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by Aemilius
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1706

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Not really. Once I know the dream was not real it just makes me sad. The happiness wasn’t real, it just appeared as such. Once is happy in a dream because they don’t know it’s a dream, once they do any feelings about it evaporate. Fear goes away, at least in my case (once unfortunately, too many ni...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Tree of World Religions
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: The Tree of World Religions

Jokes aside, I agree with you. On one hand, we all follow the voice in our heads. Monotheism covers this over with a single pole social structure, as you point out, which can tend to authoritarianism. I actually argued something along these lines over Passover with a group of not particularly theis...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1706

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

On the contrary, joy does not vanish if you realize it as a dream. Once I became conscious in a dream, I was standing on a bridge. I decided to jump into the river below because it is just a dream. I fell into the water and the water disappeared, there was no water, it was just light or clarity that...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Difference between Padme and Padma
Replies: 7
Views: 2157

Re: Difference between Padme and Padma

So, Chenrezig and Lokestevara are the same, but they have diverse secret names, is that yoy are telling ? They both are the bodhisattva that appears in the Heart Sutta, but for the other forms one has to look into Lokestevara instead of Chenrezig ? Not exactly so, Chenrezig is a tibetan transalatio...
by Aemilius
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1051

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

We say the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. And that’s absolutely true, but it is only relative truth. Absolute truth is that the Earth rotates, creating the illusion of the Sun appearing on one horizon and disappearing on the other. It is not absolute truth, it is a view that depe...
by Aemilius
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Difference between Padme and Padma
Replies: 7
Views: 2157

Re: Difference between Padme and Padma

Padme is vocative. A sanskrit dictionary that is easy to use http://www.sanskritdictionary.com Hi, could you explain the Padme as vocative ? At first i concluded that is tlyou call Mani and Padme, so you are calling Mani Lotus ? Also, the two mantras are explained with very diverse meaning one for ...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1051

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

But when, for example, I and all people see the absolute truth, people will not stop thinking about me or other people, thinking about where to make money, they will be happy when they see something good (for example, children), they will want to eat, drink, they will have a headache time from time...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1051

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

There are Two Truths: Conventional Truth and Absolute Truth. This counts as two sides of the same coin. But I cannot understand how it is possible to simultaneously believe in both conventional and absolute truth? Could we give examples. thanks We say the sun rises in the morning and sets in the ev...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)

This is kriya tantra, not a sutra, so it requires transmission (probably). As for the results, if you have the prerequisites, you can always try. But it is not easy as it specifies perfect concentration all day for one month. Sadhanas and tantric texts were gradually translated and incorporated int...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)

This is kriya tantra, not a sutra, so it requires transmission (probably). As for the results, if you have the prerequisites, you can always try. But it is not easy as it specifies perfect concentration all day for one month. Sadhanas and tantric texts were gradually translated and incorporated int...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?
Replies: 33
Views: 599

Re: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?

so what would be the lesson from this prophesies? Nichiren Buddhists interpret the prophecy of three time periods to justify that their teaching is a proper practice for the last period of the Law: "Three periods [三時] ( san-ji): (1) The Former Day, Middle Day, and Latter Day of the Law. Three cons...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?
Replies: 33
Views: 599

Re: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Rajagaha, on Vulture Peak Mountain. There he addressed the monks: "Monks, I will teach you the seven conditions that lead to no decline. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "Yes, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One sai...
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sense consciousness
Replies: 98
Views: 973

Re: Sense consciousness

Five aggregates: 1) Form is this physical body. 2) Sensations: experiencing feeling of suffering happy joy, physical bodily pain 3) Perceptions...are simply thoughts, if coarse will come in form of images. Perception doesn’t know but registered with consciousness that’s how we know. 4) Intent...‘I ...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 55
Views: 1108

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

How can people in Yogacara interact with each other? According to Yogacara, all the objects that I see exist only in my mind. What about people? Each person has their own mind, but how do minds interact with each other? If every mind sees its imaginary world, then the people it sees in this world a...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85022

Re: Great Vegan Debate

I came to the conclusion long ago that most peoples diet and health habits (well, people that are focused on those things specifically) are about very deep, ingrained notions of purity and impurity, and not much else. They aren't rational notions most of the time, just deep seated stuff that sits a...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Myanmar or Burma
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: Prayers for Myanmar or Burma

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May all beings be free from enmity, injury and disturbance, and may they preserve themselves at ease!
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 55
Views: 1108

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

How can people in Yogacara interact with each other? According to Yogacara, all the objects that I see exist only in my mind. Analytically, this is the case, but this is not what we experience conventionally. I don't think it is the case that Yogacara denies the existence of other minds, or other b...
by Aemilius
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 55
Views: 1108

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

According to Yogacara, all the objects that I see exist only in my mind. That objects exist in one's mind means that things are defined by concepts, particularly defined in terms of self/essence/substance. Just consider how people perceived as one's family are quite different from how the same peop...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85022

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Traditionally (in Buddhism that is) there is "Rice that grows without cultivation", which presumably means the culture that existed before the development of agriculture. It is held to be a more meritorious level of existence than agriculture. According to Dharma. There are many levels of meritoriou...
by Aemilius
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85022

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Thanks Aemilius. I think we are destroying our earth, ours own home by our selfish action. The environment is our responsibility. Regarding animals, forcing them to give birth in great amount is not only causing a lot of suffering but is as well bringing the world out of harmony ( see as well clima...

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