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by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agarwood and burning incense
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Agarwood and burning incense

Would incense be part of the traditional seven offerings presented on an altar? I suppose that the other offerings can be offered at any time as well. Yes. Different Buddhist traditions have different offering traditions. I am going to assume that since you refer to “seven offerings” that the conte...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Agarwood and burning incense
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Agarwood and burning incense

If someone gives you a gift, and you offer it, then the merit from their generosity is even greater.

There is no schedule for offering incense. If can be burned indoors, outdoors, or even offered without burning.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wearing buddhist symbols
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Wearing buddhist symbols

In any predominantly Buddhist country you can find all sorts of jewelry featuring dharma symbols and imagery. www.chuan-der.com.tw In the west, Buddhist symbols can be found on hats, bags, and tee shirts, often sold to raise money for Buddhist projects. In India, large events for gatherings monks of...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Dissolution of the elements
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Dissolution of the elements

Thanks. That’s kind of what I was wondering, the extent of functions suggested by “fire” element.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Dissolution of the elements
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Dissolution of the elements

Earth, water, fire, and air are terms used to describe the dissolution of the body towards the time of death.
I’m curious about whether the “fire” element is even regarded as part of the composition of cold-blooded animals such as reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
Any thoughts on this?
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: A room with a view
Replies: 3
Views: 155

A room with a view

Building under construction in China.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 281
Views: 21929

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

The core purpose of the Buddhist teachings is to bring the practitioner to the personal realization of the cessation of suffering and is causes. Springing from that, there is the purpose of attaining realization not only for one’s own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well. Springing from th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any details or evidences anywhere in any part of Mahayana Buddhism that Gautama Buddha is the Adi-Buddha?
Replies: 14
Views: 489

Re: Are there any details or evidences anywhere in any part of Mahayana Buddhism that Gautama Buddha is the Adi-Buddha?

The Dharma is like the sky. Buddhas are the means by which sentient beings perceive the Dharma. Suppose you live in a house with windows in every different shape and color of glass. You can see the sky from any window in any room. In one room, looking at the window, the sky appears square and blue. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hiya Hi
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Hiya Hi

Well, you are in luck!
What this forum lacks in guidance,
...it makes up for in advice.
:rolling:
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain me Vajrayana like im 5?
Replies: 17
Views: 879

Re: Can someone explain me Vajrayana like im 5?

As a new follower of Dharma, reading about Buddhism can sometimes feel overwhelming. I was very curious about the main differences between Therevada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. After searching google for a while, I have stumbled upon this article . To my surprise, I found the following statement: An a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: "Cessation of feeling and perception"
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: "Cessation of feeling and perception"

Still I see why a cessation of feeling is superior to the feeling bliss like Hinduism or Jainism has now.there is no desire,attachment,loss or stress in such a state just pure peace. If you look up the Four Seals of Buddhism (not to be confused with the Four Noble Truths), this essentially says tha...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: More personalities than bodies?
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: More personalities than bodies?

Keep in mind, there is no ‘self’ that takes rebirth. In a sense, you could say that tanas, or cravings, you could say, “coalesce” as the samsaric illusion of “sentient beings”. Yeah, I keep this in mind all the time! That's why I used term "personalities". Im still very confused about this problem ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: More personalities than bodies?
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: More personalities than bodies?

Keep in mind, there is no ‘self’ that takes rebirth.
In a sense, you could say that tanas, or cravings, you could say, “coalesce” as the samsaric illusion of “sentient beings”.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology
Replies: 30
Views: 1147

Re: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology

This issue recently popped up. A close friend of mine told me that she thinks Buddhism leads people to become cut off from emotion, or the emotional aspect of experiencing life (and as an extension to that, expressed her concern for my own well-being). I cited a few examples of how I am certainly no...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty understanding Vijnana/Consciousness
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Difficulty understanding Vijnana/Consciousness

“...if there is nothing to be associated with Vijnana/Consciousness, then there is no craving/desire to be recalled by it either.” Here is one of those sticky parts: “associated with”. ...and specifically in what way that is meant. Aside from that, let’s look at your statement from another angle. T...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4068

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

What defines a “pure land”? If a pure land is defined as being one in which the Dharma is taught continually, then, if a practitioner is able to perceive all phenomena as a Dharma teaching, then in that sense, one is experiencing a pure land. If, as a requirement, such a pure land must be establishe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Continuity
Replies: 24
Views: 853

Re: Continuity

Well, there is continuity in the sense of cause-and-effect. Conventionally, but not ultimately, since there is ultimately no cause/effect (opening of MMK) ... right? ... any example of phenomena that you consider, such as a rose, that example is always going to be some compound of aggregates, of co...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty understanding Vijnana/Consciousness
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Difficulty understanding Vijnana/Consciousness

Can you define “classical conditioning” in this particular context?

I’m not sure that the “unfinished desire” part is right on target, depending on what that means, exactly. Everything becomes an “imprint” which then influences our further perceptions.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sean Connery dies at 90
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Sean Connery dies at 90

You Only Live Twice.
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Stress
Replies: 9
Views: 541

Re: Stress

The term, dukkha , which is often translated as “suffering” is really more akin to the notion of what we call “stress” than it is to, say, an agonizing toothache or unbearable grief. When the Buddha says that existence is dukkha, this refers to both good and bad conditions which are unsatisfactory. ...

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