In MN 71, the Buddha clarifies the meaning of his omniscience to the wandering ascetic Vacchagotta:
Vaccha: ‘Venerable sir, I have heard this said: The recluse Gotama is all knowing and all seeing and acknowledges remainderless knowledge and vision in this manner, ‘while walking, standing, lying or awake, constantly and continually knowledge and vision is ...
To straighten view before meditation: Samma,ditthi Sutta
Satipatthana Sutta and Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta
Saṅkhitta Dhamma Sutta
Elements / properties
Dhātu Vibhaṅga Sutta
Maha Hatthi,padapama Sutta
Bahu Dhātuka Sutta
Reflective / perception based
Here is a list of a few things you can do to live a longer and healthier life.
Meditate: Stress will make you age quicker and die younger.
Eat vegetarian meals: Most meats will cause inflammation which lowers your life-span.
Intermittent fasting or only eating for the first half of the day. This will help you keep thin, slow down your metabolism (the idea ...
You can study other fields like science, psychology, philosophy, physiology, culture, other religions etc. That's no conflict with Buddhism.
However, using other fields to validate Buddhism is not the right approach. The reason for this is that other fields have different objectives compared to Buddhism. To compare them would be the same as comparing ...
Omniscience is understood differently depending on one's school, capacity, and progress.
a primitive ("hinayana") understanding, is that omniscience literally means simultaneously knowing all facts about everything.
an orthodox Theravada explanation (as far as I understand it), is that omniscience is Buddha's unlimited/unobscured capacity to completely and ...
From how I was taught, in Zen the best way to use daily walks for spiritual growth is to not use them for spiritual growth ;) In the true spirit of Parjnaparamita, forget about "spiritual growth" which is a very deluded motivation, and just walk.
From Karma-Kagyu perspective, I guess we can get into more details...
When you walk, it is very important to ...
Thanissaro Bhikkhu said the other Brahma viharas are applications of Metta, and that is why Metta is the core focus in the practice.
Of these four emotions, goodwill (metta) is the most fundamental. It's
the wish for true happiness, a wish you can direct to yourself or to
others. Goodwill was the underlying motivation that led the Buddha to
The fourth noble truth states that the path to ending suffering is the noble eightfold path.
1 and 2 are the foundations of wisdom. 3, 4 and 5 are the foundations for virtue, 6, 7 and 8 are the foundations of meditation.
This is a very ...
Here's a very suitable sutta for this question. Self-explanatory.
From Dhammaviharin Sutta (AN 5.73):
Then a certain monk went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having
bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to
the Blessed One, "'One who dwells in the Dhamma, one who dwells in the
Dhamma': thus it is said, lord. To ...
I can't say "..." it would ruin the dialogue and also I'm supposed to support the users perspective.
Some personal counsellors ask questions, along the lines of, "And how do you feel about that?"
Maybe that's similar to Vipasanna's asking people to note their feelings.
Maybe that turns people's attention inward (not "my partner is wrong" but "I'm feeling ...
This is a question related to Lo-Rig, the study on valid cognition, 'epistemology'. An authoritative and simple text on the topic is Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, by Lati Rinpoche.
To answer in a practice-oriented fashion: when one is subject to anger (a conceptual consciousness that is also a wrong consciousness in that it engages its object erroneously), one ...
Omniscience or Sabbannuta Nana is one of six knowledges exclusive to a Sammasambuddha:
A Supreme Buddha possesses 6 kinds of knowledge not shared by
others. These Incomparable Qualities are:
Asaya-anusaya Nana: Knowledge of the inclinations and
latent/inherent tendencies of all beings.
Indriya-paropariyatti Nana: Knowledge of the mental ...
My favorite sutta on meditation is Cula-suññata Sutta (The Lesser Discourse on Emptiness). Thanissaro Bhikkhu provides a good commentary on this in his article The Integrity of Emptiness, the section called "Emptiness as an Approach to Meditation".
The two other suttas everyone else mentions - Anapanasati and Satipatthana suttas - are very good too.
Vajrasattva did not live in the sense you mean, because he is not a person, but he is an existent. I will explain further:
The form body (Rupakaya), is divided in two:
The emanation body (Nirmanakaya), and
The enjoyment body (Sambhogakāya)
From a Tibetan viewpoint, Shakyamuni was an emanation body of the Buddha. He merely showed the aspect of being born, ...
You should consider the following
Change your approach
In Mahayana Buddhism the emphasis is on skillful means, sitting meditation is not the only practice available, there are plenty of other Dharma practices you can do, build up your base of merits first. You could focus on chanting a particular passage or mantras, this allow your mind something to focus ...
I don't think Buddhism is inherently anti intellectual. Theravada's Abhidharma, Late Indian / Early Tibetan Mahayana preserved and developed by Gelugpa - are highly intellectual, to name a few.
It's an old adage in Buddhism that Dharma is medicine for the mind, and particular form the teaching takes depends on student's disposition.
There are certainly ...
Yes there is a clear reason why Lord Buddha himself didn't to that and forbid others to do it too.
As you know Prince "Siddhartha" (the prince who became our Lord Buddha) gave up all hopes of life and started his journey towards understanding. Let me tell you about how extreme that will was, Before giving up all food Lord Buddha ate only one "Mung" seed per ...
I don't hink there is a canonical answer in the Pali-canon about the "why".
But in the books of Thich Nhat Hanh which I accept as quite authoritative there is an explanation in the following spirit (don't have the exact text at hand):
at one hand the monks shall not be concerned with the common daily life and samsara and what else and thus should ...
Gelanna Sutta is the sutta through which Buddha provides instructions on how to meditate. Other forms of meditations are Anapanasati sutta,Satipatthana sutta, Bhikkhunuppasaya Sutta.
In Buddhism, the Tripitaka (in Pali) is earliest collection of Buddhist teachings and the only text recognized as canonical by Theravada Buddhists. Tripitaka means 'three ...
Generally [not particualrly] Theravadin speak of an all-knowingness that has little to do with the omniscient mind as presented by Mahayana teahcings.
A short 'definition' of omniscience, given by Geshe Gyaltsen:
The 'ultimate consciousness' that is the direct realization of
emptiness and the 32 qualities - the ten powers, four fearlessness and
Bringing up anything specifically Buddhism-related would probably be inappropriate, but I suppose you could try and teach them along the lines of the Noble Eightfold Path (just don't call it so):
First, they need to establish the right ground: that the problem is fixable, not unfixable. That they can make it worse, or they can make it better. If they ...
This job gives a lot of opportunity to put wisdom and compassion into practice. In average, I am in contract with about 5000 people every year. All of them in need of help and support one way or the other.
You are very lucky. Being rightly motivated this can be a great opportunity to help others as well as make merit for your self.
In my personal life, ...
I don't find earmuffs or ear plugs effective enough for blocking sounds so I use earphones and white noise. I'm not pushing these particularly but this is what I use for blocking noise while mediating. I've bought these Sennheiser ear canal head phones and I play white noise through them via this android app. That pretty much blocks all sound out and I don't ...
The scriptures generally mention the practise of all four brahma vihara together.
As for your 2nd question, I suppose the brahma vihara are dependent upon metta. If there is no friendliness & goodwill towards others, the other brahma vihara cannot be cultivated.
The noble eightfold path is the way to reach Nirvana. However, often the noble eightfold path is misapprehended, where: (i) the wisdom component is misinterpreted in a manner that disconnects it from the rest of the path rather than has it lead the path; (ii) 'self-views' (about karma & reincarnation) are created from the morality component; & (iii) ...
Some people with a mental health history have actually benefited from meditation.
Such benefit is known to occur on a case-by-case basis, similar to how not every person that lives as a monk benefits from monkhood.
Many meditation centres have experience with mental health and generally require approval from a persons's psychologist or psychiatrist ...