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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha without an object
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Shamatha without an object

Your teacher's instructions should be enough. However, since you asked... Breath, for example, is an object of meditation. It serves as a focal point, something that helps you to balance, deal with, and resolve issues of distraction. When you are able to rest the mind evenly, even for a short time, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Willingly falling asleep - without being tired
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Willingly falling asleep - without being tired

I often drink espresso coffee at night, a couple of hours before I go to sleep. I really love espresso. I can go right to sleep. If I wake up. I'm instantly wide awake, but I can go back to sleep. I think the key is isolating areas of brain activity and muscle relaxation. Do you meditate? If you can...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 5702

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

Wow, I have always found the Diamond Sutra to be really profound,
describing the illusory nature of appearances, concepts and labels.
It's also a very quick read, as sutras tend to go.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 5702

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

This thread already now contains 40 posts and comments.
It contains all the opinions and thoughts of everyone who ever contributed to the discussion.
How does it do that? How does contain all those ideas?
A teacher transmits the blessings of a lineage,
it's like that.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 72
Views: 4270

Re: Morality of stockholding

The Buddha hung out with kings as well as beggars.
many people who make money off employees do in fact do great and beneficial things with that money. There are many wealthy buddhsts in Asia doing great things
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 72
Views: 4270

Re: Morality of stockholding

"an employee gets paid" is another way of saying the employee receives a percentage of the total wealth his or her labor has produced.
If the employee makes more than what it costs to eat and live, and earns enough extra to save, then that employee has made a profit.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 72
Views: 4270

Re: Morality of stockholding

There are certainly many factors involved in production, but the cost of everything in production is a reflection of the labor needed to use it. If there is a shipping fee, it's because somebody needs to transport it, or track its transporting or whatever. Robots pose an interesting problem here, as...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?

No karmic activity occurs outside of the mind. There is a mistaken idea that activity of the body, speech and mind attracts karma, as though karma is a force in the universe, like gravity, or that the cosmos metes out rewards and punishments to individuals who do good or bad things. But this view is...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 72
Views: 4270

Re: Morality of stockholding

Labor creates the wealth of a company. In a capitalist system,that wealth (and the investment potential of that wealth) belongs to the owner the owner of the company. If a company is owned by its workers, they collectively own that wealth. In a socialist economy, that wealth belongs to the workers a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 3226

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Please determine the existence of nagas or of hungry ghost realms using logical deduction.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 35
Views: 2136

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

The vow of a bodhisattva is to postpone complete enlightenment until all other beings have become enlightened. This doesn't mean that the bodhisattva continues suffering just as a doctor or nurse goes back to work each day at the hospital doesn't mean they get sick themselves. There is an idea of ni...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 3226

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

I think, the reason why people do not believe in rebirth and karma, why secular people do, is because they don't really understand what they are. They only have a pop culture understanding, for example, that the universe is busy rewarding and punishing people, or that the salt, fat, water and amino ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 3226

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

It is not necessary to believe that a hungry ghost realm with cognizant beings in it exists in order to realize the true nature of one's mind. If, through practice, a realization happens that a hungry ghost realm with cognizant beings in it exists, then it is verified. But whether one exists or not ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 3226

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

No disagreement. Secular buddhism simply rejects what cannot be verified. That, however doesn't mean that for many it isn't the right path. It's better for people who simply can't bring themselves to believe in ghosts and gods than it is to try to convince themselves that they do. If nothing else, i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 3226

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

It won't happen. One cannot practice with wrong view and expect anything other than error as a result. That's simply didactic. If one can, then one can. Why is it "wrong view" not to accept on faith alone, or simply because someone has said it, or simply because someone told you that the Buddha tau...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 20
Views: 1921

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

Karma is often misunderstood. It's not some thing you get. It isn't a system of rewards and punishments meted out by a spiritual universe. What you experience in the mind, what you project from the mind, that is the essence of karma. A person who is greedy, for example, only experiences deprivation ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 3226

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

The words of the Buddha taught weren't even written down until a century after he spoke them... ...in a language he didn't speak... ...5,000 miles south of where he spoke them! If Mahayana teachings (or any buddhist teachings) are practiced, and they lead to realization, then the teachings are authe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 74
Views: 4393

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

"Buddha Nature" isn't a thing . It is a description of the true nature of mind, or, one might say, original state of mind, which is clear, empty and luminous. It's called "Buddha nature" because Buddha means awake, which is another way of saying free from confusion and suffering. Not dreaming. Not d...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: on the colour of relics...
Replies: 5
Views: 604

Re: on the colour of relics...

it means that all things in this phenomenal world undergo constant change, just as the Buddha taught!
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karma & Hell Realm!
Replies: 31
Views: 2041

Re: Karma & Hell Realm!

Good point but there are also actual different planes of existence in both the Pali Canon, Mahayana Sutras, and to my knowledge Tantra material. Can you go into this a bit? Also were do these realms come from, what is the dynamic of how they come into existence as obviously the environment will con...

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