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by Ricky
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 5917

Re: Homosexuality

Its completely irrelevant in Pure Land. Any homosexual who recites the nembutsu with faith while still performing homosexual acts throughout their lifetime will be able to take birth in the low grades of Sukhavati. They are not restricted to low grades in Sukhavati. I doubt it considering what the ...
by Ricky
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 5917

Re: Homosexuality

What did Buddha say? Why did he say it, where and and to whom? What did he mean? What would he say now? Context matters! You could of course ask those questions of the key figures in many religions. If Buddhism is not fossilised then I would hope we can abide by the basic principles, compassion in ...
by Ricky
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 5917

Re: Homosexuality

Hey all, While reading, I came across this quotation which was stated as the words of the Buddha:  "Likewise, endless varieties of punishments in a future life are described for the wrong deed of sexual intercourse between two men.  The one who commits misconduct with boys sees boys being swept awa...
by Ricky
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Elaborate Descriptions of the Five Buddhafields?
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: Elaborate Descriptions of the Five Buddhafields?

dont know much about the other 4 but theres tonnes of material out there regarding amitabha's buddha land.
by Ricky
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 4432

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

I had an interesting experience recently. So I've bounced around a bit between different Buddhist traditions (first Theravada, then Zen and Mahayana in general including a reading of the Lotus Sutra that I wasn't ready for yet and almost caused me to leave Buddhism behind (at some point I need to r...
by Ricky
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 4444

Re: Dog thread

cane corso
by Ricky
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 21759

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Dharma Flower wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:13 pm Whether Amida Buddha is an external being or our own Buddha-nature, I hope we can all agree that Pure Land practice is a beautiful practice, especially for providing an easy Buddhist path for lay people.
That it is.
by Ricky
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 21759

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Just curious, do some of you zen guys here practice pure land as well?
by Ricky
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Natural Cognitive Enhancers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Natural Cognitive Enhancers?

Coffee
by Ricky
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 102
Views: 14988

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

While there might be mythical embellishments in the sutras for literary affect, especially if they developed over hundreds of years, I take at face value that the Mahayana sutras contain the historical Buddha's essential teachings. Why be Mahayana rather than Theravada if one doesn't actually belie...
by Ricky
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!
Replies: 59
Views: 7888

Re: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!

I believe everyone has infinite potential, and if anyone wants to become a teacherdoctorlawyerengineerpilotastronautjudgekungfumastajedi (or any one of those) then I will support you. :smile: Discipline is also crucial in achieving your goals, whatever they may be. Here's a speech from Jocko Willin...
by Ricky
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!
Replies: 59
Views: 7888

Re: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!

:reading: If the doctor thing doesn't work out you can also look into the trades like plumbing. Despite the social stigma of working with your hands, you can make quite a bit of dough if you're good at it. I actually used to help out a millionaire plumber who was averaging about 1000-1500 per day d...
by Ricky
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!
Replies: 59
Views: 7888

Re: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!

:reading: If the doctor thing doesn't work out you can also look into the trades like plumbing. Despite the social stigma of working with your hands, you can make quite a bit of dough if you're good at it. I actually used to help out a millionaire plumber who was averaging about 1000-1500 per day d...
by Ricky
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Duck?
Replies: 70
Views: 6827

Re: What is a Duck?

Let's go Anaheim Ducks. The're playing the Edmonton Oilers tonight. :shrug: Que? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Hockey_League Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are a professional ice hockey franchise in Southern California. Yes, this club was started as a promotional tie-in to a Disney film, The Migh...
by Ricky
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Duck?
Replies: 70
Views: 6827

Re: What is a Duck?

Simon E. wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:46 pm
florin wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:26 pm So disappointed with this duck business... :roll:
So was Donald.
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by Ricky
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Duck?
Replies: 70
Views: 6827

Re: What is a Duck?

Let's go Anaheim Ducks. The're playing the Edmonton Oilers tonight.
by Ricky
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!
Replies: 59
Views: 7888

Re: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!

Motova wrote: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:37 am
Simon E. wrote: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:26 am Let us know how it goes?
Sure, I think it'll go faster than I think... I am close to unlocking photographic memory and comic book superhero level intelligence. :reading:
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by Ricky
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and War
Replies: 87
Views: 7830

Re: Mahayana and War

Malcolm wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:41 pm
Ricky wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:27 pm At the same time you should probably consider yourself lucky to have taken birth in it.

I am quite sure luck had nothing to do with it. We don't believe in luck in Buddhadharma, as it happens.
Good karma I mean.

Thanks for all the Buddha quotes by the way.
by Ricky
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and War
Replies: 87
Views: 7830

Re: Mahayana and War

Sorry, but if you are referring to the United States, our country was built on slavery and ethnic cleansing by a European minority whose only virtue was creating civil institutions that were able to evolve (albeit imperfectly) beyond the narrow limits imagined by the founders. So lets not get carri...

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