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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 13, 2024 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Duhkha and truths in Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Duhkha and truths in Theravada Buddhism

Yes indeed it is Dukkha, my apologizes. Could you explain please how the approach is different? I read the book that the images I do not know how to provide on forum about Dukkha. It is called "FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS" "The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation" "Pr...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 13, 2024 1:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I'm confused about why madhyamika rejected a self sufficient thing
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: I'm confused about why madhyamika rejected a self sufficient thing

If something is unconditioned it has no qualities or essence so it cannot be said to exist Well, you can say that no qualities or essence exist. But then, what does it actually mean to say that they either exist or don’t exist? Can we say that the waves on the ocean exist? They certainly happen, bu...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 13, 2024 12:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I'm confused about why madhyamika rejected a self sufficient thing
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: I'm confused about why madhyamika rejected a self sufficient thing

Must a thing must be free from conditions in order to be self sufficient? I thought it meant its only condition was its own self; not that it had no qualities at all? There is nothing that fits that description. But theoretically (and what Buddhist theory argues against) is the idea of an existing ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 13, 2024 12:53 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Shinjin for Egotists
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Shinjin for Egotists

源食う wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 9:29 am Do we just have to keep waiting? And will we keep doubting forever?
If you really believe that
Amitabha made the vow,
why not just let him worry about it?
And if you don’t believe
Amitabha made that vow
What difference will it make?
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 12, 2024 1:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cultivating non-judgmentality and lack of "snark"
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Cultivating non-judgmentality and lack of "snark"

I've yet to break through to non-discursive mental experience⋯ How do I cultivate that non-judgmentality to dualism? You are obviously a very intellectual person and you rely on squaring things up logically, so you think about everything a lot. On the one hand, that’s great. There is nothing wrong ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 12, 2024 2:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I need some help.I don't know What's the point of following the path if I will die?
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: I need some help.I don't know What's the point of following the path if I will die?

So why not live a life of hedonism? Sure,it is good to be a moral person to others and oneself, but hedonism and doing this is not mutually incompatible. You are right. One doesn’t have to be a goody-good and abstain from things in order to bring benefits to others and to oneself. Of course, if one...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 12, 2024 2:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I need some help.I don't know What's the point of following the path if I will die?
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: I need some help.I don't know What's the point of following the path if I will die?

I might be wrong, but I thought all Vajrayana schools adhered to the idea of *cittasantana*, or mindstream, that continues from life to life, empty yet apparent. Permanence implies unchanging, but as the mindstream is constantly moving and changing, it is not permanent. Well, it’s like a waterfall....
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The self is not existentially privileged
Replies: 46
Views: 803

Re: The self is not existentially privileged

I am not saying Buddhadharma denies a conventional self, but that it denies a momentary self that arises or passes, i.e., the idea that there is still a self that exists but it changes, comes and goes, etc. That’s right. People often make the mistake of thinking that a series of “selfs” arise and c...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 10, 2024 2:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Traditional Buddhist View of Synchronicities
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Traditional Buddhist View of Synchronicities

I think apparent synchronicity is like the song from the Wizard of Oz where the scarecrow sings:
“Oh, I could tell you why
The ocean's near the shore”

In other words, what we think are synchronized things are often simply what defines the things to begin with.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 10, 2024 2:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The self is not existentially privileged
Replies: 46
Views: 803

Re: The self is not existentially privileged

I don’t see how you arrive at that. Vedanta doesn’t regard self as a reoccurring experience but rather as a constant observer. What Vedanta posits as the source of illusion is mistaking the objects of the observer for the self, that is, as you wrote: "when consciousness is mistaken for an obje...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 09, 2024 1:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The self is not existentially privileged
Replies: 46
Views: 803

Re: The self is not existentially privileged

That’s more like a Vedanta view. Buddhism defines self view in terms of 20 possible relations to the aggregates, see: satkāyadṛṣṭi . I don’t see how you arrive at that. Vedanta doesn’t regard self as a reoccurring experience but rather as a constant observer. Buddhism maintains that the experience ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 08, 2024 7:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The self is not existentially privileged
Replies: 46
Views: 803

Re: The self is not existentially privileged

Trees and rocks are percepts. The ordinary self is never perceived, it is merely a unexamined concept we believe in fiercely. As such, any beliefs about self are equally false whether they have any functional value within deluded experience or not. Nevertheless, the self is valid conventionally, li...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 08, 2024 7:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The self is not existentially privileged
Replies: 46
Views: 803

Re: The self is not existentially privileged

In buddhist teaching, “self” is really nothing more than a reoccurring experience. It is what happens when consciousness is mistaken for an object of consciousness. That’s more like a Vedanta view. Buddhism defines self view in terms of 20 possible relations to the aggregates, see: satkāyadṛṣṭi . I...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 08, 2024 1:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The self is not existentially privileged
Replies: 46
Views: 803

Re: The self is not existentially privileged

The self is not existentially privileged, it is exactly as real/unreal as everything else. Would any Buddhist school agree with this? What does “existentially privileged” mean? And what are you referring to as a “self”? In buddhist teaching, “self” is really nothing more than a reoccurring experien...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 06, 2024 2:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Huayan vs Tiantai on Non-Sentient Buddha-Nature
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Re: Huayan vs Tiantai on Non-Sentient Buddha-Nature

Hello everyone! This is my first post on this forum, and it's mainly seeking after some clarification on the exact philosophical / doctrinal differences between the Huayan and Tiantai schools regarding whether non-sentient things have buddha-nature. I think that to get to the answer, you have to de...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 06, 2024 1:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cognitive dissonance - "Normal" Life and Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 665

Re: Cognitive dissonance - "Normal" Life and Buddhism

I can not give up my "normal" life to live in a monastery, but I can't give up Buddhism either. So I guess I need to be patient with myself and try to integrate these viewpoints with each other, try to understand one side from the other side and vice versa, but I feel like there will alwa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 06, 2024 1:08 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Shinjin for Egotists
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Shinjin for Egotists

Do we just have to keep waiting? And will we keep doubting forever? If you take a vow, then whose responsibility is it to keep that vow? If Amitabha made a vow, then whose responsibility is it to keep that vow? If you have faith in other-power, then what control do you have over the consequences of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 06, 2024 4:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Angkor Wat
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Angkor Wat

fckw wrote: Tue Jun 25, 2024 5:53 am Does anyone know if there exist tours in Angkor Wat in Cambodia focusing specifically on the religious aspects of the Hevajra cult?
You might need to contact
whoever deals with
Angkor management.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 06, 2024 12:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Void and Meditation
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: Void and Meditation

Hi, I need help. I have vaguely heard in the past countless times how it's bad to meditate in voidness and that has been troubling me for a long time. Well, “vaguely heard in the past” covers a lot of what is purported to be Buddhism. It’s better to actually read or hear teachings from specific, le...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Need Guidance.
Replies: 11
Views: 430

Re: Need Guidence.

I did not treat my mother well because my brain was all messed up. Since you are asking mainly about future rebirth in a lower realm because of problems or stress you may have created for your mother don’t think you need to be worried about that, because as you say, your “Brain was all messed up” w...

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