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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts
Replies: 112
Views: 16626

Re: Thoughts

A thought is just mental flatulence.
let it go, and you'll feel better.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commitment Issues
Replies: 75
Views: 9085

Re: Commitment Issues

Nangwa wrote:
rai wrote: 2. Can someone have more than one root guru?

Thanks
Yes.
I think the technical term is 'polygurufic'.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

I am not disagreeing with you that in terms of samsara, karma is the manifestation of volition. Karma is only volition. Apples don't have that. have you ever asked one? :tongue: Just kidding. Yes, you are right! My point was the fact that there are multiple causes and conditions for the appearances...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

Why does an apple suddenly fall from a branch at the very second that it does, and not one second earlier and not one second later? The wind, the Sun, the season, all these and millions of other factors interact, and these are all the causes that result in that apple dropping. Oh yes, and let's not...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

Why does an apple suddenly fall from a branch at the very second that it does, and not one second earlier and not one second later? The wind, the Sun, the season, all these and millions of other factors interact, and these are all the causes that result in that apple dropping. Oh yes, and let's not ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

5. "Here, student, some woman or man is a killer of living beings, murderous, bloody-handed, given to blows and violence, merciless to living beings. Due to having performed and completed such kammas, on the dissolution of the body, after death, he reappears in a state of deprivation, in an unhappy...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

Can't remember where the Buddha said this but: if you want to know what/who you were in a previous lifetime, look at what/who you are now! If you want to know what/who you will be in a future lifetime, look at what/who you are now! It's the beginning of the Dhammapada. Serenity, if you subscribe to...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?


On one occasion the Blessed One was living near Rajagaha, in the bamboo grove, in the Squirrels' feeding ground.
That must have been where all the nuts were.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

How can one recall the memories of past lives if there is no enduring self? That is like asking, "how can leaves float in a stream when the water won't stay still, but keeps moving?" The leaves are moving, and changing. The stream is moving and changing. Every "thing" is moving and changing. In fac...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

Whether or not you believe in it, why not look at reincarnation as a net positive? Why not appreciate the journey? As a Westerner, I have trouble believing in any concept of the afterlife without sufficient evidence. The most I can say is that good is somehow rewarded and evil is somehow punished. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?
Replies: 124
Views: 18245

Re: Reincarnation: A gift or a curse?

It is nice to hear from you again. I thought you'd left forever. There are a lot of reasons why that very interesting quote does not accurately describe rebirth or karma in the Buddhists sense. First of all, the idea of a soul that reincarnates is not accurate, and from that, the explanation of karm...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Ego" and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 4684

Re: "Ego" and Buddhism

Language is not a fixed thing. It is a constantly changing, ever-redefining process of communication.
Most words undergo a series of rebirths, taking on a variety of meanings until sometimes their original meaning is lost.
This is very common in all languages. it is just the way words are.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Ego" and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 4684

Re: "Ego" and Buddhism

Well, I understand that self-grasping is said to be a problem for all sorts of reasons. But I'm not convinced this is just a matter of mistaken grammar. His use of ego seems to suggest something other than a process, it seems to suggest some sort of active, diabolical agent at work. Now I have a se...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Ego" and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 4684

Re: "Ego" and Buddhism

But I don't really think so in relation to the Pali sutta's and Indian Madhyamaka ~ where it is just misleading to posit something which has never come into existence. :anjali: There is no "thing" which can be found to be ego but there is the experience of a continuously existing 'self'. This is wh...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Views on Dharma clothes
Replies: 84
Views: 13369

Re: Views on Dharma clothes

My understanding is that the buddhist monks's outer robe is (originally) sewn together from scraps of material found at charnel grounds...in other words, old pieces of shrouds. As I understand it,This is the model for what is now the ceremonial robe (kesa -jap. / kasaya -skt. / 袈裟) which is sewn tog...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Women in Pure Land
Replies: 62
Views: 12954

Re: Women in Pure Land

Astus wrote:

Also, how does a neither male nor female body look? Like a small child or a very old person?
Like a Buddha
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Views on Dharma clothes
Replies: 84
Views: 13369

Re: Views on Dharma clothes

I have never heard of the term "dharma clothes". In Taiwan, there are Mahayana centers where one can go and stay for a while, sort of a cross between a retreat and a resort, and there are a kind of robe that people generally change into when they arrive, which are similar to monks robes, and also so...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commitment Issues
Replies: 75
Views: 9085

Re: Commitment Issues

I guess what I was trying to nail down before was what you think dharma has to offer you, and what are you willing to do to get it. The two are connected. Suppose you lived someplace that has a back yard, and you were informed that buried somewhere in that yard is a key to a safe-deposit box at a ba...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Finding the proper path
Replies: 11
Views: 2182

Re: Finding the proper path

But how did everyone find their way? I have some things I like and don't like to do, and am trying to find the path that I should be studying and embarking on. Perhaps where you are right now is already the path that you are looking for, and that you have already embarked! If you are trying to deci...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commitment Issues
Replies: 75
Views: 9085

Re: Commitment Issues

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