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by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: 1000 buddhas for Dalai Lama
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: 1000 buddhas for Dalai Lama

Why?
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Not for a better Samsara
Replies: 14
Views: 777

Re: Not for a better Samsara

Samsara and Nirvana are two different ways of experiencing the same phenomena. Everything Buddha talked about relates to our experience. It's not as though he was way out there and nobody could understand what he was rambling about. Even though it is true that making samsara cozier is not the goal ...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Right-wing psychology

The glorious Empire, white, Christian and empiricist! I suffer from false consciousness/nostalgia too, but for that mythical post WWII Keynesian golden age, where liberal institutions were actually liberal, public services were actually public, and welfare was actually designed to help the poorest/...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

Edit: Let’s not have a dispute. Then listen to what Matt says. I don’t know what your intention is, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that it’s positive. But he is correct. You come over as superior and as a know-all. At various points in this thread you directly contradict au...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

You know, Matt, it's kind of like this... One may really enjoy finding a Buddha rupa and putting it on one's shrine. But without filling it and consecrating it properly, it will actually have ghost energy which will be a hindrance. And I would love to see some kind of citation or reference from an ...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Right-wing psychology

I agree with the 'asura' analysis, and also with the notion that those on the other side are afflicted by this. In fact, I think 'the political' per se is basically an asura domain. It is very hard to even enter a political discourse without becoming a bit or a lot asura oneself. It is a constant d...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

Your posts on this thread follow a familiar pattern. Some one talks about an experience they've had, sharing it with others. You post modest praise, followed by a BUT "this is what the real path is," consisting of essentially becoming a Buddha (abiding in dharmakaya is a synonym for enlightenment B...
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If siddhis are forbidden, why some texts teach how to achieve them?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: If siddhis are forbidden, why some texts teach how to achieve them?

And siddhis are not forbidden. Nor necessarily a waste of time..but many Buddhist teachers see the active pursuit of them as a potential obstacle.
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Right-wing psychology

Without wanting to sound too simplistic I think it’s the Marxist ‘Crisis of Capitalism..’..The old lad got some things right..
Of course from a Dharmic view there are aspects that Marxian thought does not plumb, nevertheless...
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

We can, and perhaps should, have aspirations towards Bodhisattvahood. But let’s not get carried away here. As a Zen chap I know says, “ let’s not try to be too holy by next Tuesday”. :smile:
Start small. Build up your compassion muscles.
Being a Bodhisattva/Mahasattva can wait.
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

To the OP. I have truly no idea how a Bodhisattva sees others. However I have been taught by those whose opinions I respect that a Bodhisattvas view always includes both compassion AND wisdom..So they always know what is wise as well as sympathetic. If this is to any extent true then we need to deve...
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 34
Views: 1142

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

The idea of desiring a specific form for a future rebirth is problematic, and with respect shows a lack of awareness of the Buddhist teaching on Rebirth which differs quite significantly from, for example the ‘Hindu ‘belief in reincarnation. Hinduism teaches that we have a spark or soul that is born...
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

An experience I have had, and it might simply be my lack of facility, is a teacher is giving me instruction but it makes little sense. But later in waking, day time life, sometimes days later, I remember it in a series of flashbacks or something akin to flashbacks. Anyone else have something simila...
by Simon E.
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 179

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I think we are back to Mercator's Projection I.e. what appears furthest apart is from another perspective actually close or even not -different. The different perspective here is in the identity of the self that holds the ‘power’. Both self and other arise in Emptiness and dissolve in Emptiness. So ...
by Simon E.
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

An experience I have had, and it might simply be my lack of facility, is a teacher is giving me instruction but it makes little sense. But later in waking, day time life, sometimes days later, I remember it in a series of flashbacks or something akin to flashbacks. Anyone else have something similar?
by Simon E.
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

I summarize the dreams I remember, particularly if they are a recurring theme. lol, and/or when I remember to. Maybe a paragraph if they seem especially significant in some way. There is no one right way to do it, however I would be hesitant to let my conscious mind decide what is significant perso...
by Simon E.
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

If it’s important to you Pero you might want to set the alarm 15 minutes earlier. You then immediately grab your journal and pen and write down without censorship everything you remember. Over time the unconscious mind notices that you are listening ( don’t ask me to explain that, but it’s true) and...
by Simon E.
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hi
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: hi

fullyunenlightened wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:00 am
looking to have some good conversation about mahayana practice
Hello fullyunenlightened, welcome to the club.. :namaste:
by Simon E.
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US to sanction Chinese interference in Dalai Lama succession
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: US to sanction Chinese interference in Dalai Lama succession

No.
It just means, to use an old English saying, that any stick is good enough to beat the dog with.
by Simon E.
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 900

Re: Dream Yoga

Same here. I know someone who overcame this by fashioning a pair of dream glasses! But I have not been able to do that.

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