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by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.

Whether one is sleeping or awake, every “memory” is a reconstruction in real time, like putting together the same LEGO kit over and over again, sometimes with all the same pieces, sometimes with pieces missing, and sometimes introducing new pieces. But it’s not that a memory is “stored” whole. Each ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2470

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

without a Mind or receptacle for past volition and Merit,without cognition,interaction could basically never occur. This argument must then conclude that the person to whom the Buddhist teachings are attributed couldn’t possibly be a Buddha, because, according to this view, a Buddha can’t possibly ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is world domination SGI’s goal?
Replies: 55
Views: 4085

Re: Is world domination SGI’s goal?

dude wrote: Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:42 am Tell me about these harsh conversion methods.
I think it’s a reference to Aum Shinrikyo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleph_(Ja ... prov=sfti1
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2470

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Is that an actual functioning not merely conceptual thing or merely an abstraction?do Buddhas have minds?I think not.I also heard from nyanasagara that in Jnana there is no subjective awareness or appearances.So How do Buddhas act and interact with the world without a mind or perception? How do spe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2470

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Is that an actual functioning not merely conceptual thing or merely an abstraction?do Buddhas have minds?I think not.I also heard from nyanasagara that in Jnana there is no subjective awareness or appearances.So How do Buddhas act and interact with the world without a mind or perception? How do spe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything that we experience karma?
Replies: 36
Views: 1074

Re: Is everything that we experience karma?

That's a fascinating idea, although I'm not sure how much sense it makes. Why should having an affect on the outside world mean you and the outside world are one? A connection between the two doesn't mean they are identical. “...having an effect on the outside world...” Let’s examine that. It doesn...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2470

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

But aren’t there sources wich say they have no minds and no perception? If a Buddha had no mind and no perception, how would anyone know about that? A Buddha wouldn’t be able to tell anyone. So, anyone who says that a Buddha has no mind or perception really has no way of knowing that. That’s what I...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2470

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Show me sources that a Buddha has subjective awareness . They have two kinds of omniscience, hence they possess subjective awareness. They are not inert. But aren’t there sources wich say they have no minds and no perception? If a Buddha had no mind and no perception, how would anyone know about th...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything that we experience karma?
Replies: 36
Views: 1074

Re: Is everything that we experience karma?

Yes, this is a nice explanation! But I wonder... how we know that the tree falling on our head (and likewise all things that happen around us and to us) aren't a result of our karma? I was just reading in Mingyur Rinpoche's "Joy of Living" that he thinks merely having the wish to help others will o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything that we experience karma?
Replies: 36
Views: 1074

Re: Is everything that we experience karma?

If a tree branch falls on your head, That’s not a result of your karma. But how you experience that event ...is the result of your karma. Yes, this is a nice explanation! But I wonder... how we know that the tree falling on our head (and likewise all things that happen around us and to us) aren't a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all, new guy here
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Hi all, new guy here

Could you (or anyone else) point me into a direction where I can learn the basics of mantras? I know a little bit about meditation and have some experience but I don't know anything about mantras other than they physically exist. The word “mantra” in fact has the same etymological root as the word ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all, new guy here
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Hi all, new guy here

Hi all. I'm glad this place is here, I need some place where I can study meditation and Buddhism. It would also be nice to surround myself with kind hearted and like minded people. I'm at a transitional stage in my life. I suppose it's subjective to say my life has been hard, maybe it's just my per...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: In Buddhism, what is "form", and how does it come about?
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: In Buddhism, what is "form", and how does it come about?

The shortest, most simplified answer, perhaps: Form is really short for formation, and refers to the appearance of things having their own independent reality or existence. A simple example would be that of a cloud in the sky, a cloud formation. When observed from the ground, it appears to be a big ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 664

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

Meditating with eyes open or closed? You didn’t say. This may having nothing to do with meditation but instead could be an ocular migraine, or simply tired eyes. Do a web search: “seeing diagonal lines in vision”. You sure do think about everything a lot! Maybe, when you sit, just sit. When appearan...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: Question

What does rely upon the Law and not upon persons mean? The law means the (dharma) teachings. The person means the one giving the teachings. The Buddha taught that one should test out the dharma teachings for oneself to determine their validity, just as someone tests gold by burning it, pounding it,...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Correction: 12/20 is Nine Bad Omens Day
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: Correction: 12/20 is Nine Bad Omens Day

This wouldn’t apply to astronauts in outer space because they would see that there are no actual nights and days, that it’s just a matter of whether your side of the Earth is facing away from or toward the Sun. It’s like saying one side of a constantly spinning prayer wheel is more auspicious than t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?

“Debt” is really a misleading term. It can be misunderstood as somehow borrowing “karmic energy” from the universe or whatever, and needing to pay it back, or pay it forward, in order to balance out your own accounts. But that’s not it. It’s more like being in a sailboat, sailing towards liberation ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

boi_83 wrote: Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:18 am I meant between Guan Yin and Sitatapatra as I am getting their amulets.
Guan yin is the same as Avalokiteshvara.
Just a sex change. Otherwise, the same.

But not the same as Sitatapatra.

What specific differences are you looking for?
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 19, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2322

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

It might be because a lot of people consider Nichiren Buddhism to be a poor relation, not really Buddhism at all. Neander's motivation might be to indicate that what we think we know about Buddhist history rests on foundations that are as not as solid as we think. Also, it may be that there are Nic...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Dec 19, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?

cjdevries wrote: Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:23 am Some kind of energy that will have to be paid back in one form or another.
That’s sort of what I thought.
This isn’t how karma works.

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