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by lowlydog
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

If there were an eternal, infinite, unchanging oneness (i.e. brahman), everything would be this oneness, therefore everything would be: eternal, infinite, and unchanging. But we experience time, space, and change. Isn't this a grand contradiction? Look up in the sky at night, you see tops of houses...
by lowlydog
Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: closed eyes vs. opened eyes
Replies: 21
Views: 3056

Re: closed eyes vs. opened eyes

just curious... some meditation techniques will suggest the meditator keep his eyes opened, focusing on an object, while other techniques suggest the eyes be kept closed. i'm looking for some insight as to why this is and what is the benifit of one over the other. it is my (limited) experience that...
by lowlydog
Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1012
Views: 81157

Re: Yes or No ...

Yes, and now the keyboard stickkkkkkkkkks at timmmmmmmmmes, a real bummmmmmmmmmmmmmmer.

Do you meditate daily?
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

pueraeternus wrote:The Buddha has never asserted a consciousness beyond the consciousness of the 5 skandhas.
Neither am I, and it's ok to have differing views, we are swimming against the current. :smile:
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Buddhism definitely refutes the idea that consciousness is permanent and eternal. Prove it. :smile: "Form, Ananda, is impermanent, conditioned, dependently arisen, subject to destruction, to vanishing, to fading away, to cessation. Through its cessation, cessation is spoken of. Feeling is impermane...
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

asunthatneversets wrote:Buddhism definitely refutes the idea that consciousness is permanent and eternal.
Prove it. :smile:
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Astus wrote: That is, you don't mean anything by "unmanifested", since nobody can conceive such a thing, in which case it cannot be used in an argument.
Who's arguing?

There is nothing to argue over. :tongue:
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

something cannot be eternal. no-thing is eternal. "No-thing"? Not a thing, nothing. If it is not something what does it matter if we call it eternal, impermanent, big, small, red or yellow? Talk about non-existent things is pointless. Wisdom is not a thing. Unmanifested means what? Quite frankly, t...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: quitting smoking - looking for inspiration
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: quitting smoking - looking for inspiration

Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Exalted One was travelling along the highway between Rājagaha and Nālandā together with a great company of bhikkhus, with about five hundred bhikkhus. At the same time the wanderer Suppiya was also travelling along the highway between Rājagaha and Nālandā toget...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

The Buddha, Nagarjuna, HHDL and all kinds of folks in between have written or spoken on emptiness, this is not the same as realization, but he intellectual understanding is important (else why would they have spoken on it), and can actually be conceived of in relatively simple terms. So yes, in fac...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Yes, Brahman is beyond human conceiving and so is Buddhists emptyness . Emptiness can be conceived or conceptualised via Nagarjunas tetralema, through insight into dependent origination, through meditational techniques on emptiness (a whole bunch of which are outlined here and here (plus other Sutt...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

I understand that brahman is beyond human conceiving, and that any attempt to do so is doomed to frustration/failure. Advaita agrees with this. But it maintains that brahman is *real* -- the only real, in fact -- and that it is all there is. Yes, Brahman is beyond human conceiving and so is Buddhis...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

You are not taking into consideration the ultimate reality and how this statement rings true in the unmanifested(formless). The ultimate truth in Buddhism is emptiness. The formless realms are just samsara. I didn't just say the formless, did I. I said the unmanifested. Let try not to twist words s...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Astus wrote: Something eternal cannot change.
something cannot be eternal. no-thing is eternal.
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Astus wrote: Oneness means that everything has the same substance.
You are not taking into consideration the ultimate reality and how this statement rings true in the unmanifested(formless).
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 85
Views: 16753

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Kundalini can be described as any energy movement in the body that happens on an unconscious level. I would say sub-conscious level there is no unconscious level, Kundalini energy is continuously flowing through the body, we just need to develope awareness at the sub-conscious level. For this we ne...
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26828

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Advaita thinks consciousness (vijnana) is/has an eternal part. Buddhism refutes it. Consciousness is permanent/eternal and Buddhism does not refute this. Advaita and Buddhism are the same teachings when understood(practically experienced) correctly. rachMiel, bodhicitta= pure awareness= brahman, bu...
by lowlydog
Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: A definition of "ego"
Replies: 20
Views: 2057

Re: A definition of "ego"

Nirvana.
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eckhart Tolle on christmas
Replies: 240
Views: 19692

Re: Eckhart Tolle on christmas

It certainly came up twice in the thread, the ambiguous references to Buddhists who just "read sutras and pray to statues", a general disdain for Buddhism as a world religion (rather than some "stuff" that apparently can be divorced from the religion itself I guess) calling Eckhart a possible livin...