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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5060

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

To whom it may concern: I am not aware that it is a stereotype that Buddhists are cliquey and elitist. The stereotype is that Buddhists are compassionate and peaceful. What I have actually offered in this thread is the shattering of a stereotype by accurately describing what I have seen in Buddhist...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Emptiness

Well, meds and brain injury can certainly have an effect on a person’s experiences. However, it is true for everybody that experiences of samadhi, little glimpses or flashes of enlightened awareness can occur. It’s really not all that unusual especially for meditators and so on. And the answer is th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Emptiness

shanyin wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:57 pm
Maybe what i mean to ask is what about the nature of reality when it comes to oneself the self
Okay. What about it?
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Emptiness

...that emptiness is meant by empty of worldly cravings and attachments. ... It can mean that, in a sense. The mind's true nature is free of attachments and addictions. If the mind's true nature was one of a attachments and addictions, they wouldn't be problems, would they? So, Meditation,( Shamath...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Emptiness

What does emptiness have to do with meditation? If you mean as in, "meditating on emptiness", emptiness doesn't mean having a blank or numb state of mind. Emptiness (sunyata) means that appearances lack any intrinsic reality, or true existence to them. For example, if you take a car apart and try t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: On the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: On the Noble Eightfold Path

I agree that good (and evil) is very relative. It seems to me that’s just more evidence that it represents a conditioned state that should be abandoned post haste, and not 3/8 of the way to enlightenment. Those 3 traits seem to be counter effective, to me, at a first glance! I would think that the ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: On the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: On the Noble Eightfold Path

There are logical reasons why causing negativity (physical harm, discord, confusion,etc) is counter-directional on the path to awakening. If nothing else, such actions of the body, speech, and mind cause one’s own thoughts to become turbulent, and they are usually rooted in some kind of self-clingin...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 53
Views: 1241

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:55 am

A real example would be the co-option of Jewish traditions by Evangelical Christians, white folks in the Southwest sort of exploitatively flirting with native spirituality, etc.
...or non-Europeans using forks...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5060

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Buddhist practices are meant to cut through the ego. Attachment to ego is at the root of samsaric suffering. So, it is only natural that people with big egos are attracted to Buddhism. It’s like asking, if a hospital is supposed to make people better, why is it full with so many sick people? People ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2061

Re: My explanation of emptiness

...buddhist masters have declared matter or its particles to be without true existence. How do they get away with that? ...then there is nothing that can be said to occur unconditionally, and this is expressed by saying it has no true existence. Or, “all dharmas are unarisen”. Nirvana is peace. Tha...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 94
Views: 2282

Re: Freemasonry

They are both products of the human religious impulse towards the creation of human religions, and thus have an extraordinary amount of material in common, because they have to address the same human fears and concerns, albeit with different answers. There’s a slight problem in saying “all basicall...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2061

Re: My explanation of emptiness

Not infinitely, the smallest unit of length is Planck's length True. And there are other things, space, and awareness, which likewise cannot be subdivided into other types of components. If you divide space surging a given area, fill that space or empty it, it is still space. And the same with awar...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2061

Re: My explanation of emptiness

The existence of matter/energy outside of the notion of our own individual consciousness/sentience. The one upon which we communicate which interestingly enough is supposed to support consciousness in and of itself which is why it was blessed in the 90's in accordance with the HHDL. Does it not exi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2061

Re: My explanation of emptiness

You cannot seriously doubt whether the atoms that make up the porridge you eat exist before your consumption of the porridge or not. It is not even "faith", it is considered to be a fact, normally. And still buddhist masters have declared matter or its particles to be without true existence. How do...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dedicating Your Suffering
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: Dedicating Your Suffering

Tong Len (sending and receiving) In my own experience with arthritis and various other physical pains, if you visualize with effort that you are taking on the suffering of all other sentient beings, and sending them the wish that they be free from suffering, this will very often suspend any feeling ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 2065

Re: Sudden Realization

SuddenRealization wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:12 am
I do not think ignorance is a spiritual issue because those who are ignorant havent had the chance to connect to their spiritualty.
If that were the case, everyone on the Buddhist path, having now connected to their spirituality
would be free of ignorance.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: driving the seafood truck
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: driving the seafood truck

Your post makes me think that it makes a difference if they are alive or frozen When I was a kid, I used to fish. Sometimes we would put the fish in the freezer to eat later. I remember on one occasion we took the frozen fish out of the freezer and put it in a bowl of warm water to thaw, and it sta...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: driving the seafood truck
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: driving the seafood truck

No, you didn't kill them, you're just delivering them to customers. Strictly speaking, that is correct. The buddhist prohibitions are not “sins” but rather, they have to do with following a path to realization. In that respect, driving a fish truck might not be the occupation most conducive to deve...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Life is a good thing
But death is the next best thing to it.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quitting smoking
Replies: 41
Views: 2067

Re: Another cigarette thread

The easy way is to marry someone who tells you that if you don’t stop smoking, you’ll sleep in the garage. That made me stop immediately, almost 30 years ago. I have a method I think would work. The thing is, you “really absolutely have to want to quit”. That’s 90% of it. The problem is, we think of...

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