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  1. I've read somewhere about one practicioner who wrongly understood the idea of emptiness and after some time he started to speak about himself from the 3rd person: i.e. "this body goes there" and etc...
  2. Dear Csillag, Here are some thoughts: In case if you REALLY feel that you are the person who can stop collecting the bad karma for your mother, I mean, that you feel the responsibility for her - may be you should stop for sometime your meetings with your Buddhist friends? Let's suppose that Dharma is the practice of morality, meditation and wisdom. Telling lies - isn't Buddhist practice, meeting with friends(even if they are Buddhists) - also isn't Buddhist practice. But not telling lies - is exactly Dharma practice. Who hinders you meditate at home, read Dharma texts and books, communicate with Buddhists at this forum and practise morality by not telling lies and helping your mother, making her mind peaceful? But if you think that meeting with Buddhists, listening Teachings, going to retreats are more useful because you can progress on your Path and therefore you will help more beings, if you think that your mother collects a lot of bad karma and it's not in your hands to prevent her from that(because it's only her karma and even Buddha can't prevent her from that) - may be better to become tough in your position and in spite of the reaction of your mother - practice morality by not telling lies? I think it's very easy to lie, but telling truth is really hard sometimes. But who promised an easy path?
  3. Tashi Delek, Yes, sometimes it's hard to understand how to behave better... I think some people could blackmail us by showing us some inadequate behavior or emotions. Their real intention is to attract our attention to them by all means. I think that sometimes the best way is not to "be catched" on this, but to keep our principles and vows instead. By not lying we could reach Buddhahood quicker and therefore to help more beings
  4. Here is one poem by Chogyam Trungpa about love: In love i feel both pain and pleasure which is quite clearly seen in the nature of dakinis. Sometimes it is tedious, tedious because you are hopeful, hopeful for something to happen. Sometimes it is creative and your heart is open to creativity. These two manifestations are clearly seen alternatively, pain and pleasure alike. It is what is. That is what i have found. In pain there's no sickness because pain is aroused by creative forces. Thanks to dakinis. The same goes for pleasure, the same goes for love. Love is something profound something deeper - in fact it's the flow of the universe. Without love nothing is created. ........................................... It is painful as though someone controlled the beat of my heart, as though someone had stolen my heart. But underneath lies inspiration. So i discover that she who had stolen my heart is the true shakhti who removed all possessiveness. People can die for love quite unvoluntarily. People have such courage in love. Pain and pleausure are one in love. For it includes negative thoughts, possessiveness, impermanence. This love and the nature of love can never be changed by anyone. It is the dance of the dakinis. It is the dance of the kague lineage. As historically gampopa, living in a monastery, the father of the kague school, let loose his three precious disciples, let them dance and compose music in teh state of ecstasy. .............. This poem is the discovery of love in courage and freedom glory be to the subject- poetry. Spring 1969
  5. Tashi Delek, I've also found something about that in the book by Ven. Thubten Gyatso "Transforming problems into the path": "We cannot transfer merit. We cannot transfer good karma to their mind, to make them listen to the teachings or heal from their sickness. But because of our connection with them, we can create a condition where their own good karma already created will ripen and they may recover from their sickness or their obstinacy, or their anger will fade away." Best regards, Sasha
  6. Tashi Delek, why do you think that "everchanging current ME" is yours? best wishes, Sasha
  7. I think that usually people are making love only with desire motivation(which is one of the suffering's causes). On spiritual Path we must controll our emotions and desires. But in reality it is the opposite - we are under control :x
  8. Tashi Delek, May be, but Albert Einstein said: “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.” And here are also one funny article on BBC, named "Buddhists 'really are happier'" : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3047291.stm If we seek for hapiness, we could use Buddha Path for it. If someone could use the Science Path for hapiness, please tell me how to use it. best regards, Sasha
  9. So, what is the difference between two approaches: First one is when we believe that someone is Buddha from his own side and second one, when we believe that someone is Buddha which doesn’t exist from his own side? What will happen with our faith in Buddha in both cases? Will the faith keep the same or will differ somehow in both cases? 8O
  10. I agree. No difference – just various manifestations of ignorance. Absolutely agree. That’s why I’m asking, do you mean that there is no Buddha from his own side when you think that someone is Buddha?
  11. Saying this, don't you fall in belief that Buddha is Buddha from his own side, self existing Buddha?
  12. Dear friends, Very hot discussion is here! :twisted: Here are Buddhas words: "Bhikshus and scholars Should accept my words after having examined them thoroughly, Just as gold is melted, cut, and polished; They should not be followed [simply] out of respect."
  13. Dear Jigme, Buddha Shakyamuni himself told that we must check His Teaching and not to accept everything because everyone follows Him or because of the authority. So, you are completely right to my point of view that you are trying to analyze Teaching. I think faith is one of the most complicated things. It’s not easy to open heart to some new ideas, people and so on. This is huge step-by-step work, which must be done consciously. What I mentioned above was an assumption of how do we perceive things. There are some ways of it. First one was so called “direct perception” which we could define as obvious perception, without any conclusions. We don’t need to prove this perception to ourselves, we just directly perceive it, like when you see red jam, you don’t need to prove yourself that this is red jam. It doesn’t matter for us that red color is “an electromagnetic wave, with a wavelength of about 650nm”. It’s not the point here. Another way of our perception is “conclusion” which we can define as knowledge, which based on true proof of some hidden object for us(which we can’t perceive directly). Objects could be hidden and also deeply hidden. Usually if the object isn’t deeply hidden we use logic to perceive it. If it’s deeply hidden object, we use our faith. Examples I’ve written before was just to illustrate this theory, and we could easily find another examples in our life how we use logic and how we use faith(starting from trust to our friends, doctors and up to faith in Buddha and Teachers). So, that was the matter of how we perceive things. In this theory - Blo-rig - you could find a lot of things how does consciousness work and what are the ways of perceiving things. But let’s come back to your point. Well, you should create some sort of causes to reach corresponding effect. That means if you want to reach one sort of result you create one kind of causes and if you want to reach another result you create another causes. Right? So, everything that happens has its cause. You are a human being. Isn’t it precious for you? If it is, than for such a precious result(your human birth) must be corresponding causes. Those causes can’t be negative because negative causes lead to negative results. But we say that our human life is precious, so the causes of it are “positive” or in other words: merits. Which exactly we can’t say, we can only be sure that through creating a good karma(i.e. creating merits) we are here on Earth. best regards
  14. Dear Goodie, May be you mean the types of perception? I.e. the theory of how we perceive things (blo-rig)? If so, then it's logical that some things we perceive directly, without any need to prove them. The cause of this obvious perception is our consciousness' ability to perceive sounds, visible forms, smells, tastes... For example we easily perceive red color because it isn't a hidden object for us - we have an ability to perceive it directly. Some things that are not obvious for us - are obvious for Highly Realized Beings. This is the direct perception of Emptiness. This direct perception could be only in Highly Realized Beings' mental continuum because the cause of it is Shine and deep understanding of Emptiness. Then, for things that are hidden for our direct perception, we could use deduction, reasoning. If the object of perception is deeply hidden, we could use the authorities explanation, like Buddhists use Buddha's explanation. For example, we could perceive that our precious life is the effect of much merits, which we have created in our previous lives. This is hidden object, which we could perceive by reasoning. But the deeply hidden object here is WHICH EXACTLY merits have we created in the past? This could know only Buddhas and Highly Realized Beings. And here we could use our faith in Buddha to perceive this. Best regards, Sasha
  15. Tashi Delek, I think if love is based on understanding of equality of all beings and their deep unbearable suffering then one kind of desire is arising. But if love is based on distinguishing persons as pleasurable, not pleasurable, neutral then different kind of desire arises. The trick is what we believe as pleasurable “at the end” could become neutral or even not pleasurable. So, we have here two types of desire: first is based on “unconditioned” love towards all beings, which doesn’t define them on pleasurable/not pleasurable, second is based on “conditioned” and “limited by our preferences” love. And we are free to choose what kind of desire is acceptable for us: unlimited or limited…
  16. Dear Monster, I'm "he", not "she" Could you please define what is "ignorance" in your case and how could psychoanalysis treat it?
  17. Hello everybody, Well, I think, yes! By Illness, named ignorance! I've heard about one western monk, who decided to become a psychotherapist because this activity is one of the forms how to help people. But psychoanalysis or another psychological method per se can't really treat people from this deep illness named ignorance, which is the source of all illnesses like neurosis, psychosis, phobias and also calm selfish life 8) Thank you
  18. Of course, every aggression like terrorism, act of invasion, war and etc. has its karmic causes. And all people who are involved there – even those who think that they are innocent victims of aggression – have karmic reasons for it. That’s no doubt. My thought was if somebody has found himself/herself in this situation (terrorist act for example) – what is the most precious decision in this situation for other’s and for own karma?
  19. Tashi Delek, His Holiness Dalai-Lama showed us a way how Bodhisattva being in a role of the head of state could manage with aggression. Nonviolence, patience and struggle in the limits of Ethics. How about Bodhisattva who has only Bodhicitta, and who has a lot of obscurations yet? He hasn't realized Emptiness yet and he can't see people's lifetimes. Let's suppose, occasionally he is involved in a war (an act of aggression against group of people he is responsible of). That was karma that he was involved in this situation. What is more ethical in such case? Not to kill and not to give such an orders to other people in any case - even if his people are waiting for such an activities from his side?
  20. Tashi Delek everybody, If Bodhisattva is a head of state, for example. And he faces with an act of aggression against the people from his country. What would be his choice: to give an order to kill the aggressors and save a lot of people from his country or not to give such an order? Which means that he is responsible for his peoples' deaths (he had all opportunities to save a lot of his people murdered by aggressors, but he didn't use this chance). Isn't it accumulating of bad karma for him in both ways: in case when he gives an order to kill the aggressors and in case when he doesn't give this order? I can understand that people have such a karma to be killed. But if Bodhisattva is responsible for them and gave a promise to protect their lives - he is obliged to defend them. May be he could consciously take a very bad karma on him by killing aggressors or this is also wrong way? thank you
  21. Tashi Delek! I think that suffering doesn't mean only pain or fear or anger or etc. That are the most obvious forms of suffering. We also suffer because of impermanence, the fact that everything changes - every our "achievement" doesn't make a sense then. Because this "achievement" will disappear... Also we suffer because we are limited and we are not free from karma. So, suffering in Buddhist sense, I think, has wider meaning that it is in our Westerner's concept "suffering". Our Westerner's word "suffering" may not reflect the deep meaning what is a real SUFFERING :? So, we can have a fun, smile and so on, but in fact we suffer Sasha
  22. Tashi Delek, What is better - to go to meditate or instead to give someone your attention, energy (to talk to someone, say some warm and kind words, etc.)? In both cases the motivation is to help others: in the first case (meditation) - the motivation is to reach Enlightment or at least some realisation of Wisdom and Bodhichitta as soon as possible without any delay; but in the second case - the motivation is to help other person now, with our limited understanding of the situation - just to give another smile, may be free him/her from depression or such... So, what is better - to help others NOW - as we can, with all our limitations, or to say to ourselves: "I can't help now, better I use this time for the meditation, because soon I'll be able help much more better"? thank you.
  23. What are the criterias, according to which we can say - whether this are only our projections or this are things we know?
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