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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Audio of Tibetan Buddhism - chants and Dharma talks
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Audio of Tibetan Buddhism - chants and Dharma talks

A nice podcast station called LamRim
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

So, all people in our world are already enlightened, they just need to practice to realize it? What will happen to people who have realized their enlightenment, what will they feel, what will they do next? 1. Not already enlightened. Being Enlightened means you realize it. It’s like walking into a ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 291
Views: 32326

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

I want to begin by saying that I have no political affiliation or political loyalty. I am politically neutral. Politics is something which I dont want to know about and I am in the process of unlearning anything political that I know. I say this because people are very quick to assume that some sta...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

So, all people in our world are already enlightened, they just need to practice to realize it? What will happen to people who have realized their enlightenment, what will they feel, what will they do next? 1. Not already enlightened. Being Enlightened means you realize it. It’s like walking into a ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

The only difference between a Buddha and an ordinary, sentient being, is that the ordinary person doesn’t realize they are Buddha. No, the difference between a buddha and and sentient beings is the presence or absence of adventitious afflictions, as the Buddha states in the Hevajra tantra: Sentient...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

Tathagatagarbha --- womb or embryo? It is disputed whether buddha-nature is identical to Tathagatagarbha. Perhaps they both describe the same thing from different angles? Tathāgatagarbha needs no cultivation... only uncovering, as it is already present and perfect in each being. (Remember the Sutra...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

RonBucker wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:24 am A good teacher can lead any person to enlightenment, or are there people whom he cannot help?
There were many people who even the Buddha himself couldn’t bring to enlightenment.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

Supramundane wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:47 pm But does it, PvS? Do you translate it as "womb" or "embryo"?
Translate what word?
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 53
Views: 1828

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

But in my head it made it sound like I shouldn’t bother with anything that isn’t enlightenment. I know the good stuff doesn’t last but is it wrong to try to figure out a career that you can live off of but also somewhat enjoy? Or to fall in love (not really seeking a relationship but be open to it)...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

Tathagatagharba (Buddha nature) refers to the innate potential for all beings to attain perfect realization and buddhahood. The assertion that such potential exists is based on the fact that the natural, or original state of mind of beings is clear and untroubled by conflict or desire. The reasons ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 581

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

Then “non-self” just becomes another thing to hold onto. In other words, “non-self” simply becomes another type of “self”. Yes...but as long as we know what objectifies it and when language becomes involved and recognize imaginative thoughts. One needs to let go of “non-self” too. Otherwise you’re ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 581

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

I think you are on the right track. And I don’t mean to dissect every word. One has to be careful at this stage of analysis to be very precise otherwise one can end up with “non-self” as basically just another type of self, a Buddhist “denial-of-self version” of self. How can we be mistaken if we k...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 581

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

1) Non-self is based on cognition and analysis Well, the concept of non-self may be based on cognition and analysis, but non-self is just non-self. It isn’t ‘based’ on anything. It’s just not-a-self. It’s like saying there is no tiger in my bathtub. That’s not based on some quality of ‘non-tigernes...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 581

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

My question is although the whole is made of parts, and is seen as not inherently existing because it is a composite that is basically empty, on what level must we understand the whole that the parts work so diligently to create? Is there no merit to what this is? Or is the merit given as the expla...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 581

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

Oh come on now. :lol: Padmavomsamba. The point is, this conclusion is wrong: The knower is still self because it still knows itself which suggests self or that it knows it’s own existence which suggests self. The knower isn’t a self. There isn’t an “it” that still knows. The “it” and “self” are imp...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 581

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

Mr Potato Head isn’t there until you stick the face pieces into the potato. The knower isn’t the self. The knower is like the potato and The self is like the composition of plastic face features stuck onto the potato. The problem is, when Mr. Potato Head looks into a mirror, he only sees the composi...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: How difference between Chan and Zen.
Replies: 38
Views: 685

Re: How difference between Chan and Zen.

Zen is the Japanese word for Chan,
which is the Chinese word for Dhyana.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the Simulation Argument /transhumanism friendly with buddhism?
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Is the Simulation Argument /transhumanism friendly with buddhism?

It might be helpful if you also posed this question in your native language.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 53
Views: 1828

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Sorry, but it doesn’t sound as though anything has been given up at all. Still holding onto everything. More like having one’s shoes on the wrong feet. They are on, but somehow it’s not right. Buddhism doesn’t teach that ‘nothing is real’. Buddhism does teach that because phenomena are composites, t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 54
Views: 4876

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Nihilism is the notion that nothing exists, no form of Buddhism teaches that nothing exists. What are some of the important things that Buddhism Teaches dont exist though, as well as, what is the philosophy that certain things aren’t “real” that the Buddhist Dharmic perception is expounding? Rabbit...

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