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by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?
Replies: 10
Views: 122

Re: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?

Like many things in Buddhadharma, the chakras exist from one pov and do not exist from another.

To borrow a phrase from another discussion, they are as real as YOU are, i.e. relatively, conventionally.
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 11
Views: 168

Re: forgiveness

Not convinced. One is passive, the other active.
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 11
Views: 168

Re: forgiveness

I understand forgiveness as you do, but the passage says something different. The Buddha speaks of a monk whose mind remains unaffected; but if that’s the case, there is no need to forgive. But for us who are not so well trained and our minds are affected, we need to forgive. I get that one can con...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 11
Views: 168

Re: forgiveness

This.
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche As...
Replies: 108
Views: 1795

Re: Guru Rinpoche As...

CTR either originated the term 'crazy wisdom' or appropriated it from some other source and introduced it to a Buddhist context. At that time he hung out a lot with Richard Alpert aka Ram Dass. Possibly it was something that Alpert brought to the table that came from his guru Neem Karoli Baba...I am...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche As...
Replies: 108
Views: 1795

Re: Guru Rinpoche As...

Must say your Knowledge and Wisdom are remarkable and you have shed light here into the darkness. I agree fully with your opinions and thank you very much that you shared your Wisdom with us. At last, somebody sees the light. :anjali: Many of us can see a light. Different candles lit at different t...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: question on divine madness
Replies: 9
Views: 426

Re: question on divine madness

Pre -InvasionTibetans lived in an agrarian theocracy that was virtually monocultural and socially coherent. This kind of behaviour ( if it indeed happened) could be seen as a necessary correction to ultra conformism. We on the other hand, live in a chaotic, value free, rootless and inhumane society....
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 78
Views: 1880

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

We need a strong subculture of Western Buddhist nomads. You're talking about tumbleweed yogis. They depend on the settled communities for their support. They've always been a counter-culture. You need the community householders to support that. Horse before the cart. Not really. Trungpa described i...
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 78
Views: 1880

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

Many years ago I said to a much more experienced Dharma student 'Western dharma is going to fail, it is already failing. It will never successfully transplant to the west'
She replied. 'You are projecting, because you are having difficulty with your practice'.


She was right.
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: shake your nibutti
Replies: 13
Views: 326

Re: shake your nibutti

It's just words..
by Simon E.
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 3940

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I hate to say it, but many of the most fervent "supporters" of each side in the conflict are continuing to act like schoolboys brawling over their football teams. Do you know of any "fervent supporters" acting like schoolboys still on Thaye Dorje's side? All I have seen is happiness for the meeting...
by Simon E.
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 3940

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Either 'nothing has changed' OR there is 'pressure on certain Lamas (and lay people) caught up in sectarian nonsense to open up'..both statements can't be true I would suggest :smile:

Anyway, back to fishin'..

:namaste:
by Simon E.
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 3940

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

conebeckham wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:42 pm
Such good news! :smile:
Joyful.
Heartfelt salutations to both Precious Teachers.
And to all of the followers of each.

:namaste: :namaste: :namaste:
by Simon E.
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Break.
Replies: 3
Views: 189

A Break.

Thats all for now folks. May we all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
by Simon E.
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 835

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Not you QQ. You seem a reasonable fellow.
by Simon E.
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 835

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

... like turtle fur or rabbit's antlers? Or a republican Nichiren Buddhist. :P In your meat world life do you ever engage in discussion without trying to win? Just discuss, debate, exchange, give positive regard? Try it. Many find that it opens up a whole new world... without loss of perceived stat...
by Simon E.
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 835

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:35 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:21 pm
lifestyle choices
That's a fraught phrase...

I'd restate something like,

"bad idea to take refuge in any conditioned identity."
Yes, that's much more accurate.
by Simon E.
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 835

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

:good:

I would add, not just political views. Taking refuge in what are essentially lifestyle choices is, in the end, an obstacle to understanding also.
by Simon E.
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 835

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Aye. I know little about Nichiren Buddhism. But in general Buddhist terms, I have met left wing Buddhists. Right wing Buddhists. Wealthy Buddhists. Poor Buddhists. Vegan Buddhists. Largely carnivorous Buddhists. Extrovert Buddhists. Introvert Buddhists. Teetotal Buddhists.Wine loving Buddhists...inc...

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