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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Help Required
Topic: It's very hard living with demon attacks.
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: It's very hard living with demon attacks.

PadmaVonSamba, Don’t get me wrong, your intention there is good; however IMHO, you seem to be offering advice on how to practice rather than giving suggestions on what he could practice. Therefore, IMO, it would be better instead to, for example, suggest to Qwerty2020 to receive and practice the Ch...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

“If this were possible for Buddhas would they save all beings instantly or stop their suffering?” If it were possible, yes. But it is not possible. This has nothing to do with the capabilities of a Buddha (or anyone), because the source of both suffering and happiness is within the mind of beings th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Struggling with wanting someone to die
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Struggling with wanting someone to die

I can totally understand that. I’ve had similar feelings about people. I think it’s a lot more common than most people realize. Every sentient being, including both you and the people you despise, without exception, actually want things to function harmoniously, correctly, as they see it, meaning th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Water offering bowl question
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Water offering bowl question

Why do water offering bowls often have a bump in the base?
Offering bowl
Offering bowl
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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: It's very hard living with demon attacks.
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: It's very hard living with demon attacks.

The pain of any attack, whether it’s a demon or just an ordinary a mosquito, that suffering is produced by the mind itself, and it’s the result of clinging, self-grasping, Hoarding your feelings. Instead of trying to free yourself, Offer to free the demon. Try offering the attacks, The experience it...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Lotus sutra
Replies: 20
Views: 505

Re: Lotus sutra

I have been lucky to have studied the lotus sutra by transmission from Buddha mind to my mind. In support of above statement, here by I give my explanation. 1. I have also read translation By Burton Watson and except for one or two minor changes it tallies with the transmission I have received. 2.I...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Field
Replies: 22
Views: 594

Re: Field

So, define what “energy field” means in this context.
Is it like a fart?
Because a lot of meditators in a room doing that is...
In Other words, if people don’t know what you are talking about, how can there be a meaningful discussion?
And if the discussion isn’t meaningful, then why...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How are you staying active during the pandemic?
Replies: 14
Views: 787

Re: How are you staying active during the pandemic?

Buddha holding the world, and boy who is apparently part apple or pear, wearing masks and washing hands
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(
Replies: 24
Views: 878

Re: Im too slow at Ngongdro, help :(

Personally, I don’t think the “traditional” Ngondro, 100,000 each of various practices, is right for everybody. If it’s really right for you or not, this you should discuss with your lama. Sometimes there’s a sense that because everybody else is doing it that you have to keep up with them. If it’s j...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 622

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

“In the higher realm of true Suchness There is neither "self" nor "other": When direct identification is sought, We can only say, "Not two". In being "not two" all is the same, All that is is comprehended in it; The wise in the ten quarters, They all enter into this Absolute Reason. This Absolute Re...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nice "Things"
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Nice "Things"

wanting nice things, that in itself isn’t bad or good. The point that the Buddhist teachings make is that the “things” themselves don’t bring you happiness. You can have a house full of wonderful clutter that you’ve collected over the years, and still feel unsatisfied. Happiness comes from the mind...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

In the early 1990s I knew a lama who’d been living in the United States for about 15-20 years, and we were looking at the night sky, at Saturn specifically, through a telescope set up by a professional astronomer. The owner of the telescope explained that Saturn has seven moons. “Really!?!” Said the...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Field
Replies: 22
Views: 594

Re: Field

You know... why all this talk about science? Who cares what "science" says is possible or not. We're spiritual practitioners, not scientists. No reason scientific ideology should limit our view of what can be attained in spiritual practice. If we continue to harbor these ideas, we might be limiting...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samsarically Satisfied?
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Samsarically Satisfied?

The conversation started with the other person saying that Buddhism regards desire as the cause of suffering. This is typically how one-paragraph summarizations of Buddhism read. Of course, it’s not that simple. “Desire” itself is neither here nor there. There’s nothing wrong in wanting comfort, or ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture
Replies: 21
Views: 631

Re: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture

Hazel wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:48 pm Culture is inseparable from religion.
Insofar as religion is an aspect of culture, this is true.
The basic tenets preserved by many religions, however, are not particularly reflective of any culture, but are generally universal.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samsarically Satisfied?
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Samsarically Satisfied?

It seems that there are people who do not regard the suffering of samsara as suffering at all. They acknowledge the fact that emotional states such as having anger, sadness, fear, etc. all occur, and that these experiences are unpleasant. But at the same time, assert that these are all the normal pa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Compassion
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Compassion

I have a question, one about meditation and one about Buddhism. What place does compassion have in Buddhism? Isn't Buddhism mostly about compassion? How can I meditate on compassion? 1. Look at your own wish to be free from suffering 2. Consider that all beings share this wish, and that everything ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is the cause of desire
Replies: 10
Views: 319

Re: What is the cause of desire

There are many kinds of desire and craving explained and enumerated by the Buddha. There are the cravings of the body, like craving for food, comfort, pleasure and sleep. This does not mean that there are no healthy needs of the body. But how can you know the difference or degree? I think that’s a ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

That doesn’t contradict my statement It does. The cosmology given by the Buddha was discerned through his omniscience. How does that contradict my statement: “ All of these, as far as being Buddhist concepts, arose and became dogma centuries before we understood anything of the physical universe as...

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