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by uan
Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Believing in a Christian God
Replies: 152
Views: 6820

Re: Believing in a Christian God

Apart from the observation that Buddh-ist is a construct that may or may not be useful, I have nothing to add. I have no need for you to see things the way that I do. :namaste: That's cool. I was just trying to wrap my head around a statement that effectively goes: an apple is an orange because the...
by uan
Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Believing in a Christian God
Replies: 152
Views: 6820

Re: Believing in a Christian God

If I can interject here Herbie...the working definition of a Buddhist..a follower of the Buddhadharma, that I have is rather more focused. A Buddhist is someone that has formally Gone For Refuge to the Buddha Dharma and Sangha, and who has a recognised teacher in one of the historical lineages who ...
by uan
Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Believing in a Christian God
Replies: 152
Views: 6820

Re: Believing in a Christian God

In Buddhism, any surrender is only expedient and temporary. The final goal is liberation from all dependencies, i.e., true independence. And you take your place as a Victorious One and become a source of refuge for others who have yet to achieve liberation. In Abrahamic religions, surrender is abso...
by uan
Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Believing in a Christian God
Replies: 152
Views: 6820

Re: Believing in a Christian God

If I can interject here Herbie...the working definition of a Buddhist..a follower of the Buddhadharma, that I have is rather more focused. A Buddhist is someone that has formally Gone For Refuge to the Buddha Dharma and Sangha, and who has a recognised teacher in one of the historical lineages who ...
by uan
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Obsessive Thoughts
Replies: 71
Views: 10009

Re: Obsessive Thoughts

My son has OCD. I recently listened to a great program on NPR (American public radio) on "Dark Thoughts". Specifically about Harm OCD, but it seems the treatment might have broader application: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/09/375928124/dark-thoughts I liked that part of the treatment seemed to be (I'm...
by uan
Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Monastic vows
Replies: 44
Views: 3318

Re: Monastic vows

it's easy enough to find fault if that's what we want to find. it's easy enough to find the lack of perfection. it's easy enough to be chuffed at these things, but what's the point? The only person who carries that is ourself. Why burden ourselves with that? We are in samsara and dealing with human ...
by uan
Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China's super-rich communist Buddhists
Replies: 38
Views: 4054

Re: China's super-rich communist Buddhists

There's a lot of judging going on here, and the truth is, at least for myself, we have no clue what the reality is. Well.. lol, you are responding to me so I will reply I suppose-- I was setting up hypotheticals, to point out that it is all relative and dependent on our own mind, our intention, etc...
by uan
Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China's super-rich communist Buddhists
Replies: 38
Views: 4054

Re: China's super-rich communist Buddhists

That's correct from a Tibetan dharma view too Ayu! There are many stories indicating just this. Many yogis with nothing at all may offer only a shred of something not valuable, but it is all they have. Their intention makes the offering vast as the sky, and the merit is inconceivable. On the other ...
by uan
Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China's super-rich communist Buddhists
Replies: 38
Views: 4054

Re: China's super-rich communist Buddhists

... The idea is that more money = more generosity = more merit. I don't know if this is 'orthodox', but that is generally how the business of pujas works. .... But that idea is quite superficial and materialistic. I read in "Abhidhamma in daily life" from Ashin Janakabhivamsa that the greatness of ...
by uan
Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 86
Views: 10667

Re: Alcohol

"don't drink as soon as it has effects on the dharma practice and personal behaviour". Because "savely" is a very elastic term these are two very separate things, though they may have a substantial degree of overlap. I'm posting here on Dharmawheel - what effect does that have on my dharma practice...
by uan
Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters
Replies: 73
Views: 11364

Re: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters

Well actually Uan thats pretty much what CTR DID say..everyday.. This idea that he was forever arranging pranks which led to insight, or undermining our self sense with clever paradox is fantasy. I don't know much about CTR, but I've read some of his writings and have found them to be extremely ins...
by uan
Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters
Replies: 73
Views: 11364

Re: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters

Well I observed up close one who was described as a Crazy Wisdom Master over several years...and what is seldom discussed is the fact that 98% of the time his behaviour was no different to any other Kagyu teacher or possibly higher. If you look closely at many of the historical stories that have an...
by uan
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters
Replies: 73
Views: 11364

Re: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters

I guess the issue still is what is Crazy Wisdom? I'll start by using the Wikipedia version: refers to unconventional, outrageous, or unexpected behavior, being either a manifestation of buddha nature and spiritual teaching (enlightened activity, Wylie: phrin'las)[2] on the part of the guru,[3] or a ...
by uan
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters
Replies: 73
Views: 11364

Re: Dalai Lama Quotation: No Crazy Wisdom Masters

Of course there are no Crazy Wisdom Masters...there never were . That includes CTR. Although the myth suited CTR's wider agenda. Its nevertheless all a myth beloved of the kind of person that loves reading books about the Vajrayana in order to feel naughty. Really? Could you elaborate, or do you ha...
by uan
Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: sex and romance
Replies: 16
Views: 2321

Re: sex and romance

There are 7 billion people on the planet. If 1% reach enlightenment in this lifetime, that's 70 million people. Is it .1%? That's 7 million people. .01% That's 700,000 people. I have no clue what the number is, but I'm sure it's pretty small - or else I'd never hear that phrase that gets brought up...
by uan
Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: sex and romance
Replies: 16
Views: 2321

Re: sex and romance

How come, if sex and romantic relationships (e.g. marriage) will clearly cause misery as romantic relationships are one of the biggest material attachments, do some buddhists (including teachers) participate? have you ever been married? :rolling: We tend to project onto others from our own conceptu...
by uan
Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Last judgement
Replies: 42
Views: 3816

Re: Last judgement

You are utilising arguments from mundane philosophy and implying that they can and should be applied also the Buddhadharma. We need look no further than your statement about the ' weakness ' of argument from authority...no matter how applicable that is to mundane matters...and no doubt it is in tha...
by uan
Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Last judgement
Replies: 42
Views: 3816

Re: Last judgement

In Buddhism, to be independent is to be free. To be subjected to dependencies is to be in bondage What is independent? Does it matter if one believes in a creator God or not? So there's no God, there is no predestination, etc. You are totally on your own. As is each of us. Does that make you free? ...
by uan
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Last judgement
Replies: 42
Views: 3816

Re: Last judgement

That is probably true for some sects of Christianity but definitely not all. Many believe one is saved entirely through grace -- it doesn't matter how hard one tries or not. Ah, but many do not know that they are made to suffer entirely through grace as well. Personally, I'd rather be "graceless". ...
by uan
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Last judgement
Replies: 42
Views: 3816

Re: Last judgement

And at its end, no Big Daddy will wag his finger and say, "You haven't tried hard enough. Go to Hell, do not pass Go, do not collect $200," because Big Daddy doesn't exist. :namaste: Kim That is probably true for some sects of Christianity but definitely not all. Many believe one is saved entirely ...