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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 83
Views: 1586

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

Wrong answer. Which appearance isn't a convention? Which convention isn't an appearance? This point is explained correctly by Gorampa. In brief, conventions do not generate appearances, for example, calling the appearance of sand “water” does not change that appearance into water. First there an ap...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?

"Refrain from denigrating other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and from attacking Shingon and Tendai...refrain from indulging in disputes with men of wisdom or when encountering people with other [Buddhist] practices...Toward people of other [Buddhist] persuasions or practices, refrain from saying, with ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Wanting and Suffering

a little of both. although trapping the rabbit would probably be easier to deal with... When I read: “...is the solution to get the girlfriend by whatever means necessary or is it to not want the girlfriend in the first place?” That tells me your whole approach to romance needs some adjusting. Firs...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1298

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 PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?

Having read through this book, my impression is that Shinran categorically rejects all other methods as foolish ‘self-power’.
So, I would say that the answer your question is yes.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 83
Views: 1586

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

It sounds to me like Astus is following the Gelug view of stating that things exist conventionally. Equally bad: Exist: !a: to have real being whether material or spiritual b : to have being in a specified place or with respect to understood limitations or conditions This is where I think the term ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the question of "cultural appropriation"
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Buddhism and the question of "cultural appropriation"

The original issue of cultural appropriation was really about misappropriation . For example, the local zoo in my area (it’s a very large zoo) once had a string of Tibetan Prayer flags serving as the “sign” for one of their restaurants. On each flag was written one letter, spelling out the word: B A...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mantra on styrofoam, how do I dispose of it?
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Mantra on styrofoam, how do I dispose of it?

The thing about all plastics is to remove them from the waste cycle. Styrofoam can also be glued, cut, or just broken, and then coveredy with a glue-based papier-mâché. So, if you want something that will be around forever, styrofoam is it (so much fir impermanence, right?) The core of this “faux ma...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mantra on styrofoam, how do I dispose of it?
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Mantra on styrofoam, how do I dispose of it?

♸ PLASTIC & STYROFOAM ♸ I have developed an easy, cheap, and relatively safe way to turn polystyrene (styrofoam food containers, packing material, any #6 plastic) into a putty that can be shaped or cast in a mold, then turns hard and can be sanded and painted. The process uses no electricity or heat...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

It is not absolute truth, it is a view that depends on an observer stationed in space. You can equally well construct a geometry where earth is stationary and the universe of visible stars rotates around it. Movement is relative, you should remember; either the train moves, or the train is stationa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

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 PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

Ok, let me give you one last example: For example, two Buddhists have learned the absolute truth: And one Buddhist tells another that he has a headache, and another tells him that according to the absolute truth there is no pain, so you pretend that you have a headache. I tried that with a bad toot...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

“Absolute” truth and “relative” truth are probably not very good terms.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

That is, it is correct to say that according to the Ultimate Truth: Every person is composed of the five aggregates, or skandhas: matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness which are constantly changing and form an illusion of self for each person? Well, kind of. But see, in...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Translation of Dharma Name
Replies: 17
Views: 332

Re: Translation of Dharma Name

Knowing that a phrase (name, a string of words) comes from a poem can make a difference in a translation because one can look at the context.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

May I ask again? I just can't understand: If you take the river Conventional truth (what occurs) the river Amazon flows. The Absolute truth (that which exists) is simply the flow of water across the earth. That is, all rivers should be perceived as just streams of water. If you take a people Conven...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

I just don't know how to figure it out? Conditional truth: For example, if I help poor people who are hungry and give them money for food, they will feel happy, they will think that I am a good person, and they will think how to thank me. But if you look at it from the side of the Absolute Truth: I...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

it’s universal. It can be applied to everything. I just don't know how to figure it out? Conditional truth: For example, if I help poor people who are hungry and give them money for food, they will feel happy, they will think that I am a good person, and they will think how to thank me. But if you ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Truths in Mahayana
Replies: 70
Views: 1022

Re: Two Truths in Mahayana

I find it is really helpful to distinguish between Ultimate truth and relative truth by using two different terms, Exists and Occurs . Relative truth is what occurs all the time. Absolute truth is what actually exists , meaning that it refers to the conditions of things as they really are. I really ...

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