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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby asunthatneversets » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:48 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:ok,

I've been reading this info about 'What the Buddha
taught'
. . at the Chapter 6 section It discusses
'Anatta' doctrine of no soul.

So, why no soul in Buddhist thought? . .


Buddhism teaches that what we normally take to be a "self" (our own separate self-ness aka what makes you Wesley) is merely a series of aggregates or "skandhas"... Like pieces that when all pieced together create the illusion of a self and a world. Buddhas discovery was that there was no self and no world.. Both are illusions. And this discovery was an experiential release from the illusion which brought him to an inexpressible truth beyond birth and death, the dharma is his method to lead others to this truth.

About this the Buddha said:

"It is just the dharmas[aggregates, appearances] that combine to form this body. When it arises, it is simply the dharmas arising; when it ceases, it is simply the dharmas ceasing. When these dharmas arise, [the bodhisattva aka enlightened one] does not state, 'I arise'; when these dharmas cease, he does not state, 'I cease'."

And also:

"There is a sphere of being where there is no earth, no water, no fire, nor wind; no experience of infinity of space, of infinity of consciousness, of no-thingness, or even of neither perception nor non-perception; here there is neither this world, nor another world, neither moon nor sun; this sphere of being I call neither a coming, nor a going, nor a staying still, neither a dying nor a reappearance; it has no basis, no evolution, and no support; it is the end of dukkha."
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:16 am

Here is what I understand thus far,

I can go to a Christian priest for questions about Christianity.

And go to a Buddhist teacher for questions about Buddhism.

Would that possibly work out? mm
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Infinite » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:20 am

Wesley1982 wrote:Here is what I understand thus far,

I can go to a Christian priest for questions about Christianity.

And go to a Buddhist teacher for questions about Buddhism.

Would that possibly work out? mm

Well it would be a little strange to go to a Christian Minister to ask questions about Buddhism or go to a Buddhist Monk to ask questions about Christianity.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:39 am

Why the mention of reincarnation? Is that positive or negative I'm not too sure about that.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby catmoon » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:48 am

Wesley1982 wrote:ok,

I've been reading this info about 'What the Buddha taught' . . at the Chapter 6 section It discusses 'Anatta' doctrine of no soul.

So, why no soul in Buddhist thought? . .


If I may swipe another's words, "We have no need of that hypothesis."

Also, a soul has the nature of the essence of a man. Buddhism does not go in for essences, as they conflict with doctrines of non self.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Dave The Seeker » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:36 am

Wesley1982 wrote:Why the mention of reincarnation? Is that positive or negative I'm not too sure about that.


Reincarnation is returning as the same person. In Buddhism it is rebirth, the mind reborn into one of the six realms. If it has good Karma and good merit, it returns to this realm in a precious human rebirth. This is in my understanding of what I've learned


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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Will » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:31 pm

Just to make things more interesting for Wesley; there is evidence that reincarnation was believed in by early Xtians - even taught by Jesus. Consider these examples:

http://reincarnation.ws/reincarnation_i ... ament.html
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:16 pm

Ch. 7 pg. 48 of Walpo Rahula's 'What the Buddha taught' talks about meditation and Bhavana mental culture.

What are some ways to introduce me to that? or learn about Bhavana? thanks.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:54 pm

Keep reading, about 20 more pages in that book, and you'll have the definition of Bhavana.

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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby mint » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:35 pm

Will wrote:Just to make things more interesting for Wesley; there is evidence that reincarnation was believed in by early Xtians - even taught by Jesus. Consider these examples:

http://reincarnation.ws/reincarnation_i ... ament.html


Wow. It's one thing to fail to admit that you know nothing about 1st century Palestinian Judaism or early Christianity, but it's wholly another to post tripe like this as in the least bit possibly tenable.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby mint » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:44 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:Why the mention of reincarnation? Is that positive or negative I'm not too sure about that.


Rebirth is always a negative, especially when the end result should be escaping samsara.

From a samsaric POV, though, being born as a human is always a positive as it amounts to more opportunities to attain enlightenment; however, being born as a human as its hang-ups, as well, such as a pervasive feeling of alienation from our Base, from other people, and from our True Self. We have this urgent need to escape from the profound insecurity of this situation which gives rise to insatiable desires for pleasure, possession, and power which then leads to violence, war, and institutional injustice. So, Buddhism ultimately sees humanity as strained - sort of like a spider suspended above the abyss by a thread.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:45 pm

When I've ventured out on Life's Journey what would a experienced Buddhist tell me? . .
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Sherab Dorje » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:46 pm

To stop asking so many questions and get on with living! :tongue:
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Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Dave The Seeker » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:49 am

mint wrote:Rebirth is always a negative, especially when the end result should be escaping samsara.


In my understanding a Mayhayana Bodhisattva wishes to be reborn, in order to deliver all sentient beings out of samsara.


Kindest wishes, Dave
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One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Ogyen » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:44 am

Wesley1982 wrote:what does a bodhi tree look like?


purty.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby catmoon » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:32 pm

Sorta like this I think

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Fig family.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Ogyen » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:08 pm

catmoon wrote:Sorta like this I think

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Fig family.


Ahem - that's HOLY fig family, sir.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:53 am

I've heard of Buddha-Dharma but what happens to the Sang-ha? . .
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:57 am

What are the basics of Buddha-Dharma? thanks.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:07 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:What are the basics of Buddha-Dharma? thanks.
It was answered on page 1. viewtopic.php?f=77&t=7738&start=0#p92100 Do you actually read what people say or do you just ask questions for the sake of asking?
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