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by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 64
Views: 2083

Re: Morality of stockholding

Do you think is it immoral to own shares in a company that makes profits from its employees? The OP. Because it was posted in the Dzogchen forum it is tempting to assume that Inge was making a particular case vis a vis Dzogchen. But the point you make is valid. Being a Vajrayana practitioner of any...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 619

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Earlier, when I brought up the point about the Bull of Heaven (named El), Asherah's consort (also El), the leader of the council of Gods (the Elohim), etc. It so point out that this figure, whom we treat as a static figure, arose out of a long history of religious evolution. If there is any such ex...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Memory in Dharma
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Importance of Memory in Dharma

It's worth knowing that the Buddhist term which has come to be translated as 'mindfulness', i.e. 'smṛti' or 'dran pa' in Tibetan, basically means remembering or memory. It does. CTR used several words to capture the meaning in translation. One was 'recollection' in the original sense of re-collecti...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 16
Views: 284

Re: winning the lottery...???

Hmmmm. Various problems there. 1) You are assuming that the Buddhas act as celestial favour granters that can overide Karma. 2) You are assuming that winning the lottery would be an unmixed positive experience which will result in good outcomes all round. The evidence is actually that many big lotte...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:46 pm
If really Gurú Padmasambhava gave directions on mala characteristics, then it is important

Is the posted info reliable?
Before answering that we would have to clarify the historicity of Padmasambhava.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

Can one just use their fingers instead? I already made a habit of going from left thumb to right thumb, then back to left continuing on right thumb and then up to the right middle finger. That's one mala(4 mantras per finger, but one if it's long like Vajrasattva 100 or a dharani) and then I go bac...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 243
Views: 3935

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Yes, you finally figured it out... I wouldn't go that far personally. Myths can be very potent teaching aids. What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality. I was pointing out the poverty of negating someone else's mythological hooey and trying to prove your own. Most B...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 243
Views: 3935

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality. That goes too far... there are plenty of things we've thought were myth, only to find evidence that they are historical accounts - albeit often times mixed with myth. King Ashoka, for instance. I think there is a clear diff...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 243
Views: 3935

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm
The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
but that just leaves us claiming that the other side believes in a bunch of mythological hooey.
Yes, you finally figured it out...
I wouldn't go that far personally.
Myths can be very potent teaching aids.
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 74
Views: 1096

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

That would be considered by some notable Buddhist teachers to be a non-sequitur Ceomgenu.

The criterion according to those teachers is not what we identify with.
It is rather what drives our practice of Dharma.

Self-identifying as 'Buddhist' they would say, is not enough.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 16
Views: 284

Re: winning the lottery...???

My late father used to buy £100 worth of lottery tickets every month. (This was after my mother died, he would not have dared while she was alive). On one occasion he won £150. This was enough to keep his ticket-buying behaviour going for years. He was, as the Behaviourists say, on an intermittent s...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

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by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 35
Views: 439

Re: All is One

Prapanca.
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Whaaaaats Going On..?
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: Whaaaaats Going On..?

Here in Sydney, we're just entering our first heatwave of the year. We're expecting >45c in Sydney's west. Every year, the heatwaves get longer and hotter - last year was a record but this year might easily top it. Greenhouse effect, no doubt whatever in my mind. Rather you than me. Im a typical po...
by Simon E.
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...
Replies: 22
Views: 619

Re: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...

:popcorn: When the same poster posts the same incomprehensible gibberish that they have posted for like, YEARS...And you respond with the same cliched crap. But I am trying not to..honest. A man walked down the road and fell into a hole. The next day he walked down the road and fell in again. The n...
by Simon E.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

Sorry but one of us is completely confused. :shrug:

I will assume that it is me for the sake of the thread, and step off.

As far as I am concerned Mantrik answered the query some hours ago anyway.
by Simon E.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

If this is intended for Vajrayana practice, which seems to be the intention of the OP, then this is not the right attitude! There seems to be a contradiction between this response and the second quote in your sig. I fact, there might be, if you misunderstand everything and also take all out of cont...
by Simon E.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

Everyone who carefully read the above text can see clearly that a mala in Vajrayana is not simply a tool, as it's not just also a "magic" thing, sorcery or whatever you want! This kind of attitude from practitioners is actually one out of many reasons of why Vajrayana is a "secretive" thing, or at ...
by Simon E.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 733

Re: Mala Etiquette

In the old days Malas were made with what was at hand. They are counting device only so don't get too worried about how and why. The book on Malas is made for those in the West that must always make things way more complicated than they need to be. Buy or make one that you like, use how it feels co...
by Simon E.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 35
Views: 439

Re: All is One

Try again.