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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 'Non-duality' and 'neutrality'
Replies: 86
Views: 15058

Re: 'Non-duality' and 'neutrality'

"...I try to avoid getting my mind involved in discursive thoughts. I endeavour not to get involved in judgmental decisions of right and wrong. As such, I do not approve or disapprove of the Nazi's killing millions of people during the Second World War. I therefore stand neutral as to the death of ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 'Non-duality' and 'neutrality'
Replies: 86
Views: 15058

Re: 'Non-duality' and 'neutrality'

mindyourmind wrote:Would you agree that 'non-duality' is not 'neutrality'?
What do you mean by 'neutrality'?
In what context?
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is possible to achieve Buddhahood?
Replies: 13
Views: 2540

Re: Why is possible to achieve Buddhahood?

My understanding is that the reason why all beings strive for happiness, or to be free from suffering, is because the original nature, or original condition of the mind is clear and luminous, naturally free from all confusion and striving. In other words, the Mind's original nature is already the sa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the ever-changing Western view of Madhyamaka
Replies: 122
Views: 16744

Re: the ever-changing Western view of Madhyamaka

I always thought madhyamaka was that little cap worn by Jewish men.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Question on Shunyata and Awareness
Replies: 43
Views: 5178

Re: A Question on Shunyata and Awareness

Shunya (shunyata, frequently translated as "emptiness") is not a thing in itself. It is a word that describes, ultimately, the way things are, meaning that things have no self-arising essence, or possess qualities which are not relative to other conditioned things. So, for example, a rock doesn't ha...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Rocky Zen
Replies: 56
Views: 9243

Re: Rocky Zen

Does a stone Buddha have rock nature?
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra : What do you plan to do after ngondro?
Replies: 41
Views: 13183

Re: Mahamudra : What do you plan to do after ngondro?

From now on, I'm not settling for less than 100,000 of anything. Once you get used to it, the usual quantities just aren't quite as fulfilling. Money, pizza, love, whatever...serve it up on a three - tiered platter with extra onions!
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire & Attachment Beginner HELP! Insight needed...
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: Desire & Attachment Beginner HELP! Insight needed...

It is good to set reasonably high goals for yourself, top achieve whatever it is you define as success,
but if you look to the fruits of that success as bringing you lasting happiness,
then that is where clinging is most evident, where problems arise.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

What I find silly is when people see a good example of a human being (Jesus, Mother Theresa, Lao Tzu, etc) they say "oh they're so compassionate and wise they must be a Bodhisattva!" Isn't a bit arrogant to assume that Buddhism is the only religion that can produce kind and wise people? Yes. Well, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

he was a jee-zo-sattva.
I mean, we might as well just make up a new category and maybe everybody will be happy.

may all beings be happy.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

I guess 'nailed' could be taken to mean a number of things.
I should have said, "stapled".
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Conceptualizations
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: Conceptualizations

My understanding is that thoughts arise but have no substance of their own. Concepts, conceptualization, is just a way of arranging thoughts. I think the point is to not get all wrapped up in the various arrangements, especially to the point where the thoughts start to be 'real things', taking on a ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

1.Christ died nailed to a cross.
2. Crosses are made of wood.
3. Wood comes from trees.
4. Buddha sat under a tree.
5. Buddha was enlightened.
6. Therefore, Christ was a Buddha.

That's all the logic I need to prove that Jesus was a bodhisattva.
Now excuse me, I am going to go drink a hippopotamus.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

o say it over and over again. Dogs love their pups. And we make a religion of that kind of love? My quote is proper as I see it...the religion of the barbarians. Jesus is the barbarians king. If I was a barbarian I would call him king. "Those of my enemies who do not want me for their king, bring t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

Jesus was a bodhisattva, that is definite. Why? Because Amaterasu is an emanation of Vairocana, etc. It is common Buddhist practice to "tame the local spirits". How is that a problem from a Buddhist perspective? The story of Jesus tells the story of a person whose behavior was that of a bodhisattva...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 191744

Re: and again ... Jesus is a bodhisattva

What we know of Jesus, assuming that he ever existed, is essentially legends, many of which have been changed in the course of translation from Greek to Latin to English. So whether or not a person ever existed, perhaps named Jeezus or whatever who later became the basis of the legendary person in q...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

denice wrote:examples of intentional ignorance ....your driving you throw a plastic bottle out the window....
Thank you. I think that is a pretty good example, and definitely a good example of stupid behavior!
But then, do you mean that ignorance is essentially not being mindful?
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

Ignorance that is relevant in relation to samsara is not simply not knowing - it is a darkness of the mind that creates the setting for wrong views, some argue that they (darkness and wrong views) are pretty much the same thing. in samsara, we definitely have wrong views. What does "darkness of the...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

Ignorance is a term that refers to something you don't have (wisdom), not something you have. But there are different aspects of ignorance. Suppose you are going some place, but you are headed in the wrong direction, but you don't realize it. You can go on for a long time this way, which is basicall...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Men's Juzu/Women's Juzu
Replies: 5
Views: 2413

Re: Men's Juzu/Women's Juzu

Traditionally, a buddhist mala (sanskrit="garland") has 108 beads. Divide by 4 and you have 27.
I don't know anything about tassles.

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