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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 772

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

I mean (something like) the detection of a phenomenal object: sight, sound, feel, thought, emotion, etc. Not the interpretation of or reaction to the detected object, just the detection itself. By detecting objects, awareness makes them perceptible, kind of like how light makes objects visible. Acc...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 772

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Would some (all?) Buddhist schools agree with these two statements: 1. Awareness is required to perceive/experience any phenomenon. No awareness, no perception/experience. 2. If there is no phenomenon being perceived/experienced, there is no awareness. In other words, awareness rises and falls on a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do we deal with desires?
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: How do we deal with desires?

are you attached to desires or not attached? Desire is unavoidable. You desire to be healthy. You desire to eat food. You desire to go to sleep. You desire to poop. Suffering isn't the result of desire per se . Suffering results from thinking that the things we desire, which are all temporary, all m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Continuing to Meditate after experiencing the Eternal Now
Replies: 21
Views: 1022

Re: Continuing to Meditate after experiencing the Eternal Now

This is not an uncommon experience. If nobody ever had flashes of realization, I doubt the Dharma teachings would have survived this long. Every teacher I have ever heard or read answering this question said, basically, regard it as a good indicator that you are practicing correctly. After all, caus...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 31, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Devadatta
Replies: 15
Views: 648

Re: Devadatta

Do you think I am wrong in assuming that this alludes to both the cause and cure for suffering are both products of our mind? The cause and cure of suffering are both products of the mind. But, this statement has to be explained. Suffering is an experience. Experiences only occur within the mind. I...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 30, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Devadatta
Replies: 15
Views: 648

Re: Devadatta

This is one of those sutras where the truth in it lies in the overall message it conveys, rather than in any factual qualities of the details. Wild elephants are dangerous, but probably won't trample a hundred thousand people! Devadatta eats so much butter that he gets an unbearable stomach ache. I ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 30, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Devadatta
Replies: 15
Views: 648

Re: Devadatta

Devadatta was Shakyamuni's disagreeable cousin.
Maybe you could post the entire story.
Is your question about Devadatta having a vision and feeling cured,
or is this really about butter?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed May 22, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Illusion in Dzogchen
Replies: 79
Views: 6907

Re: Illusion in Dzogchen

... how far do you see illusion as "realistic"? What I find interesting about this question, is it reminds me of when we see some computer animation, some virtual reality simulations or whatever, or even a painting, perhaps, and our experience is " that's so realistic " or, "that doesn't look very ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon May 20, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?
Replies: 47
Views: 2784

Re: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?

These stories are, generally speaking, meant to convey a kind of truth that goes beyond the ordinary duality of "peaceful" and "not peaceful". The message is never that one should go out and kill beings. At the same time, it's a mistake to think that a buddha is limited to sitting quietly on a lotus...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 16, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 2092

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

"Real" usually means, "real... you know... like you and I are real".
Since the dharma logic proves that you and I have no inherent existence,
how real do they need to be in order to be "real"?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue May 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 23
Views: 778

Re: Suffering

So many good comments here! I'd like to add, "suffering" isn't necessarily about negative experiences, but rather, how we experience those experiences, regardless of whether they appear as being positive or negative. For example, suppose you see a loved one who you have been away from for a long tim...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 12, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1597

Re: What would you buy?

When my son was born, someone gave him a Buddha statue. It's always been in his room. He was a very active toddler, I basically had to put all my buddhsit "stuff", the incense and candles and offering bowls away for a while. I had no time for rituals, very little time for meditation. I kept a mala (...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 12, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 23
Views: 778

Re: Suffering

...I'm interested in the Tibetan approach to this topic. Is there a text that literally says "All of life is suffering"? What connections exist between this idea and emptiness? I'd appreciate any insight you have time to provide. That first noble truth, as explained by my lama teacher, is more accu...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue May 07, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: The desire to stop suffering

Desire, craving, have no intrinsic reality to them. desire doesn't exist separately from an object of desire. So, "desire" as some abstract function isn't really the problem. If you don't want desire, that's also desire, right? If you don't want to be a hypocrite, that's also a desire. Suffering res...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue May 07, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 1855

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

There exists what are purported to be the teachings of the Buddha, written down a hundred years after he is said to have spoken them, in a language he did not use, and some 5,000 miles away from where he is said to have spoken them. Those teachings are referred to as the Buddha Dharma But of course,...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 2009

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Another point to consider in understanding this is that karma is occurring within the context of relative truth, meaning, within the parameters of confused or ignorant (unenlightened) perception of things, the experience of sentient beings referred to as samsara . Ultimately, there is no individual ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Transcribe cassettes soon!
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Transcribe cassettes soon!

Many Dharma centers have cassette recordings of teachings by various Rinpoches, spanning some three decades or more. If your dharma center or group has some, you should really think about transcribing them soon, as these are precious teachings which are easily lost to decay or destroyed by fire, etc...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Opening oneself to others
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Opening oneself to others

I think, you know the answer, as expressed in your last paragraph. Maybe this can be handled by going back to the basics, examining "who" is being defensive, "who" is shutting things off. I would say, spend some time on that. Really spend a week focused on that and see what happens. In my own experi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Critic to pure land buddhism as a way of scape reality
Replies: 9
Views: 828

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

There are two ways that Pure Land practice can be approached, regardless of the tradition, and regardless of whether one is relying more on self-power or other power. Both approaches are valid. There is an "ordinary approach", which regards rebirth in Amitabha's Pure Land as occurring at the time of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 26
Views: 1425

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

I think, all of this is meaningless. Who was the first person to produce fire by friction, using wood, flint, etc? Nobody knows. Yet, if you use a modern cigarette lighter to produce a flame, is this kind of fire not really valid? Is it fake fire? If you hold paper to it, will the paper fail to burn...

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