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by Agent Smith
Mon Dec 19, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Nirvana
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Nirvana

:anjali: :buddha1: "What is nirvana ?" I asked, rather naïvely to a Mahayana buddhist monk. I was confident, which I soon realized was hopelessly misplaced, that, going by how many times on multiple forums I've seen this question met with silence or awkward answers, I was going to upset th...
by Agent Smith
Sun Dec 18, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fusion breakthrough and Kardashev Level 1
Replies: 50
Views: 1254

Re: Fusion breakthrough and Kardashev Level 1

Thanks for the replies forum denizens. Some, it seems, are pessimistic about this latest baby step science has made towards fusion energy. I join you in your doubts about how much of a step forward this is.
by Agent Smith
Wed Dec 14, 2022 8:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fusion breakthrough and Kardashev Level 1
Replies: 50
Views: 1254

Re: Fusion breakthrough and Kardashev Level 1

:twothumbsup: At the very least we can be sure that scientists have been working and working hard on the problem of nuclear fusion over the past 7 or so decades. Kudos to all those without whom this wouldn't have happened in my lifetime! Good job! :applause: No, this is wrong. We could have had thi...
by Agent Smith
Wed Dec 14, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen
Replies: 313
Views: 11936

Re: Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen

I know what advaita (Hinduism) or advaya (Buddhism) mean, but then how? :yinyang: :?
by Agent Smith
Wed Dec 14, 2022 7:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fusion breakthrough and Kardashev Level 1
Replies: 50
Views: 1254

Re: Fusion breakthrough and Kardashev Level 1

:twothumbsup: At the very least we can be sure that scientists have been working and working hard on the problem of nuclear fusion over the past 7 or so decades. Kudos to all those without whom this wouldn't have happened in my lifetime! Good job! :applause:
by Agent Smith
Wed Dec 14, 2022 9:10 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for myself and my brother
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Prayers for myself and my brother

:anjali:

The suffering are blessed. You're blessed brothers. Think of your suffering - it usually means something, something you'll have to investigate, as thoroughly as posssible mes amies.
by Agent Smith
Wed Dec 14, 2022 9:02 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Struggling for years
Replies: 36
Views: 2549

Re: Struggling for years

shinnen wrote: Sun Jul 17, 2022 3:50 am 'nothing'
:twothumbsup:

That's it mon ami! You got it!

Ask yerself, what's meditation?

This might help: Brain waves.
by Agent Smith
Mon Dec 05, 2022 7:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Indian history of "Sudden Enlightenment" found in Chan/Zen
Replies: 58
Views: 3019

Re: Indian history of "Sudden Enlightenment" found in Chan/Zen

the concept does exist as akrama mukti (sudden liberation) It's not a common concept but one used by him only, so it's nothing to do with Buddhism in India. The earliest one can probably be found in the Bahiya Sutta - where Bahiya woke up right there after hearing the Buddha's words. Also the strea...
by Agent Smith
Sun Dec 04, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Indian history of "Sudden Enlightenment" found in Chan/Zen
Replies: 58
Views: 3019

Re: Indian history of "Sudden Enlightenment" found in Chan/Zen

Has this forum outgrown Wikipedia?

Here's somwthing I found https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subitism

The article doesn't actually mention any ancient Indian texts but the concept does exist as akrama mukti (sudden liberation)

Have a read, it's quite informative and also inspiring.
by Agent Smith
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:46 am
Forum: Help Required
Topic: What happened to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 428

Re: What happened to me?

About 10 years ago, I got into Rinzai style Zen on my own. I lived in a small, isolated community at the time and nowhere near a Zen establishment to do formal practice. My only access was books, audiobooks and Zen forums. I had an assembly job and so it was easy to practice while at work. I was ve...
by Agent Smith
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Karma and non-self question: Whose karmic fruit am I?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: Karma and non-self question: Whose karmic fruit am I?

The way I understand anatta (non-self) is from a whole-part point of view. Look at the letter A . A is A, but break it down into /, -, \ and now where is A ? This is what Buudhists are talking about by interdependence or interbeing in me humble opinion, truth seeker! Yes. The Buddha used the exampl...
by Agent Smith
Sat Dec 03, 2022 7:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Karma and non-self question: Whose karmic fruit am I?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: Karma and non-self question: Whose karmic fruit am I?

The way I understand anatta (non-self) is from a whole-part point of view. Look at the letter A. A is A, but break it down into /, -, \ and now where is A? This is what Buudhists are talking about by interdependence or interbeing in me humble opinion, truth seeker!
by Agent Smith
Fri Dec 02, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Why is the book "Tibetan Book of the Dead" so popular amongst non-Buddhists / beginners
Replies: 23
Views: 17081

Re: Why is the book "Tibetan Book of the Dead" so popular amongst non-Buddhists / beginners

It's good to have a manual that goes into as much detail as the Tibetan Book of the Dead for how to find one's way postmortem to the so-called Pure Land or pull of a return to samsara at the same/higher level you were before you passed on. The tome is a treasure trove of information on death & d...
by Agent Smith
Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being a bad Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 740

Re: Being a bad Buddhist

:consoling: How very unfortunate that you feel that way. Some of the posters/members have offered some very good advice/suggestions. What about looking at from a level perspective? In video games you grow (collect XP points) as you play - you'll be a champion in no time mon ami! Keep at it! Best of ...
by Agent Smith
Wed Nov 30, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Baron Ungern von Sternberg
Replies: 12
Views: 760

Re: Baron Ungern von Sternberg

Must ... must .... must ... read ... about ... about ... Baron ... Baron ... ! Aargh! :mrgreen: :smile: I have a pet theory that the Baron was the model for the prior host of the demon called 'Eater of Souls' in Charles Stross's Atrocity Files series. Anyone who knows the series can feel free to ag...
by Agent Smith
Wed Nov 30, 2022 8:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Baron Ungern von Sternberg
Replies: 12
Views: 760

Re: Baron Ungern von Sternberg

Must ... must .... must ... read ... about ... about ... Baron ... Baron ... ! Aargh! :mrgreen:
by Agent Smith
Tue Nov 29, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Musk, guns and a vajra
Replies: 55
Views: 2267

Re: Musk, guns and a vajra

:alien: Perhaps, is it possible?, he sees the significance of the, what's it called now?, vajra. I suggeat we send a team of experts to assess his tulku potential immediately.

What if it's just high altitude sickness? :mrgreen:
by Agent Smith
Sun Nov 27, 2022 12:16 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Can you do water offerings after work if you don't have time in the morning?
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Can you do water offerings after work if you don't have time in the morning?

:woohoo: Amazing answers! I feel blessed to be in the company of such learned folk. Most water offerings I've seen are done in the morning and going by how monks in monasteries do it, the earlier the better. Lay folk do it later but still way before noon. I was hoping for a short exposition on the s...
by Agent Smith
Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Grief and karma
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Grief and karma

Some really powerful insights offered by the OP. Muchas gracias, I'm in yer debt. Grief is a terrible feeling and why is evident from its nature. We suffer when a loved one departs from our world and there's truth in that pain which perhaps is our farewell gift to the dying and the dead. I've come a...
by Agent Smith
Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Questions of confidence and what to do with it
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Questions of confidence and what to do with it

Many confident people are (world) leaders. What makes them so (confident)? Most peeps who score low on confidence tests end up, absit iniuria, losers. How terrible!

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