Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 4

This irregular “Dharma Questions” series deals with “dharma” meaning both the truth of the nature of reality and some Buddhist teachings. Please see this post on the intensions for questioning and not questioning. Amongst other things these questions can be, but not necessarily:

  • thought experiments
  • borderline musings not meant to be answered
  • from laziness of not contemplating or researching them yet

  1. If no longer operating much with — and out of — habit patterns, ought intention be let go of? What kinds of intentions are skillful, wholesome, helpful and wise, and when — and when not — are (these) intentions skillful, wholesome, helpful and wise?
  2. Does aging and death on the 12 links of Dependent Origination condition ignorance? If so, how and why? If not, how is ignorance conditioned?
  3. Addressing “Dosa” as meaning more “ill-will” instead of “hate”: For the three unwholesome roots of greed, hatred and delusion couldn’t hatred just be an unconscious response to fear? Is(n’t) hate a (natural) emotion not to be repressed/suppressed? Can/could hate be a less than desirable response/reaction to something we care about? (For example, because one cares and respects the planet and environment hate could arise when observing people trash the planet and environment. . . Ill-will seems far more dangerous than hate because of ill-will’s intention to harm.) How about “despise”, “contempt”, “hostility”, “degradation”, “antagonism” as alternate interpretations for “dosa”?
  4. Is yoga (practice) mentioned by that name in the suttas?
  5. Why is truth not a perfection/Pāramitā in Mahayana?
  6. Can (the whole cycle of the) 12 links of Dependent Origination go backwards due to retrocausality?
  7. Does/could Bodhidharma’s inventing, teaching, and/or paving the way for kung fu have anything to do with the Buddha not following the traditional path of his warrior cast?
  8. [next 4 are Koan(ish?) like questions:]
  9. What is the root of awareness?
  10. How does awareness know how to know?
  11. Can mind die?
  12. Who/What experiences inconstancy and dukkha? /(or) aka:/ Who’s ever-changing dukkha? /(or) aka:/ What experiences inconstant dukkha?
  13. Could/Does the chant wishing that wishes come quick contribute to time seeming to speed up by people getting their wishes fulfilled quicker and then wanting even more?
  14. Why are the aggregates so convincing as a self? How and why do they heap or bundled together (if this is a correct innerstanding and they actually do so)?
  15. Could any details of how the niyamas work ever become outdated due to impermanence?
  16. Would grafting a (“higher” and/or “lower”) being’s DNA on to plants, or any other species effect karma? If so, how?
  17. How much true credit and merit should thinking get?
  18. What is the appropriate, ideal role of thinking in each moment?

Published by josh dippold


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