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by Infinite
Wed May 09, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy
Replies: 429
Views: 35269

Re: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy

I thought it was a well-known fact that my nation shafted Greeks not only in the Junta but during liberation from the Nazis. Especially the island of Crete I had a friend from there and he almost didn't talk to me because I was American. Luckily I knocked that barrier down but still I can't believe ...
by Infinite
Tue May 08, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer Request for my Mother
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Prayer Request for my Mother

She is having a rather difficult time at work with people making up lies and causing her trouble in order to get her fired or demoted in order to take her position. She refuses to engage in the bickering and rumormongering but it is causing her a great deal of mental and emotional distress. It would...
by Infinite
Tue May 08, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: zen/chan practices and the pali canon
Replies: 7
Views: 1457

Re: zen/chan practices and the pali canon

Just a question why does it matter whether they are in Pali Canon? To know the reason for the question is to be able to give a proper answer.
by Infinite
Tue May 08, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: use of mala in zen/chan
Replies: 9
Views: 3969

Re: use of mala in zen/chan

Well, the second part means that this "stuff" is "detailed" all over the place in Chinese Buddhism. So, it's a bit like asking "Where are those practices that Buddhists do detailed?" ~~ Huifeng i just want one instruction manual or internet page or even a quote from any chan or zen master or school...
by Infinite
Sun May 06, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Exploring different Schools / Traditions?
Replies: 6
Views: 692

Re: Exploring different Schools / Traditions?

I am in a similar situation and all I can suggest is keeping an open mind and not allowing any preconceptions form. I am finding my studies to be fun and informative while keeping an open mind to see what connects with me. Nice approach Infinite. I recently attended a Theravada - based vipassana re...
by Infinite
Sun May 06, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion is more than your books.
Replies: 33
Views: 3434

Re: Compassion is more than your books.

:good:
by Infinite
Fri May 04, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion is more than your books.
Replies: 33
Views: 3434

Re: Compassion is more than your books.

This place just gets stranger and stranger. :spy:
by Infinite
Thu May 03, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Compassion is more than your books.
Replies: 33
Views: 3434

Re: Compassion is more than your books.

I've been into conspiracy theories for a long, long time. When I was a young teenager I used to read articles by John Lear and especially William Cooper. I still listen to a lot of William Cooper's stuff - he was a great story teller. The thing is, although it's very entertaining, it's nearly 100% ...
by Infinite
Thu May 03, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Get with the program people....7 billion
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Get with the program people....7 billion

Over population is not the problem. The numbers are meaningless. Over density is. This means America doesn't need to do anything, and India does. At worst, America will have to promote ruralization for their surplus population. Furthermore, the birth rates throughout the first world are below the d...
by Infinite
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: The Bible & Buddhism

mindyourmind wrote:What's with all the God, Jesus and Bible threads, guys?
I don't know but it is quickly becoming obnoxious.
by Infinite
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Exploring different Schools / Traditions?
Replies: 6
Views: 692

Re: Exploring different Schools / Traditions?

I am in a similar situation and all I can suggest is keeping an open mind and not allowing any preconceptions form. I am finding my studies to be fun and informative while keeping an open mind to see what connects with me.
by Infinite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

I can't tell if you are trolling or simply just trying to misrepresent what I said. What I was stating is that Divinity is what lead to the break from Judaic Tradition. There would be little point in claiming Divinity by Christians unless it was for the simple fact it would no longer give Rabbis au...
by Infinite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

Okay, then you admit that what got deemed 'correct' Christianity at the Council of Nicea was the divinity of Jesus and what is widely accepted by Christians throughout the globe is that Jesus is divine. Therefore, this is important to Christianity. Yes, but Infinite's point was that there was some ...
by Infinite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

1. Jesus didn't need to be divine for Christianity to do anything. 2. Some of the greatest, most influential "heresies" in the years following the death of Jesus posited that he was a man, not divine. 3. Furthermore, you need to re-read every single one of Paul's letters, who believed in the divini...
by Infinite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Suggest Ch'an Reading
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: Suggest Ch'an Reading

The best thing you could do would be to find a living Chan tradition and spend some time there. That will teach you much more than what you can read in some books. ~~ Huifeng Thank you for the advice. The Dharma Drum Center has someone in my State so it has peaked my curiosity about the teachings.
by Infinite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

It is widely held as Christian dogma that Jesus son of Mary was conceived/born without a human father. :shrug: In my opinion this was added later when the mythology was compiled and written down, just like with the Buddha birth story. Institutional religions are notorious for having celibate men co...
by Infinite
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

Glad to see that we have moved on from how ignorant we are on Jesus to you defending him. Progress indeed. No, anybody who cites Ehrman as the reference point in a discussion concerning our ability to know the historical Jesus is still pretty ignorant. But Ehrman has an uncanny ability to attract h...
by Infinite
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Suggest Ch'an Reading
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: Suggest Ch'an Reading

Thanks for all the responses and that clears up a lot of confusion I had about Ch'an when doing research. I found most places I looked people had no clue what Ch'an was or wasn't though it makes sense that it considers itself part of the Mahayana and that the various differences are because of linea...
by Infinite
Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 118366

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

For the record, there are stories relating the miraculous, virgin birth of the Buddha - so let's maintain some level of consistency in what we're regarding as "silly." See the problem here is the two can't be compared. The Buddha never claimed divinity or any sort. Jesus on the other hand if he is ...
by Infinite
Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Suggest Ch'an Reading
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Suggest Ch'an Reading

I figured I would continue my expansion of learning about different traditions and was wondering what one would suggest as a good introduction to Ch'an. I was thinking of picking up Hoofprints of the Ox and The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma . Would these two be a good introduction? Any suggestions wou...

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