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by Ardha
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Sorry, but it doesn’t sound as though anything has been given up at all. Still holding onto everything. More like having one’s shoes on the wrong feet. They are on, but somehow it’s not right. Buddhism doesn’t teach that ‘nothing is real’. Buddhism does teach that because phenomena are composites, ...
by Ardha
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Hello Ardha, I am sorry you have these nightmares. I know these too, even in daytime. How to call that? Daymares? Nightmare would not be possible without falling in the stream of our thoughts. It is all the thinking mind we believe we are and nothing more. We do not see how this thinking or these t...
by Ardha
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:00 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Obviously, because many things probably already do make you happy. ...and they aren’t “real”. :jumping: The happiness is still “real”. Have you ever had a really nice dream, and then when you woke up you still felt happy from it? That occurs even though what happens in a dream isn’t “real”. Not rea...
by Ardha
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

If it’s all an illusion how can I say I’m happy about something when I know it’s not ultimately real. Obviously, because many things probably already do make you happy. ...and they aren’t “real”. :jumping: The happiness is still “real”. Have you ever had a really nice dream, and then when you woke ...
by Ardha
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

That sounds more like in pretending to feel those feelings when in the back of my mind it’s just and illusion what is happening before me. It sounds like I’m faking it like I do now. When people die I don’t feel sad I just pretend to feel that way for the comfort of others. The same with anything el...
by Ardha
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

:good: Yeah... actually your equating the "illusory" nature of everything to "lies" is just a moralistic projection on your part. It's just your interpretation. If I see a table and think, "Oh, that's a good table!" Does that make the table "good" ? No, it doesn't. It's just an interpretation that ...
by Ardha
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

If all that stuff is illusory then partaking in it is living a lie. You are saying we are pretending all of this is real, so we are living a lie. So then why work if it is a lie and so is money? Why love and care when that is also a lie and not real? Why do anything that we call living if it’s all ...
by Ardha
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

My question then becomes "if gender is an illusion then is performing the steps to alleviate the process just living a lie because it isn't you"? how does one become authentic when the reality (ultimate) is that such a pursuit is living a lie? It's like saying I am attracted to men when gender is a...
by Ardha
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

The stack exchange says that Buddhism says it's an illusion. Sure it is. Buddhism says that everything in the phenomenal world is an illusion. It is true, but so what? That does not mean that the phenomenal world and all the illusory things in it do not exist in their own way. During the Tang Dynas...
by Ardha
Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Buddhism says nothing about transgender issues, other than the standard moral code applicable to all situations: be compassionate. As far as Buddhism is concerned, gender is a secular issue, no more or less illusory than any other secular issue. Om mani padme hum Kathy Some threads and discussions ...
by Ardha
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

I still think death is the only true answer to suffering if your goal is utter peace then the logical conclusion is to wipe out all life to prevent further suffering. Intense? Sure. But so is the goal of peace for all sentient beings. There are a lot of red flags in this statement. I urge you to pu...
by Ardha
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/12902/male-female-is-gender-an-illusion Something I heard, which then got me thinking about what Buddhism would say about transgender issues, or being gay etc. There is a reference to ultimate reality and conventional reality too, but I'm not entirely co...
by Ardha
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

-The Dalai Lama, from "A Human Approach to World Peace." If we live to protect all beings that strive for a similar happiness that you also need deep down inside, then we are living out the Bodhissatvic ideal, whether it is in martial conflicts or in some other field of activity, as long as our goa...
by Ardha
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2038

What does Buddhism say about gender?

https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/12902/male-female-is-gender-an-illusion Something I heard, which then got me thinking about what Buddhism would say about transgender issues, or being gay etc. There is a reference to ultimate reality and conventional reality too, but I'm not entirely con...
by Ardha
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

Whether they belong to more evolved species like humans or to simpler ones such as animals, all beings primarily seek peace, comfort, and security. Life is as dear to the mute animal as it is to any human being; even the simplest insect strives for protection from dangers that threaten its life. Ju...
by Ardha
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

can imagine doing a ton of harmful things to people in my head, but it's only in my head. In terms of Buddhism, this matters. To me, this is why it is important for martial skills to become a somewhat dispassionate thing. Something I can do on a technical level, but not something that makes me want...
by Ardha
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

I highly doubt you have trained based on your responses. That's fine, think what you like. I've had teachers from different arts. Some of my most violent-minded teachers were aikido, taiji and bagua masters. And some of my most peaceful teachers were karateka. That's why I mentioned that with train...
by Ardha
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

... That's all fine. I think the OP was asking what Buddhism says about how to relate with violence. And whenever someone says, "What does Buddhism say about... ?" I hear "what does the Dharma say about it?" So I interpreted this as, "Is martial arts or fighting Dharma?" Your responses are all very...
by Ardha
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

The point, ultimately, is that I don't think watching or enjoying such sports is in line with being a Buddhist or the path. Watching it is pretty much condoning the act itself. Yet I know that my voice alone is little more than a fart on the wind when everyone else seems to like it so much. But in r...
by Ardha
Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3881

Re: Self Defense

I fail to see how it's ignorant. Football has been proven to inflict long term damage to the people who play it, especially in the brain. Boxing can do the same thing and in some instances involve death. Lets not forget that it's also for FUN and people enjoy watching others get hurt. It's just ind...

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