Search found 335 matches

by well wisher
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The beauty of covid-19
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: The beauty of covid-19

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-coronavirus-has-temporarily-reduced-chinas-co2-emissions-by-a-quarter Analysis: Coronavirus temporarily reduced China’s CO2 emissions by a quarter https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/03/11/coronavirus-lockdown-may-save-more-lives-from-pollution-and-cli...
by well wisher
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Which VPN do you use and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 359

Re: Which VPN do you use and why?

I hope these internet resources might be useful for VPN / overcoming regional restrictions. Open Source tools tend to require more time for experimentation and setups. In case VPN does not work, maybe consider using proxy servers too. https://www.fossmint.com/watch-blocked-youtube-videos/ https://ww...
by well wisher
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Hidden Zen
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Hidden Zen

Looks like a great book Meido, thanks for sharing :anjali:
by well wisher
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's Parinirvana
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Buddha's Parinirvana

Prehaps the below article might also be useful reference regarding Buddha's Parinirvana. Website: http://chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Mahayana_Mahaparinirvana_Sutra:_Chapter_2:_On_Cunda Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra Chapter 2: On Cunda It is very rare that the Buddha appears in the wo...
by well wisher
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's Major and Minor Marks
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Buddha's Major and Minor Marks

Hopefully these additional reading materials / websites will contain some of the answers that you seek: https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/refuge/the-32-major-marks-of-a-buddha-s-physical-body - The 32 Major Marks of a Buddha's Physical Body by Dr. Alexander Berzin https://greatmi...
by well wisher
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 668
Views: 27214

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

About which best practices to help limit the spread of the coronavirus epidemic? I think: washing hands frequently, avoid touching one's own faces, keep distances or wear masks while speaking. Also doing at least some exercises everyday, eat vegetables and fruits and hot soups / teas to help keep im...
by well wisher
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Corona conspiracy theories
Replies: 37
Views: 1217

Re: Corona conspiracy theories

Here are more conspiracies articles for y'all reading pleasures: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/world/asia/coronavirus-china-conspiracy-theory.html China Spins Tale That the U.S. Army Started the Coronavirus Epidemic .... China is pushing a new theory about the origins of the coronavirus: It is ...
by well wisher
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To Deal with Homeless People?
Replies: 27
Views: 2696

Re: How To Deal with Homeless People?

Are there any Buddhist charities which help homeless people? The Tzu Chi Buddhist Charity Organization is one of many Buddhist charities organizations that exist in the world. Although any big charity organizations will have its pitfalls, such as political entanglements, possible bureaucratic or mi...
by well wisher
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why?
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: Why?

even buddha bled due to his past bad actions. One sample supporting anecdotal historical tale was about Devadatta throwing a boulder at Shakyamuni Buddha, causing his foot to bled. http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/2_5lbud.htm Then Devadatta himself tried to kill the Buddha. W...
by well wisher
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 62
Views: 5497

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Both Taoism and Buddhism are admirable in that they emphasize the "Middle Way", avoiding the dangerous extremes is the best way to achieve harmony and peace, along with recommended training in the 5 precepts to achieve an ethical lifestyle. They definitely do have a lot of similarities. However, I t...
by well wisher
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The doctrine of no-self - teaching device or metaphysical truth?
Replies: 70
Views: 5276

Re: The doctrine of no-self - teaching device or metaphysical truth?

Just want to double check some understanding about Buddhism's Anatta doctrine: the non-self & non-soul . Would it be closer to the Agnostic stance, along with being non-dual, to the question about the self and soul? By the approach of neither affirming , nor rejecting , these "soul and self" concept...
by well wisher
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Quotations or Traditional Sayings
Replies: 7
Views: 3777

Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

The below quotes are historical, but not necessarily from "famous" people.
“Change is the only constant in life” - Heraclitus
“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” —Benjamin Disraeli
by well wisher
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Hardest Lessons.
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

Re: The Hardest Lessons.

Similar to your first point: the lack of visual or emotional cues. My primate mind doesn't like this very much. I also do think that sarcasm doesn't register, why would it? Another thing, it's easy to hide, so being authentic is even more problematic than 'IRL' Very true. Unfortunately humor does n...
by well wisher
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 56
Views: 6349

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Correction: I mean to say Amish groups lifestyle is somewhat admirable - at least those who are living the ascetic (but not necessarily extreme-asceticism) lifestyles are generally less susceptible to the greed corruptions. Anyways Food banks, Soup Kitchen & other similar charities are great tempora...
by well wisher
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 56
Views: 6349

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Marpa was a farmer, didn't seem to get in the way of him being enlightened. Honestly I think the monastic Vinaya was created for another time, maybe it's still good for some people to be practicing it but there's definitely room for more Anagarikas and different forms of community in these times. G...
by well wisher
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Meaning of prayer
Replies: 8
Views: 1148

Re: Meaning of prayer

Benevolent prayers and wishes helps form the start of beneficial intentions.
Even better if there are follow-up actions compatible with those prayers.
Right intention is an important part of the 8-fold noble path. :anjali:
by well wisher
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

https://www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/115.htm The Soul Theory With regard to the soul theory, there are three kinds of teachers in the world: - The first teacher teaches the existence of an eternal ego-entity that outlasts death: He is the eternalist. - The second teacher teaches a temporary eg...
by well wisher
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?

Seems to me that is NOT saying Nirvana is some kind of existence. :smile: emptiness is not some kind of Absolute, but rather it is the very absence of true existence There can be no such thing as "unconditioned existence ", since existence, by definition, means dependently conditioned. And then the...
by well wisher
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?

I was thinking about some Buddhists topics that lead to contradiction , that seems to be impossible to be solved by logic / conventional wisdom alone: 1. Nirvana... leads to UNCONDITIONED existence. According to who? According to Nagarjuna, it seems. However keep in mind that these information came...
by well wisher
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Hi In my intuition and throu Pâli and Samskrit sûtra I rekon that Buddha never spoke of no-self. In the Pali suttas Buddha mentions all that is neither self nor belongs to a self and that is all that may be experienced. But he also teaches that self is like an illusion and that the conceit 'I am' i...

Go to advanced search