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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Thunderstorms
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Thunderstorms

Rick wrote: Tue Feb 07, 2023 12:31 am Are human beings like thunderstorms: arising not from an individual agent (Self, Zeus), rather from a confluence of causes and conditions?
…which, in turn arise from more causes and conditions
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Feb 05, 2023 12:53 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: karma and Amitabha Pure Land rebirth
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: karma and Amitabha Pure Land rebirth

floatingbubbles07 wrote: Sun Feb 05, 2023 12:10 pm I was wondering, if the law of karma says we have to repay it
Repay it to what it whom?
No, that’s not what karma is or how karma it works.

I don’t think it’s how the 18th vow works either.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Feb 04, 2023 7:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: can a deaf person reach enlightenment?
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: can a deaf person reach enlightenment?

Yes. Communicating with people who have disabilities has improved a little bit over the last 2,600 years.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Feb 04, 2023 12:35 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Question: Reencarnation with years of break
Replies: 26
Views: 1305

Re: Question: Reencarnation with years of break

When you are dead, why hurry?
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Manjushri in China
Replies: 25
Views: 783

Re: Manjushri in China

Manchuria
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 03, 2023 2:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: the fifth precept, alcohol
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: the fifth precept, alcohol

The precepts can be very powerful. I used to get very drunk almost every night for about a decade, often falling down, or passing out, or throwing up. I was a real mess. I tried many times to stop, but the craving was too strong. Then when the occasion arose, I took the five precepts from my refuge ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 03, 2023 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)

I am making several points. 1. Buddhism says that the outer world is impermanent. 2. The sutras do not explain the mechanisms how for example mountains and continents are impermanent. 3. Geology explains clearly the mechanisms how mountains are formed and how they are destroyed. Same with continent...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 02, 2023 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)

That is true ofcourse, but it does not take away the importance of Steno and those that come after him. Coming back to Buddhism, if you look at the pali texts, the agamas, or Mahayana sutras, mountains are often mentioned, but there seem to be no idea how they come about and how or when they cease....
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 02, 2023 1:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: the fifth precept, alcohol
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: the fifth precept, alcohol

Technically if you break a precept, you break a precept. The 5th one, as it was explained to me, is more of a safeguard for the previous 4 as well as to not cloud the mind. But ultimately you create your own consequences. Nobody else is holding you to it. I have been in the same situation. It all de...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)

I have listened to podcasts and videos of Christian Shorey, there several tens of them. He says that Nicolas Steno was the first person or the first geologist who discovered the basic laws of geology. They are called Steno's laws of stratigraphy. Also, Christopher Columbus discovered America. (In o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no business like religion business.
Replies: 123
Views: 4154

Re: There is no business like religion business.

Do you mean no cost to produce them? No, sorry, guess I wasn't clear, had some surgery today. Question is addressed to OP. Do they think all dharma and resources should be free, or just "live" teachings, and why? Right. But I think the question “Do you mean to produce them?” still applies...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Geological knowledge in Hui Neng's Commentary (?)

We are told in the history of geology By whom? Just because geologists developed scientific methods that revealed the causes of erosion, that doesn’t mean others couldn’t figure it out, especially in the east where mudslides often reshape mountainsides many times within the span of a single lifetime.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 4:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no business like religion business.
Replies: 123
Views: 4154

Re: There is no business like religion business.

Should dharma texts also be free? Do you mean no cost to produce them? No, sorry, guess I wasn't clear, had some surgery today. Question is addressed to OP. Do they think all dharma and resources should be free, or just "live" teachings, and why? Right. But I think the question “Do you me...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 3:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no business like religion business.
Replies: 123
Views: 4154

Re: There is no business like religion business.

Market thinking : give the less possible, and take the maximum you can Intention : profit, pleasure, me, myself, my big car Spirituality : giving more than you take Intention : service For the two there is money. In market thinking it is the goal. In spirituality/dharma, it is a tool. Intention is ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 2:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: Attachment

What do you mean by inconvenience? And really, zero pain, must be zero karma then too? Inconvenience because they’d have to go get antibiotics. Someone can be experiencing karmic fruition without it necessarily being pain. On karmic fruition: what if its especially that kind of fruition that the pe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no business like religion business.
Replies: 123
Views: 4154

Re: There is no business like religion business.

justsit wrote: Wed Feb 01, 2023 1:41 am Should dharma texts also be free?
Do you mean no cost to produce them?
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 01, 2023 1:01 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Question about Three-Vow Conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Question about Three-Vow Conversion

What exactly do you mean by “real”? Do you mean in the same way that you are real? Yes, that's a good way of putting it. Well I think that’s the trick. The first step (or next step, maybe) is to examine ‘in what sense does “me” have any real existence? It’s the same with the six realms, various Bud...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 31, 2023 8:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no business like religion business.
Replies: 123
Views: 4154

Re: There is no business like religion business.

There are already more than a few dharma books publishers in the world who print Buddhist texts to be distributed free of charge. And there are plenty of places where one can go to receive live dharma teachings without having to pay for it. And there’s all the free stuff on the internet. I would rec...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 31, 2023 4:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no business like religion business.
Replies: 123
Views: 4154

Re: There is no business like religion business.

In all honesty, how do you feel when you flip through an issue of Tricycle? How would the Buddha have felt? He got funded by the ‘ruling class’. It was Jesus who threw the money lenders out of the temple. Considering how terribly awful a Buddhist magazine catering to popular culture in the 1990s mi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 31, 2023 12:37 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Question about Three-Vow Conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Question about Three-Vow Conversion

I accept that the only possible way I could reach the Fulfilled Pure Land is by Amida's Primal Vow, assuming the Pure Land is real. But I'm not always confident of that assumption, and sometimes it feels like a mere hypothetical. There are moments when I feel that it is very real, and this brings r...

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