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by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 25
Views: 289

Re: Football World Cup.

Your lot have just drawn level by a penalty Wayfarer! :thumbsup: Yeah I caught it when I got up - match itself was past my bed-time. There's still a chance that Australia will go through, albeit a slim chance. Still, they're miles ahead of where they used to be in the world rankings a generation ag...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Rhetoric?
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Bodhisattva Rhetoric?

So bodhisattvas usually make the vow not to attain enlightenment until all sentient beings have achieved it. However, as these bodhisattvas have cancelled their enlightenment and there are many bodhisattvas, how are they exactly going to reach enlightenment with so many remaining from cancelling en...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 25
Views: 289

Re: Football World Cup.

Us Aussies are hoping for a miracle against Denmark tonight, as that it what it will take.

Meanwhile, I was amused by this Slate article on the demise of Morocco and their ‘comically good-looking’ coach, Herve Renard. ‘A jawline like a yacht’. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 47
Views: 609

Re: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

There are many paradoxes on the path. That is because from different points on the path, or from the perspective of people at different stages of development, things appear differently. So attempts to say 'it is like this' generally overlook those divergences of perspective. That's why there are 'tw...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 47
Views: 609

The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

Does Zen follow the Four Noble Truths? If so what texts do they get it from? Classically, Zen does not "follow" or posit any doctrines. Except maybe that it doesn't follow any doctrines. I think that's a bit of a misreading, because as is evident from the OP and some of the comments beneath, Zen (a...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: original as misnomer

You’re welcome! It’s a great question to have raised.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: original as misnomer

Is there an infinite consciousness or self that is shining everywhere? Well, there is the Pabhassara Sutta: "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Interesting to browse but he sure could use some basic web formatting skills, the site looks like all websites used to in 1996.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4013

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Actually, it's a metaphysic. OK, that's a word which Buddhists generally don't much like - and indeed it's not metaphysics in the traditional sense of substance, essence and accident. But it's inexorably connected to a way of being, an understanding of the nature of lived reality, and also to radica...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Help me with a difficult family conversation.
Replies: 19
Views: 350

Re: Help me with a difficult family conversation.

Has anyone ever had to have this conversation? Other way around! I used to take my boys fishing when they were little, but then for exactly the same reason I had to abandon fishing when they got to about high-school age, much to their annoyance. We had many vexed conversations, one of which was, yo...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to learn to pronounce mantras?
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: How to learn to pronounce mantras?

in regard to Sanskrit (not Tibetan), I have found a very useful Youtube channel Buddhist Practice in Sanskrit.

There is also a wonderful resource site with Sanskrit Buddhist chants at www.bodhisvara.com.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meditate and grow your ego
Replies: 42
Views: 799

Re: Meditate and grow your ego

On a related note - I did notice very early in the first season of Billions, that both Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades were seen meditating with iPhone timers.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meditate and grow your ego
Replies: 42
Views: 799

Re: Meditate and grow your ego

I remember a particular spiritual teacher [not Buddhist] always saying that practice or cultivation by self-discipline was like ‘pruning a bush’ which would only grow more vigorously as a consequence. The only way to realise truth was to cut it [the bush i.e. ego] at the root. Let’s not forget the ‘...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: original as misnomer

just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. Actually, the two 'extremes' are not nihilism and idealism, but nihilism and eternalism . And eternalism is something like the belief that the aim of the spiritual life...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 40
Views: 1332

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

There seems to be some confusion in this thread concerning the author and even gender of the blog article in question. The article itself is credited to Ayya Yeshe, about which it is said at the foot of the article: Ayya Yeshe is the Abbess of Dakini Bodhicitta Monastery, which is now forming in Aus...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 761

Re: Competitive meditators...

Completely agree with that. But I have set myself this challenge this year and want to stick to it. Especially because in just under two weeks the year is half gone already. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 761

Re: Competitive meditators...

As Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said: If we really want to be sublime meditators, we should not set a time period for our meditation as is the modern meditator's style. I used to read krishnamurt, who was always insistent there was no method to meditation. “Meditation”, he would say, “is when there’s not...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 761

Re: Competitive meditators...

I can’t help be reminded of a joke I heard some time back. A very learned and respected rebbe was on his death bed, and people came from far and wide to pay their respects. Towards the end, some very learned scholars were among those who visited, and they all spoke highly of the teacher’s great guid...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 761

Re: Competitive meditators...

I've committed to sit every day in 2018. I'm not in a competition, but one thing that has definitely come into play is that every day I get a reminder from Insight Timer app 'you've completed 165 days straight' (or whatever the count is of today's date). So - if I miss a day, then it's going to take...

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