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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 2929

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

The fact that awareness occurs cannot be denied.
Awareness is activity of mind.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2592

Re: Homosexuality

There is sexual conduct, and there is sexual misconduct.
There can be sexual conduct between any two people, and there can be sexual misconduct between any two people.
Thus, you can be gay and at the same time, avoid sexual misconduct between two members of the same sex.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

Punya wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:46 am
Thank you for the great example.

I'm also glad to see that the three dots have returned. :D
I post three dots at the end of my comments to remember to dedicate (to the three jewels) any merit (speaking of merit!)
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

How do you give without conceiving? Conceiving of things per se isn't really the issue. Suppose you are making an offering of flowers in a vase, on a shrine. It's not as though you can't have any concepts, otherwise, you might just end up with water and flowers all over the floor.. Here is an examp...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.
Replies: 8
Views: 1498

Re: Lama Norlha Rinpoche passed away.

That is such a wonderful story!
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Fear
Replies: 15
Views: 881

Re: Fear

you say you have fear, but what exactly are you afraid of? ...getting caught and punished ...unfavorable rebirth ...becoming unhealthy ...losing wealth ...losing respect of others ...losing your mind and going mad All of these things are some kind of consequence to actions. This list is infinite. Pe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: To what extent do hell beings inhabit our world of physical objects?
Replies: 15
Views: 831

Re: To what extent do hell beings inhabit our world of physical objects?

something to consider, when we raise the question of another kind of being occurring in our (human) realm, that sort of starts with the premise that this realm that we experience has some kind of intrinsic reality to it (as opposed to being emptiness, sunyata, devoid of any intrinsic substantial ess...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 3959

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

"ultimate reality" can also be referred to as dharmata, and as mahamudra, although the use of these terms when applying them to various abstract concepts is a bit ... you have to be careful not to be misunderstood. Ultimately ... (perhaps better to say, "technically speaking") there is only one real...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 3959

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

"Ultimate Reality" is a term meant to describe that which stands in contrast to the relative, limited, experience we have, that we ordinarily think of as "reality". "Ultimate reality", of course, as a phrase by itself is somewhat redundant. When buddhists say that Sakyamuni achieved a level of, or a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Buddhism?
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: What is Buddhism?

"Buddhism" can refer to two things: 1. Buddha's teachings (the Buddhadharma). The essence of the Buddha's teachings is the perfect and complete liberation from the suffering that results from one's clinging to the experience of a self. 2.The institutions of lineage which have formalized the preserva...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 3959

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

The thought occurred to me this morning:
Q."Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?"
A. "Practice, and find out for yourself!"
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 3959

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

This question is based on a conventional, relative point of view. But the topic is ultimate. So, conventional terminology won't answer it. Where is his body? Where is his mind? Where was it five minutes ago? Buddhist perfect enlightenment goes beyond ordinary concepts of existence and non-existence,...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 42
Views: 3228

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

There are always problems. So, you can't judge things based on how many problems there are. But now, people are aware of climate change, inequality, injustice, pollution, and so forth. Now, people speak out against problems and are trying to take actions to improve things. Of course, there is still ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 31
Views: 2153

Re: Solipsism

Only two things can be proven to occur: 1.awareness 2.objects of awareness "proven to occur" is a phrase superior to "known to exist" because "exist" in the buddhist context refers to having an intrinsic self-arising reality which cannot be deconstructed into other parts, and the term, "known", well...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Alayavijnana As Construct
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: Alayavijnana As Construct

Alayavijnana is the space in which all constructs, including behavioral tendencies, arise. Your description of the mental process itself isn't faulty, but your contention is misplaced. You could just as easily argue that your own objection is meaningless because it's all made up in your head. But yo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Spiritual path or worldly path?
Replies: 15
Views: 1514

Re: Spiritual path or worldly path?

There is a line in a Kagyu prayer about realizing the inseparability of samsara and nirvana. Before I married and we had a baby, I was like a monk. I spent lots of hours in meditation and visualizations and sadhanas. After the baby, because I work from home, my job was feeding and diapering, all hou...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.
Replies: 24
Views: 1445

Re: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.

Except for the activities of members of Soka Gakai, I have never heard of Buddhists trying to convert people, meaning proselytizing. I don't know of any "evangelical Buddhism" In other words, unless specifically asked, no intentional effort is made to try to "hook" people. That is because of the und...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Practice for rain
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: Practice for rain

You don't need to make rain fall.
Rain already falls, all by itself.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.

If body mandala visualization were the only means of practicing vajrayana,
and that practice was the only means of attaining realization,
then it would matter.
But since that isn't the only practice in vajrayana,
and it isn't the only mean of attaining realization,
then why be concerned?
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Vajrayāna and the need to have complete Sense-Organs intact.

This question came up many years ago during a question and answer period during a dharma teaching weekend. The teacher replied that all beings have the same potential, and that all who are able to learn and understand the teachings are able to practice vajrayana. Today, Sign language, universal educ...

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