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by Dexing
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: animal liberation
Replies: 32
Views: 3719

Re: animal liberation

Aye yai yai! :crazy: Every so often these news stories pop up again and again. Actually, quite regularly... Why aren't more Buddhist leaders speaking out about this? From the latest: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/wildlife-watch-mercy-release-buddhist-china-illegal-trade/ But according t...
by Dexing
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Story: Falling Beads
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Story: Falling Beads

:thanks:
by Dexing
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Story: Falling Beads
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Story: Falling Beads

Is anyone familiar with a story of beads falling from the sky and a person attempting to pick them all up, but the more they pick up the more they drop as they overflow? One can imagine the moral of the story, but I don't remember the details and can't find it. :shrug:

:namaste:
by Dexing
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra question
Replies: 31
Views: 4458

Re: Heart Sutra question

I think we lost Bonsai Doug... :shrug:
by Dexing
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra question
Replies: 31
Views: 4458

Re: Heart Sutra question

In Sunyata, there is no abandon. If you abandon, you just dont get what sunyata is. A good prescription for rebirth in the lower realms. How so? The meaning is that in śūnyatā there is "nothing" to be abandoned, and to hold that there is something to abandon is to necessarily partake of the idea of...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra question
Replies: 31
Views: 4458

Re: Heart Sutra question

Jnana wrote:Sorry peeps, but this isn't the pseudo-zen bullshit forum.
That's pretty rude. Who and what are you even talking about?
by Dexing
Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra question
Replies: 31
Views: 4458

Re: Heart Sutra question

My readings/study are primarily Theravada. But I try not to limit myself, and appreciate other traditions. The Heart Sutra may be short, but it's a tough one to understand. For example, in all the things that are negated in that sutra, it seems to me that it also negates the Four Noble Truths and t...
by Dexing
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Please Identify
Replies: 14
Views: 2088

Re: Please Identify

I can't see it. It seems a broke img code.
by Dexing
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22464

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

What real, hard evidence is there that bodhisattvas exist, that enlightenment is possibility or that rebirth can happen either? In my experience, many skeptical doubts I've had concerning the very things of bodhisattvas, rebirth etc., were erased when I studied these things and realized they weren'...
by Dexing
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Can foreigners ordain in China?
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Re: Can foreigners ordain in China?

Huifeng wrote:Sorry, by "few" I was thinking "no more than a few dozen". Again, relative to other traditions.
As for abbotcy - thank you, learnt something new today. :tongue:

~~ Huifeng
Thanks. I "learned" something too! (I thought you were originally American..?) :tongue:
by Dexing
Wed May 30, 2012 5:45 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Can foreigners ordain in China?
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Re: Can foreigners ordain in China?

The basic reason is that non citizens cannot study at Buddhist colleges there, and in a way, really can't even live in the monasteries in the same way as the monastics (would have to be in a separate guest house, or equivalent). That's odd... How many do you count? <-- not a rhetorical question, I ...
by Dexing
Tue May 29, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Can foreigners ordain in China?
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Re: Can foreigners ordain in China?

Lately I've seen some pictures of both black and white monks in China. I know a lot of them actually ordain in Taiwan, and may perhaps go to the mainland. But I wonder if it is possible for a foreigner to ordain in mainland China and continue a monastic life there. Might anyone know? I suspect they...
by Dexing
Mon May 28, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is taking medication a sin?
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Knotty Veneer wrote:
Is taking medication a sin?
Only if it doesn't belong to you :lol:
:jumping:
by Dexing
Sat May 26, 2012 6:41 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Server Error
Replies: 1
Views: 682

Server Error

Not sure if it's just me (I'm in China), but sometimes while navigating the site I get an error screen saying "no data received" because the server sent no data, which sounds like an overload. Reloading the pages later, or coming in through another page will get it going again. But this has been hap...
by Dexing
Mon May 21, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: dharma ending age?
Replies: 28
Views: 2220

Re: dharma ending age?

Christianity mainly has only one book, yet look at how many different sects there are that interpret the same words in vastly different ways. Dharma ending does not have to mean texts disappear, but their interpretation and practice can become quite different than initially intended. In other words,...
by Dexing
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Can foreigners ordain in China?
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Can foreigners ordain in China?

Lately I've seen some pictures of both black and white monks in China. I know a lot of them actually ordain in Taiwan, and may perhaps go to the mainland. But I wonder if it is possible for a foreigner to ordain in mainland China and continue a monastic life there. Might anyone know? I suspect they ...
by Dexing
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My cat suffered a stroke today
Replies: 94
Views: 5277

Re: My cat suffered a stroke today

How am I not responding to you in this discussion? How are my posts more ignorant? They seem to be talking to what you've talked about, and I quote what I'm responding to you in your messages. Not quite sure where your confusion is coming from. Because you keep arguing against things I've never sai...
by Dexing
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My cat suffered a stroke today
Replies: 94
Views: 5277

Re: My cat suffered a stroke today

Plenty of Christians make the same kind of claims about their creator god, their direct experience of him and scores of others who claim the same experience. They also have NDE case studies to support their theory. Is that valid knowledge? What makes your case different? :namaste: hahaha come on ma...
by Dexing
Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dorje Chang Buddha III
Replies: 21
Views: 5112

Re: Dorje Chang Buddha III

Saw him on one of those Buddhist Cult listings years ago.

Here's another website with such listings: Buddhist Cults

Also "How to Spot a Buddhist Cult".

:namaste:
by Dexing
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My cat suffered a stroke today
Replies: 94
Views: 5277

Re: My cat suffered a stroke today

Just giving you the benefit of the doubt that everything you've tried to explain in your last post is what you originally meant in the earlier post-- then you are still claiming that direct experience is the only form of valid knowledge. Of course I am not. I have always said "claims of knowing wha...