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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 33
Views: 1471

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

At a teaching one time, our teacher was asked, "There is a saying, to give until it hurts . Should we do that as Buddhists?" The teacher said, no, don't do that. Don't cause yourself suffering! Be as generous as you are able to be. If you can only give someone a penny, but your motivation is really ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 33
Views: 1471

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

What is the motivation? If one is practicing compassion, which isn't merely expressed through generosity by the way, but also though patience, effort, and so on, then, one needs to look at whether one is merely taking a cookie-cutter approach, or really applying their practice to the situation. The ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Media
Topic: A Living Message From The Silence Body of Dorzong Rinpoche
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: A Living Message From The Silence Body of Dorzong Rinpoche

I never understand what the point is to this kind of "miraculous" thing.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 11452

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

What is taught in the Kagyu lineage is that all beings have primordial wisdom which is not affected by conditions. Here is a transcript from the question/answer portion of a talk on Mahamudra, by H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche: Q. You've said primordial wisdom is the essence of us, and the essence of us is ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 6788

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

I'm asking how to work with appearances in contemplation, once you have certainty distinguishing mind from nature of mind...) I think the last two or three answers before this one pretty much hit the nail on the head. You don't need to do anything. What's the point? However, it is also good to just...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?
Replies: 17
Views: 783

Re: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?

KiwiNFLFan wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:26 pm
What do you do if you think you may have unintentionally "insulted" or "offended" a Bodhisattva or Buddha? Is saying sorry enough to offset the bad karma? Would chanting their mantra help?
It depends on where it is.
Where is the insult located right now?
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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whack-a-mole approach
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: Whack-a-mole approach

What does the term mean? In the game, you try to suppress (whack) the mole as soon as you are aware of it. of course, another one immediately pops up, which is the point of the game: it never ends. you merely see how many you can smash in two minutes or whatever. But that's not really the buddhist m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 2414

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

What happened to the baby your parents had, who gave it your name? Every cell in that baby's body died a long time ago. Every thought in that baby's mind is long gone. Yet, somehow, here you are. Well, you were...a second ago. What that rebirth? Most of the answers are better than this one. Nothing ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Ethics of selling gifts
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Ethics of selling gifts

If someone gives someone a gift still has strings attached to what may be done with that gift, then they haven't fully given it, have they? If someone gives another person a gift, it should be because they want that other person to be happy. So, maybe you got a lot of happiness from a gift, but late...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3912

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

Would you take your dharma texts with you to recite while you sit on the toilet? No, I certainly wouldn't. I think it is best to respect dharma items as an extension of our respect to the Buddha and his teachings. For me, a mala would fall into this category. But many just view a mala as a simple "...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3912

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

Everything about malas is stuff people have made up over time. Bathrooms are regarded as dirty places, and for most of the past 2500 years, didn't have flushing toilets or a sink for washing hands. Even today, this is true for much of the world. Modern bathrooms are comparatively clean, and some peo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 902

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

I think, with anesthesia consciousness ceases. So, we may believe consciousness was a kind of everlasting state but it isn't. Even consciousness is an impermanent phenomenon. Under anesthesia, awareness of externally-generated sensory stimulation is blocked. So, I'm not disagreeing with your main p...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Style of teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Style of teaching

I've noticed that there are two distinct ways that teachers give Buddhist teachings. One way is to pretty much just go through a text line by line, explaining the context, the meaning of the terms being used, and so forth. This is the experience I have had with my teachers. It's practically academic...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Oral Transmissions Online: From how's to nuts and bolts
Replies: 22
Views: 1273

Re: Oral Transmissions Online: From how's to nuts and bolts

There are many good sources for Lojong teachings online. I think, hearing them from different teachers helps to learn them. I don't know that "online transmission" is really a thing in itself. The only difference is (unless it is a live streaming video) you don't get a chance to ask questions. If yo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 902

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

Consciousness can be broken down into several parts: physiology, sensory cognition, processing, and so on. Stages, or links. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? (Someone asked this to Lama Zopa, who replied, "what do you mean...Buddha hears it!" ) ...B...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 45
Views: 3712

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: 14
Views: 1043

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: 847

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: 847

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: 2191

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...

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