies: 22
Views: 544

Re: sencient beings-enlightenment-evolution

With regard to the question, no, it doesn't necessarily imply a beginning of consciousness. Buddhist teachings generally refer to consciousness in terms of subject-object, which is somewhat different than the usual understanding of evolutionary consciousness, although the two do not contradict each ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: sentient beings-enlightenment-evolution
Replies: 22
Views: 544

Re: sencient beings-enlightenment-evolution

Can you define what you mean by, "conscious evolution"? The general buddhist view is that consciousness , meaning some level of awareness of the external world (even a micro-organism responding to a heat source) cannot spontaneously occur from nothing, but must follow some kind of previous moment of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 1511

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

It has been my experience that in both Taiwan and in the United States, as far as non-monastics, there tends to be a lot of, if not more, women in mahayana and vajrayana dharma centers. In Theravadin tradition, I think the lineage of female monastics (nuns) died out long ago but there is an interest...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Why we wish to be reborn in Sukhavati
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Why we wish to be reborn in Sukhavati

Every cell of your body when you were born died a long time ago. Your body has already gone through many rebirths. The mind is changing constantly, taking rebirth many times every second. Beyond mind and body, what is there? Amitabha means infinite light. Amitayus, infinite life. How can infinite be...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality

There are different Pure Land Schools, different emphasis, so, a lot depends on what the criticism is.

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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 6231

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Any time one discusses awareness, awareness is occurring.
This doesn't mean that there is a permanent "thing" which is aware.
It's simply awareness of that momentary occurrence of awareness.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Which path? Which practice?
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Which path? Which practice?

I think, ultimately, there is just something intangible that one feels a connection to, or connects with in some way. This is because your present connection to the dharma is the result of your past actions. All the paths, if studied on their, what one might say, "profound" level, the levels of unde...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 6231

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

The Buddha taught that a mind cannot see itself. This is true in the case of ordinary mind. In the case of non-dual mind, there is no object, so there is no seeing anyway. There is just a knowing. It is the innate function of a mind to know. Can you cite where the buddha teaches the mind cannot see...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?
Replies: 22
Views: 944

Re: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?

1. On one level, you can say the zen teaching is monistic in so far as all dualities are transcended. However, zen goes even beyond that, because if you say, "all one", then you have to ask, "all one, as compared to what?" ...in other words, at this point you are only establishing oneness in relativ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 6231

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Consciousness could just as well be a permanent field and what/how we would perceive content of consciousness (feelings, thoughts, sensations, etc) would still be seen as arising and falling. That would be an equally valid premise. Sort of like an allergy to polar bear fur, which a person could hav...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Is it wrong to control the mind?
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Is it wrong to control the mind?

Not, "wrong"... but you have to examine what you mean by "control". What this usually means is, during meditation, thoughts arise. You don't try to suppress them. Don't indulge them, but also don't try to "not think". Thoughts arise, you just give them room and return to watching your breath or what...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

(1) the admission of women into the monastic community; (2) the lack of respect toward various elements of the Buddhist tradition; (3) the lack of diligence in meditation practice; (4) carelessness in the transmission of the teachings; (5) the emergence of divisions within the Sangha; (6) the emerg...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 91
Views: 3695

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

The article by DKR is good. It is important to keep in mind that everything one understands must be understood within a context. This includes essays by teachers such as DKR, it includes the sutras, and it includes how we relate to out root lamas, which is at all times a very personal and individual...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 47
Views: 2400

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Open is better, but closing eyes for a moment can be done to help focus the mind. and is also useful during visualization practice. But, open is better, especially in shamatha. The question isn't about Shamatha though! What I meant was, when you begin a session, if you practice shamatha for a few m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 47
Views: 2400

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

open/closed
what a duality!
to be on the safe side, keep one eye open and one closed.
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Open is better, but closing eyes for a moment can be done to help focus the mind.
and is also useful during visualization practice.
But, open is better, especially in shamatha.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4386

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

You practice dharma for other beings. You practice for people who aren't even here yet. There is no self in Buddhism. No Soul. But there is karma, and all of your karma will someday ripen and manifest as another life, as a totally different being who also has no intrinsic existence, but who thinks t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Manjushri Sadhana
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Manjushri Sadhana

by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Manjushri Sadhana
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Manjushri Sadhana

There was a great comentary available on line for this. I also have this practice, given to me by my good friend who is also an important lama, but not my root lama. He didn't give an empowerment. I copied the commentary and may have it somewhere. I will look for it and if I can find it I will send ...

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