In Dharma practice, questions are very important. Most instances of enlightenment recorded occur in dialogues and most of these start from a question. This is how the Dharma is given and received. It is not just a matter of getting the right answer. The very act of asking and answering is a practice. Here I will offer answers to the questions that I get asked from time to time and so we shall meet.
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In this group will be posted answers to questions asked by enquirers about issues in psychology, spirituality, philosophy and personal life. If you want to pose a question, please e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading "Questions in the Sand".
QUESTION: Can you explain "Buddha Nature"?SHORT ANSWER: Buddha nature is no nature.ANSWER: Buddha nature is no nature. Different writers use the concept in different ways, so to elucidate it one needs to clarify which Buddha nature concept one is…Continue
I read something the other day to the effect that, the universe is like an enlightenment machine, which converts ignorance into awakening. To exist is to be subject to its influence and propelled towards enlightenment regardless of the individual's…Continue
QUESTION: Just a little question that's been on my mind recently. The second noble truth. Dukkha Samudaya. It is thirst for self-recreation that is associated with greed. It lights upon whatever pleasures are to be found here and there. It is thirst…Continue
QUESTION: Can you explain the idea of "two truths"? SHORT ANSWER: Truth is truth and all encompassing, but there is a relative and an absolute way of intuiting it.LONGER ANSWER: I am inclined to say that this idea of two truths is a misnomer. It is…Continue
QUESTION: What does Pureland Buddhism say about God, if anything? Are there just Buddhas who are enlightened but no need / place for God? Are they the same thing?SHORT ANSWER: Nothing about God with a capital G. Some gods might be Buddhas.LONGER…Continue
Publicado por David Brazier el 21 de abril de 2017 en “Questions in the Sand”PREGUNTA: ¿Puedes explicar la “Naturaleza de Buda”?RESPUESTA CORTA: La naturaleza del Buda es la “no naturaleza”RESPUESTA MÁS LARGA: La naturaleza del Buda no es ninguna.…Continue
QUESTION: This may seem a bizarre question but one I would like a Buddhist view on.is suicide a sin,in Christianity to commit suicide is a total sin considered evil and completely against all it teaches but in Japanese culture from the past a way of…Continue
Publicado por David Brazier el 23 de enero de 2017 en “Questions in the Sand”PREGUNTA: Tuvimos una discusión interesante acerca de la sílaba sagrada OM utilizada en tantas religiones (Hinduismo Jainismo, Budismo…). Alguien dijo que, en un mantra, OM…Continue
QUESTION: We had an interesting discussion about the sacred syllabe OM used in so many religions (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism...) Someone said that in a mantra, OM could be replaced by any other sound since we are the ones who give a sacred power to…Continue
Me emociono al leeros porque ayer lo experimenté con mucha claridad: estábamos 13 mujeres en un taller trabajando las cosas de la plenipausia, me tocaba ponerme al servicio de ellas, cuidarlas... y eso me proporcionó tanta plenitud, amor y…Continue
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