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by Bristollad
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening

For me using liberation for enlightenment would be problematic because then one would have to come up with another term to indicate achieving the end of suffering (liberation) by for instance, an Arhat and ending of suffering and achieving of omniscience, by a Buddha (Enlightenment). Perhaps awakeni...
by Bristollad
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

Yes, I'm aware of all that - but why is blue associated with tantra? I've been taught that the red of our robes is associated with bodhicitta, saffron with discipline (which is why monks from Sera often wear yellow/orange undergarments i.e. on the outside practise bodhicitta, on the inside abide in...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue robes/clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1169

Re: Blue robes/clothes

I seem to remember Malcolm * once mentioning that actually all he did was reduce support to the monasteries - I guess if some President in the States managed to remove tax exempt status from Churches, he would be characterised as an enemy of Christianity and of all religion, the antichrist himself, ...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

for example, Padmasambhava is wearing the dark blue gown of a mantra practitioner http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/chokyi-drakpa/a-torch-for-the-path Okay, he's wearing a blue gown (not a very clear image actually) but why does it say "of a mantra practitioner". Is dark blue a ...
by Bristollad
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue robes/clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1169

Re: Blue robes/clothes

If Dharmaguptaka was the basis, then all this about not being able to reestablish gelongma vows yet due to Vinaya discrepancies has been a smokescreen. That certainly seems to be the opinon of Ven. Thubten Chodron - see her article: Mutli-tradition ordination (short version) http://thubtenchodron.o...
by Bristollad
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

for example, Padmasambhava is wearing the dark blue gown of a mantra practitioner http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/chokyi-drakpa/a-torch-for-the-path Okay, he's wearing a blue gown (not a very clear image actually) but why does it say "of a mantra practitioner". Is dark blue a ...
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 307
Views: 12439

Re: Song Name Game

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by Bristollad
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

Tsongkhapafan wrote:The blue strip on the sleeves of the donkar symbolises Secret Mantra or Tantra.


Not heard this explanation before. Where did you hear it? And why a blue trim and the line of blue stitches?
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Refuge vows
Replies: 20
Views: 416

Re: Refuge vows

Personally I avoid too much coffee because:

  1. it makes me have to use the toilet more often
  2. puts me to sleep (I know, weird right!?)

But I love a nice cup of tea!
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 84
Views: 5086

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

If we 'suffer from' high blood pressure, we ... ... low blood pressure. If we 'suffer from' religious persecution, we ... ... religious freedom. If we 'suffer from' our partner's flatulence :tongue: , we ... ... his/her good digestion. I don't care if it's one word or a phrase, but what goes in the...
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

The blue trim is not mentioned in the Scripture. It is reported to have come about by the following legend: The ordination of the Gelong, fully ordained Sangha nearly came to extinction in the 9th century. King Lagdarm assassinated his younger brother, who was king previously and who had developed ...
by Bristollad
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Refuge vows
Replies: 20
Views: 416

Re: Refuge vows

Almost all food "has an altering effect on the brain" so this vow means something different from that. As Crazy-man pointed out, it is about abandoning using substances (particularly but not exclusively alcohol) that cause heedlessness; that intoxicate. When we are heedless, we act without...
by Bristollad
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Since Tibetans are outcastes, how does it effect Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1862

Re: Since Tibetans are outcastes, how does it effect Tibetan Buddhism?

The Indian caste system was modeled on colonial British notions of nobility. Remember that Prince Charles was in an arranged marriage with Princess Diana. Pardon? What has Prince Charles having had an arranged marriage got to do with colonial British notions of caste? Arranged marriages within the ...
by Bristollad
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Berlin Christmas Market Attack
Replies: 30
Views: 660

Re: Berlin Christmas Market Attack

Especially Tunisia has a reputation for "not remembering" the identity of people they'd like to get rid of http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/attack-in-berlin-anis-amri-the-suspected-perpetrator-in-berlin-a-1127085.html Thanks, emaho. New to me. It's an old problem. Asylum seeker...
by Bristollad
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 84
Views: 5086

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

If we 'suffer from' high blood pressure, we ... ... low blood pressure. If we 'suffer from' religious persecution, we ... ... religious freedom. If we 'suffer from' our partner's flatulence :tongue: , we ... ... his/her good digestion. I don't care if it's one word or a phrase, but what goes in the...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 84
Views: 5086

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

Kim O'Hara wrote:Love the way all these MEDIATOR labels pop up - all you need is one extra "t" to be a MEDITATOR.

:smile:
Kim

And being from Britain, I have extra "tea" all the time!
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by Bristollad
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 3391

Re: Rebirth and karma

I actually did some research on how bodhicitta is used by Buddhist teachers and found, as I said, more specific (tied to formal bodhisattva ness) and general, as evidenced by this article in Lion's Roar by Pema Chodron: http://www.lionsroar.com/bodhichitta-the-excellence-of-awakened-heart. Have I m...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 84
Views: 5086

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

:thinking: But this must relate strongly to the kind of people you have to deal with. It must be some kind of interaction though. I think, when I was living in the flat share with some obtruders, I would have received an "I" on this test. I think that's the point - for an introvert, it do...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 3391

Re: Rebirth and karma

I'm sure its been asked a few times :rolling: but it's hard to search for the subject rebirth - you just get a message that it's too common a word. However I did come across this poll: http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=1933&hilit=literal+rebirth For myself, "literal rebirth&qu...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 84
Views: 5086

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

yet another Mediator - INFP-A but with only Introvert being held strongly - all the rest are within a few points of 50%

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