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How do I forgive myself for past mistakes and wrongdoings? [R]

1 month, 2 weeks agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
Aug. 2, 2019

I struggle with a lot of depression and anxiety. And a lot of past mistakes are coming up that are making me feel completely like shit and on the verge of panic attacks everyday. How do I forgive myself and move on? It seems impossible to let go of my past.

1 month, 2 weeks agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
Aug. 3, 2019

"The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. The method used to purify the mind-stream is the "four remedial powers." The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed. Karma, like a seed, can be scorched in the fire of purification so that it will not sprout. The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout.

The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences... Remorse is hazardous when conflated with guilt. Remorse is wholesome because it focuses on an event. Guilt is an afflictive state of mind focused on the self as in, "I am an unworthy person." Guilt, a reification of the self around negative tendencies, is simply another mental affliction. Properly directed remorse, on the other hand, can be very helpful for disengaging from unwholesome tendencies.

... The second remedial power is reliance. When we have harmed other sentient beings, the remedial power of reliance is cultivating compassion for others;

... The third of the four remedial powers is resolve, turning away from misconduct. The power of resolve is stopping unwholesome behavior by the strength of determination and decision.

The final remedial power is purification. This is also called "applying the antidote," and entails doing something that counteracts or neutralizes the negative deeds. For example, if the deed involved killing, applying the antidote would be protecting life." - B. Alan Wallace

What will happen to me according to Buddhism? [R]

1 month, 3 weeks agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
July 27, 2019

If you see my user name, you will see that I did something bad. My father told me that I stole his money. I never stole it, I tried to explain that I never stole it, but he continued to humiliate me. I spat on him and kicked him, because I was very angry and sad in same time. He was beating and abusing me, my sister and me when I was kid.

But I also did good things many times. I give some money to poor people and help people and animals in other ways. I helped other people hundreds, or thousands times.

After i kicked him and spat on him guilt was killing me longer than one year. I was depressed and I hate my self. I tried to commit suicide one.

I know that karma is important in Buddhism. What karma do i have and what will happen to me in this life because of my karma and also in next lives?

Maybe this question is stupid because I am not Buddhist, but I want to learn something about Buddhism.

1 month, 3 weeks agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
July 27, 2019

It's very good that you had little if any planning/intention, and no satisfaction after committing the negative karma:

"A karmic act has three stages that determine whether it is complete or incomplete. The three stages are: intention, action, satisfaction.

... Intention is the will, the wanting to do something--whether it is positive, negative, or neutral, and whether it is apparently operating or not. Without an intention, the mind does not move toward an action. After intention comes the action itself, which can be physical, verbal, or mental.

After we complete the action, we experience a sense of relief or satisfaction. Sometimes this is translated as rejoicing, but I prefer satisfaction. If within one volitional action all three aspects are present--the intention to do something, the actual action, and the sense of satisfaction at its completion--then from a Buddhist perspective it is a complete action.

... If we steal on the spur of the moment, with no premeditated intention, the result will not be as heavy as it would be had we formed the intention in advance.

... Similarly, if we sincerely regret a negative action rather than feeling satisfaction, the result will be less pronounced." - Geshe Tashi Tsering


Consider making amends.

"The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. The method used to purify the mind-stream is the "four remedial powers." The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed. Karma, like a seed, can be scorched in the fire of purification so that it will not sprout. The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout.

The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences... Remorse is hazardous when conflated with guilt. Remorse is wholesome because it focuses on an event. Guilt is an afflictive state of mind focused on the self as in, "I am an unworthy person." Guilt, a reification of the self around negative tendencies, is simply another mental affliction. Properly directed remorse, on the other hand, can be very helpful for disengaging from unwholesome tendencies.

... The second remedial power is reliance. When we have harmed other sentient beings, the remedial power of reliance is cultivating compassion for others;

... The third of the four remedial powers is resolve, turning away from misconduct. The power of resolve is stopping unwholesome behavior by the strength of determination and decision.

The final remedial power is purification. This is also called "applying the antidote," and entails doing something that counteracts or neutralizes the negative deeds. For example, if the deed involved killing, applying the antidote would be protecting life." - B. Alan Wallace


Consider talking/writing to him. Start on a good note by thanking him for looking out for you when you couldn't fend for yourself: bottle feeding you, changing your nasty diapers, etc. Explain your anger and lack of appreciation for his other actions, which he's also likely to feel shitty about. Mention your great regret and if possible apologize and perhaps make a promise to yourself or to him that you'd look out for him and take care of him when he's in need.

Rebirth novice question, Human/Animal realm.. [R]

2 months agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
July 17, 2019

Hi everyone, I hope you are well and peaceful. My question may seem a bit silly, but here goes. As far as my understanding animals can't accumulate good karma to be reborn into the human realm. But animals like guide dogs and service animals ie donkey's etc are doing skillful actions that would generate good karma for humans? Can anyone help explain. Thank you in advance. Metta

2 months agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
July 17, 2019

"The greater your intelligence, the greater your understanding and wisdom, the greater impact your actions have. Animals accumulate a small amount of karma for aggression, but a human being with the same behavior accumulates much heavier karma.... From the Buddhist perspective, compassion is rare in the animal realm but it is there. In the hungry ghost realm, compassion is even rarer, and rarer still in the hell realms. However, again there is a loophole. Because of the relative difficulty of compassion in non-human realms, the karmic significance of even a little bit of compassion is great. It is said that in a hell realm, a being who has compassion for another is immediately liberated." - B. Alan Wallace https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Attitude-Tibetan-Seven-Point-Training/dp/1559392002

What are some scriptures that deal with guilt and how to make better decisions? [R]

3 months, 1 week agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
June 9, 2019

I made an unethical decision in my life which can't be reversed. Now, every waking moment of my life is ridden with guilt. I expect the consequences of that decision to come to me soon, and the thought itself makes me paralyzed.

I'm an amateur practitioner of Buddhist teachings and meditation.

3 months, 1 week agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
June 9, 2019

"The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. The method used to purify the mind-stream is the "four remedial powers." The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed. Karma, like a seed, can be scorched in the fire of purification so that it will not sprout. The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout.

The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences... Remorse is hazardous when conflated with guilt. Remorse is wholesome because it focuses on an event. Guilt is an afflictive state of mind focused on the self as in, "I am an unworthy person." Guilt, a reification of the self around negative tendencies, is simply another mental affliction. Properly directed remorse, on the other hand, can be very helpful for disengaging from unwholesome tendencies.

... The second remedial power is reliance. When we have harmed other sentient beings, the remedial power of reliance is cultivating compassion for others;

... The third of the four remedial powers is resolve, turning away from misconduct. The power of resolve is stopping unwholesome behavior by the strength of determination and decision.

The final remedial power is purification. This is also called "applying the antidote," and entails doing something that counteracts or neutralizes the negative deeds. For example, if the deed involved killing, applying the antidote would be protecting life." - B. Alan Wallace https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Attitude-Tibetan-Seven-Point-Training/dp/1559392002

I am an ex-hunter and feel like I must make up for it. [R]

3 months, 2 weeks agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
June 4, 2019

I live in a pretty pro hunting culture (Montana) and have killed many animals. When I became a Buddhist I realized that killing animals is something I can no longer do (before going Buddhist I started having troubles with it), so I decided I need to try to make up for it by helping all living things. If I see an injured animal recently I have taken them in and cared for them. The most recent animal being a small bird that broke its wing. :)

3 months, 1 week agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
June 5, 2019

"The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. The method used to purify the mind-stream is the "four remedial powers." The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed. Karma, like a seed, can be scorched in the fire of purification so that it will not sprout. The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout.

The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences... Remorse is hazardous when conflated with guilt. Remorse is wholesome because it focuses on an event. Guilt is an afflictive state of mind focused on the self as in, "I am an unworthy person." Guilt, a reification of the self around negative tendencies, is simply another mental affliction. Properly directed remorse, on the other hand, can be very helpful for disengaging from unwholesome tendencies.

... The second remedial power is reliance. When we have harmed other sentient beings, the remedial power of reliance is cultivating compassion for others;

... The third of the four remedial powers is resolve, turning away from misconduct. The power of resolve is stopping unwholesome behavior by the strength of determination and decision.

The final remedial power is purification. This is also called "applying the antidote," and entails doing something that counteracts or neutralizes the negative deeds. For example, if the deed involved killing, applying the antidote would be protecting life." - B. Alan Wallace https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Attitude-Tibetan-Seven-Point-Training/dp/1559392002

The Four Factors for Karmic Purification [R]

3 months, 2 weeks agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
June 2, 2019

Homage to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas!

Thus did I hear at one time. The Blessed One was dwelling in the Sudharmā assembly hall in the Heaven of the Thirty-Three, together with a great gathering of five hundred monks, and very many bodhisattva mahāsattvas, including Maitreya and Mañjuśrī.

At that time the Blessed One said to the bodhisattva mahāsattva Maitreya, “O Maitreya, bodhisattva mahāsattva, if you possess four factors, the misdeeds you have committed and accumulated will be overcome.

“What are these four? The action of repentance, antidotal action, the power of restraint, and the power of support.

“The action of repentance is to feel intense remorse for any non-virtuous action you have committed.

Antidotal action is to put great effort into virtuous actions once you have committed a non-virtuous action.

“The power of restraint is to make a pledge and thereby refrain from any similar action.

“The power of support is to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Saṅgha, and not to forsake the mind of awakening. By relying on such powerful forces, you will be immune to misdeeds.

“O Maitreya, bodhisattva mahāsattva, if you possess these four factors, you will overcome any misdeeds that you have committed and accumulated. The bodhisattva mahāsattva should continually read this sūtra, recite it aloud, and reflect and meditate on it, doing so many times. Through this, the effects of negative conduct will not come about.”

Once the Blessed One had said this, the whole assembly, including the bodhisattva mahāsattva Maitreya, the monks, the bodhisattvas, and the ranks of the gods, such as Śakra, were overjoyed and full of praise for what the Blessed One had taught.

This concludes the noble Mahāyāna sūtra entitled Teaching the Four Factors.

--

from 84000. I left the hotlinks in this time.

3 months, 2 weeks agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
June 3, 2019

B. Alan Wallace's commentary: "The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. The method used to purify the mind-stream is the "four remedial powers." The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed. Karma, like a seed, can be scorched in the fire of purification so that it will not sprout. The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout.

The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences... Remorse is hazardous when conflated with guilt. Remorse is wholesome because it focuses on an event. Guilt is an afflictive state of mind focused on the self as in, "I am an unworthy person." Guilt, a reification of the self around negative tendencies, is simply another mental affliction. Properly directed remorse, on the other hand, can be very helpful for disengaging from unwholesome tendencies.

... The second remedial power is reliance. When we have harmed other sentient beings, the remedial power of reliance is cultivating compassion for others;

... The third of the four remedial powers is resolve, turning away from misconduct. The power of resolve is stopping unwholesome behavior by the strength of determination and decision.

The final remedial power is purification. This is also called "applying the antidote," and entails doing something that counteracts or neutralizes the negative deeds. For example, if the deed involved killing, applying the antidote would be protecting life." https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Attitude-Tibetan-Seven-Point-Training/dp/1559392002

I worry about past karma a lot... [R]

5 months, 4 weeks agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
March 23, 2019

Up until last year when I became Buddhist I lived a very unskilful life (48 now). I try my best to live a skillful life, attend my Buddhist centre when I can, go on retreat, meditate every day and do my best to improve as a compassionate person. But I often fail, falling back into old unskilful habits. I also worry a lot, mostly about past bad karmic seeds as I hurt & harmed a lot of people. It's starting to effect my new life, because my anxiety soars when I think about the unskilful life I led and sometimes fall back into ( mostly unskilful thoughts) . How do I purify my old karma and live a more useful life before it's too late. Thank you for your help.

5 months, 4 weeks agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
March 23, 2019

"The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. The method used to purify the mind-stream is the "four remedial powers." The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed. Karma, like a seed, can be scorched in the fire of purification so that it will not sprout. The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout.

The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences... Remorse is hazardous when conflated with guilt. Remorse is wholesome because it focuses on an event. Guilt is an afflictive state of mind focused on the self as in, "I am an unworthy person." Guilt, a reification of the self around negative tendencies, is simply another mental affliction. Properly directed remorse, on the other hand, can be very helpful for disengaging from unwholesome tendencies.

... The second remedial power is reliance. When we have harmed other sentient beings, the remedial power of reliance is cultivating compassion for others;

... The third of the four remedial powers is resolve, turning away from misconduct. The power of resolve is stopping unwholesome behavior by the strength of determination and decision.

The final remedial power is purification. This is also called "applying the antidote," and entails doing something that counteracts or neutralizes the negative deeds. For example, if the deed involved killing, applying the antidote would be protecting life." - B. Alan Wallace

https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Attitude-Tibetan-Seven-Point-Training/dp/1559392002

How do animals gain karma? [R]

5 months, 4 weeks agomindroll posted submission on Buddhism.
March 21, 2019

From what I know, the worse karma you have the worse your reincarnation will be, and eventually it will be bad enough so you reincarnate to an animal. As an animal how do you gain karma to reincarnate as a human again? Or is it just that when you reincarnate as an animal you will live forever and never achieve nirvana?

5 months, 4 weeks agomindroll posted comment on Buddhism.
March 22, 2019

"The greater your intelligence, the greater your understanding and wisdom, the greater impact your actions have. Animals accumulate a small amount of karma for aggression, but a human being with the same behavior accumulates much heavier karma.... From the Buddhist perspective, compassion is rare in the animal realm but it is there. In the hungry ghost realm, compassion is even rarer, and rarer still in the hell realms. However, again there is a loophole. Because of the relative difficulty of compassion in non-human realms, the karmic significance of even a little bit of compassion is great. It is said that in a hell realm, a being who has compassion for another is immediately liberated." - B. Alan Wallace https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Attitude-Tibetan-Seven-Point-Training/dp/1559392002