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by Bonsai Doug
Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why did you choose Buddhism?
Replies: 98
Views: 12622

Re: Why did you choose Buddhism?

Not meaning to sound trite, but it kinda chose me. I had long read and followed Taoism. A friend suggested, because of that interest, I should do some reading about Buddhism. It all just made sense and felt right. That was about four years ago, and I've since taken formal Refuge Vows (Theravada) and...
by Bonsai Doug
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar set-up
Replies: 17
Views: 3407

Re: Altar set-up

I have no idea what might constitute a "normal" set up.

I took my Refuge Vows in the Theravada tradition, but find I'm also drawn to the Tibetan tradition.
I've set aside a small area in my home-office where I sit to meditate. Very simple, atop a file cabinet.
by Bonsai Doug
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What actually makes someone a Buddhist?
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

Re: What actually makes someone a Buddhist?

Old joke: What's the difference between a Buddhist and a non-Buddhist?
The non-Buddhist thinks there's a difference.
by Bonsai Doug
Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Root Verses of the Bardo Thodol
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Root Verses of the Bardo Thodol

I am just finishing up reading Robert Thurman's translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Quite fascinating.
by Bonsai Doug
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Oracle of Tibet : A 400 Year Old Secret
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: The Oracle of Tibet : A 400 Year Old Secret

Very interesting. I'll watch that again as there's an awful lot to digest in that hour video.

Thanx for the posting. :anjali:
by Bonsai Doug
Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I have a good karma question, please answer.
Replies: 15
Views: 1829

Re: I have a good karma question, please answer.

Sutra? :reading: Not sure what you're seeking, but here's a start - a listing of Suttas covering kamma/karma: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/search_results.html?cx=015061908441090246348%3Aal1bklhbjbi&cof=FORID%3A9%3BNB%3A1&ie=UTF-8&q=kamma&siteurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.accesstoinsight.org%2F" onclick="w...
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 15399

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

Yeah... that one threw me also. :thinking:
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right Speech - Samma Vaca
Replies: 3
Views: 886

Re: Right Speech - Samma Vaca

Wesley1982 wrote:Looks like its from a speech therapist.
Click on the link that was provided in that post: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Bonsai Doug
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Happy Birthday to HH the Dalai Lama
Replies: 0
Views: 300

Happy Birthday to HH the Dalai Lama

Here's hoping for many, many more! :namaste:
by Bonsai Doug
Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Googled Photo of Dalai Lama as a young adult
Replies: 5
Views: 1012

Re: Googled Photo of Dalai Lama as a young adult

In two days - July 6 - HHDL will celebrate his 77th birthday. Short version of the Long Life Prayer for HHDL: Tibetan : Gang ri ra wä kor wäi zhing kham dir Phän dang de wa ma lü jung wäi nä Chän rä zig wang tän dzin gya tsho yi Zhab pä si thäi bar du tän gyur chig English : In the land encircled by...
by Bonsai Doug
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What do most Buddhists say about Angels?
Replies: 21
Views: 2769

Re: What do most Buddhists say about Angels?

gregkavarnos wrote:They say lots about angels and definitely know how many dance on the head of a pin, though depending on the tradition/sect the number may vary! :tongue:
OK... that's funny! :thumbsup:
by Bonsai Doug
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:43 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Does anyone know how to play the Abacus?
Replies: 5
Views: 1561

Re: Does anyone know how to play the Abacus?

The only abacus I'm aware of is an ancient counting frame used for math calculations.

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by Bonsai Doug
Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Cleansing the physical body of bad toxins
Replies: 32
Views: 8767

Re: Cleansing the physical body of bad toxins

Nighthawk wrote:Water.
Yeah, I tend to agree. Start with the basics before moving on to other "treatments."
by Bonsai Doug
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist or not - poll
Replies: 51
Views: 5980

Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Old joke:

What's the difference between a Buddhist and a non-Buddhist?

The non-Buddhist thinks there's a difference. :namaste:
by Bonsai Doug
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meditation on impermanence
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: Meditation on impermanence

Riddick Bowe is indeed a boxer. "Richard B. Riddick," or simply "Riddick,"
is a scyfi character played by Vin Diesel in, I believe, a total of three movies.
by Bonsai Doug
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Please Identify
Replies: 14
Views: 2198

Re: Please Identify

Here it is. But it's not a particularly good photo.

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by Bonsai Doug
Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra question
Replies: 31
Views: 4627

Re: Heart Sutra question

After some further reading, I came across a commentary and translation by the Nalanda Translation Committee. This brief commentary kind of clears things up a bit for me: The emptiness described refers to things as they really are - empty of all the concepts by which we grasp them and fit them into o...
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Becoming a Monk
Replies: 15
Views: 1980

Re: Becoming a Monk

I too was going to suggest volunteering. You might also find types of work/study programs
where your classes and board are provided in exchange for manual labor at the monastery/temple.
by Bonsai Doug
Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:47 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra question
Replies: 31
Views: 4627

Heart Sutra question

My readings/study are primarily Theravada. But I try not to limit myself, and appreciate other traditions. The Heart Sutra may be short, but it's a tough one to understand. For example, in all the things that are negated in that sutra, it seems to me that it also negates the Four Noble Truths and th...
by Bonsai Doug
Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Melong Mirror Divination
Replies: 7
Views: 3876

Re: Melong Mirror Divination

Blue Garuda - just took a quick look around your website - nicely done.

Really enjoyed the video on malas by Tsem Tulku. He's a hoot!