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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Serenity509 wrote:
PadmaVonSamba wrote:Oddly, A.A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh books has not offered his analysis of Buddhism.
The Urantia Book is claimed to be a divine revelation.
I am sorry, I don't understand what your point is.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Oddly, A.A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh books has not offered his analysis of Buddhism.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Greetings From Samsara!
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Greetings From Samsara!

Greetings From Samsara! Wish you weren't here!
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Serenity509 wrote:I am happy that we've reached a better mutual understanding.
Whew! :applause:
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mosquitos
Replies: 22
Views: 3117

Re: Mosquitos

Adamantine wrote: First off, nets have tons of holes
I like that.
Holes don't weigh very much. it must take a lot.
:rolling:
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

I've been saying on this forum what people told me there. Shin teaches that we cannot attain Enlightnment on our own, that we need the "other-power" of Amida Buddha, who is Infinite Light and Life. Yes, that is what the Shin Buddhists teach. It is not what other Buddhist traditions teach. In many w...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Erm, no comment!
Replies: 7
Views: 1683

Re: Erm, no comment!

Here is a postcard ....
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mosquitos
Replies: 22
Views: 3117

Re: Mosquitos

Chinese groceries often sell a flat, spiral of some kind of incense called a mosquito coil. You hang it from the center of the coil and it dangles like a big spring, and you light the end at the bottom. the smoke is supposed to keep them away but I don't know if they work. I think washing the sweat ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Everyone wants to have their understanding and personal realization validated. We all want somebody else to say, "wow---you're right!!!" This is part of ego's grasping. Serenity, you don't need anybody here to stamp your ticket. If you know what you know, then you really know it. I think you should ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Shin Buddhism views Amida Buddha as something or someone which can actually bestow wisdom and compassion to the individual. Please correct me if I'm wrong. This would have nothing to do with Abrahamic monotheism. You are referring to Merit Transference. This doesn't actually have anything to do wit...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence
Replies: 5
Views: 1589

Re: Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence

From the buddhist view, we aren't even really trapped in the self-same life for even a moment. It just seems like we are, and we cling to that notion of continuity, of solidity even though we are constantly changing and the world around us is constantly changing, and because we experience a 'self-sa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

That's somewhat similar to the view that the eternal Buddha became man in Siddhartha Gautama so that we could attain Buddhahood. Well, that's one way of looking at it, but it isn't exactly right. Do you know what kim chee is? It is a Korean food made from cabbage that is put in a jar with hot peppe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can we ever really understand consciousness?
Replies: 83
Views: 13736

Re: Can we ever really understand consciousness?

"The difference between buddhas and sentient beings is the difference between knowing or not knowing our innate nature." That is my understanding. It also, by the way, reminds me of a very funny quote attributed to Salvador Dali: "The only difference between a madman and myself, it that I am not mad"
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can we ever really understand consciousness?
Replies: 83
Views: 13736

Re: Can we ever really understand consciousness?

padma norbu wrote:"Now I will give a name to our buddha nature.
It is called empty and cognizant self-existing wakefulness....... "
Thanks!
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can we ever really understand consciousness?
Replies: 83
Views: 13736

Re: Can we ever really understand consciousness?

My limited understanding is that although we talk about 'consciousness' as being one single thing, it is actually not a thing, but a lot of events going on at the same time, very very quickly. So, you have to have causes and conditions for these events to occur, or else they won't. The brain is made...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Serenity, your views of 'cosmic self' are valid but they are not valid buddhist views. It's like comparing oil painting to watercolors. You may end up with a similar picture but the method and tools are very different. If you keep trying to redefine buddhism, or keep asking 'isn't this the same as' ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Serenity, Relying on a higher power encourages laziness. What if, by "higher power", one means one's inherent buddha nature (if one believes in such a thing)? What if, by "higher power" one is referring to the blessings of one's lineage (if one believes in such a thing)? We can't always assume that...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence
Replies: 5
Views: 1589

Re: Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence

You wouldn't choose to live the Dharma for the sake of living a better life? I chose to "live the dharma" (thank you, I like that phrase) for a lot of reasons, and I am probably alive today because of it, but my reason is not to lead a better life. Maybe to have a better approach to life, even when...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 186321

Re: God in Buddhism

Since the temple I've attended is Shin Buddhist, learning their understanding is what I'm most interested in. VERY GLAD you mentioned that little tid bit. It really clears a lot up. Serenity, something that you understand is that just as there are a lot of rivers that lead to the same ocean, there ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence
Replies: 5
Views: 1589

Re: Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence

If you were destined to live your life an infinite number of times, how would you choose to live in the here and now? Eternal recurrence in this world might be a better motivator for right living than a belief in an afterlife such as a heaven to escape this world. If I was were destined to live my ...

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