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by Supramundane
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

but what of the Bodhi mind? What of the consciousness of the awakened mind? Is it individual, conditioned, a thing then in your opinion, PVS? even though I suppose it’s possible. Hello Dharma friend I was grateful for your response on other threads so thank you if I did not already say so :namaste:...
by Supramundane
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

Malcolm wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:47 pm
Supramundane wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Malcolm wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:37 pm

Compounded phenomena cannot be said to have beginnings since there is no first cause.
What about my consciousness, M? Didn't it begin with my birth?
No, in Buddhadharma we have this little thing called "rebirth."
Ooooo gotcha haha. Makes sense. It is becoming clearer.
Thanks.
by Supramundane
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

Malcolm wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:37 pm
Supramundane wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:13 am
Yes, consciousness can end. It has a beginning and an end; it is conditioned.
Compounded phenomena cannot be said to have beginnings since there is no first cause.
What about my consciousness, M? Didn't it begin with my birth?
by Supramundane
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

but what of the Bodhi mind? What of the consciousness of the awakened mind? Is it individual, conditioned, a thing then in your opinion, PVS? even though I suppose it’s possible. Hello Dharma friend I was grateful for your response on other threads so thank you if I did not already say so :namaste:...
by Supramundane
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

I've heard before, though I can't recall offhand from which school, it could be Zen, of a type of 'awareness' which is cultivated in meditation. This awareness is ascribed an almost impersonal quality; it is distinguished from our individual, conditioned thoughts. Almost as if it is something beyond...
by Supramundane
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

After all, stripping out the illusion of self down to a non-self offers the promise of accessing the Luminous Mind, AKA Bodhicitta. Well, non-self isn’t a thing, just as emptiness isn’t a thing. Non-self means something (a self) isn’t there. Universal consciousness would be a thing. Yes, consciousn...
by Supramundane
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

Let me reframe the question: could Bodhicitta be seen as a sort of universal or 'impersonal' consciousness? Definitely not. It seems to me you do not understand the term "bodhicitta" in its Mahāyāna context. In its Mahāyāna context is means the aspiration for awakening. It also has two subdivisions...
by Supramundane
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

We aren't Hindus here...no sneaking a universal Atman/Brahman thingie in through the back door, please. :smile: Although I'm kind of surprised to see you identify universal consciousness with Bodhicitta. Usually when these sorts of discussions come up it is the Tathagatagharba that is posed as the ...
by Supramundane
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

Wouldn't it be generated by the delusion of self.

Let me ask you how you define Bodhicitta.
by Supramundane
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

Oops, sorry, i thought i had done that. Guess not:) Let me reframe the question: could Bodhicitta be seen as a sort of universal or 'impersonal' consciousness? After all, stripping out the illusion of self down to a non-self offers the promise of accessing the Luminous Mind, AKA Bodhicitta. I admit ...
by Supramundane
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1052

Is there a universal consciousness?

Recently, I was wondering if Bodhicitta is in fact a sort of 'universal consciousness'. In various sutras, there seems to be a distinction made between the self and the non-self, the self being the illusory personal citta and the non-self the possibility of effacing such personal citta by cultivatin...
by Supramundane
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reaching the path
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Reaching the path

The key is to ride the horse of bodhicitta from blissful place to blissful place:)
by Supramundane
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

Interesting question! The first answer that comes to mind is that it is impossible. According to Buddhist precepts, especially codependent arising and dependent origination, everything we see is the result of something else and exists only in a compound structure with other things. Thus, something a...
by Supramundane
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

yes, I totally agree with your concept of karma, PV. I too reject the notion that it is a simplistic reward or punishment system as some people make it out to be, even though it is sometimes explained as such. I believe such a conception is simply 'skillful means' in order to elucidate something muc...
by Supramundane
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

No, no one is outside the realm of cause and effect except Buddhas, and they can't 'reach in' to samsara and alter it for sentient beings experiencing it. There's blessings and purifications, which are said to do things like make Karmic fruits ripen less severely (I've read that in places at least)...
by Supramundane
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

No, no one is outside the realm of cause and effect except Buddhas, and they can't 'reach in' to samsara and alter it for sentient beings experiencing it. There's blessings and purifications, which are said to do things like make Karmic fruits ripen less severely (I've read that in places at least)...
by Supramundane
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

No, no one is outside the realm of cause and effect except Buddhas, and they can't 'reach in' to samsara and alter it for sentient beings experiencing it. There's blessings and purifications, which are said to do things like make Karmic fruits ripen less severely (I've read that in places at least)...
by Supramundane
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What practices help to internalize the Four Seals?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: What practices help to internalize the Four Seals?

Hello dear fellow travelers, Here is my first post (beyond the introduction) on this forum. Recently I read the article by DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE on the Four Dharma Seals (the link is below). He puts them like this: 1. All compounded things are impermanent. 2. All emotions are pain. 3. All thin...
by Supramundane
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?
Replies: 23
Views: 1005

Re: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?

This is a very good question. But ultimately, I believe these two things are very different. I know it is often confusing when you have many notions that all seem to be designating the same thing, but from different angles: Bodhicitta, Buddhahood, Buddhamind, luminous mind, Nirvana, enlightenment, e...
by Supramundane
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"
Replies: 19
Views: 1002

Re: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"

I believe somewhere there is a viral video on YouTube where an Australian reporter unsuccessfully tries to tell a joke with this punchline to the Dalai Lama. The joke goes like this: how does the Dalai Lama order a pizza? The answer: 'make me one with everything'. Although the journalist is laughing...

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