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by Mr. G
Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Wonderful New Shin Book
Replies: 8
Views: 933

Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Yes, it was a nice read. All his books are good. His second one "The Fragrance of Light" is a collection of Pure Land quotes and stories...a nice read as well.
by Mr. G
Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams
Replies: 360
Views: 17664

Re: Yidams

That's the reason why I say ask an Asian. Your fan boyism for "Asian Lamas" is not charming, and it is pretty racist, actually. First time I agree with Smcj. :jawdrop: Well that's simply because you're both ignorant racists. Do you really believe Asians possess some special genetics that enables th...
by Mr. G
Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley
Replies: 58
Views: 4218

Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

No love for Austin Osman Spare here too? :)
by Mr. G
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu and Vegetarianism
Replies: 376
Views: 27301

Re: Namkhai Norbu and Vegetarianism

Devadatta next plots discord among the monks by proposing that the Buddha mandate five austere disciplines for all recluses. These five are as follows: 1. forest dwelling 2. alms begging 3. the wearing of only refuse-rag robes 4. living at the foot of a tree 5. not eating meat or fish All of these ...
by Mr. G
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 103
Views: 16442

Re: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism

All the while, I have the understanding that any one practice in the Sakya 13 golden Dharmas can be taken alone as a sole path to enlightenment. and that include of course the 12 arms Maharakta Ganapati that has its source with Cakrasamvara Tantra. Yes, it comes from the Cakrasamvara tantra, but Ga...
by Mr. G
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 103
Views: 16442

Re: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism

Now that you say that he is a worldly protector, all the more, I understand why it is not HH recommended wealth deity practice for some followers. Of course advice is tailored to each individual. But if one has a connection to the practice, it's unlikely that a person would ask about it in terms of...
by Mr. G
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 103
Views: 16442

Re: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism

Now that you say that he is a worldly protector, all the more, I understand why it is not HH recommended wealth deity practice for some followers. Of course advice is tailored to each individual. But if one has a connection to the practice, it's unlikely that a person would ask about it in terms of...
by Mr. G
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 103
Views: 16442

Re: Ganesh in Tibetan Buddhism

Although it is regarded as enlightened and it is one of the 13 golden Dharmas in Sakya, It's a worldly protector in general, not just in Sakya. Ray's comments are incorrect. I know that it is not an encouraged practice in Sakya. HH Sakya Trizin has said that it can bring alot of obstacles if it is ...
by Mr. G
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: prayers for me
Replies: 21
Views: 3672

Re: prayers for me

My prayers are with you Anders

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by Mr. G
Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 8325

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

Hm. What if the atheist in question happened to be a Buddhist? The "Buddhist Atheist" is a misnomer that has gained popularity. Whether it's Theravada, Mahayana or Vajrayana, the existence of gods are present in teachings. However, people will do their best to modify beliefs to their own suiting. M...
by Mr. G
Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 8325

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

That's all very well I suppose, but why would an atheist disbelieve the photographs? The halo is a common, repeat, common phenomenon, almost as common as a rainbow. Most people have seen them. I have, many times. Mind you the one in the photos here is more intense than most. Because an atheist woul...
by Mr. G
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 8325

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

Then I don't understand why you referrred to people "believing" they saw a halo. Is there any reason one might disbelieve it? Because an atheist would "disbelieve". However as Mahayana Buddhists we know that objects and mind are empty of inherent existence and practitioners can experience pure visi...
by Mr. G
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 8325

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

I have read that a primary purpose of a statue, drawing or any image of a buddha or bodhisattva is to remind us of the Buddhist way and practice. In that aspect, anything that can remind you of the same is essentially functioning as a buddha/bodhisattva's image. Yes, that includes a toilet bowl. (N...
by Mr. G
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 8325

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

catmoon wrote:.

Of course if you are getting confused between the halo and the lens flare, well :shrug: ...
I'm not confused at all and it doesn't change the context of my post.
by Mr. G
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 8325

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

I think a better way to understand this is that the practitioners who saw what they believed to be a halo is a sign of progress in their personal practice. Master Kuang Chin said: Whatever circumstances we run into, our first thought should always be "reciting the name of the Buddha", nothing else. ...
by Mr. G
Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Departure
Replies: 36
Views: 4979

Re: Departure

Nighthawk wrote:This is going to be a huge loss to the forum as you are one of the most if not the most knowledgeable member on here. Hope to see you back soon.
by Mr. G
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 4527

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

His book 'Mahayana Buddhism' is well respected, but as a scholar it is a different story. I can only write from my own experience as a former Buddhist academic in the UK; I've heard numerous former colleagues laughing and hooting at him on many occasions (admittedly behind his back). If you believe...
by Mr. G
Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 4527

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

Raksha wrote:In Buddhist academic circles, Dr. Williams credibility is zero.
This is completely untrue.
by Mr. G
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Thank you all!

White Mahakala was the first empowerment I ever received, and it was from Luding Khen Rinpoche. :smile:
by Mr. G
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

I received a very nice thangka of White Mahakala from a very good friend. He even had it specially framed, and I believe just the framing itself cost a good deal of money (possibly around $300). My friend doesn't know much about Tibetan Buddhism, and took the thangka solely to be a piece of art. I k...