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  • Re: Letting go versus being attached

    @Kerome said;
    This set me to thinking, is it actually possible to enjoy the things in this world without becoming attached to them

    When reading your post, I thought "Ah...the beauty of renunciation" (Nekkhamma)

    Renunciation is about more than just doing without things. It’s the beautiful realization that you already have everything you need.

    "Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on the first of the three aspects of right thought, the renunciation of sense objects."

  • Re: Views on the Dalai Lama

    How do other traditions (i.e. not the Tibetan tradition) view the Dalai Lama? Do they generally accept him as a reincarnation, or only as an important Buddhist voice, or not accept him at all?

    And how do you view him?

    He is the most widely/well known Buddhist in the Western world and many Westerners mistakenly see him as the head of Buddhism (the Buddhist pope so to speak)...He does not see himself as this...far from it... :)

    I have read some of his books and have had the good fortune to attend a couple of his Dharma talks when he visited NZ...There's no question that he is a wise and compassionate man...At these talks I've seen monks & nuns from different Buddhist schools sects and traditions attend...

    Not only has he introduced many Westerners to Buddhism, and not necessarily just Tibetan Buddhism, he's introduced many to the Buddha Dharma which goes beyond schools and sects...

    On the whole I feel that he has been a great gift to Western thinking (the Western mindset) taking many out of their comfort zone....

    But thus have I heard the Buddha said something along the lines of "Don't believe everything you hear or think"...."Ehipassiko" ....One must see for themselves .....

    And as for the reincarnation thing...I don't know what other traditions think about his personal reincarnation ...

    Personally I'm familiar with rebirth and the mind stream so I would say anything is possible in this dream world ....

  • Re: Dying and the Mind

    @karasti said:
    @Shoshin Yes, indeed I can understand that. My point more so is, if we focus so much on the fact that we need to shed so much of the mind, go beyond it, that what the mind does is meant to be surpassed (eventually) why should the mind suddenly be taken into so much account at death?

    I think in a way Khandro has also answers this...

    However that would be conditional on the individual’s capacity for realization, which in most cases is meager anyway.


    I just find it interesting that there is, especially in Tibetan Buddhism perhaps, so much focus on the "no mind" ideas and then suddenly, the mind is of utmost importance at death.

    On a personal level I think that when we try to understand what is meant by mind through intellectual means, we fight a losing battle...The more one tries the more questions will arise...that's the intellect for ya ...always wanting to know more of what is unknown to it ....never satisfied so it would seem :)

    In the simplest sense I think that the mind is just 'knowing' and much of what we know comes from karmic conditioning and not through skilful means that is, through self awareness ie, observation ...

    And so at the time of death the moment-to-moment continuum of sense impressions and mental phenomena, (aka the self or better still the sense of a self) continues from one life to another....

    In other words.... The karmically conditioned self (that more often than not lacks awareness ) will ride the mind stream (warts and all) into the next cycle of conditioned birth & death.... Another "I" will arise, out of 'Form's ashes, but not having quite the same mental or physical characteristics/personality as the "I" that went before it... but another craving "I" nonetheless...

    So it could be ~Bodhidharma~ was really on to something, when he is quoted as saying ... "The Mind 'is' the root from which all things grow" (including "warts and all" )

    And I guess the Tibetans were/are onto something too when it comes to the importance of mind training...

    This is just a bit of mental rambling on my part :)

  • Re: iMala?

    It would seem that the use of such a device is to make practice easier (less effort so to speak) ... :)

    I'm just wondering... where does "Right Effort" fit into using all these high tech devices ?

    Especially when one comes to rely on them ie, habitual patterns form.which can lead to the 'craving' for the next new device that's "guaranteed" to make Dharma practice 'life' easier...

    I tend to stick with the proven method/high tech device which is online 24/7/365....Never leave home without it

    "The most essential method which includes all other methods is to behold the Mind-The Mind is the root from which all things grow-If one can understand the Mind...Everything else is included!"


  • Re: Pop Buddhism

    " One is simply one's experience,
    One's ego is the abstraction from these experiences
    One ego should be used as a convenient analytic device"

    It makes sense to 'me' :)