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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 323

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: 37
Views: 323

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: 37
Views: 323

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: 37
Views: 323

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: 37
Views: 323

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: 37
Views: 323

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: 15
Views: 194

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: 68

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: 51
Views: 1712

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: 52
Views: 4817

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...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 52
Views: 4817

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Hi In my intuition and throu Pâli and Samskrit sûtra I rekon that Buddha never spoke of no-self. I see that some scholars also see like that, a minority. I see Buddha teaching using a Via Negativa kind of way, (which He say was often misunderstood for a nichilistic one by peoples in His times) keep...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: A thought experiment concerning the Lotus sutra
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: A thought experiment concerning the Lotus sutra

truthb wrote: Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:16 amIf we were to let go of everything the different schools say. Everything that Bichiren Said, And just read the Lotus sutra.
I know it was a typographical error,
but I’m just really liking the name, “Bichiren”
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 40
Views: 717

Re: 100,000 candles??

Why not just burn one candle a hundred-thousand times?
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Users' Avatars
Replies: 17
Views: 302

Re: Users' Avatars

Professionally, I am in the laugh business. My when lama friend visited the United States on two separate occasions, he gave me little statues of “Laughing Buddha” so I figured maybe there was a reason, and that maybe I should use that as an avatar too. This “laughing Buddha” is regarded as an image...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 402

Re: Perception

LastLegend wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:53 pm How is aware of awareness aware? :lol:
The same way that you can see you are seeing!
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 402

Re: Perception

An easy experiment anyone can do to demonstrate the separation of awareness and conceptuality is to focus on hearing, and then when one is focused on hearing, to simply observe what is happening with seeing or with the other sensory functions. For example, if someone suddenly says, “Shhh! Listen! Do...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 402

Re: Perception

One can be aware (of the fact that) one is aware. You obviously know you are aware. But then, are you aware of awareness itself, or simply aware of the fact of awareness? (I am aware of the fact of dinosaurs even though I have never been aware of a dinosaur) Everything is either awareness, or an obj...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 402

Re: Perception

I am eager to take a jab at another post that I read in a sub forum on Dharmawheel if that doesn’t make people upset. The question was asked whether “the knower” is different from “the known” ( cognitions). The knower is in meditation which emptiness is seen, that knower simply knows and that is, n...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 331

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Psychedelic experiences can open your mind to a lot of things (hence the name, ‘psychedelic’ meaning ‘mind expanding’) but it’s still the same mind. It hasn’t really gone anywhere. Psychedelic experiences can also allow one to experience the Dharma teachings in a seemingly more profound way. I say, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 402

Re: Perception

LastLegend wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:00 pm The impression I get is perception is non-conceptual and conceptual. I agree with this if that’s true. Conceptual here means including language arises in mind right?
Where else would it arise?

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