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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mind, the brain, and the body?
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: The mind, the brain, and the body?

That’s a lot to go over. You might get some good perspective here on the mind/body relationship according to Buddhist theory (because this forum is mainly a Buddhist hangout) and then you can compare that to the other views that you mention. I indicated mind/body rather than mind/body/brain, as you ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Selecting a mala
Replies: 7
Views: 107

Re: Selecting a mala

I always heard that if a mala breaks during regular use, such as while saying mantras, this is a good sign. It shows that you’ve practiced so much, you have worn through the ‘material’ aspect. I worked in a store for a few years selling semiprecious stone beads, and we also sold malas. Many people l...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Question about karma

When your wife or girlfriend asks you,
“Does this make me look fat?”
The answer is always “no”.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"
Replies: 67
Views: 1407

Re: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"

AI is trained with photos and sounds. It's already object oriented. What is the “it’s” ? That’s the issue. Software isn’t trained. It’s written so as to command a computer to perform a task. The computer can rapidly process data (images, sounds, even textures and smells) as a series of ones and zer...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Question about karma

But still… no one has said anything about the abusers. Do they incur bad karma for judging me on a lie? Or do they not because they thought it was the truth? Just curious. Seems unfair that a white lie done with helpful intention seems worse than the actions done by others out of pure maliciousness...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"
Replies: 67
Views: 1407

Re: "Negative phenomenology" and the "second explosion of suffering"

Crazywisdom wrote: Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:52 pm
AI is trained with photos and sounds.
It's already object oriented.
What is the “it’s”?
That’s the issue.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravada versus mahayana view on breath meditation and the four frames of reference
Replies: 10
Views: 389

Re: Theravada versus mahayana view on breath meditation and the four frames of reference

I came across an answer on quora given by a theravada monk named bhikkhu vimala on a question related to thich nhat hanh’s suggestion to stay with the breath while listening to someone or eating etc. and if this could be viewed as ‘dual awareness’. He agrees and goes on to say that the mind cannot ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 25, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 20
Views: 444

Re: Can't control thoughts

You don’t have to control your thoughts.
You just need to be in control of your own mind,
The mind that is aware of the thoughts.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 20
Views: 444

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
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

Is there some difference I haven't detected between saying "there is no such thing as rabbits" and "rabbits are unreal?" The helpful word you want to use is occur. Do events in dreams occur? Yes. It can be determined that they occur because they are objects of awareness (we expe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: Chariot Example in Chandrakirti

If these truly do not exist, then the reason I would tell people that rabbits and the self don't exist is because this is an accurate account of reality. Try to determine in what sense a rabbit exists. Or, you might say, “at what level does a rabbit exist?” Does a rabbit exist at the microscopic le...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 20
Views: 444

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: 518

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: 17
Views: 410

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 misundersta...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 518

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: 518

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: 518

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...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 29
Views: 518

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...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are forums still a thing?
Replies: 19
Views: 395

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: 518

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...

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