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by Gharchaina
Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 18057

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Incidentally, the majority of the Buddhists and Buddhist temples attacked in Cox's Bazaar are likely Bengali and not Chakma. There is a small community of Bengali Buddhists who live in Cox's Bazaar. Note the surname Barua for many of those interviewed. This is a Bengali surname quite common for the ...
by Gharchaina
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1513

Re: Questions

The Buddha taught that a person should examine the teachings and judge them for merit and then if they are found useful to follow them. What if we found his teachings not to be useful? Are we relegated to an eternity of bad karma? If the Buddha did teach that his followers should believe what they ...
by Gharchaina
Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: A funny TNH story about mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 2371

Re: A funny TNH story about mantras

This is an old theme in the Buddhadharma. From the Kakacupama Sutta The Story of the Mistress Vedehika "In the past, monks, in this very Savatthi, there was a mistress, Vedehika by name. And, monks, this good reputation had spread about the mistress Vedehika: 'The mistress Vedehika is gentle, the mi...
by Gharchaina
Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and Vajrayana
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Re: Mahayana and Vajrayana

Tim

I lived in Durban for a number of years and practiced with the Good Heart Dharma Group and am still in contact with them. They are still there and a great group. You should definitely contact them.
by Gharchaina
Mon May 23, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Community in Western Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: Community in Western Buddhism

What would be a viable alternative? Is it necessary to have zero Christian influences? It seems to me Christians are really good at some things (like the above mentioned lifetime rituals, etc). Marriage, for instance, may not have been encouraged over the monastic life, but Buddha also had a lot to...
by Gharchaina
Sun May 22, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Community in Western Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: Community in Western Buddhism

Without social institutions to ensure its transmission from generation to generation it will cease to exist. The buddha taught that all things that are gathered and brought together, over time, scatter and fall apart, even the dharma. Mahayanists have told us that when this occurs, a buddha in wait...
by Gharchaina
Sun May 22, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Community in Western Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: Community in Western Buddhism

. The issue was that there just wasn’t much attention given to community in contemporary ............ What do you think? What is your experience? Why does buddhism need structure and the establishment of another establishment? why do buddhists get "concerned" about that stuff? Why the need for some...
by Gharchaina
Sun May 22, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Community in Western Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: Community in Western Buddhism

This piece by James Ishmael Ford made me think: "The thing that mostly concerned me, however, wasn’t doctrinal. The issue of whether there is rebirth or if each breath presents a new life leads to the same disciplines. The issue was that there just wasn’t much attention given to community in contem...