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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: how empty is our reality?
Replies: 8
Views: 169

Re: how empty is our reality?

But the cells are real, just the way we see them as an object is illusional? “Real” and “exist” in the Buddhist context means possessing of some intrinsic self-arising reality, and not being composed of smaller parts, and not arising due to other causes. Cells are made of molecules, molecules of at...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: how empty is our reality?
Replies: 8
Views: 169

Re: how empty is our reality?

A tiger in the jungle A tiger in a dream Both are “empty” which means there is no essential thing that is “tiger” either in the jungle tiger or the dream tiger. In that way, they are the same. The dream tiger only arises from your imagination. The jungle tiger arises from a variety of causes includi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 02, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 243
Views: 31127

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

The only thing I worry about, is that I don't really know if "mind" is something that goes on after death or if it's physically generated by brain and dies with it. I mean, ok I know what Buddhadharma says about this phenomena, but, due to lack of my experience on the path I cannot show m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam
Replies: 24
Views: 547

Re: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam

When looked for, where is the mind located?
Is it in the body? Is it outside the body?
If you can’t find it now, brain scanning apparatus isn’t going to find it in a dead body either.
Yet, here we are.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 243
Views: 31127

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

[I don't really know if "mind" is something that goes on after death or if it's physically generated by brain and dies with it. There are Buddhist teachings that suggest “mind” isn’t just one thing, but a process that functions on many levels, and that a very subtle level of awareness occ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should laypeople request dana?
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: Should laypeople request dana?

the question comes down to what the money you are giving is to be used for. Or, on what basis this “generosity” is being encouraged. If the idea of giving away your money is that it’s some method for developing non-attachment, this is the oldest guru scam in the book. You would be better off simply...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 41
Views: 965

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

What matters isn’t whether you or I think god realms are real, or hell realms, or hungry ghost realms. What matters is that those beings think they are real. It is actually their experience, as projections of their own minds, exactly in the same way that our experience is a projection of our own min...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Refuge name conundrum
Replies: 12
Views: 259

Re: Refuge name conundrum

Once you have taken refuge, you’re in. You’re a Buddhist, unless or until you would renounce it for some reason. That doesn’t change.

But you can take refuge again from another teacher and get another refuge name. Monastics changing names is not uncommon.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Help me understand Anatta
Replies: 37
Views: 676

Re: Help me understand Anatta

Buddhism argues that awareness isn’t a self, it is simply awareness, and that if you examine awareness, that ultimately you cannot find anything in that awareness that constitutes self, atman, some kind of specific entity that is even reborn. Anything you think you can identify as self or atman is ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Hubris?
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Hubris?

(This is expanded from my previous comment) My observation is that there are basically two types of Dharma teachings that people give: The first type is to read aloud and explain the meaning of the text. In a sense, it’s a sort of academic approach. They explain the context of the teaching, and go o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Hubris?
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Hubris?

My observation is that there are basically two types of Dharma teachings;
The first type is to read aloud and explain the meaning of the text.
Thd second type is as you describe: somebody picks a subject usually related to something currently dominating popular culture, and makes a sermon outbid it.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should laypeople request dana?
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: Should laypeople request dana?

The way this topic is titled, “Should laypeople request dana?” …is interesting in itself, because dana isn’t something you request . Dana is something that one provides others an opportunity to practice. In other words, a monk might go alms begging, or a temple might have a collection box, but ther...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should laypeople request dana?
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: Should laypeople request dana?

The way this topic is titled, “Should laypeople request dana?” …is interesting in itself, because dana isn’t something you request . Dana is something that one provides others an opportunity to practice. In other words, a monk might go alms begging, or a temple might have a collection box, but there...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam
Replies: 24
Views: 547

Re: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam

I just felt inspired by another thread where someone was interested in "destroying" scientific materialist thought. This is an interesting study: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.599190/full In brief, 13 deceased study subjects supposedly in a tukdam state did not s...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam
Replies: 24
Views: 547

Re: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam

When my time to die comes, I plan to go into deep meditation and remain in a state of thukpa
(that’s Nepali for noodles).
I don’t know that I can attain rainbow body.
Noodle body might be something I can handle.
Thukpa
Thukpa
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 243
Views: 31127

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

I think the meaning of “consciousness” in the context of ARAS refers very specifically to being conscious-as-opposed-to-being-unconscious, such as being in a coma or perhaps deep sleep. “Consciousness” in the Buddhist context covers much more than that. Even when in deep sleep, dreaming, where all c...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 41
Views: 965

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

In my humble opinion I find no contradiction in thinking that they are both states of mind and real kingdoms at the same time. If i die in angry state of mind i rebirth in hell. And if i die happy i rebirth in kingdom of devas. They are at the same time states of mind and real kingdoms But there is...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should laypeople request dana?
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: Should laypeople request dana?

This is very unusual. Based on your very brief description of events, it sounds rather suspect. And the reason is, putting aside whether the speaker already has money in their pocket or not, (that’s actually irrelevant) the question comes down to what the money you are giving is to be used for. Or, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 31, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 243
Views: 31127

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

From what I understand, Dennett claims that subjective consciousness is illusory. From what I understand, you would also claim that subjective consciousness is illusory (empty). What am I missing? The difference is self-awareness, as stated above. The self-awareness of consciousness is an irreducib...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Selecting a mala
Replies: 13
Views: 399

Re: Selecting a mala

The guru bead’s holes … Does anyone have any tips on how to actually thread them? Think of hole in the guru bead as an upside down letter T. ┸ This bead has an end hole where both ends of the mala cord will eventually emerge, where a tassel might have attached. And there is a hole on the left and o...

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