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by pascal
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?
Replies: 26
Views: 3198

School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

Hi,

do you think becoming a school teacher would be a good career choice for a lay Buddhist practitioner? I'm currently considering this (even though the option to ordain as a monk is also on my table), and I'd like to know if there are any serious downsides to it, from your perspective.

pascal
by pascal
Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

So what exactly is Buddha?.....define Buddha. Er ... an awakened being? A being that has realized its Buddha-nature? And the word "he's" (in red).....why is the word "he's" being used?.....Is Buddha a person? From what I understand, I'd say conventionally yes, but non-conventionally (seen from the ...
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

Greetings Pascal, yes, I know that Nibbana isn't a place (this is why I put the word leave in quotation marks, since it cannot be 'left' like, say, a house), but rather a state of consciousness (free from greed, hatred and delusion, as you say). So my question would be if it is possible -- in theor...
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

dude wrote:If Nirvana is permanent, how can a Buddha appear in this world?
Good question. Perhaps he's still 'in Nibbana' (that is, free from greed, hatred and delusion), but yet in this world? Dunno ...

Otherwise, if Nibbana were not permanent, wouldn't this make his teachings obsolete?
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

When you practise well your unskillful volitions and actions V(x) gradually decrease until finally they drop below enlightenment level E and your mind achieves nirvana: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Potential_energy_well.svg/535px-Potential_energy_well.svg.png http://uplo...
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Buddhist monks/nuns allowed to use the internet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1422

Re: Are Buddhist monks/nuns allowed to use the internet?

Interesting, thanks for your response.
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

Cittasanto wrote:No, although there are some vague references to a form of temporary liberation using similare terms, Nibbana isn't generally described like that and isn't reversable once it has happened.
Thanks for your response. :)
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

Hi pascal, Nibanna isn't a place. Its the complete cessation of greed, hatred and delusion. Kind regards, Aloka Hi Aloka, yes, I know that Nibbana isn't a place (this is why I put the word leave in quotation marks, since it cannot be 'left' like, say, a house), but rather a state of consciousness (...
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Re: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

dude wrote:What if I told you it is?
Well, if it is possible to leave Nirvana, then it is possible for a being that once entered Nirvana to fall back into Samsara and to suffer again. If this possibility exists, then wouldn't it make Nirvana impermanent, at least in theory?
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 3018

Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana?

Is it possible to 'leave' Nirvana, once one has achieved it, and to enter samsara again (at least in theory)? Or is it completely impossible? (I do not really expect a definite answer to this question, since no one -- except for a few enlightened beings, perhaps ;) -- knows what Nirvana is like, but...
by pascal
Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Buddhist monks/nuns allowed to use the internet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1422

Are Buddhist monks/nuns allowed to use the internet?

Hi, does anyone of you know to which extent Buddhist monks and nuns are allowed to use the internet? I've seen some blogs by monks, so I think they have at least restricted access to it? Or does it depend on the monastery? I'm using the internet mainly to communicate with friends and to discuss scie...