Buddhism wrote: The most popular four-line verse in the “Diamond Sutra” are:
All conditional dharmas Are like dreams, illusions, bubbles, or shadows;
Like drops of dew, or flashes of lightning;Thus should they be contemplated.
(part 2)Buddhism wrote:In terms of the “law of dependent-arising 緣起法,” it means there must be an “everlasting and never ceasing” dharma as the root origin of “dependent-arising” and all the other dharmas can then be generated depending on the supporting “conditions.” For example, the waves must have the sea water as their main entity, while the phenomenal winds blow as the supporting conditions to form the waves; the sea water represents the “everlasting and never ceasing” main entity and it encounters the phenomenal winds as the “supporting conditions” to “bring forth” its waves; hence, the waves are dharmas of dependent arising without intrinsic nature and the sea water is their root cause. When the sea is calm, the sea water remains tranquil without the waves. If a phenomenal wind blows as the “supporting condition,” a wave is then created. As such, “arising depending on the cause and conditions” and “ceasing depending on the cause and conditions,” the change is merely in the shapes of the waves. The waves themselves are dependent arising without intrinsic nature, but the sea water is “everlasting and never ceasing” and is the fundamental cause for the formation of the waves.
The “dependent arising and dependent cessation 緣起緣滅” of life is also the same. Just like the changing waves, every individual possesses a different physical body and different six vijnanas (including the conscious mind, and so on) in each lifetime, and thereby with different bodily, verbal, and mental deeds. After one’s passing away, a new life will be born depending on the supporting “conditions” by the “everlasting and never ceasing” dharma, the eighth vijnana, in accordance with the karmic deeds of the past life. The new life is a dharma of dependent arising without intrinsic nature, but one’s eternal eighth vijnana is everlasting and never ceasing. Due to the permanent and never ceasing existence of the true mind as the fundamental cause of life, a new physical body will be born depending on various supporting conditions in the future lifetimes. Nevertheless, the new life is not necessarily a human; it could possibly become God or a celestial being (deva) enjoying blessed rewards of heavens or sometimes it could fall into the three evil paths as animals, hungry ghosts or hell beings. Every new life will be always different; the former life cannot go to the afterlife. Therefore, every new life is dependent arising without intrinsic nature, but the everlasting and never ceasing Tathagatagarbha remains the same all the time.
Buddhism wrote:If we observe our daily routines, among other things, we eat, work and enjoy life. Our physical body consumes all sorts of food while our minds also get full fed with various sensations; we do need our name-and-form 名色 (the five aggregates; skandhas;五蘊; eighteen sense-realms 十八界) to perform all different functions and discern the results.
For a normal sentient being, the perceiving mind (the sixth vijnana 意識 ) is the most replied upon vijnana. Unknowingly, we are constantly feeding our minds with various sensations of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches all our life except during deep sleep, become unconscious or in meditative concentration; all the incoming stuffs, whether good or defiled (excluding the morally neutral bits), would be faithfully stored in the Alayavijnana and added to our karmic force which would influence our future lives in many details. That is why the Hinayana practitioners are so extremely cautious with the deeds of their six sense-roots 六根 in order not to create any cause to impede their nirvana seeking.
The Buddhist teachings do not only demonstrate the cultivation methods, but also probe to the roots of matters and tell the reasons why...
Buddhism wrote:... Don’t forget to use your zoom lens mind. Everybody’s thought or perceiving mind is intangible which belongs to a mind dharma 心法, and the worldly objects are tangible which belong to the form dharmas 色法. How could the mind dharma successfully perceive the form dharms? So, it is the task of our physical body to serve as a go between to smoothly integrate these two incompatible dharms. For this reason, the Buddha analyzed into details regarding the observation practice of the five aggregates, which are extremely important in Buddhist cultivation.
Our eyes act like a monitor solely to catch tangible images from the outside world and transfer them to the brain. The images received by the external visible eye organs are called external appearance of sense-object 外相分.
Buddhism wrote:Tathagatagarbha: The true entity that each sentient being has, which is something other than the conscious mind known by ordinary people. It is the eighth one of a sentient being’s eight vijnanas. Tathagatagarbha possesses the intrinsic natures of neither-arising-nor-ceasing [permanently existing], neither-increasing-nor-decreasing [not creatable or destroyable], neither-defiled-nor-cleansed [no conceptual judgment], neither-seeing-nor-hearing [no sensation functions], neither-perceiving-nor-knowing [no logical thought or understanding], etc., and is the core doctrine of Buddha Sakyamuni’s sutras. According to the Buddha’s teachings, it, together with the Tathagatagarbhas of other countless sentient beings of collective karma, is the original first cause of the world where all sentient beings live.
Buddhism wrote:As you stated, sex and food are the basic requirements for spicies to pass on, and this is a worldly issue 世間法; while the Bodhi way is just the opposit, it is a transcendental issue 出世間法, about how one can liberate oneself from reincarnation. In this regard, sex would add to a practitioner's craving for emotion and sensation which will hinder the cultivation mind state (explained in a simply way); so it is relatively spoken that sex is a sort of defilement.
adikarmika wrote:buddhism wrote:The Buddha dharma is not based on skillful wording, languages, or phrases; it is not worldly games or techniques.
That's what you always say when I point out the self-contradictions, illogicalities and absurdities (not to mention downright falsities) that routinely occur in your posts. What a cop out!
Buddhism wrote:This thread is titled “The Bodhi Way,” so the discussions here should provide the info to the True Reality. The Buddha did assure us that every sentient being has the potential to cultivate to see the Truth, and He did pass down the dharma-gates (practice methods); the rest is left to us, if we are indeed the blessed ones.
The essential teachings here are of Chan School (禪宗). As our ancient Chan Buddhist patriarchs oftentimes stated, “I point with my finger to show you the moon up there, you should grasp the moon (The Truth), not my finger!” The chart to the Treasure Island is never the treasure itself, so all the spoken words and explanations cannot be the Truth itself, but they lead to the Truth.
In a way, we have been used to the daily routine of going-on living, so an actual Buddhist cultivation is a sort of swim against the life enjoyment. In Buddhism, we have to use terms to express certain meanings or conditions to simplify the process, because all terms will be repeatedly coming into use in the future.
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