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  1. ...I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the only real end game in any of this is two fold; 1. Understand everything 2. Choose a way to be of service to everything. The real cool thing is that no matter who you are, what you are, what you are doing - you are already doing this. The great tao has endowed all that arises from itself to be in harmony with itself. It is impossible to refute the absolute truth. All spirituality and religion are like ways to reveal more of the truth to oneself...including every practice to become something different or greater than what one currently is. But even then, as the brightest and most luminous star of enlightened intelligence... you'd still have to do something for something or someone. Albeit possibly just yourself.
  2. No. Rigpa does not mean knowledge. You're wrong. Knowledge is just learned memory - bits of data. Rigpa is the true natural way of being aware or intelligent ( rough translation.) No. The universe does not appear because of ignorance - it is self arising and spontaneously manifested continuously because of its nature to do so ( the path ). Liberation in this sense is a bad word to use. You aren't liberated from anything - you're just in a state of mental bliss. Non-existence and liberation are just philosophical paradoxes.
  3. I too am learning the comparisons between buddhism and other schools of thought. From what I can glean from all the translated information is below. The first thing to bring up is that there has to be a real objective understanding of the historical context of buddhism within the larger world at the point in time it was sprouting. In the time when the being we call the "buddha" was alive, the word - "god" meant a physical being or sentient entity; like the gods of Hinduism and all other religions. The word we now subscribe to "god" as the "source of all existence" is different than it was then way back in the day... hence why buddhism does not talk about the validity of a creator god that is eternal everywhere doing everything. As if, if someone were to ask the buddha what is God, he would have replied - Who? Buddhists have different names for the same things across other religions for core concepts; Christian/Jewish concept of God ( The uncreated causer or initiator ) - Hinduism concept of the Supreme Unmanifest - Buddhist concept of Base of Mind ( Zhang Zhung Dzogchen calls the "Primordial Base Energy" ) - Taoists call it the Wu Chi. ------ They all talk about it. How it relates to a person is understood in different ways by the different schools of thought per their specific time, place in history, and overall what they could find out about it or discern. What you are referring to below, is what is called Dogma - or belief structure, which like above is peculiar to people, political events, etc... so don't take it as the actual real absolute truth about things --- it can't be, because it's just a way of organizing what people see, not what actually is there..... the buddhists take the absolute objective approach to everything and define things by how they function, so how things act and relate with one another is how they describe things. It is very much an outlook based in reason and deductive logic. What is actually true everywhere is beyond words - trees are not trees; thats just the name that we give them. So God is just a name we give the thing, etc. Dogma: Christians = God, Jesus (His son), and the Holy Spirit (the holy trinity.) Yogic/Advaita = I am God, you are God, we are all together seperately yet collective God and connected to each other. Buddhist = ??? First of all - allow me to comment on your dogma stated. Point #1 - Jesus of Nazareth never ever called himself the Son of God. He called himself the Son of "Man". In that time period - saying you were a son also meant that you were a servant. You served something or someone... like the son of the blacksmith serves the blacksmith... etc. It was not until after Jesus died that people started to create Christianity and form dogma around what Jesus said, after all Jesus was raised by jewish rabbis and other jewish people. So, when understood correctly in the right historical context - Jesus just said that he was a servant of man, mankind - which if you believe it all - his actions mostly attest to the truth of that phrase. The Bible that you and I have now - is not the same as the original versions of the Bible that were created over hundreds of years by different authors. Christianity was appropriated by many different political groups for their own purposes - the most notable of which was the Roman Empire. Jesus called God - the Father. As in the generator, because this makes it easy to understand for people. He said "I am in the father, and the father is in me". Said another way = I am in the light of all existence, and the light of all existence is in me. Point #2 - Yogic/Advaita - your understanding is wrong. There is no mention of the word "god" in the vedas. They refer to the "absolute". As in - the unchanging. For yogic and hindu schools of thought believed that the word we now use called "real" in their time had to be a description of something that did not change.... because to them if it changed it could not be "real"... as the thing observed over time - became something else and hence was not "real" or worthy of worship or contemplation. Point #3 - The Buddhists??? --- well well well, the real buddhists define things using reason and logic. To buddhists - everything in existence everywhere arises out of somewhere... out of the primordial base of mind ( source of all existence ). They separate out things like the mind, the physical body, and energy to understand them - but they realize that all these things are connected and influence one another. The buddhist believe in "potentiality". as in - this very moment that you are reading this will flow into the future as some shape or form of an experience--- i.e. existence itself continuing. And they deductively reason from that fact - that the past also behaves in the same way - so, therefore existence itself is an "un-ending present moment"...... the words we use to describe time as past, present, and future - are understood a little differently - there is the past, there is the ongoing potential of now ( the present ) and the eventual outcome that is the future ( potential reflected or realized or manifested ).... Which in the end - when understood correctly to the literal meaning of the word "dukkah". makes total and complete sense with what Buddhism is all about. The word "dukkah" at that time in history meant - "not sitting correctly on a hinge"..... so translated into the first noble truth - actually means - "Life does not sit correctly on it's hinge." In other words - Life is un-predictable. Which is imbibed with the concept that life is always full of potential and cause and effect ( karma and dependent origination ) determine potentials ( life events and experiences ). So what it all comes down to in the end - for buddhists mostly is to avoid unpleasant and unwanted life events and experiences..... they want to be happy or have no experiences at all ( abiding in the restful open awareness of the natural state of mind) In order to do this they follow a way of life and philosophy so organized to nullify effects of bad/good karma - because both are only bad or good from a subjective point of view and hence neither label is true, and to eventually render karma completely under their control, so they live happily with themselves and with each other. So buddhists believe in action-consequence realities ( karma ) and believe in being good people because it is good to do based on the facts that they observe of how it affects their lives and those around them. Is there anything else that anyone really needs? The existence of God? Endless pontificating ideas and philosophy? ...... not really. Buddhism was created and spread for everyone to understand and to use - because it's basic tenants are always true. The most highest adept to the most lowly layman can understand and use the basic tenants of buddhism to live happily in the world and share in the happiness of those around them. While there may be ultimately more to learn and to understand about everything in the entire phenomenal universe... buddhism does not really assert that knowing such things will really help you live with the facts of the realities of this life - so those things are not it's main objective. To begin to inquire into the eastern schools of thought; you should ask yourself the following- 1. What is the difference between truth and belief? 2. What is the difference between self-identity and actual presence? 3. How do I understand the nature of light, frequency, sound, color, and vibration? 4. Is it at all possible for a literal separation between the past, the present, and the future? 5. Without an absolute standard, how can ethics or morality be established? 6. How could there be a purpose to life? On Heaven and Hell - and asking yourself these types of questions out of what sounds like being afraid to let go of such concepts for others. Know that, there are heavens and hells talked about in judaism, islam, buddhism, and Hinduism. These places attract souls, energy bodies, people, (whatever term you want to say). to them by nature of the persons karma, vibration, or essence. Again with that driving force behind such a trip being karma itself. As in - if you are a terrible person your whole life you are drawn to hell by the fact that your karma delivers you there, if you are an outstanding, loving, and benevolent/well natured brilliant person your whole life you are drawn to Heaven. So - I'd venture to say that it doesn't matter if you believe in them or not, just like the fact of tomorrow. They exist, but only in the sense that they are both the extremes of the spectrum of vibration. Hence - low vibration ( fear, sadness ) is hell - High vibration ( love, inspiration, true joy, bliss ) is Heaven. AND - people do go there while still alive. That's what spiritual adepts do. Thats why we have awareness of them even being an idea.
  4. Deep Universe Inside?

    .... I totally get what you're saying. I'd like to add that I have in the past actually "seen" this said universe from my own personal journeys within. It is filled with stars. So... in a certain sense, be assured that said universe is totally real and exists. Feeling like it is there leads you to investigate... as it did me. The larger truth that this universe is a part of becomes a great subject to study for oneself as you live. You'll find that many people like to assert so called "universal" truths after they notice some type of cause/effect relationship between their inner universe and the outer universe. However, the more you study and see.....the more it feels like and makes sense that it is all just one universe that is intermingled between everyone and everything. ...The space within is the same as the space around you in the sense that it operates under the same laws. That's why people say "as it is above, so it is below". Everything that exists and operates on a large macrocosmic scale, also exists and operates exactly the same on a minute scale everywhere. Keep in mind that the things being referred to that are the same are things like metaphysical energy dynamics and truths that can be seen throughout time - like everything begins, sustains itself, and dies or changes or evolves... and things like everything vibrates because it is all energy, etc. So - that is why it is important to nurture the inner universe with compassion and understanding IF you want your life to be nurtured by the larger universe ( your fate ) in the same way.
  5. What are the types of methods?

    ...There is really only one method that encompasses all methods - understanding and knowing the true nature of things, how they come into being and why and what they can do/cannot do.
  6. Astrology?

    Astrology may have a truth, but it is hard to decipher. Let's take a look at what it actually is. 1. Fact 1 - astrology is based on "fixed" star systems beyond the Milky Way galaxy. 2. Fact 2 - these star systems are then "imagined to be" shapes of certain mythical beings and animals...each of which contain certain qualities unique to their own imagined form... which was collectively created and changed through time by cultures. 3. Point 1 - I can imagine a figure or shape on anything outside of myself by way of my imagination.... but that doesn't make my shape really there or carry any type of quality of significance at all... 4. Fact 3 - the whole system of astrology is based on the relative position of the earth, the sun, and the zodiac. The zodiac signs are just used as basically place holders for degree spans within a 360 degree circle or sphere that surrounds our galaxy... and there are stars within them that are not visible to the naked eye, which means the popular "constellations" of the zodiac while existent do not provide all the influence in the span of their little place amongst the total 360 degrees. ( 30 degrees each ) 360 /12. 5. Conclusion - if one believes in cosmic forces beyond our galaxy having an effect on one's personality, than what else do these cosmic forces have effects on? I mean they are giant cosmic forces... people's little personalities on our planet cannot be the only thing that cause or effect...so what else is there? Can anything else be seen? Even if these spans of 30 degrees have an effect on people, what is the effect? I mean we clearly already showed that drawing imaginary mythical beings is totally hogwash... as I can draw something totally different than what is already accepted as true and say it is true... I can draw a mythical whatever and say it has this whatever energy.... so that aspect of astrology is scarily misguided and foolish. 6. There could be some significance to it - I mean many occult schools of thought place some level of significance to the zodiac, mostly because it is unchanged... and occult people like to notice things and draw conclusions, and everyone likes to believe everything is connected... lol. The real questions are more like, to what extent are they connected? I am, you are, the tree is, the planets are, etc. etc. what an ant does doesn't affect what happens in the suns core, what I do doesn't affect what happens to you across the world and vice versa not in a practical sense, what the moon does doesn't affect what stars outside the galaxy do, does it? I mean how would you ever know?
  7. While the reality of all things united can be seen as a picture of unity; defined as the unending present moment from a certain point of view, there is also an aspect of how long things exist in certain forms. Saying there is no such thing as time is also denying the simple fact that if that were true in a physical sense there would be no means for things to change. But things do change. Because they do there is an aspect of nature that works to make that happen, which we call time.
  8. ....dude this is stupid abstract mumbo jumbo... time isn't an illusion in the literal sense, it exists... time gives shape to everything. I challenge you to expand on the illusory aspect you claim, while using the knowledge you have, not what you read.
  9. I think it would be helpful to illustrate another aspect of this discussion. That aspect is the idea of timelessness expressed through certain "qualities". Hence the quality of being courageous or happy or focused exists in it's own right as a quality, and also is expressed within time.
  10. Thoughts being "material" in what sense? In the sense that they have an effect on things (a measure of quantity) by virtue of their quality? Everything is bound to time......? Interesting stance to ponder. Again, in what sense? In the sense that everything can be said to occur relative to a measurable period of time? But what about things that do exist, or that can exist, that are not defined by or governed by an element of time?
  11. In several occult/religious schools of thought there is this idea of evolving or elevating ones consciousness to the level of being able to merge with the ocean of consciousness itself. The idea I can understand; but why to do it I don’t understand. Why would someone do this?
  12. Does everything not abide by a number of commonalities? Absolute truth is what you're trying to identify in parts, calling different forms and concepts different things. What everything actually is physically- we could call the "material truth" The original intent or meaning inherent in all the "material things" - we could call the spiritual or essential or the "why" of things The facts about how things relate or interact dynamically - we could call cause and effect or reciprocity The story of all things, they are created, sustained, and perish - we could call the saga The different aspects of existence, the temporal or sequential ( time-space plane ), the energetic ( bound to space, but not time ),and the eternal ( timeless and spaceless, unbound, and infinite ) - we could call the "spectrum of existence"
  13. Thoughts on Magick

    Practical uses of what we call "Magick" were why it was spread and taught and used. Uses for things like healing the sick, attracting rain to grow crops, bringing about seemingly miraculous births, etc. ( events that could only be made real by the use of Magick, and that people needed to have happen because their circumstances behooved them to be used ) Magick in essence is about harmony between the inner world and the outer world, not about controlling others and selfish desires. Magical tools, practices, etc are just like other tools and practices... they can only do so much, we can only do so much. The entirety of existence is not meant for anyone to control, it's meant to be experienced. I believe there is a very good reason that high level adepts skilled in Magick come from honorable places, their karma helps them proceed deeper into the mysteries rather than stifling them, because they are not inclined towards the propensity to do anything but help other people and situations with what they know and can do. The universe aids them, because they aid it.
  14. The only one truth that there is, that organizes all other phenomenon is the law of cause and effect ( karma ). Or as the buddhists like to call it "dependent ordination". What you think about has power and potential to cause effects, etc. If you're looking for some overarching theme which will serve as the standard to judge or cross reference your thinking, that is an intellectual concept....I think you're looking for absolute truth. "Only one who masters all the laws of the microcosm and macrocosm can speak on the validity and significance of what is absolutely true" Everyone has a different level of cognizance on what they know about the totality of what is absolutely true. Few people, spirits, beings, etc. ever know all of it. Scientists know a great deal about the laws of the physical world, that is part of the absolute truth. Thinkers and meditators know a great deal about the mind and how it works, that is part of the absolute truth. Etc. Etc. All the laws and dynamics that work to create, sustain, and destroy what we know as existence are all parts of this absolute truth.
  15. Wander the world

    Thanks everyone. While, I'm not really a practicing "meditator" to these levels... I still am a wanderer desiring to roam into the unknown. The world is a very large place, living in modern society seems stifling at times. Freedom is really what I'm after, the power to choose the course of my fate outside of the bounds of trading time and skills for money. The small tastes of blissful experiences have gleaned across my being time and time again... I wonder how to find a place to reside in them for a long long long time, maybe forever. Do the legends of meditators seeped in meditation for years even hold merit, are they actually true? What about the taoist immortals... does anyone know where to find them?