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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 1163

Re: Apple tree

My own homemade litmus test for existence is: If x can be aware'd, it exists. That aware-ing might be via onboard perception (senses), or might require manipulation (digging up buried treasure), or instrumentation (microscope, telescope). The required perception, manipulation, or instrumentation mi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 1163

Re: Apple tree

If knowing is a function of the mind, then the mind would know if the apple tree exists or not. Maybe. If otoh knowing can happen without the mind being involved, then it's a mystery (to me, at least) what would know the tree exists or not. “Knower” and “mind” are not the same thing. “Knower” is an...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 1163

Re: Apple tree

If knowing is a function of the mind, then the mind would know if the apple tree exists or not. [/quote l] Maybe. If otoh knowing can happen without the mind being involved, then it's a mystery (to me, at least) what would know the tree exists or not. “Knower” and “mind” are not the same thing. “Kn...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 1163

Re: Apple tree

Does the apple tree exist? Define: “exist”. For this thread, let's say "Does the apple tree exist?" means "Is there an actual object that we call an apple tree?" “Actual object” doesn’t define it. Merely different terms. But when you begin to define it, then you get closer to answering the question...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 1163

Re: Apple tree

LastLegend wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 6:08 pm
Rick wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 5:40 pm
What knows anything ... the mind of the knower ... or something 'deeper' ?
Explain please.
“Knower” is a concept arising from knowing,
rather than, what people usually assume,
the other way around.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 30, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 1163

Re: Apple tree

Does the apple tree exist? Define: “exist”. An infinite series of rapidly sequential events occur ... from which arises in the mind of the perceiver... a unified concept of an object ... which is then matched to previously conceived ideas about “Apple tree”. All of that is definitely occurring with...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 29, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1201
Views: 56246

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

There seems to be a lot of attention being given to a rise in depression, suicide, etc. which is being blamed on the lockdown (this is in the United States. I don’t know about elsewhere). Although it probably couldn’t be accurately measured, I’d be interested to know if people who practice Buddhist ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 28, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4631

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

I can’t say for others, but in my case, “I think” means I am asserting something that isn’t necessarily stated in any sutras or historic Dharma texts, as far as I know. It’s merely my own inference, based on what I’ve read, or it’s a conclusion that I’ve arrived at based on observations and analysi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 28, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4631

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

What I still wonder is why (long years and knowledgeable) Buddhism followers, have to discuss such KEY matters with "I think" I can’t say for others, but in my case, “I think” means I am asserting something that isn’t necessarily stated in any sutras or historic Dharma texts, as far as I know. It’s...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu May 28, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4631

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Since the One-Mind is empty of intrinsic existence, what does it depend on ? Thank you. Aha! In that statement, the age-old trap that ensnares almost every Dharma student: “What does it depend on?” This is what happens, starting with the premise of something truly existent, and then afterwards, try...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed May 27, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4631

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Since the One-Mind is empty of intrinsic existence, what does it depend on ? Thank you. Aha! In that statement, the age-old trap that ensnares almost every Dharma student: “What does it depend on?” This is what happens, starting with the premise of something truly existent, and then afterwards, try...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed May 27, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blessed thread - how long to keep on?
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Blessed thread - how long to keep on?

Some people wear them until they naturally fall apart.
If you have a shrine at home, you can put there too.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue May 26, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus
Replies: 36
Views: 1650

Re: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus

The gist of it is, I failed to express to others his level as a teacher. He is an amazing teacher and it's all pure Dharma, verifiable. But the level in which he wanted me to express, was above what (I think) one could reasonably say... Hold on— are you saying your teacher was upset because you did...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon May 25, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus
Replies: 36
Views: 1650

Re: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus

You say that the current situation is the result of your previous actions. You also are asking if this is your karma! :thinking: :jumping: Without hearing your teacher’s side of the story, It’s kind of hard to know. Maybe your teacher thinks you are not ready to do certain practices that require a d...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun May 24, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Momentariness
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Momentariness

...Adding to the previous replies, remember that the purpose of establishing this is to show that ultimately there is no essence to that which is being examined. Thus, to use the example of the foot kicking the ball, at any given moment before, during, or after the kick, both the foot and the ball a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 23, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 16
Views: 926

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

Write down your questions. Be specific. This alone will be very useful not only in terms of saving time, but sometimes in doing so, the answer comes to you.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat May 23, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: About Some Zen
Replies: 16
Views: 683

Re: About Some Zen

This reply
is completely useless
and unnecessary.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 22, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1639

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

I am certainly not looking for minimal effort. Only minimal complexity. If you think about it, they are two ends of the same rope. If a practice isn’t complicated, it shouldn’t take much effort. If an uncomplicated practice seems to take a lot of effort, very likely you aren’t doing it correctly. T...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 22, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heartbreak
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Heartbreak

The science behind a broken heart: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/science-behind-a-broken-heart The quickest fix is to eat chocolate and maybe go but a present for yourself. I also found reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo) to be particularly...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri May 22, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1639

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

I am certainly not looking for minimal effort. Only minimal complexity. If you think about it, they are two ends of the same rope. If a practice isn’t complicated, it shouldn’t take much effort. If an uncomplicated practice seems to take a lot of effort, very likely you aren’t doing it correctly. T...

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