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How can I change my perception to overcome reification?

Brilliant video, agreed. (The first 9 minutes are really great, then he gets distracted and starts rambling.) He answers your question right there in the video. He says, reifications are overcome by ...
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Death and nibbana

Nibbana is cessation of delusion, cessation of ambition and greed, cessation of lacking, cessation of needing more, cessation of "everything is wrong", cessation of worrying about one's ...
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What buddhism says about physical reality?

As Thrangu Rinpoche once said, some people spend a lot of time arguing whether a chair really exists or if it only exists in our minds, but here we are much more concerned with our attitude to the ...
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As a disciple of the Supreme Buddha, what would you do with an animal that is in severe pain?

My mother and I saw a cat today by the side of the road, which had probably been hit by a car. Its back legs were outstretched, it didn't walk, I guessed its lower back was broken. It miaowed to us. ...
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How can I change my perception to overcome reification?

First off, it’s a brilliant video. Normally, spiritual teachings don’t explain what meditation practices are doing, focusing instead on how to do them. That is, we engage in a practice, following ...
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Sutta Reference, perception, judgment

(1) a sutta in which the Buddha says, I believe, that one is able to perceive the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, along with other pairs that one can perceive in the way opposite to what ...
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The Intention to Strive

In my experience, it's a kind of phase. First, you don't really strive, but you're intrigued by Dharma enough to keep learning hodgepodge and practicing once in a while. Then your perception of ...
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Death and nibbana

It was taught to Anurādha, That the Buddha himself Wasn’t to be regarded, As a real and genuine fact. Not being a real and genuine fact, How can it be that the death Of the Buddha should be Regarded ...
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Does the mental process of assigning subjective qualities to any phenomenon have a name in the suttas?

I think this is what you call Sankara. This is a very complex word with different meaning but you can learn about this in Abhidhamma. ========== Saṅkhārā is a collective term for the other fifty ...
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Reflexive awareness?

A relatively easy source on that is Unique Tenets of The Middle Way Consequence School, by Daniel Cozort. Better ones are Khedrup Je's Dose of Emptiness, and Shantideva's Bodhisattva Deeds. ...
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Perception of light - a twist in the Bhaya Bherava sutta?

There is a famous quote in the ancient Hindu tradition, "what's day for the worldly is night for the sage" - meaning, the worldly and the spiritual people have the diametrically opposite sets of ...
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Arising of Contact, Feeling, Perception, Thinking

1) What is the name of this chain? Is it distinct from the links of dependent origination? It is called 60 piyarūpaṃ-sātarūpaṃ in saccapabba of mahāsatipaṭṭhānasutta. It is a present part of ...
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Sutta Reference, perception, judgment

We find the below and similar pairs in the Tikandika Sutta (A 5.144) “It is good, bhikshus, that one were to dwell from time to time perceiving the repulsive in the unrepulsive" In the Maha kamma ...
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What buddhism says about physical reality?

As you put it, this is one of the so-called 'unanswered questions', that is, you are really asking 'Does the world exist?' Such questions deal with opinions, points of view, diṭṭhi's; and there is no ...
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Definition of perception

It's hard to talk about words, because some people assume a word has one precise meaning but then you realize that in the actual usage one word may often refer to several different things. "...
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How can I change my perception to overcome reification?

For sutta references, reification can be understood as "name and form". SN22.28:1.2: “Mendicants, if there were no gratification in form, sentient beings wouldn’t love it. SN22.28:1.3: But ...
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How can I change my perception to overcome reification?

The Buddha calls the process of reification "papañca" and points it out as the source of all conflicts in the world both internal and external which is a really profound yet difficult point ...
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Is it possible to have perception without reification?

If by reification you mean "looking with your brain and only seeing what you already know" then yes, of course it is possible to be free from it. That's exactly what Buddha taught, leaving ...
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Definition of perception

If I can just talk about the English-language words ... "Perceive" comes from a Latin root which means: "per" -- wholly, thoroughly, entirely "capere" -- to take, to grasp So "perceive" means "take ...
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Difference between "perception" and "view"?

Perhaps if you search this site for "What is perception?" and "What is a view?" you will answer your question in two steps. To summarize very briefly, in my understanding, Perception is what ...
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Difference between "perception" and "view"?

Perception is making memory. Everytime we are making memory. One is touching (construction), feeling (feeling), and making memory (perception), while seeing (consciousness) a color at same moment. ...
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In the Dependent Origination formula, shouldn't perception precede craving instead of feeling?

In paticcasamuppada, shouldn't sañña precede tanha, instead of vedana? It should and it does: vedana => sañña => vitakka => papanca. From Madhupindika Sutta (MN 18): With contact as a requisite ...
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In the Dependent Origination formula, shouldn't perception precede craving instead of feeling?

Vedana and Sanna are conjoined not disjoint. When it says Vedan it implies there is Sanna as well. ============= "Feeling, perception, & consciousness, friend: Are these qualities conjoined or ...
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