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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Aggregates
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Aggregates

avatamsaka3 wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:06 pm So, my understanding is that the aggregates can be viewed as presenting a complete picture of reality.
That’s actually a misunderstanding.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?

Thank you! Would you mind telling me about your favourite method to address , say, a memory from a violent movie you once saw, so that it doesn't affect you? In the case of a movie or something like that which is fictional or fake to begin with, look at “behind the scenes” stuff, or read up on spec...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 43
Views: 1041

Re: New here with question on Gay

Drop the Labels,
Drop the expectations,
You are you, not a category.
Are you gay when you bump your knee?
or when you order a pizza?
Being attracted to others, male or female,
is all the same in Buddhism.
Just be gay or not as the moment dictates.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Aggregates
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Aggregates

The issue of “aggregates” in Buddhist theory has less to do with physics and more to do with dependent arising in general. Thus, you can say for example that the speed of light is a constant. That’s really neither here nor there as far as Buddhism is concerned. That fact doesn’t change things one wa...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?

The only difference between negative thoughts at the time of dying and negative thoughts at any other time is that at the time of dying, you know death is coming soon, and during the other times you don’t know when death will come, even though it could still be that very same day, or even less than...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Definition: “Outflows” ?
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Definition: “Outflows” ?

In various texts, the term “outflows” is used, such as the Buddha or his disciples being free from outflows . I know that finding the right word in English to translate a concept from Sanskrit can be a challenge, but the meaning of this one is really unclear to me. What does the term refer to, and w...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?

The only difference between negative thoughts at the time of dying and negative thoughts at any other time is that at the time of dying, you know death is coming soon, and during the other times you don’t know when death will come, even though it could still be that very same day, or even less than ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Three kayas
Replies: 18
Views: 679

Three kayas

After many years, I have yet to find a really clear explanation of the meaning of Dharmakaya Nirmanakaya Sambhogakaya —always it seems the terms are referenced in one context or another, with the same terms being used to express different things, and while I understand their use in those specific co...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Hello i am new here
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Hello i am new here

I listen to the ringing in my ears Same. I try not to focus on it, but it often intrudes. I have found the more I monitor my tinnitus the worse it gets, which I have read is typical of the condition. Mine is from clenching my jaw obsessively due to anxiety/stress/various 3 and 4 letter acronyms. Ja...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Hello i am new here
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Hello i am new here

I listen to the ringing in my ears
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Relationships with non-Buddhist friends
Replies: 6
Views: 218

Re: Relationships with non-Buddhist friends

If you were a professional concert musician and needed to devote all your attention to playing Bach, this wouldn’t be an issue, would it? All of your friends would understand and respect that. Yes, this is one thing. I live in a country where Buddhism is not widely spread. People tend to associate ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Relationships with non-Buddhist friends
Replies: 6
Views: 218

Re: Relationships with non-Buddhist friends

If you were a professional concert musician and needed to devote all your attention to playing Bach, this wouldn’t be an issue, would it? All of your friends would understand and respect that. “Disgust with samsara” is a general term that expresses the feelings your are having. One loses interest in...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: Rebirth

SilenceMonkey wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:22 am I think it's the illusion of self that is reborn.
Absolutely.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Kempon Hokke Regulations 1451
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Kempon Hokke Regulations 1451

Does that include (by extension) participation in web forums where other sects are represented?
:rolling:
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: Rebirth

The hurdle people often run into when discussing rebirth (and why the concept at first doesn’t seem plausible) is that really, they start with the pretext of a "me" a “self” that is supposedly reborn, and then wrestle with how that can actually happen. But there’s no place an actual “self” can be fo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: Rebirth

Yes, I have. But I found that once you really break down the concepts, it makes sense.
What part of rebirth you have difficulty with?


Constant scrutiny forms the strongest foundation.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The material reality of Sumeru
Replies: 20
Views: 539

Re: The material reality of Sumeru

The irony in questions such as this (usually regarding deities) is that it’s really asking,”is it real, in the same sense that I’m real and my surroundings are real?” And the funny thing, of course, is that what the Dharma teaches ultimately is that none of this is “real” in the way we think it is. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: akāromukha mantra in the Releasing of the Flaming Mouths
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: akāromukha mantra in the Releasing of the Flaming Mouths

All the lamas I know love to eat food with hot peppers. I’m glad they have a mantra for this.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 128
Views: 2542

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

The whole of the Buddha’s teaching (upheld in Mahayana, Theravada, Hinayana, Vajrayana) rests on the fact that there is nowhere that anything can be identified as an inherently existent being, and further, that based on the illusion that a self-being exists, suffering and rebirth result. Actually, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 128
Views: 2542

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

The problem with this entire discussion is that it begins as it’s pretext an abstract concept: “self” and then only secondarily argues over what that term encompasses: Is the self atman? Is it mind? Is atman mind? Etc. If one asserts that there is a “self” meaning atman, that is a mistake. The whole...

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