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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1214

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

How many of you are actually being honest in your appraisal of what Buddha Dharma is and how it is, can be, or sometimes isn't practiced in other faiths? I seem to be running into this question a lot while reading your guy's posts. One of the precepts is to not lie. To not tell falsehoods. So how m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1214

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

all of this emphasis on anyone who is not buddhist is following a false teaching... there's something wrong with this way of thinking. It's ideological and kind of closed minded. I think ideology traps us and it's maybe better not to hold ourselves above non-buddhists as if we have the only truth. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2357

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Religion shouldn't get in the way of your Love. The Dharma is here to teach us how to Love. If you openly knew who Buddha was you wouldn't even be asking this question. That is not the purpose of Dharma. Being a loving person might be a second effect for some, depending on the way we see “love”, ce...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1214

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

There are many paths that lead to inner contentment, happiness, and many actions that lead to favorable rebirths. But specifically, to untie the knot of self-grasping that ties one to samsara, while any teaching that actually does that can be said to be the Dharma, and while there are certainly man...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1214

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

In the universal gate chapter of the Lotus Sutra, it says Avalokitshvara can manifest in infinite ways... as warlords and non-buddhist teachers, and many forms that would not be considered buddhist. I'm sure that all buddhas have this ability. Why be closed minded and think only the people who call...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2328

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

Instead of living in shacks or caves? What is the use of buildings being grand and ornamented when their inhabitants are supposed to achieve some state of not wanting that stuff? thats why you go there... “to achieve some state of not wanting that stuff?” is not the purpose of becoming a monk, or e...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2357

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

If one’s Dharma practice leads one to be more patient, less swayed by passing emotions and trivial events, not succumbing to anger, and so on, and their partner doesn’t engage in such a practice, the partner may resent the calmness of the one who meditates or view them as uncaring, or even distant.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2357

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Can one be a Christian, Muslim or Jew and still practice Buddhism? I'm asking this as I'm currently in a relationship with a woman in one of these religions and the only way I can get married to her is to convert to her religion. That's a tough one. I'm married to a Jewish woman but she has always ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

:techproblem: Compounded phenomena cannot be said to have beginnings since there is no first cause. What about my consciousness, M? Didn't it begin with my birth? No, in Buddhadharma we have this little thing called "rebirth." ...and that’s simply because consciousness, cognition, whatever you want ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1214

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

Buddhism is the only path that leads to liberation What made it so? What is "liberation?" ...well, that’s the thing. Specifically, the Buddha identified and categorized suffering and its causes, and then laid out a path away from that specifically identified suffering (which, as it just so happens ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

even though I suppose it’s possible. Hello Dharma friend I was grateful for your response on other threads so thank you if I did not already say so :namaste: I am curious about the possibility of a universal consciousness from a buddhist perspective. You seem to be knowledgable so I wonder if you m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2357

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2486

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

How is it different from sravaka nibbana? the only difference is that a bodhjsattva Buddha has past merit and volition (I don’t know how this would actually work without a storage for that past merit and volition and how a unconscious being can complexly interact but That’s the belief)... Perhaps t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

I've heard before, though I can't recall offhand from which school, it could be Zen, of a type of 'awareness' which is cultivated in meditation. This awareness is ascribed an almost impersonal quality; it is distinguished from our individual, conditioned thoughts. Almost as if it is something beyon...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

but what of the Bodhi mind? What of the consciousness of the awakened mind? Is it individual, conditioned, a thing then in your opinion, PVS? even though I suppose it’s possible. Hello Dharma friend I was grateful for your response on other threads so thank you if I did not already say so :namaste:...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

but what of the Bodhi mind? What of the consciousness of the awakened mind? Is it individual, conditioned, a thing then in your opinion, PVS? My understanding (which also happens to be my opinion) is that bodhi mind, original mind, precedes all conditions including any notion of “thing”ness, but al...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2357

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

One can practice Buddhist meditation, live ethnically according to Buddhist teachings, practice generosity, patience, and compassion towards others, regardless of their faith. But from my own personal experience, even if the other person respects your Buddhist beliefs, if they aren’t also following ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

Supramundane wrote: Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:21 pmAfter all, stripping out the illusion of self down to a non-self offers the promise of accessing the Luminous Mind, AKA Bodhicitta.
Well, non-self isn’t a thing, just as emptiness isn’t a thing. Non-self means something (a self) isn’t there.
Universal consciousness would be a thing.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2486

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

How is it different from sravaka nibbana? the only difference is that a bodhjsattva Buddha has past merit and volition (I don’t know how this would actually work without a storage for that past merit and volition and how a unconscious being can complexly interact but That’s the belief)... Perhaps t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is there a universal consciousness?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Is there a universal consciousness?

For the purpose of meaningful discussion,
please define precisely what the term,
“universal consciousness” refers to, what it means.
Otherwise, it will just be an abstract,
“fill-in-the-meaning-as-you-go-along” concept.

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