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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 11
Views: 149

Re: Can't control thoughts

Then I identify them as negative (because they cause bad karma). That’s an assumption. Also, incorrect. Conflicting, or negative thoughts are the result of causes, or karma. But unless acted upon, they in themselves don’t cause negative karma. Thoughts have no substance. The rest of the answers her...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

The thing is, if one asks “is it real or is it just a description of different mental states?” then you have to establish what the difference is between “real” and “mental state”. There are of course, in a relative context, what we call delusional or even psychotic mental states. For example, a pers...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

I feel as if there are a number of steps between "the chariot depends on its parts," which I freely concede, and "the chariot doesn't exist," which I have massive difficulty conceding. I think this is the most common hurdle for students of Dharma, and it’s based on a misunderstanding. It’s not that...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

what is being reborn? The karma? Where is this karma? And how is it reborn. Also another question, there is awareness of this being we call I. And it's thinking and writting and asking these questions. But this awareness is aware that this being is not me. So I can see that there are thoughts about...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

I just can't see how there are realms in a literal sense, or how to find out if there are. But the buddha apparently knew, so how do I gain this insight? Well then, ignore everything I posted about examining your assumptions. Don’t bother to actually break down what you mean by “literal”. Just go w...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

"Stuck in samsara" means literal, continuous birth and death in various realms of rebirth. Like this one we are in now, the human realm. It's not just a metaphor, it's just as real as this human life and body is. If you make bad karma, you could be reborn as a dog, just like the neighbors dog down ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

"Stuck in samsara" means literal, continuous birth and death in various realms of rebirth. Like this one we are in now, the human realm. It's not just a metaphor, it's just as real as this human life and body is. If you make bad karma, you could be reborn as a dog, just like the neighbors dog down ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are forums still a thing?
Replies: 19
Views: 366

Re: Are forums still a thing?

I use Facebook daily, mostly to share original content related to my career. But I also get feeds from a few Buddhist ‘Facebook groups’, which is basically an unmoderated and uncategorized mishmash of whatever new-age-pseudo-Buddhist-Hindu memes people want to post. Or, folks ask very uninformed que...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

The two options you describe are, in fact, the same thing. “You” (and to a large extent, your physical body) die and are reborn every second. Basically cloning your own imagined identity moment by moment, each one based on (but not an exact replica of) the immediately preceding one. Actually, by th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

As far as I understand it, samsara represents different stages of consciousness, or perhaps even emotions, for example frustration, lust, anger, etc. However I am not sure. Some people seem to believe it is meant literal, that remaining karma at death causes the birth in the specific realm. Which o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validation statement in Vajrayana
Replies: 33
Views: 815

Re: Validation statement in Vajrayana

What’s matter? Matter is energy. If you look closely enough, just atoms, and in fact, it’s mostly empty space between atoms. What we experience is matter as solids, liquids, and gasses, which they truly, objectively are… …at the level we experience them, and that level is due to karma, and in that s...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What to do with water and food after offering?
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: What to do with water and food after offering?

I put it on plants or into my coffee maker. If it goes into the coffeemaker, I make the aspiration that it may serve to facilitate my awakening! :jumping: Actually, the wish is more like “may it help me be of benefit to others” which I was told is really what one can wish/pray/aspire to with regards...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A question about a Buddhistic story
Replies: 13
Views: 298

Re: A question about a Buddhistic story

I think people missed the point of the opening story. It’s all about how you look at things. Here is a similar example: In the neighborhood where I grew up, there was a small, privately owned movie theater, and they also sold beer at the popcorn stand. But according to the city ordinance, movie thea...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mice-proof rice
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Mice-proof rice

"Plastic Rice" appears to be one of those recurring tidbits of fake news (maybe something else is meant by it in this thread) I was referring to actual plastic faux rice. It may be possible, if mice are as easily fooled as people apparently are, that those mice would eat it anyway. Ugh. More more p...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mice-proof rice
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Mice-proof rice

This, and possibly for mandalas too 985ED237-A703-4423-8BAF-A7230A60E390.jpeg Just as a random question, do you think there would be a world-wide demand for a natural/biodegradable plant-based product that looks just like dry, uncooked rice, but that mice and insects would not be attracted to? You m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mice-proof rice
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Mice-proof rice

Just as a random question, do you think there would be a world-wide demand for a natural/biodegradable plant-based product that looks just like dry, uncooked rice, but that mice and insects would not be attracted to? The purpose would be for use on shrines. I’m thinking about how to manufacture that...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 62
Views: 1426

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

Inviting animals live with you and taking care of them is not the same as being an animal breeder or seller, in other words, to “raise” them.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bardo for Crushed Insects?
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Bardo for Crushed Insects?

1. When looking for where consciousness resides in the body, no location can be found. Yet, it is taught that at the time of death, consciousness leaves the body. How can this be? My understanding is that visualizing consciousness leaving the body is essentially a practical exercise, and just as wit...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 4651

Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Some of the best (Kagyu) teachings available to read online although, technically not in ‘ebook’ format.
http://ksoc.org/shenpen-osel/
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 62
Views: 1426

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

I don't think karma works that way. A pet's rebirth is determined by it's own actions not by your attachment to it. I don't know... what about karmic connection or karmic debt? Well, what about them? They may occur due to circumstances, but how is that the same as karmic consequences? My teacher sa...

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