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by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

Thank you for the conversation.... & I will check out the link you sent in a moment - thank you, gregkavarnos... I would just like to explain my situation - i did have a teacher with whom I emailed for a few years, they suggested books for me to read and practices I might work with, gave suggestion...
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

It means that to qualify as a lama first you have to do a minimum three year and three months and three weeksand three days closed retreat followed by a period of years (as many as the teacher deems necessary) where you are an apprentice to a qualified lama. I would think that anyone who went throu...
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

gregkavarnos wrote: If only it were so easy in my mandala!
I don't understand what you mean by this.
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Mahayana
Replies: 26
Views: 2753

Re: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Maha

From what little I have read of the subject, Theravada (not Hinayana, which disappeared) and Mahayana share the same foundational body and bloodline. It can be argued that both Theravada and Mahayana have attributes of embellishment and variable authenticity. I like what Ven. Bodhi has to say, that...
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

Is there a certificate or a rite of passage one goes through to be a spiritual adult. What certificates do your teachers have? No certificates are isued, people need to graduate through the goenka tradition. You need to sit a certain number of 10 day courses before you can sit a longer course, you ...
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Mahayana
Replies: 26
Views: 2753

Re: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Maha

Who do you need to convince? Let me add to this as it has been pointed out to me that this cab be read as offensive. Who are you building a case against, or for? Why do you feel mahayana needs convincing? What area in particular are you concerned about? I wouldn't think it needs any convincing, ple...
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Being mindful while reading
Replies: 7
Views: 1345

Re: Being mindful while reading

The mind is used to flitting off like this, it is normal. When you notice it has lost its awareness on the desired object, just keep bringing it back. With this practice you will strengthen your concentration.
The half hour time frame will gradually decrease with practice.
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Mahayana
Replies: 26
Views: 2753

Re: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Maha

Who do you need to convince? Let me add to this as it has been pointed out to me that this cab be read as offensive. I'm not sure what you mean here; it sounds like you're criticizing yourself, which is probably not what you mean. What do you mean by "cab" here? Please help us understand you. Who a...
by lowlydog
Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Mahayana
Replies: 26
Views: 2753

Re: What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Maha

Who do you need to convince? Let me add to this as it has been pointed out to me that this cab be read as offensive. Who are you building a case against, or for? Why do you feel mahayana needs convincing? What area in particular are you concerned about? I wouldn't think it needs any convincing, ple...
by lowlydog
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

gregkavarnos wrote:
Who decides who does the shielding?
Spiritual adults.
Is there a certificate or a rite of passage one goes through to be a spiritual adult.

This seems like a power that could easily be abused.
by lowlydog
Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:03 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka retreats
Replies: 36
Views: 5927

Re: SN Goenka retreats

Another question for those who have attended, since Goenka claims to not be teaching "religion", what exactly is the context of what is taught? sila samadhi panna The one person who I have talked to in person that gave an unusual response about the experience seemed to be under the impression that ...
by lowlydog
Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 986
Views: 78873

Re: Yes or No ...

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:Yes, to strive toward awakening and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Answer truthfully (yes or no) to the following question: Will the next word you say be 'no'?
Nicht

Do you have enemies?
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

...it can not be expressed by mere sounds, can a sound or a few typed words define and explain Greg K... So teachings are useless? The Sutras, Sutta, Shastras and Tantras play no role? :namaste: They are mere pointers towards the truth, and must be seen in this context, same as a guru. A guru or a ...
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

Wisdom is not being kept secret from anybody, delusion posing as wisdom is. It's a matter of shielding people, with the spiritual maturity of a 3 year old, from the posers and keeping the spiritual matches away from the kids. :namaste: wisdom must be experienced for oneself, it can not be expressed...
by lowlydog
Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

Jikan wrote: Nothing you know of, that is.

Unless you assume that Buddhist practice, as you understand it, is the only acceptable or genuine form of Buddhist practice. Is that your position?

Touchy touchy fella,

Wisdom is not a thing(nothing), but why we must keep it a secret is beyond me?
by lowlydog
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!
Replies: 42
Views: 2838

Re: We can, we cannot, we may, we may not.... arghhh!

seeker242 wrote:What could there be that would need to be kept a secret?
Nothing.
by lowlydog
Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 85
Views: 16197

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

deepbluehum, "the lineage gurus can awaken kundalini and no one else" You're possibly being too narrow, the rising of the kundalini is mysterious. I read an interesting account by Lucia Osborne apparently she was packing in readiness to escape the worst effects of the summer heat in South India whe...
by lowlydog
Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 310
Views: 26328

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Hi Lotus_Bitch, consciousness is the present moment, I am consciousness, consciousness is space, it is always the present moment, present moment can not die and is eternal. sense consciousness is impermanent as described in the sutta you provided, conscious consciousness (formless consciousness)is e...
by lowlydog
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Aro gTér
Replies: 324
Views: 26479

Re: On Aro gTér

I don't know about you, but I have a degree of trust in my teachers, and their teachers, and their teachers teachers... :namaste: No you don't, that is called blind faith. If your trust is real it comes from the dharma you have experienced through practice. Your practice has given you faith in your...