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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?
Replies: 51
Views: 9821

Re: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?

Monks also don't live in mansions, get to eat whatever food they want whenever they want etc. According to Buddhist teachings this may also be counter productive so I don't think this is a very good argument for no sex. If you are looking at Pure Land from a 'reward' point of view, then your point ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts
Replies: 112
Views: 16665

Re: Thoughts

What do the Dzogchen teachings suggest? Look at a thought. It has no color or shape. Oral Instructions of Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud Are you sure that what is taught is that A thought has no color or shape , or that a thought has no fixed (permanent) color or shape? If there is a thought of a red ball, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?
Replies: 51
Views: 9821

Re: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?

There is an excellent translation with very good commentary by Hozen Seki available from the Buddhist Churches of America bookstore: http://stores.buddhistbookstore.com/Detail.bok?no=961" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Sometimes, what is expressed in Prajnaparamita literature has to b...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts
Replies: 112
Views: 16665

Re: Thoughts

You can wish for good things, positive experiences and so forth yet not be attached to them. No you can't. Wishing is bondage. A mind conceiving a future is bondage. Oh I am sorry. I didn't realize the context. The original posts asks, "What kind of method do you prefer in case of eradicating the f...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts
Replies: 112
Views: 16665

Re: Thoughts

To have positive, blissfull thoughts is very important in life. Not to a yogi Maybe if you are trying to avoid positive and negative thoughts you are still trapped by duality. If you think, "I am a non-attached yogi" then this is something you want to be, something that makes you happy it becomes y...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts
Replies: 112
Views: 16665

Re: Thoughts

If I did wish for positive experience that would be attachment. I'm not saying I don't have attachments. I'm just saying wishing for bliss or thinking blissful thoughts is not yoga. You can wish for good things, positive experiences and so forth yet not be attached to them. Everybody wants to be ab...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts
Replies: 112
Views: 16665

Re: Thoughts

It is hard tp let go of thoughts when we regard them as important. So, I slow down, and I see that there is nothing in the thoughts that I need to worry about and nothing to be concerned with. So this way, I see the thoughts are not very important. I consider how many thoughts I have had in my whole...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

So, is it possible experience something that isn't there, if the fact that it is not there is the result of conditions?

For example, what about a
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Namdrol wrote: Darkness is part of the rūpa āyatana, it is considered part of matter. It is a color, from a Buddhist point of view. It is therefore, impermanent and conditioned.
Oh, well then I will leave it at that because I was considering it from a different point of view.
Thank you for your insight!
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Darkness is conditioned because it is impermanent. When something is regarded as conditioned, do you make a distinction between that which simply undergoes transformation and is thus subject to gradual change and that which undergoes total annihilation?" In other words, absolute darkness is not sub...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation
Replies: 18
Views: 2235

Re: Reincarnation

The original buddha mind is unmoving.
The mind doesn't go anywhere.
It's these bags of meat we call bodies that keep showing up,
taking the mind for a joy ride and then crashing.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

When we get down to the basic problem, we have an appearance. Then we give it a label. Identification follows appearance. Then conventional discourse can ensue. Underneath the all identifications is the idea of "is". Well, you are saying that underneath the all identifications is the idea of "is", ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

The Buddhas and Nagarjuna's target at based was really more oriented at the sort of naive realism that people have, especially in regards to rebirth. Naively, some people believe that they exist, and that they will continue to exist after death. Other people, on the other hand, think that after dea...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the Gods?
Replies: 104
Views: 14267

Re: Where are the Gods?

"Experiencing" something means there is an experiencer, and an experience to be experienced. Also, there is a time prior to the experience, and a time after the experience. Because there are therefore multiple factors or conditions for this "phenomenon" of "experiencing" to occur, all experiences a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the Gods?
Replies: 104
Views: 14267

Re: Where are the Gods?

Sunlight is not eternal since it is produced. Okay, um... so what you are saying is that one cannot experience something which is not produced. and I assume here that by produced you mean arising from causes and so what you are saying is that if it is not the result of cause, it cannot be experienc...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the Gods?
Replies: 104
Views: 14267

Re: Where are the Gods?

Namdrol wrote:
Serenity509 wrote:Other Buddhists would say they are experiencing the eternal Buddha.

One cannot experience anything that is eternal.
what about sunlight?
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existential Issues
Replies: 31
Views: 5517

Re: Existential Issues

Thank you. that was very nicely expressed.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existential Issues
Replies: 31
Views: 5517

Re: Existential Issues

I really do appreciate your thoughtful answer. But.......... "past karma" is buddhism's answer for everything. Of course, past karma!!! But so what? So, I specifically used the term 'useful'. "past karma' is not useful as an answer. Suppose I am on my way to catch a plane, but I arrive late and miss...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22531

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

When "is" and "Is not" are views, then they are wrong views and only wrong views. When "is" and "Is not" are views, then they are wrong views? ...what does " are " mean? it is a form of the verb "to be" used to make intelligible sentences. The question you should really be asking is "What constitut...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existential Issues
Replies: 31
Views: 5517

Re: Existential Issues

C..on another thread(the autism thread) you state this....."So, I am dating a woman with 2 teenage girls with Aspergers Syndrome. And their mother wants to know how Buddhism would explain this." On this thread you state this..."Right, I understand that some people go through that kind of thing as w...

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