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  1. Well, my goal would be both number 3 and 2. But I do not know how to bring all beings to enlightenment. I believe one that has reached Bodhi can help many beings, but not all of them. The Buddha himself could not help them all. There is one reference to this in the Tripitaka, in one of the suttas. Where the Buddha is asked of whether will all beings reach enlightenment, the Buddha remains silent upon being asked that question. I do not remember the name of the sutta though. --------- It is in Uttiya Sutta. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.095.than.html
  2. What is the Difference between Theravada and Mahayana with regards to Meditation, Doctrine - Dhamma/Dharma and Discipline - Vinaya?
  3. Lhag-thong (Tibetan, to see more) or transcendent insight is beyond conceptualised thoughts. It is still a thought at a subtle single pointed level engaged at the sametime in investigative manner. One can gain knowledge and better understanding of the reality during such meditation. Well, one could gain extremely subtle pliancy of mind-body level that would have its own sensational impact but are supposed to be truly tranquil and balanced. Lhag-thong is a high level practice and it cannot be achieved with meditation alone, however it is achieved in mediation. It requires years of study under a highly qualified teacher with much reading and practice to achieve such an insight. Lhag-thong literally means to see "more", to see "beyond", "extraordinary", "highest", so, not to see just what a mass of mankind sees which live in ignorance, but to see beyond the limits which restrain a vision of developed minds, to see "with a third eye of Knowledge", which followers of tantric practices center on the forehead of their symbolic gods. Like any other skills, Lhag-thong can be nurtured and improved. Based on Lhag-Thong one can contemplate NirvÄÂṇa, ParinirvÄÂṇa, what is between existence and non-existence, Ã…šÃ…«nyatÄÂ, PratÄ«tyasamutpÄÂda, law which congregates causes and effects, understanding Karma and VipÄÂka etc. Ultimately Lhag-thong is a practice for realising Ã…šÃ…«nyatÄ which creates a true enlightenment.
  4. What does Lama Shenpen Rinpoche have to say regarding this matter?
  5. What other sorts of insight knowledge can one gain with VipaśyanĠmeditation besides Three Marks of Existence?
  6. I have several questions if you would please answer them. Buddha said: "There is free action, there is retribution, but I see no agent that passes out from one set of momentary elements into another one, except the connection of those elements.". Does that mean that we have free will? And also just after the enlightenment Buddha said: "It will be difficult for a man to understand law which connects causes and effects." Does that mean that the relation between cause and effect is not deterministic? Final question: Is determinism a wrong view? I know that indeterminism is a wrong view because of cause and effect.
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