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by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Help me understand Anatta
Replies: 38
Views: 753

Re: Help me understand Anatta

Queequeg wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:57 pm
In Madhyamaka, Samsara = Nirvana and Klesha are Bodhi. How is this possible? Because of emptiness.
:anjali:
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Help me understand Anatta
Replies: 38
Views: 753

Re: Help me understand Anatta

There are 5 skandhas, all of which possess the qualities of anatta, dukkha, and anicca, etc. There is nothing whatsoever that transcends the skandhas since that would be akin to the Hindu atman and therefore the skandhas are the totality of a sentient being, human in our case. The goal of the Buddh...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 35
Views: 759

Re: Can't control thoughts

Hello, in specific conditions specific thoughts arise. Sometimes those are negative thoughts. Then I identify them as negative (because they cause bad karma). Then I react to the idea that it caused bad karma with anxiety. How should I reprogram this thought process? How can you change it if I can'...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Beginner study material
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: Beginner study material

What book would you recommend as a starter for madhyamika? You mentioned Mipham's commentaries on The Adornment of The Middle Way (Shantarakshita). Should one start with this book? I did tenets first. Each of the four philosophical schools builds on the one below it. Some knowledge of the five aggr...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Vipassanā in Zen Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Vipassanā in Zen Buddhism

As for analytical meditation... perhaps gong'an (koan) or huatou (wato). Per Philip Kapleau, The Three Pillars of Zen : "Koans cannot be solved by recourse to logical reasoning, but only by awakening a deeper level of the mind beyond discursive intellect." This is true. At the same time, ...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Vipassanā in Zen Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Vipassanā in Zen Buddhism

Zen's conception of shamatha and vipassana (the zhi and guan mentioned above) are somewhat different than in Tibetan Buddhism and Theravada. Silent Illumination (the chinese zazen) is the perfect union of shamatha and vipassana. They are practiced as one. As for analytical meditation... perhaps gong...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Beginner study material
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: Beginner study material

No problem
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Beginner study material
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: Beginner study material

Dear Dharma friends, I am not completely new to buddhism, so I've read a few books here and there, but I've come to realize that I need some sort of systematic study of the doctrine. I really want to get a good grasp of the essential philosophy, specially the middle way. I was thinking about purcha...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Selecting a mala
Replies: 13
Views: 415

Re: Selecting a mala

You can often find good ones in a good Dharma center.
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 531

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

Is there some difference I haven't detected between saying "there is no such thing as rabbits" and "rabbits are unreal?" The helpful word you want to use is occur. Do events in dreams occur? Yes. It can be determined that they occur because they are objects of awareness (we expe...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 531

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

When madhyamaka says things don't exist, it's talking about existing in an ultimate sense. If a chariot existed in an ultimate sense (as an ultimate truth), it wouldn't depend on parts or anything else for its existence. If you completely disassembled the chariot piece by piece, there would still be...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:54 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London
Replies: 15
Views: 743

Re: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London

Tilopa wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:05 pm
FiveSkandhas wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:15 am
On one hand it is true we are enjoined to show respect to anyone in a robe, even if they are not legitimate monks.
Respect should be earned, even for those wearing robes.
At least he has a peaceful nature.
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London
Replies: 15
Views: 743

Re: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London

Malcolm wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:31 pm
SilenceMonkey wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:29 am
She probably had some bad experiences with being cheated by fake monks or rinpoches and feels she needs to expose them.
Nah, she is just an uptight busybody with nothing better to do with her time than harass beggars.
Both could be true.
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London
Replies: 15
Views: 743

Re: Fake monk called out, made to remove robes on streets of London

This woman is a self-proclaimed "crusader" against fraudulent scammers posing as Buddhist monks. Interesting encounter. https://youtu.be/Iq5kyNU89zE That lady is a total jerk. She probably had some bad experiences with being cheated by fake monks or rinpoches and feels she needs to expose...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsin Tao and Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 461

Re: Hsin Tao and Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhism

Hmm... maybe you're right. Don't forget the great Meng Ts'an! There were said to be rainbows in the sky over his temple on Wutai Shan when he passed into Nirvana. I haven't heard of Yuan Yin and Chen Shu Biao. Could you say a bit about them or possibly provide some links or other references? And ho...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 46
Views: 1040

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

"Stuck in samsara" means literal, continuous birth and death in various realms of rebirth. Like this one we are in now, the human realm. It's not just a metaphor, it's just as real as this human life and body is. If you make bad karma, you could be reborn as a dog, just like the neighbors...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 46
Views: 1040

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

I just can't see how there are realms in a literal sense, or how to find out if there are. But the buddha apparently knew, so how do I gain this insight? Well then, ignore everything I posted about examining your assumptions. Don’t bother to actually break down what you mean by “literal”. Just go w...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 65
Views: 1757

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:45 am
Malcolm wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:35 am
Johnny Dangerous wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:22 am
So, we either have to stay out of the water, or we have to learn to friggin' swim.
And then there is the constant problem with shit.
The practice of Bodhisattvas is to shovel shit:)
And to swim in it... :toilet:
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 65
Views: 1757

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

I don't think karma works that way. A pet's rebirth is determined by it's own actions not by your attachment to it. I don't know... what about karmic connection or karmic debt? Well, what about them? They may occur due to circumstances, but how is that the same as karmic consequences? My teacher sa...

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