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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 08, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1432

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

Wayfarer wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 12:35 pm
It’s interesting that there are people who think this is possible. It says something.
I think it’s probably rare when ego isn’t uploaded to the cloud. Force example, all of the selfies people take with their cell phones...
:jumping:
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon May 04, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can cerain karma only be purified in relation to its object?
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Re: Can cerain karma only be purified in relation to its object?

Actions themselves don’t purify karma.
Chanting mantras, making offerings, whatever,
only provide the opportunity to purify negative karma.
There are no magic spells rituals, or substances.
Your motivation, devotion, commitment,
these are what purify your karma.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon May 04, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety

Yogachara theory is presented as an argument. It is subsequently refuted (or at least put on the end of a leash) by the madhyamaka (middle way) school of Nagarjuna. Keep in mind, nothing that you experience is occurring outside of your mind, simply because all that you can experience is your own min...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon May 04, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 50
Views: 1571

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur? This question arose, then it ceased arising. Therefore, arising and cessation occur. But what exactly is arising and ceasing? That’s what you need to consider. Is it phenomena? No, because phenome...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 03, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Meditation with colleagues at work
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Meditation with colleagues at work

As long as it doesn’t become a cause for problems,
and as long as it doesn’t lead you to get tangled up
In other people’s head trips, then it probably won’t
Have bad results.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Responding to praise and compliments
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Responding to praise and compliments

Somewhere in a teaching by Jamgon Kontrul, he says to accept compliments graciously, and gratefully, focusing on the generosity if the person who is praising you. In this way, it’s about them, not you. If they are sincere, then in your mind, thank them for loving you, if that’s the case, and feel gr...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 02, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Enlightenment and compassion
Replies: 7
Views: 1487

Re: Enlightenment and compassion

If enlightenment is void of feeling, then how can enlightened people feel compassion? We experience the suffering of samsara because of the attachment we have to feelings. For example, being angry and carrying a grudge. But being enlightened isn’t void of feeling. Rather, there’s no attachment. You...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 02, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?
Replies: 19
Views: 733

Re: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?

I am actually asking "Why don't things don't turn out the way they are supposed to?" I thought you were asking about how to react. That’s very simple. When things don’t operate the way they are meant to operate, you have two options. You can invite the situation to bother you, or not. Keep in mind,...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?
Replies: 19
Views: 733

Re: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?

Maybe I am just having a bad day but I am currently bothered by things that doesn't go the way they are supposed to with no fault of my own. They are really bothering me mentally: 1) I have been using subtitles to watch my tv shows with a sleeping baby upstairs. All of a sudden, the subtitles stopp...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

Devotion is not an “absolute” thing. I think that most Buddhists are what could be called the casual practitioner, who maybe has had some personal Q & A time with a lama, perhaps one’s refuge lama, attended teachings, may even have a picture of the lama on the shrine. Even after nearly forty years p...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Celebrities and Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Celebrities and Buddhism

Whether a person is or is not a celebrity
doesn’t have anything to do with
whether they are Buddhists or not.

The reason why some celebrities aren’t Buddhists
is the same reason why a lot of people on a bus aren’t Buddhists. It’s simply because they aren’t.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Working for a Gambling Company
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: Working for a Gambling Company

Someone sets traps to catch mice.
It’s not the cheese’s fault.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What happens when one breaks refuge vows?
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: What happens when one breaks refuge vows?

There is no “refuge vow” that you can break. There are the five precepts, which sometimes are offered along with the refuge ceremony. There is a bodhisattva vow. But there’s no refuge “vow” in the sense that there is anything you can “break”. With monk vows, yes. There are marriage vows, and if you ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Early morning musing ...
Replies: 9
Views: 357

Re: Early morning musing ...

Everything is happening exactly now, In a continuous unfolding now. In our minds, we experience now with a lot of buffer, a bit of immediate past and a bit of immediate future as a kind of marginal concept. The marginal past is for context, The marginal future is for anticipation. So, we end up with...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Early morning musing ...
Replies: 9
Views: 357

Re: Early morning musing ...

Spe·cious
/ˈspēSHəs/

adjective
superficially plausible, but actually wrong.
"a specious argument"
misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: About sitting
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: About sitting

I remember times, a long time ago, I’d go to the dharma center for weekly meditation and after about 15 minutes of sitting meditation just absolutely not wanting g to be doing that. I might as well have been sitting on a burning log. It wasn’t physical discomfort, but mentally I was so restless, try...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Deity outside of sadhana
Replies: 18
Views: 2826

Re: Deity outside of sadhana

I always thought that the whole purpose of sadhana practice was so that one could develop the mind thatvone cultivates in formal sadhana practice sessions, so that it becomes spontaneous in everyday life, “off the cushion” or in “post-meditation” as it’s often called. Otherwise, it’s like, “yeah, I’...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4859

Re: Soul Integration

:offtopic: This conversation has drifted away from a discussion of “soul splitting” to one about Master Hua and then specifically to what he has taught regarding homosexuality. :focus: I’m okay with that, if it comes back to the topic of “soul splitting” and perhaps the two issues share some things ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4859

Re: Soul Integration

IMO Ven Xuānhuà can become enlightened after he deals with the ramifications of the extreme suffering he has caused for untold numbers of American gay Buddhists. His association to this very day is rabidly homophobic and funnels it's monetary weight into supporting anti-gay legislation. I don't thi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4859

Re: Soul Integration

"You should not grasp at emptiness", says Nagarjuna in MMK. (etc.) Nobody is grasping at emptiness, you are failing to see the empty nature of self and people are trying to point it out to you. When Nagarjuna and others refer to “grasping at emptiness” it means failing to go beyond the duality of e...

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