Avatar

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Badges

Welcome home! Please contact lincoln@newbuddhist.com if you have any difficulty logging in or using the site. New registrations must be manually approved which may take up to 48 hours. Can't log in? Try clearing your browser's cookies.

JaySon Veteran

About

Username
JaySon
Location
Florida
Joined
Visits
42
Last Active
Roles
Member
Points
568
Location
Florida
Badges
16

Comments

  • @federica said: @JaySon said: @federica said: @JaySon said: Permanent and independent, existing from its own side, not interconnected, existing by its own power. I have …
  • @David said: When I think of emptiness, I think of potential. Without emptiness, no thing or event is possible so when you say the self is empty, it doesn't negate it in any way. It does bring the 5 remembrances to mind and the 5th of those b…
  • Forgot to add this... Enlightenment is a release from Illusion, and beyond concepts I would argue that it's beyond the concept of self-nature, which is the object to be refuted. So, when meditating on Emptiness, for example, it's not m…
  • @federica said: @JaySon said: Permanent and independent, existing from its own side, not interconnected, existing by its own power. I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. * All things are impermanen…
  • @David said: @JaySon said: Everyone and everything seems to have self-nature, permanent and independent. To who? To non-Buddhas who still have obscurations to keep them from seeing the true nature of obje…
  • @federica said: Are you asking us or telling us....? Neither. Just sharing part of a sutra I like then putting in my little commentary.
  • "Self" is a demonic mind. -Nagarjuna Compassion is a mind that savors only mercy and love for all sentient beings. -Candrakirti
  • I will add just one more thing because I think I've taken up too much space on this forum From a personal experience, this special Madhyamaka Prisangika view has led to unconditional love because, through this view and meditating on this view, y…
  • This brings up a good point. At a subtle level, we might be grasping at the idea that functionality requires SOME Self-Nature, but the fact is that everything that exists has no Self-Nature. You might think... How can a person function without at…
  • @person said: An analogy a modern western philosopher used when looking into the idea of self was that of a water molecule. We understand that water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, we don't think there is some independently …
  • @federica said: @JaySon said: @federica said: I repeat... @federica said: You may mean well, but this is a discussion forum, not an online seminar venue.... …
  • @federica said: I repeat... @federica said: You may mean well, but this is a discussion forum, not an online seminar venue.... I love you. @lobster Emptiness Made Simple S i m p l e…
  • @federica said: Really?? Why not give people time to read and respond? It's getting a little 'preachy' here, and it's not always something that's appreciated.... Hehe. I wanted to write a mega post. This will be the only one, I promise.
  • (Space reserved for just one more post that's going to take a bit of time to write)
  • A Related Video
  • Meditate On Emptiness With Wisdom From The Diamond Cutter Sutra A star, a defective view, a flame, An illusion, a drop of dew, a bubble, A dream, a flash of lightning, a cloud: See causative phenomena as such A star In the daytime you ca…
  • Videos On Emptiness
  • Some Meditation Shortcuts Once you're certain about the fact of Emptiness of Self-Nature through analysis and meditation, you can use these meditation shortcuts to rest in Emptiness of Self Nature. Meditation Shortcut #1 - "Not one atom has Se…
  • @lobster said: Increase in Love (Sufi saying) As someone with limited neurons, lobsters only have 100,000, I have to use every trick. This includes: * Fish are not my enemy, me and fish are one. * Rewiring the neuron firing…
  • I had a funny dream last night where I was hanging out with a spiritual guru who told me I must read a book called Fairway of the Race Sayer. Of course, there's no such book.
  • @lobster said: She's a Christian and is one of the most loving and ethical people I've ever met. For her and her capacity, her religion is a perfect fit, and maybe in a future life she will have the capacity to practice Buddhism. …
    in Love Comment by JaySon March 14
  • @lobster lmao Yeah, I should've just made some smores then got the T-Shirt: "Spring Break: Hell 2019"
  • @Kerome said: I like how the Dalai Lama has steered toward science, logic, and reasoning in this age. “If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of sci…
  • @Kerome said: @JaySon said: The other night Jesus threw me into hell. Satan offered me friendship. I asked his henchman if Satan were a self-cherishing being. Then I proceeded to turn into a many-armed Heruka and fought him while ch…
  • The other night Jesus threw me into hell. Satan offered me friendship. I asked his henchman if Satan were a self-cherishing being. Then I proceeded to turn into a many-armed Heruka and fought him while chanting some weird mantra I've never heard. Th…
  • The merely imputed I, the empty I. Definitely not the inherently existent I because the inherently existent I doesn't exist and is the object to be refuted, while the merely imputed I, the empty I, the I existing in name only did say that
  • @lobster said: Your "Mind Diet"? Ingredients: Nothing - to personal taste Three jewels - finely dusted Buddhas - assorted, whatever is in season Amrita - in solution Ahimsa - liberal amount Mix ingredi…
  • Crazy is living your life with the concept of inherent existence. shrugs
  • Oh yeah, one thing I wanted to add about the much less esoteric practice of meditating on impermanence... One of the biggest sources of my depression in my twenties was that my little brother died young. Meditating on impermanence helped me under…
  • @lobster Awesome. I struggled with major anxiety and depression between my late teens and twenties. Which is what set me on the Buddhist path in the first place, solely for myself, just to achieve peace of mind in this life. Now I find myself wit…
  • I think a good practitioner knows he/she can't take any of his possessions or wealth with him when he dies, that he'll only take his karma with him. So his motivation is far different than striving for only the pleasures of this life, but he's motiv…
  • Meditating on impermanence and death probably helped me the most in the beginning because it destroyed a lot of attachment that caused me personal misery. Then meditating on emptiness helped me further obliterate attachment. Finally, meditating on l…
  • AKA impermanence.
  • Way I figure it... This life is short, like a flash of lightning. And throughout this short life there are many distractions and things you have to do survive. And there are many conflicting teachings and lineages and vehicles. So I recently deci…
  • @adamcrossley said: @federica and @JaySon, I didn’t particularly take offence. There could even be a case for not taking one’s own depression too seriously. I’ll have to post more tomorrow though, as it’s getting late for me. Thanks @David…
  • The beginning of the path is virtuous actions and abandoning nonvirtuous actions. Then we cultivate meditative concentration. Then we use it to gain insight. So, because I said he should abandon nonvirtuous actions and see the afflictions as the …
  • @federica said: Moderator note: @Jayson, please don't try telling someone who suffers from clinical depression that in essence they're responsible for it. I will not tolerate 'blaming and shaming' and if you have never suffered from De…
  • @adamcrossley said: @JaySon said: Next try to understand the causes of the ending of suffering, then walk the path that ends suffering. Maybe a case of easier said than done? The only thing that's easy is bei…
  • Suffering is just the first Noble Truth. It's valuable Dharma you're experiencing if you can incorporate also the three remaining Noble Truths. Next try to understand the causes of the ending of suffering, then walk the path that ends suffering.
  • @Gui said: I don't know if this is correct and/or a matter of semantics but in this case of using the word nothing, I change it to be "no thing". As in no thing that is in my mind. It's difficult for me to grasp understanding nothing. But it's n…
  • @David said: Well, I mean if we are just kicking the ball around, I think there is a little something lost in translation when people talk about emptiness as if it were nothingness. There is really no such thing as nothing and there never was bec…
  • @federica said: @JaySon, It's not gobbledygoop/k. It's actually quite simple in its complexity, and complex in its simplicity. But it's not gobbledygoop/k. it merely means take everything you think you know; that you have studied; that …
  • @seeker242 said: I asked my teacher a similar question once and he just picked up the cup of tea and took a sip. And that was it! Ha! Hehe!
  • I could spend my whole life just letting go of craving and clinging and selfish desire and opinions and pleasure and aversion, and just try to walk the middle path. But at some point I know I need to enter the vajrayana to eliminate subtle obscurati…