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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

“Enlightened” is a vague term, and not one that I think, even appears in the sutras. “Buddha” means the awakened one. If you are awake, that’s in contrast to being asleep. In the Buddhist context, “asleep” means that sentient beings, not understanding the true nature of things, are like in a dream, ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

All Buddhist tradition hold these beliefs called the ‘four seals’ : -All compounded things are impermanent -All afflicted emotions are dukkha -All phenomena are without inherent existence -Nirvana is beyond extremes (various terms are often used to translate this last one, sometimes, “—unsurpassable...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

I wonder if "free will" is the right way to describe a beings actions from a "Buddhist" perspective. Free will is a notion that comes up in a particular conception of the nature of the being - in the context of a question about whether a being is constrained in their decision making by conditions a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Buddhism does not accept the existence of free will. Karma will always ripen, but purified karma will ripen in a weaker form. For example, what might have brought about suffering in the lower realms might instead ripen as headaches or something. But you can't just eradicate that karma. Slight corre...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

So far as I understand from my reading of a little on Shentong, there is an association between the absolute self (which is not the relative self of the theists, an atom in the heart which contains our "selfhood") and light. I believe that a lot of tantras and such speak of our nature as being "lum...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

I certainly am thankful for your kindness and you have a lot to propound to others. But I know who I am and I know my Path and have always known it. Just don't build yourself a philosophical castle of what you mentally speculate to be the Dharmic Teachings, because you might just be going against t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything that we experience karma?
Replies: 36
Views: 1059

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.
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

So far as I understand from my reading of a little on Shentong, there is an association between the absolute self (which is not the relative self of the theists, an atom in the heart which contains our "selfhood") and light. I believe that a lot of tantras and such speak of our nature as being "lum...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

I certainly am thankful for your kindness and you have a lot to propound to others. But I know who I am and I know my Path and have always known it. Just don't build yourself a philosophical castle of what you mentally speculate to be the Dharmic Teachings, because you might just be going against t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Teach me Madhyamaka
Replies: 16
Views: 680

Re: Teach me Madhyamaka

Astus wrote: Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:00 pm
karmanyingpo wrote: Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:03 pmThis is crystal clear to me and accords with what I understand hopefully others can confirm (or not!) this explanation thank you for posting
It is a fine summary. Thanks Anders!
Brilliant explanation!
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

You can look at this another way: If a Buddhist also practices the teachings of Jesus, forgiveness, helping the poor, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and so on, but doesn’t believe in god or any biblical idea of “sin” and doesn’t regard Jesus as their savior, then from a Christian p...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

So when you need the most help you're saying no one can help you? What kind of logic is this? Of course they can help you. Such is the purpose and meaning of our lives and Buddhism, being a Bodhisattva, and helping others out of Samsara. :heart: Don't get caught in materialistic nonsense. We are lu...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

How many of you are actually being honest in your appraisal of what Buddha Dharma is and how it is, can be, or sometimes isn't practiced in other faiths? I seem to be running into this question a lot while reading your guy's posts. One of the precepts is to not lie. To not tell falsehoods. So how m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

all of this emphasis on anyone who is not buddhist is following a false teaching... there's something wrong with this way of thinking. It's ideological and kind of closed minded. I think ideology traps us and it's maybe better not to hold ourselves above non-buddhists as if we have the only truth. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Religion shouldn't get in the way of your Love. The Dharma is here to teach us how to Love. If you openly knew who Buddha was you wouldn't even be asking this question. That is not the purpose of Dharma. Being a loving person might be a second effect for some, depending on the way we see “love”, ce...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

There are many paths that lead to inner contentment, happiness, and many actions that lead to favorable rebirths. But specifically, to untie the knot of self-grasping that ties one to samsara, while any teaching that actually does that can be said to be the Dharma, and while there are certainly man...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten
Replies: 47
Views: 1175

Re: PERSONAL OPINIONS: Can people who don't practice buddhism enlighten

In the universal gate chapter of the Lotus Sutra, it says Avalokitshvara can manifest in infinite ways... as warlords and non-buddhist teachers, and many forms that would not be considered buddhist. I'm sure that all buddhas have this ability. Why be closed minded and think only the people who call...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2297

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

Instead of living in shacks or caves? What is the use of buildings being grand and ornamented when their inhabitants are supposed to achieve some state of not wanting that stuff? thats why you go there... “to achieve some state of not wanting that stuff?” is not the purpose of becoming a monk, or e...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

If one’s Dharma practice leads one to be more patient, less swayed by passing emotions and trivial events, not succumbing to anger, and so on, and their partner doesn’t engage in such a practice, the partner may resent the calmness of the one who meditates or view them as uncaring, or even distant.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2284

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Can one be a Christian, Muslim or Jew and still practice Buddhism? I'm asking this as I'm currently in a relationship with a woman in one of these religions and the only way I can get married to her is to convert to her religion. That's a tough one. I'm married to a Jewish woman but she has always ...

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