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by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Offerings and prayers: Authentic Buddhism?
Replies: 36
Views: 7226

Re: Offerings and prayers: Authentic Buddhism?

.......But, at a certain point, all the deities, prayers, oaths, mantras, bells, drums, flags, etc. result in a great big unnecessary complication. Sure, these types of things get us outside of ourselves and foster more virtuous attitudes, and there's nothing wrong with that, but they can also dete...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Offerings and prayers: Authentic Buddhism?
Replies: 36
Views: 7226

Re: Offerings and prayers: Authentic Buddhism?

I don't think there is anything to forgive. It's a sensible question. And this is a very interesting position to take, and not uncommon among those who are more inclined to follow the Theravada traditions. Strictly speaking, that quote is accurate. One cannot overcome ignorance through offerings and...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

7=5=7 is only in base 10.
If you write haiku in base 3 it's 12-21-12:

A day on Mars will stretch the five second food rule,
The blooming of a garden rose is missed by the snail who blinks at the very same time,
Haiku’s meter thus warped when composed in base three.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thai-made silverware...
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: Thai-made silverware...

try cleaning them with tabasco sauce or another reddish hot sauce. This will not hurt the utensils (at least not any more than eating thai food would). also try toiomato juice, ketchup. etc. these work great on copper. For silver, use toothpaste (paste, not gel).
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Permanence and Enlightenment
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Re: Permanence and Enlightenment

Upon becoming enlightened what stops ignorance from re-asserting itself? If that is not possible then does that make enlightenment permanent? When you truly know or experience something, you don't stop knowing it or return to a time when that experience did not occur. Ignorance is not the result, i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Don't confuse "characteristics' with "defining characteristics". Since mind is infinite, it has no de fining characteristics. Only " in fining " characteristics. The nature of mind, it's characteristics (space & luminosity) are infinite, not finite. (Define: de= "of" fine= "end" in other words, the...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Don't confuse "characteristics' with "defining characteristics". Since mind is infinite, it has no de fining characteristics. Only " in fining " characteristics. The nature of mind, it's characteristics (space & luminosity) are infinite, not finite. (Define: de= "of" fine= "end" in other words, the ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Namdrol wrote:
PadmaVonSamba wrote: isn't the lack of characteristics a characteristic?
Is a "lack of money" money?
Yes...it's money that you don't have!
...and sometimes it can be a huge amount.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Time well Spent?
Replies: 6
Views: 1707

Re: Time well Spent?

I think you should do what you feel drawn to do, and know your own mind. If you are a kagyu and you want to do an academic or scholarly study comparing the various traditions, this will probably benefit you. My tradition is kagyu, but I have learned a lot studying all kinds of traditions. Also, what...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

One cannot cognize that which lacks characteristics. It's impossible. isn't the lack of characteristics a characteristic? I mean, if you say, "that which lacks characteristics" then you are creating a category. Everything has characteristics. If it doesn't have characteristics, or qualities, then t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garlic
Replies: 40
Views: 7234

Re: Garlic

I started thinking about this more, because, according to my spouse, when I eat garlic, even a small amount, I reek of it. Especially if it is raw. So, I got to thinking about how the cause-and -effect things sometimes gets a little distorted. And it occurred to me that since a Buddha probably does ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cause, Effect, & Holocaust
Replies: 13
Views: 3767

Re: Cause, Effect, & Holocaust

The problem with this question, and it's actually a good question, is that it isolates particular events such as the Holocaust, addressing them as if they suddenly sprung up out of nowhere, an also lumps all the victims together as having something more in common than the fact that they were victims...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Devices Zen and the Direct Path
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Re: Devices Zen and the Direct Path

Hooray for Bankai! He always knew what to say.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 18
Views: 3049

Re: Disposal

And, as explained above, I find cultivating any practice regarding the ceremonial dissipation of materials to be counterproductive, counterintuitive and simply superfluous. Does "materials" include the human brain? Why just the human brain? generally, it's humans who think about dharma. My point wa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 18
Views: 3049

Re: Disposal

Epistemes wrote: And, as explained above, I find cultivating any practice regarding the ceremonial dissipation of materials to be counterproductive, counterintuitive and simply superfluous.
Does "materials" include the human brain?
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Khyentse Yeshe - My Reincarnation Theatrical Tour
Replies: 10
Views: 2019

Re: Khyentse Yeshe - My Reincarnation Theatrical Tour

is it a musical? I can't stand musicals.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 18
Views: 3049

Re: Disposal

Since the value of various objects is imputed by the mind to begin with, then there is a sense of follow-through with their disposal. For example, Some people receive stuff in the mail from Monasteries or Dharma centers and they have images of Buddhas and teachers printed on them. So, we regard thes...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Disposal
Replies: 18
Views: 3049

Re: Disposal

Generally, people burn them. I dissolve printed materials in water. For me, this is like dissolving a visualization (as in vajrayana). I also do this with the type of paper documents that most people shred. Sometimes the paper pulp can be used in gardening. Worms like to eat paper. This way you can ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How long does it take?
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: How long does it take?

I read something recently, I think it was in a book about the wandering Pureland monk Ippen, and it was talking about the distance (from here) to Amitabha's Pure Realm, and of course, it's some ridiculously large Buddhist number. But the explanation was that this number isn't really about physical d...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How long does it take?
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: How long does it take?

Keep in mind that linear time is a product of the human imagination. Scientists can calculate that the universe is so many billions of years old. But what is a year? It is the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the Sun one time. So, before there was the Earth, no such measurement could exist. The ...

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