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by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

I have not heard that. When I practiced Theravada, we were always told that the practice would eliminate residual karmic impressions. Otherwise, what is the point of practice? Extinction of Karma is the point of practice in Theravada. AFAIK in Theravada, you cannot have something like Vajrasattva-s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

Hi, I'm currently doing religious studies at university and encountered an issue I had not though about. Previously studied Mahayana in a religious context. So, apparently there is a critique from the Theravada school that absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the c...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Notre Dame Paris on fire
Replies: 14
Views: 323

Re: Notre Dame Paris on fire

Nothing in this and other worlds is everlasting. :namaste: True. But, just as with the Bamiyan Buddhas, it is still sad to see something very old that brings beauty to the world and joy to many people destroyed. It’s a real loss, no doubt. Still, sometimes the loss of such things is the most powerf...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Father has cancer.
Replies: 12
Views: 288

Re: Father has cancer.

So sorry to hear about your Dad man, I'll include him in my practice.
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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 9
Views: 182

Re: Emotions = suffering?

mariel.hespanhol wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:37 am
Could you indicate where I can read about the concept of emotion in Buddhism?
Almost any basic book on Buddhism really. What traditions are you interested in?
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 9
Views: 182

Re: Emotions = suffering?

(English is not my first language, so forgive any mistakes.) In the Four Seals, it is said that all emotions are suffering. Am I wrong to interpret that this sentence simply means that duality is suffering? What about bodissatva's love and compassion beyond duality? What about relative bodichitta? ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen vs chanting mani mantra
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Tonglen vs chanting mani mantra

You can actually do both at once, they are complimentary. Not saying you should necessarily, it's the sort of thing you might want to ask for teachings on, especially if the idea is uncomfortable. Just saying, they are by no means mutually exclusive. Some Chenrezig practices in fact involve Tonglen.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

:thumbsup:

TWR is awesome. I'm lucky enough to live somewhere he visits regularly, I've found him to be a tremendous teacher, both very profound and simultaneously very down to earth.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How important is forgiveness?
Replies: 29
Views: 651

Re: How important is forgiveness?

I'd say "attachment" to outcomes is pretty important in the Nichiren school. In what way dude? Wanting "everything to be ok" due to one person forgiving another is IMO, simply a non-Buddhist notion, contrary the framework of any Buddhist ethical teaching i'm aware of. Like QQ said, it's not really ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How important is forgiveness?
Replies: 29
Views: 651

Re: How important is forgiveness?

Not nearly as importance as acceptance. Not that the two are mutually exclusive necessarily, but forgiveness typically carries an agenda, even if it's just to "make things right", to make things ok again. Acceptance of where things actually are, and true compassion for self and other applied from th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 510

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Somewhat tangential to the conversation, but no one is starving due to a lack of overall food production. We throw away 33% of all food produced or something like that. So people who are starving are typically blocked from food by something other than actual scarcity, certainly in the developed worl...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6563
Views: 640013

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

The local gar can sometimes make up the difference between membership cost and what one is able to pay. It depends upon circumstances. DS For me there is no local Gar (not even an active Seattle practice group, which is 2 hours away anyway, sadly)..which ultimately is (quite frankly) the biggest do...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Alabama judge blocks new Buddhist center in lawsuit over whether the center is religious
Replies: 33
Views: 716

Re: Alabama judge blocks new Buddhist center in lawsuit over whether the center is religious

So, aside from some vague accusations of corruption that make for some good yellow journalism, what's the deal? Here’s 63 pages of discussion on it - why don’t you start with that... https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=339 The opinion of the Thais I’ve spoken to about it (which includes a numbe...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blessed Be The Fruit
Replies: 53
Views: 849

Re: Blessed Be The Fruit

"Soft coup", what comic book nonsense, you need to understand the concept of "flack' Flak.... :rolling: ... Aaand we're done. Nice talking to you folk. If I get droned to death in the imminent urban warfare of Civil War II, please dedicate some merit to me. Goodnight! :lol: So I threw in a C where ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blessed Be The Fruit
Replies: 53
Views: 849

Re: Blessed Be The Fruit

"Soft coup", what comic book nonsense, you need to understand the concept of "flack' and how it functions, it's no more a soft coup than all the Clinton impeachment stuff was, it is built into our dysfunctional political system which (surprise surprise) has different factions. Is it smoke and mirror...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dalai Lama commends New Zealand prime minister and gun law reform
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Dalai Lama commends New Zealand prime minister and gun law reform

I remember the interview from which this comes, it didn’t really address guns or gun violence. It addressed self defense and pacifism, unsurprisingly HHDL is not a strict pacifist and allows for the self defense of oppressed people. IIRC he also addressed taking of life to save others.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: In the footsteps of Tilopa and Naropa and Shantideva
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: In the footsteps of Tilopa and Naropa and Shantideva

I'd echo what SMCJ says, minus the fact that I have a little less faith in 12 groups, especially where half the people are court mandated. Still, not a bad thing to check into if you are struggling with addiction. The Big Book is good reading for anyone who struggles in that area. If you aren't, and...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 60
Views: 1563

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

Personally, I'd put much more faith in an actual paradigm shift away from the values which created the automation vs. jobs battle in the first place. In fact, I'd argue that only by consciously moving away from those values are we going to right a quickly sinking ship. Sign me up. How do we do it? ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 60
Views: 1563

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

Putting this here too because it fits: You know, I think that the whole Green New Deal idea is a much better long term response to automation than the idea of UBI, or worker retraining etc. I know it's apples and oranges, that the two ideas aren't exclusive but.... The fact is that it is corporation...

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