Does God Exist?

Yes, it does. But you won't be able to see, hear or touch God if you are still bounded by your mind and body. Because the physical state of the mind and body creates the boundaries. Gods, Deities, Bodhisattvas all exists as different forms of consciousness and energies. The essence of their existence is love, … Continue reading "Does God Exist?"

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Becoming Wholesome and Complete

What does it all mean to be wholesome and complete as a being? Most of the people do not know what is being truly wholesome. To be whole and complete means, there is no longer a division or being lopsided in your thoughts and perception. You cannot be truly wholesome when you are still divided … Continue reading "Becoming Wholesome and Complete"

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The Practical Buddhist Blog – Practical Advice on Integrating the Practice of Buddhism in Contemporary Life

One of the fears that all of us have is being alone– particularly in an irreversible existential sense. So for instance, we fret that if our enjoyed one passes away, and we have no close household, that we will be alone, not simply in the sense of not having somebody to provide assistance, particularly in aging, however not having anybody to speak to, to share one’s sensations with.

When I was at Shambhala when, somebody asked the instructor what to do when whatever breaks down. The instructor stated that your self, your real Buddha self, will talk to you and state, “You are not alone.   I am here to help you. “

Since I do think that I have a real Buddha self within me, I believed just recently why not develop a relationship with my self? Why await catastrophe to strike? Why wait till you desire assistance from your real self?

In your self, you genuinely have a pal. And a pal who will constantly exist. I never ever had a fictional pal as a kid, as many kids appear to do. Despite the reality that I was frantically in requirement of pals, that I understood that I was not liked by lots of, I think I did not even have the creativity that some fictional individual might be my continuous buddy and pal. Or maybe I was simply doing not have in creativity, which I believe was more the case.

But that is the past. Although today I feel that I still have little creativity in that notice. So this will be a genuine difficulty, to develop a relationship in between my real Buddha self (the avatar of which is me as a young child) and me.

Interestingly, this belongs to one of the ideas I had when I reworded my youth story. In that narrative I developed a fictional pal to keep me business and play when I was left alone in the evening.

How do I develop a relationship with my real Buddha self? A relationship suggests that you experience and share things with each other. And so I have actually begun talking to my real Buddha self, sharing my observations, whether of nature, individuals, whatever, and my sensations with him.

And what I am finding is that due to the fact that I am speaking with a young kid, a young child, my interaction is filled with the happiness and marvel and energy that you would interact when speaking with a kid; really various from speaking with a grownup. And so I am in impact experiencing things now through the eyes of that innocent kid.

In so doing, I am raising myself from the ordinary, strained aircraft through which we usually experience daily life and rather am seeing things through the eyes, the aircraft of my Buddha self, my magnificent essence. This is genuinely providing myself happiness, experiencing happiness.

At some point, my real Buddha self will share its observations and ideas with me. Although the possibility is strong that he currently does this, however I am not mindful that he is the source of my own observations. Indeed, if these observations originate from my heart and not my ego- mind, then they would be originating from him.

In that occasion, a huge part of the relationship currently exists. What it stays for me to do is interact frequently with my real Buddha self. Make him an existence by my side at all times. That is my intent. I will manifest the existence of my real Buddha self at my side at all times.

The Five Aggregates – Lotus Happiness

The teaching of The Five Aggregates or The Five Skandhas, is an analysis of personal experiences and a view on cognition from a Buddhist perspective.

The teaching also provides a logical and thorough approach to understand the Universal Truth of Not-self. In the last issue’s “Buddhism in a Nutshell”, we conclude that self is just a convenient term for a collection of physical and mental personal experiences, such as feelings, ideas, thoughts, habits, attitude, etc. However, we should go on to analyse all our personal experiences in terms of The Five Aggregates. The Five Aggregates are:

  1. Form
  2. Sensation
  3. Perception
  4. Mental Formation
  5. Consciousness

They are called aggregates as they work together to produce a mental being. As Heart Sutra says, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva illuminates and sees the emptiness of the Five Skandhas.

Impermanence is one of the characteristics of emptiness. and the aggregates are also governed by the principle of impermanence. Therefore each of the aggregates is undergoing constant changes. Aggregates are not static things; they are dynamic processes.

By understanding the Five Skandhas, we attain the wisdom of not-self. The world we experience is not constructed upon and around the idea of a self, but through the impersonal processes. By getting rid of the idea of self, we can look at happiness and suffering, praise and blame, and all the rest with equanimity. In this way, we will be no longer subject to the imbalance of alternating hope and fear.

#1 – Form (Rupa)

The aggregate of form corresponds to what we would call material or physical factors. It includes our own bodies, and material objects as well. Specifically, the aggregate of form includes the five physical organs (eye, ear, nose, tongue, body), and the corresponding physical objects of the sense organs (sight, sound, smell, taste and tangible objects).

#2 – Sensation (Vedana)

The aggregate of sensation or feeling is of three kinds – pleasant, unpleasant and indifferent. When an object is experienced, that experience takes on one of these emotional tones, the tone of pleasure, the tone of displeasure, or the tone of indifference.

#3 – Perception

The function of perception is to turn an indefinite experience into a definite, recognised and identified experience. It is the formulation of a conception of an idea about a particular object of experience.

#4 – Mental Formation

The aggregate of mental formation may be described as a conditioned response to the object of experience. It is not just the impression created by previous actions (the habitual energy stored up from countless former lives), but also the responses here and now motivated and directed in a particular way.

In short, mental formation or volition has a moral dimension; perception has a conceptual dimension; feeling has an emotional dimension.

#5 – Consciousness

Both the eye and the visible object are the physical elements, therefore they are not enough to produce experience by themselves. Only the co-presence of consciousness together with the eye and the visible object produces experience. Similarly, ear, nose, tongue and body are the same. Consciousness is therefore an indispensable element in the product of experience. Consciousness is mere awareness, or sensitivity to an object. When the physical factors of experience, e.g. the eyes and visible objects come in contact, and when consciousness also becomes associated with the physical factors of experience, visual consciousness arises. It is not just the personal experience. The way that our personal experience is produced is through the functioning of the three major mental factors of experience, i.e. the aggregate of perception and mental formation. There are:

  1. eye consciousness
  2. ear consciousness
  3. nose consciousness
  4. tongue consciousness
  5. body consciousness
  6. mind consciousness

Note that there is the sixth sense, the mind. For the mind, the corresponding object is not a physical one, but are ideas – Dharma. The mind consciousness plays an important role in all mental activities.

Firstly, the first five consciousness are not related to each other, mind consciousness is their co-ordinator, establishing an entire meaningful idea or impression for a living being. Mind consciousness is the ability to recognise and discriminate in three ways:

  1. Physical cognition – in the presence of physical objects, mind consciousness can recognise at instant with reference to the past experience.
  2. Comparative cognition – in the absence of physical objects, mind consciousness can also recognise them by comparison and logical deduction in quality and quantity.
  3. Non-cognition – sometimes, in the absence of physical objects, mind consciousness can “create” some false cognition with some irrelevant experience and comparison.

Secondly, mind consciousness can also instruct, without thinking, the first five consciousness to initiate all kinds of wholesome, unwholesome, or neutral activities, and to keep the wheel of our life turning around and around.

In Buddhism, we have also the seventh consciousness (Klista-mano) and the eighth consciousness (Alaya).

What’s my Karma?

Translated from Master Patana's teachings. People often relate karma to something negative or a punishment. Often a negative perception. Karma like all dualities have to two perspectives. Like a glass half filled with water can be perceived as half filled or half empty. Karma simply means cause and effect. Every existence results from karma, including … Continue reading "What’s my Karma?"

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Drop All Ideas of Philosophy and Religions

The many methods and teachings taught in this system may be unconventional and regarded as “unreligious” by many. But here’s what Master Patana said: People have misunderstood the true meaning of being truly religious. A religion should be one that is waking people up from the illusions and giving real effective methods towards lesser or … Continue reading "Drop All Ideas of Philosophy and Religions"

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Unconventional Spiritual Practice; Recognizing Facts

A chapter translated from teachings of Ajarn Patana.

Why spiritual practice? One may ask.

Being spiritual simply means looking inward, and be there watching your inner being, your inner self. It is just the direct opposite of psychological. Spiritual is the inner watching, psychology is the outer watching.

Only humans can be spiritual, it is because of this human body and mind that you can consciously choose to see inwardly. All other animals, insects, or living organisms do not have the capability to do so.

Being spiritual also means the practice and raising awareness towards “doing the human things” or being “truly human.”

Most of us have not achieved the 100% human state yet, we are still in the midst of a transition towards higher wisdom and knowing. And spiritual practice is the only path towards the ultimate completion of becoming truly human.

Yes, there is an “ultimate completion” most of us have not yet achieved.

However, being spiritual does not mean that we have to be depressive, poor, or abstain from all pleasures in life.

In this system, you will discover one of the fastest route towards awakening and finally being able to do so much more than you usually could, and to become a master of your own destiny towards an abundance of love and successes.

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In Buddhism, among the most challenging mentors for individuals to comprehend is anatman or non-self. The teaching mentions that in human beings there is no irreversible entity that can be called a soul or a self. This rejection of “any Soul or Self” is what identifies Buddhism from other significant faiths, such as Christianity and Hinduism, and offers Buddhism its originality. This sense of being a long-term, strong, self-governing self is an impression. The issue is this impression is so implanted into our normal experience. We have a sense of a long-term, private self, however that is all it is, a sense, a sensation.

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Reducing the level to which we suffer relies on reducing sensations of suffering and unsatisfied desire. These are sensations which occur from the mental state of incompleteness, of sensation oneself to be doing not have something or doing not have in something. For something to be felt to be doing not have one should feel that there is a thing and a needer required, that is for the needer and required to be concrete entities having (respectively) the requirement and capability to be pleased and for there to be a thing picked that will give such complete satisfaction. This double mental presumption (obviously, in origin an essential part of our evolutionary inheritance) hence rejects us access to the broader fact that whatever that we experience is naturally empty of long-term compound, that all that truly exists is unfolding states of altering conditions. This truth about the temporal nature of all experience is the excellent fact of ‘heaven and earth’, (in Taoism) and the mentor that whatever is initially and naturally empty (in Buddhism).

One path to understanding this fact may be to permit the experience of the important things wanted to be envisaged objectively as no greater than a contingent mindset that will quickly die. It is, objectively speaking, exactly that. But is this to puzzle mental solutions with something that might be objectively real however not rather feel to be the case? Psychologically, I want something, which desiring, in the minute of desire, appears to have compound. But if objectively, there is no self to desire something and absolutely nothing that can give complete satisfaction, or a minimum of enduring complete satisfaction, this mental state should itself be illusory or a minimum of insufficient. In viewing this we may be able to differentiate the evolution-driven and always time-bound truths of our mental states from the ageless ‘objective realities’ of the human condition. In so doing, might this understanding help an awakening that needs the latter to be viewed as more suitable to the previous?

Or, possibly more directly such an awakening may need the previous to be viewed as an insufficient mental reaction to the truth of experience itself, that is the truth of all our experience, past, future and present. In such a view one would have mental truth on the one hand and ‘objective reality’ on the other, however one would be less most likely to puzzle the 2. In which case I would not require to fret excessive about ‘objective reality’, however rather may be encouraged on simply mental premises to ‘float upstream’, to act versus my natural impulse. Yet for this to work I would need to be so encouraged in each mental minute, undoubtedly in all of those repeating minutes in which suffering and desire occur.

I expect it may be possible in theory for something to be seen, a minimum of intellectually, as empty yet still be delighted in as if it were something having compound. But in this case would the indulger have the ability to see that the self that does the indulging is likewise empty? Rather, is it not the case that the indulger’s contingency is swept away by the experience of accessory to the wanted item? If so, it would appear that the requirement is to see experience or conditions as simply experience or conditions that occur briefly however quickly pass. If this can be done, both the experiencer and the knowledgeable can be seen (as if from a third-person viewpoint) as contingent, passing conditions, conditions that like all conditions have no long-lasting compound. Thus, emptiness may be viewed or experienced from this hypothesised third-person viewpoint. Emptiness here is the exact same principle as the Buddhist triad of facts- impermanence, no-self and unsatisfactoriness; or transience, unreliability and contingency. For awakening to happen both subject and item need to be translucented, their contingent nature understood. In in this manner the duality of the seeming and the objectively genuine fixes into a duality of the seeming and the emptiness that underlies all look.

We may pertain to see that Buddhism includes a mindful and cultivated rejection of a truth, particularly the empirical truth of natural choice and its impact over our individual psychology, and an approval that such an unbiased fact need to not be permitted to condition one’s behaviour. Instead, there is an espousal of the moment-by-moment human experience that occurs in each passing minute. We can not reject that we are conditioned by nature to prevent the suffering that such experience frequently triggers us, however we can possibly start to see that just residing in the minute will eventually result in us to be more content and satisfied. This is attained by accepting today, whatever it brings, and declining to be drawn into the self’s fascination with future and previous.

The paradox here is that living a conditioned life, that is a life conditioned by natural choice, whilst the majority of ‘natural’ and efficient of short-term enjoyments, is basically unacceptable. On the other hand, living a life that does not come naturally to us, that is at least abnormal and at first tough, one in which taking the enjoyments managed is, if not precisely renounced, permits those potential enjoyments to occur and after that instantly fall away prior to they are briefly sated and accessory heightened, is the course that results in longer-lasting joy and fulfilment. But in order to live completely in the minute it appears as if one needs to quit, or a minimum of look less positively upon and minimize the growing of, those passing enjoyments that are sweet. In result, one chooses the wholesome to the sweet. This is either a triumph of fact over life, or a triumph of mental wellness over mental suffering.

Could one possibly have the passing enjoyments in addition to the insight into the truth that they are without compound? Perhaps this is the very best of all possible worlds! Buddhism appears to recommend not. Yet Gandhi, with his viewpoint originated from Vedanta, had an intriguing take on this. Once asked whether one needed to renounce whatever he responded, no, one just needs to renounce the renouncer. This would include rejecting the truth of the self, of accepting the truth that it has little compound, that it is just a building through which we frame experience. Of course, there is a sense in which it is a required fiction- it allows us to browse the world and the other selves that we appear to discover in it. But an essential part of the course to awakening is to accept that there is no self, that selfhood is fundamentally empty, which its accessory to passing enjoyments is unhelpful. Rather, by residing in the minute we can end up being freer of desires and end up being less interested, and have less financial investment in, the future of our enjoyments.

This dichotomy in between natural desire on the one hand, and longer-term well-being and assurance on the other, can often appear to be an unpleasant one. Mahayana Buddhism frequently looks for to fix it by stating just that sugar is sweet and salt is salted. Everything is simply what it is. As far as human experience is worried whatever is simply what it appears to be at the minute it is experienced. That is to state, at that minute however not at the next, since at the next minute it has actually passed and something else has actually taken its location. In this view, what our natural development considers at each minute to be sweet at that minute is sweet. What it considers to be bitter is bitter. But we need to neither form an accessory to the sweet nor a hostility to the bitter.

Objectively considering relates to subjectively appearing. Whilst we are asked to accept and welcome the truth that is passing feeling, we need to not hold on to it, or be a ‘haver’ that sticks. Indeed, (as the quote from Gandhi claims) possibly you can have whatever if there is no haver, if what has experience is itself empty, which obviously it is, or we are, objectively speaking. This line of believed returns us to the termination of the self. But now possibly it includes an extra mental insight regarding why selfhood needs to be gone beyond. Such transcendence is not what natural choice created us for, however we can a minimum of start to see how it remains in our interests, that is the interests of our suffering bodies, to check the claims that the self has on our attention and behaviour.

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