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by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

The Buddha specifically and categorically denied that view. True, Sakyamuni specifically and categorically denied that view. No doubt about that. But all the Karmapas since Ranjung Dorje (Karmapa III, 1284-1339) have embraced it. So it kinda depends on which authority you’re referencing. No they di...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

Hi everyone !   May be is it worth pointing that Pratītyasamutpāda does not mean "interconnectedness" but "dependent origination", to chose one translation amongst many. "Interconnectedness" thought as some kind of "interpenetration", where "everything is connected with everything else, at every si...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

I would like to excuse myself beforehand if I'm not able to express this in an understandable manner. I'm aware of pratitysamutpada, but what I'm wondering is whether everything is just interconnected or if also everything is part of something bigger, like the universe? I've heard someone expressin...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the motivator a demotivator?
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days? Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all ...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

As a silly aside, every time I read the thread title I hear in my mind the strains of 'In Between Days' by The Cure.


:focus:
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ahimsa and pest control
Replies: 27
Views: 1460

Re: ahimsa and pest control

In 'Hinduism' ahimsa is seen as an overriding cardinal virtue. In Buddhism it is seen as one of several ideals that need to be kept in harmony, there is an acceptance of the fact that all things are interdependent and that ahimsa will often mean choosing the lesser of two evils. In the particular ca...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

Whether Lunar or Solar the calendar is in itself not the issue. Those that are concerned with what I am addressing will either agree with what I am saying or they won't. And that's fine. These matters will take decades and perhaps centuries to resolve to some degree. That has been the case in all th...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

I would expect nothing else.
The Vajrayana in the west is in its infancy. It will several generations before these processes work through one way or another i.e. Tradition/Reform. Deciding what is essential and what not.
In the meantime perhaps a mutual flourishing is in order.
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

European and Asian medieval world views are medieval world views. None are superior to any other. There is nothing racist or condescending about that. To be fair, the lunar calendar is far much older then the medieval era. Duly noted. My answer still stands. The aim of Buddhadharma is not in my vie...
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

European and Asian medieval world views are medieval world views.
None are superior to any other.
There is nothing racist or condescending about that.
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

Well speaking for myself I did not turn to Buddhadharma in order to substitute one set of medieval beliefs for those from another culture, or to spend my short human life in pursuit of spiritual materialism.

But hey, whatever floats your boat.
by Simon E.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ahimsa and pest control
Replies: 27
Views: 1460

Re: ahimsa and pest control

Well, as with many accounts of events that happened nearly 50 years before you had to be there to appreciate the complexities, the earnest attempts to find the least harmful and least disruptive solution and the grief at the realisation that there was only one real viable option. As to 'closing the ...
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 38
Views: 602

Re: Football World Cup.

I think that's the reason, David. But of course, it could be incidentally important in terms of momentum for the winning team. The English team arrived needing a morale boost after the national teams recent performances in International tournaments. A good performance against Belgium would see them ...
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 38
Views: 602

Re: Football World Cup.

This World Cup continues to surprise..Japan and Senegal have just drawn. Which throws that group wide open.
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

Student to CTR. " Should I learn Tibetan, Rinpoche? CTR. No. Just get Enlightened. Student. 'is learning Tibetan an obstacle to practice?' CTR. In your case... probably. In his case... Please note neither in this thread or any other do I ever say what others should or should not do. For the simple r...
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hair Cutting Days
Replies: 34
Views: 857

Re: Hair Cutting Days

I'm pretty sure I have seen classes in something pretty close to that advertised in Glastonbury High Street Mantrik.. :smile:
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 38
Views: 602

Re: Football World Cup.

The game against Panama ended 6-1. And England advance to the next round..however, the next game is against Belgium which is a horse of a different colour..
As it has been described a number of times this World Cup, Belgium is a team of superstars
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 38
Views: 602

Re: Football World Cup.

I'm watching on Telemundo and didn't catch what the commentators said, nor do I think my Spanish is good enough to identify what they said, but wasn't that penalty situation actually an offside right before? As in, the play that made the situation where the penalty occurred, should've been an offsi...
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 38
Views: 602

Re: Football World Cup.

24 minutes England 2 Panama 0. Despite Panama pulling every crooked trick in the book.
by Simon E.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 38
Views: 602

Re: Football World Cup.

England scores 8 minutes in!

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