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by vajrahorizon
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Euthanasia
Replies: 2
Views: 793

Euthanasia

What's the Buddhist view on Euthasia. I was reading a article about a man in Britain who was effectively trapped in his body and the British legal system would not allow a doctor to assist him dying. Does Buddhism have a view on this?
by vajrahorizon
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Refuge
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Re: Taking Refuge

Taking formal refuge would be great. It sounds like a fantastic idea. Do you want to practice tantric or sutric? Kevin Once my base practices are established I would like to go tantric, but I would happily spend a number of years in Shamata practice to get there. I'm in no rush. I really want to st...
by vajrahorizon
Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Refuge
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Taking Refuge

Hey All, I'm at the stage where I want to formally take refuge. I have been lurking around Buddhism for nearly 30 odd years and think it's about time to formally commit. As I get older the teachings seem more accurate and I really am looking for a community to help me stay on the path. I don't have ...
by vajrahorizon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where to start and an ethical dilema?
Replies: 6
Views: 1175

Re: Where to start and an ethical dilema?

I went to experience undifferentiated reality. This will require some steady meditation. If you take a deep breath, and set aside the thoughts of the day, undifferentiated reality is right there waiting. It is the flow of sensations, the frame of mind, whether good, bad or indifferent. It can be pa...
by vajrahorizon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 4901

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Son of Buddha wrote:take the Bodhisattva vows and walk the Bodhisattva path.
Taking the vow won't automatically turn me into a Bodhisattva will it!?

I was just asking do Bodhisattvas have suffering?

VH
by vajrahorizon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 4901

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Do Bodhisattvas have suffering? MY main practice background is Theravada though I'm moving into Mahayana and hopefully Vajrayana one day.

VH
by vajrahorizon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Are empowerments essential?
Replies: 0
Views: 834

Are empowerments essential?

Do you need empowerments to use visualisations. I have read somewhere that you can do visualisations of certain dieties that are safe without empowerments. Could someone more knowledgable please assist.

VH
by vajrahorizon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Whether current technical civilisation will continue is one of the great questions of the age.

VH
by vajrahorizon
Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Compassion and pity?
Replies: 13
Views: 2124

Re: Compassion and pity?

On some levels I'm a very empathetic person. It always pained me to see insects and the like suffer, but I was deeply conflicted by this. I thought the best response was to toughen myself up and at times acted in a cruel fashion. I would say, that the best response would be to be emphatic and paine...
by vajrahorizon
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Compassion and pity?
Replies: 13
Views: 2124

Compassion and pity?

On some levels I'm a very empathetic person. It always pained me to see insects and the like suffer, but I was deeply conflicted by this. I thought the best response was to toughen myself up and at times acted in a cruel fashion. How does one demonstrate compassion without the pity getting you down ...
by vajrahorizon
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Best meditation for my circumstance? Maybe someone can help?
Replies: 15
Views: 2878

Best meditation for my circumstance? Maybe someone can help?

Deal All, Here is my circumstance. I'm going through a third divorce to a woman I loved very much. She left me as I have an autoimmune condition which causes me chronic pain, depression, and makes me look pretty ugly as well. I am a lot of pain and life looks pretty bleak most of the time. My father...
by vajrahorizon
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 4901

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Doing a bit of research in the evening, after my missive from this morning, and I found this, from one of my favorite Teachers: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/arahantsbodhisattvas.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Like all great poets and writers, he puts into wo...
by vajrahorizon
Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sequential Meditation Forms
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Re: Sequential Meditation Forms

Counting the breath is helpful for establishing mindfulness. After mindfulness is sufficiently developed, there's no need to continue with counting, and one can then attend to the breath silently. And there are also other useful object-supports for developing mental calm and pliancy, such as mainta...
by vajrahorizon
Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sequential Meditation Forms
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Sequential Meditation Forms

G'day all, I'm interested in reestablishing my meditation practice after many years. What I really want is to build stability, then insight, then possibly I might enter into some tantric practices if I find the right teacher. What is the most stabilising (calming, settling) form of meditation. Breat...
by vajrahorizon
Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:19 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where to start and an ethical dilema?
Replies: 6
Views: 1175

Where to start and an ethical dilema?

Hey All, Like me make a candid confession in my introduction. I am what you might call a spiritual seeker and have passed through pretty much every religious/spiritual tradition that has existed, though while remaining deeply sceptical of the forms of these traditions. My first interest was in Zen a...