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by Hickersonia
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?
Replies: 20
Views: 1161

Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

My relationship with my wife has improved dramatically. This, in spite of her being very committed to her Christian faith. It has been an interesting couple of years, I assure you.
:namaste:
by Hickersonia
Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mahayana book suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 907

Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

If you are interested in anything from Thich Nhat Hanh, I have several books of his that I'd be willing to send your way if you wish. Living Buddha, Living Christ No Death, No Fear Freedom Wherever We Go Stepping Into Freedom Joyfully Together Each of these can be searched on Amazon if you want some...
by Hickersonia
Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Iranian Ayatollah Claims Jews Invented Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1246

Re: Iranian Ayatollah Claims Jews Invented Buddhism

Whoa... such absurdities...
by Hickersonia
Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Good morning
Replies: 7
Views: 471

Re: Good morning

Well met, dharmastorm! :namaste:
by Hickersonia
Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:11 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Direct experience of suffering by the Buddha
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Re: Direct experience of suffering by the Buddha

I think that the realization experienced by the Buddha speaks to our condition in ways that most of us, quite frankly, don't even want to admit. Is seeking pleasurable experiences actually suffering? Yes -- especially when we fail to get them, or we get them and they are lost for whatever reason. An...
by Hickersonia
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Miss Tiffany Becomes A Monk..In Thailand !!
Replies: 2
Views: 388

Re: Miss Tiffany Becomes A Monk..In Thailand !!

That is really unexpected and awesome!

May he make an end to suffering! :namaste:
by Hickersonia
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Malas - what do you think?
Replies: 42
Views: 5593

Re: Malas - what do you think?

The notion that the substance of the tool magnifies the skill/intention of the user does not sit well in my mind. :shrug: I feel similarly... I have heard it said that crystals seem to do things with the body's energy, but without being able to actively demonstrate that, I've not worried about it m...
by Hickersonia
Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Malas - what do you think?
Replies: 42
Views: 5593

Re: Malas - what do you think?

PorkChop, with the mala to which you linked, does there appear to be any kind of "finish" applied to the wood? I seem to be allergic to exposure to either certain kinds of wood or certain kids of finishes (I can't necessarily tell which yet). At that price, I can justify the "cost risk" as it won't ...
by Hickersonia
Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sharing Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1142

Re: Sharing Buddhism

KeithBC wrote:I am not reluctant to talk about Buddhism, if asked. If the person shows an interest, I feel an obligation to respond to that interest.
That's pretty much my take on it. I wouldn't dare to advocate a "door-to-door salesman" model...
by Hickersonia
Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Malas - what do you think?
Replies: 42
Views: 5593

Malas - what do you think?

Hello friends, I have seen people practice recitations with a mala and have wondered whether it is something I ought to consider doing myself. I've noticed that they can be bought online but I wasn't sure if maybe this was the sort of thing that shouldn't be purchased on amazon... I'm also curious i...
by Hickersonia
Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sharing Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1142

Re: Sharing Buddhism

I'm not reluctant to share about Buddhism, or anything in general really, but I'm also very quick to state plainly if I don't know something. If someone asks me about Buddhism, I let them drive the conversation and I tailor my answers based on their questions. When asked questions to which I don't k...
by Hickersonia
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Impossible to follow?
Replies: 4
Views: 868

Re: Impossible to follow?

Thank you both very much for your thoughtful replies. :)

I figure anything worth doing is likely going to be challenging. It is good to put the words of the translator into some kind of context -- such a proclamation as "impossible" can lead to perplexity and doubt I think.
by Hickersonia
Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello. Im new and here to learn.
Replies: 22
Views: 1879

Re: Hello. Im new and here to learn.

GladImhere70 wrote:Normal or decaf? :lol:
Sounds like leaded or unleaded... haha

I drink both, but I go with the full strength stuff until at least noon most days. :)
by Hickersonia
Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Impossible to follow?
Replies: 4
Views: 868

Impossible to follow?

I'm rereading my copy of The Three Pure Land Sutras, part of the BDK English Tripitaka. I came across this in the the Translator's Foreword for the first time I read it: "Today, as it is impossible to follow the precise and complex method of visualization, simplified or syncretic forms of meditation...
by Hickersonia
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello. Im new and here to learn.
Replies: 22
Views: 1879

Re: Hello. Im new and here to learn.

GladImhere70 wrote: :coffee: This is usually how I act... Minus the coffee.
More coffee for me, please. I have a giant mug and it requires regular refilling.
by Hickersonia
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello. Im new and here to learn.
Replies: 22
Views: 1879

Re: Hello. Im new and here to learn.

GladImhere70 wrote:But first, do you have any questions about me at all?
I think you may share whatever you like with us. :) We don't need to be pushy. :namaste:

Welcome to the forum. I hope you are able to easily find the answers you seek, friend.
by Hickersonia
Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Blessed Birthday to Ven Indrajala
Replies: 11
Views: 1619

Re: Blessed Birthday to Ven Indrajala

May it be an auspicious day for all! :buddha1:
by Hickersonia
Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: restrictions to entering the Pure Land
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: restrictions to entering the Pure Land

"Hanging out in a lotus flower/bud " I presume is those people who still have doubt in Amitabha PL. OR those that have committed some or great negative karma as stated in Contemplation Sutra that belong to the lower graded rebirth. This is how I understood it when I read it it. It seemed more like ...
by Hickersonia
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When do you think the US will have a Buddhist president?
Replies: 28
Views: 2458

Re: When do you think the US will have a Buddhist president?

I don't expect to live long enough to see a Buddhist become President of the United States. There are far too few Buddhists [and far to many closed-minded Christians) in this country to support such a thing happening, in my opinion. I really couldn't evaluate the pros/cons of such a happenstance, as...
by Hickersonia
Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened Masters
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Enlightened Masters

I have not met anyone personally who I have ever believed might be a fully enlightened being, nor have I ever met anyone who I was aware had any kind of supernatural power. I have met a few who I have decided might be advanced on the path, stream-enterers and the like, but who am I really to say? I ...