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by avatamsaka3
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravada versus mahayana view on breath meditation and the four frames of reference
Replies: 26
Views: 717

Re: Theravada versus mahayana view on breath meditation and the four frames of reference

I would love to know the sutta you are referring to here. Too much thinking can be an obstacle on the path. It's not my place to say exactly how much is too much. And study and investigation are valuable. But at some point, one simply has to commit to a way of practice one is drawn to, find a teach...
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Selecting a mala
Replies: 13
Views: 384

Re: Selecting a mala

Is there something particularly bad about a mala breaking?
Yes, it will be annoying. And no more mantra repetitions on that one. I'm asking about testing the quality of the mala, not asking for something that will never break.
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravada versus mahayana view on breath meditation and the four frames of reference
Replies: 26
Views: 717

Re: Theravada versus mahayana view on breath meditation and the four frames of reference

and goes on to say that the mind cannot do two things at the same time and this would constitute multi tasking which you are trying to avoid in the first place as it brings stress and mistakes. But, even according to this way of thinking, the mind can switch very, very quickly between different obj...
by avatamsaka3
Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Selecting a mala
Replies: 13
Views: 384

Selecting a mala

How does one select a good mala? I'm just worried about the thing not falling apart.
by avatamsaka3
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being made small
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Being made small

That way, he feels he is better than you without having to make the effort of improving himself. So they get some pleasure out of hurting people, which feeds their ego, which makes them feel better than. I guess the question then is why do some people do this, and others don't. Character difference...
by avatamsaka3
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Tradition
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Searching for a Tradition

Because of this I would like to hear how was for you guys to find your way on Dharma, if u can say a word or two about it. And, when you found your tradition, how can you be sure the teacher has reached a level of achievement? This is important, right? I hope that you are totally freed from sufferi...
by avatamsaka3
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being made small
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Being made small

I didn’t say that you were putting down people
I never said you said that. I was reflecting on my own past.
put others down in order to prop themselves up.
I don't understand how this provides a benefit in their eyes to them.
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Staying motivated for everyday activities
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Staying motivated for everyday activities

The drudgery of normal, day-to-day life and work is really a snooze compared to dharma practice It might be beneficial to contemplate exactly what this word "drudgery" means, and why this comparison is being made. I have found that the basics of health (sleep, diet, and exercise) are the ...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jul 14, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being made small
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Being made small

I don't recall a pattern in my life of putting people down to make myself feel better. I do recall being hurt a lot by people. So I have no idea how that works.
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jul 14, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being made small
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Being made small

How should we deal with people who make us feel small, disrespected, "less than"? Sometimes people correct what I say, even if it's not really an error, or they understood what I meant. As far as I can tell they're interested in establishing dominance, or getting an advantage. I have a bad...
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Questions

I'm not a practitioner or scholar of Dzogchen. But, I may have something to add in reply to these questions. So, here goes nothing. Feel free to ignore these if you're looking for replies from your tradition only. 1. Is there a difference between “compassion” and “bodhicitta?” If so, please define e...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jul 07, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Good deeds done without the feeling of compassion?
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Good deeds done without the feeling of compassion?

I'm not sure that feeling compassion is the point. Feelings can be influenced by lots of different things. If you ask yourself why you're helping someone, and the answer you get is to help them have less suffering, then your intention is fine.
by avatamsaka3
Fri Jul 02, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Tripitaka
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Mahayana Tripitaka

There are different collections of texts. The Theravada has its own (the Tipitaka). There are many Mahayana collections, which are not translated equivalents of the Theravada. There are quite a lot of Mahayana texts and concepts that are not present in the Theravada. The Vinaya and Abhidharma can di...
by avatamsaka3
Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:00 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for healing of myself.
Replies: 32
Views: 1812

Re: Prayers for healing of myself.

Only Compassion, and since I was told to focus most on Compassion that is what I am trying to focus on. Yes, and what does this actually require of you? The other day I encountered a beetle that was on its back. It couldn't get up. So I found a leaf and got him back on his feet. It's easy to save b...
by avatamsaka3
Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Thomas Cleary died last week
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Thomas Cleary died last week

Rest in peace.
by avatamsaka3
Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Respectful palliative care - end of life pets
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Re: Respectful palliative care - end of life pets

In terms of customs, that would depend on which tradition you rely on. Other than customs, contemplate the impermanent quality of all beings. And if you've cared for her well for a long time, you did your job. You did the main thing you could do. Then, at the right time, let go. I'm sure there are m...
by avatamsaka3
Sat Jun 26, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Birthday
Replies: 14
Views: 425

Re: Birthday

If you find that for whatever reason formal practice does not bring solace, consider just chilling out and reflecting on the advantages of wisdom and compassion toward all beings. Just chilling is sometimes better. But I can't say for sure in your case. Just don't feel bad about taking a nap or doin...
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Actually turning up for the first time... post-COVID
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Actually turning up for the first time... post-COVID

how do I actually fit in at the temple and what should I expect. Expect to find the wisdom that helps reduce suffering. Trying to fit in often causes suffering in us, or makes us cause suffering in the lives of others: for instance, when people don't like us, when we don't like someone else, or whe...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Can lab-grown brains become conscious? Answer: We don't care
Replies: 33
Views: 2073

Re: Can lab-grown brains become conscious? Answer: We don't care

Honestly, I mostly completely condemn what they are doing, but also see how it could be beneficial if it was undertaken by people with moral values. Which seem to be lacking, or utterly non-existent in researchers these days. I'm not fond of animal testing, for instance. It's a very harmful practic...
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: That feeling
Replies: 15
Views: 523

Re: That feeling

My best guess as to the cause of this is that I'm just a sensitive guy. I see no evidence of other causes.

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