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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Avoiding the heaven realms
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Avoiding the heaven realms

Do without attachment or any concept of ‘giver’ and ‘recipient’ meaning you, the person doing the action, and whatever persons or beings are benefiting from it.
If you do a good deed, immediately dedicate the merit and then forget about it.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: have a question
Replies: 34
Views: 705

Re: have another question

If by 7/24 you mean you are always in some aspect of inward-turning attention, good luck with that! You might want to start out a half hour at a time. In the Surangama Sutra, there is a chapter where different accomplished Bodhisattvas discuss which of the senses they selected to bring them to the s...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 1864

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

I am an American born descendant of Christian Europeans. But at a very early age (2 or 3) I felt a strong familiarity with anything Japanese or Chinese. At age 11 I got a book of short zen stories. I have always been drawn to Buddhism. For me, finally meeting a teacher and taking refuge was like com...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two questions on Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 729

Re: Two questions on Karma

According to the teachings, what we experience is the result of ...you might say, a reflection of our past actions in this life and in a previous life or previous lives. But, it’s a moot point, really. Don’t get into a blame game or a self-blame game. Some people do that, like there’s some kind of ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug Madhyamaka
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Gelug Madhyamaka

I was reading Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up by Alan Wallace and was slightly confused on some of his explanations of emptiness. He stated that things have no inherent existence, but things do exist. From the way I understood his explanation he was saying that non-existent things come together...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you attend a new dharma center, do you level-set your experience with new lama?
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: When you attend a new dharma center, do you level-set your experience with new lama?

I think it’s like any relationship, you don’t unload everything all at once. Saying you’ve completed this or that, practice whatever, only really establishes what familiarity and experience you have with Vajrayana in general. So, for example, the lama may know he doesn’t have to explain what prostra...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Śūraṅgama Sūtra
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: Śūraṅgama Sūtra

There never was a Sanskrit edition. I am interested to hear some reasons for this conclusion. I will also try to search some of the older threads on this sutra that may touch on the reasons why this sutra is not from India. This is the consensus of most scholars on the issue. ... but not all: https...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Śūraṅgama Sūtra
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: Śūraṅgama Sūtra

None from Sanskrit now, but from Chinese. The one by Master Hsuan Hua may be the only one in English. I’m just finishing reading that edition now. My understanding is that there are no surviving Sanskrit editions. Would using reconstructed Sanskrit work? http://www.dharmabliss.org/audio/sur-texttw-...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Losing merit
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Losing merit

There is some logic in this, because of the motivation behind telling someone. You may not regard it as “bragging” but anything that results in self-grasping naturally runs contrary to gaining merit.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Śūraṅgama Sūtra
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: Śūraṅgama Sūtra

Hi, This is my first post here. I would like to know the best commentary and translation and if possible for Śūraṅgama Sūtra, a copy with word for word translation of the Sanskrit would be a bonus. Warm Thanks in advance None from Sanskrit now, but from Chinese. The one by Master Hsuan Hua may be t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: have a question
Replies: 34
Views: 705

Re: have a question

Everything is either
awareness
Or
An object of awareness.

Can you be aware that you are aware?
Yes.

Awareness can also be an object of awareness.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Transcendent reality in Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Re: Transcendent reality in Buddhism

“Science” is simply a process for collecting and analyzing observable data, and being able to make hypothetical predictions based on that data.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: How to get a reals sense of reincarnation being true? / Fear of death questions
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: How to get a reals sense of reincarnation being true? / Fear of death questions

Sorry to hear! May I ask in what way the illness is burning off bad kharma? I am 30. I haven't really had a full life. Still I feel like it may end and I am terrified. I hope your illness will recede and not progress No need to feel sorry for me. You and I have the same chance of being run over by ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: How to get a reals sense of reincarnation being true? / Fear of death questions
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: How to get a reals sense of reincarnation being true? / Fear of death questions

Are you no longer afraid of death and what helped you the most with that in practical terms if I may ask? About a year and a half ago I was diagnosed with a slowly progressing lung disease. So, I think about death a lot. Actually, contemplating death and impermanence is a traditional Buddhist pract...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two questions on Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 729

Re: Two questions on Karma

Remember, too, that although we usually imply the negative when speaking of karma, all the positive things we experience are also the results of karma. Then everything is predetermined--more so if "we" have had infinite lives--and there would be no basis for anything new. Actually, some slight corr...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Chronic illness and pain at early age - what practice?
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Chronic illness and pain at early age - what practice?

Tonglen will help. You can visualize you are drawing in the pain as the suffering of all beings. That can actually lessen the pain. There is also the aspect of placement: the mind looking at the mind who is experiencing the pain. In other words, you know the experience of pain is occurring. It is oc...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Water offering
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Water offering

Does anyone know why the traditional (Tibetan) metal bowls have the little bump at the bottom?
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Water offering
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Water offering

I had to just visualize the water bowls offering for many years, having no place to safely place actual bowls if water. Although I have small, plain metal (I think it’s nickel over copper) Tibetan style bowls now, originally I used small stainless steel sauce dipping bowls from a restaurant supply s...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Nopales
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Nopales

One of my favorites!
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What do ACADEMICS say are the origins of Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha?
Replies: 46
Views: 1401

Re: What do ACADEMICS say are the origins of Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha?

You should contact Professor Huntington.
He knows a lot about this academic historical stuff,
being one of the world’s leading authorities on Buddhist art.

https://www.huntingtonarchive.org

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