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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the Gods?
Replies: 104
Views: 14503

Re: Where are the Gods?

What is the universe dependent on for its origination? nothing ever had to happen. Time and space, didn't ever have to happen. So, then, what did happen? We think of time as being really long. We say that the whole universe is billions of years older than the Earth. But what is a year? It is the mo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

cloudburst wrote:
Can you predicate something on a non-existent?
If you say that you can't base a position on something that does not exist,
and that is your position,
then you just did.
:tongue:
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confused about attachment
Replies: 13
Views: 2505

Re: Confused about attachment

Looking at your thoughts and feelings is not quite the same as trying to second guess yourself. Maybe just start by relaxing a little and try not to worry about what will happen. Let me tell you a true story. I have a close friend, and she had a friend who suffered from diabetes, and her mother was ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 3329

Re: Karma

If animals didn't live by eating each other, and need to escape being eaten, there would have been no reason for early primates to have evolved into humans.

So, the next time you are contemplating your precious human birth,
thank a saber-toothed tiger.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is Pure Land beyond Samsara?
Replies: 20
Views: 3603

Re: Is Pure Land beyond Samsara?

Hear are my answers. I too am an intellectual, scientifically inclined know-it-all, so most of my responses are pure crap. Really sorry about that! 1. Is Pure Land a part of Samsara or something beyond it? If the Pure Land is infinite, where would its borders be? 2. Since the Earth is in constant ro...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?
Replies: 131
Views: 21287

Re: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?

Some say that we all possess buddha nature and that the nature of the mind is pure. That doesn't mean that there is a permanent 'thing' called buddha nature but it means that once the clouds are removed, the sun is still shining the same as it always was. in other words, the mind's original nature i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confused about attachment
Replies: 13
Views: 2505

Re: Confused about attachment

You have a lot of stuff going on! I think what you are experiencing is actually something that a lot of people go through. But it also sounds, from what you are saying, that you also see what is really going on in your life, and this is really good! You need to be really honest with yourself about w...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:51 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Posture Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2311

Re: Posture Question

I have found it useful, when inhaling, to focus on my mental alertness, to really sort of 'sharpen' my awareness, and when exhaling, to relax the body. Don't do this constantly, but one in a while try alternating these two and it seems to help bring mind & body together. Regarding cushions, I used t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?
Replies: 131
Views: 21287

Re: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?

David N. Snyder wrote: Siddhartha was not enlightened when he left the palace.
Enlightened or not, how did he not see that his dad had become an old man?
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

When you don't find anything, that not-finding is finding emptiness. When you don't see anything, that not-seeing is seeing emptiness. This is essentially my understanding as well. Someone once gave me this analogy: We talk about wind blowing, but what does it blow? it does not blow wind. it blows ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?
Replies: 131
Views: 21287

Re: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?

can you be fully enlightened without facing all the challenges that married life in Samsara and Nirvana can throw at you? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. There is no single thing that all marriages share in common. Therefore, there cannot be any co...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?
Replies: 131
Views: 21287

Re: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?

The Buddha's enlightenment can be called full, or complete enlightenment because it means that all the obscurations and causes of obscrurations which conceal the true, luminous quality of mind are fully and completely eliminated. For example, clinging to anger is eliminated and also anything which m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Namdrol wrote:You will never see emptiness in meditation directly for emptiness is a not a thing that can be seen.
Would it be more accurate to say,
"In meditation, you can never find a thing which you can point to and say, 'that's emptiness' ?"
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Deities / Protectors
Replies: 13
Views: 1524

Re: Tantric Deities / Protectors

It is not Dungeons and Dragons.
:jumping:
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

Lazy_eye wrote: I'm embroiled in a huge angry discussion on another forum...
as soon as you said 'angry discussion' i knew...
that bunch cannot see past their dislike of anything mahayana.
they are like hungry ghosts. no discussions, only arguments.
this is a much better bunch, in my opinion.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?
Replies: 131
Views: 21287

Re: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?

The married life of the bodhisattva.
you may have to scroll down to read the caption.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?
Replies: 131
Views: 21287

Re: Was the Buddha "FULLY" enlightened?

Anyone who tries to evaluate what happened in terms of Prince Siddhartha leaving his family, and to judge that action based on today's standards really has a small view of things. Or, maybe they support arranged marriage. I don't know. Marriage today isn't even what it was 100 years ago, much less, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

That understanding, is, indeed, an "experience." But it is still a mental event, related to mind. It is conceptual. The realization of the Aryas is not conceptual. Hmmmm...there are many things we perceive through the senses but there is no intentional awareness, or at least not until the sensation...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

So, sunyata is not a characteristic of things per se, the way that heat is an inseparable characteristic of fire. So, describing the 'emptiness" of a "thing" would be as absurd as discussing how dry wetness is. I think, however, this does not suggest that sunyata cannot be perceived, Because sunyata...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sunyata and dependent origination
Replies: 154
Views: 22966

Re: Sunyata and dependent origination

If shunyata is a characteristic of things, all people at all times would cognize emptiness conventionally. why do you assume that? Here a characteristic (lakṣana) refers to something like heat of a fire, wetness of water etc. If emptiness is a lakṣana, then just as everyone who feels water will fee...

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