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by plwk
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: For Madam C
Replies: 0
Views: 629

For Madam C

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My heartfelt gratitude, Madam C. You had a hard life but with filial children and now a quiet passing.
May the Three Sages grant you a lotus seat in Sukhavati and swiftly attain anuttara samyak sambodhi for all parent sentient beings!
by plwk
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Analysis or Nothing
Replies: 265
Views: 12077

Re: Analysis or Nothing

So why not look into the veracity of that claim? Sure, no problem. But Astus, let's come down to us, the level of non-Sages, unlike those you quoted: how many Buddhists and their teachers actually engage in analysis as recommended by the texts and teachers that you quote in here? And to what extent...
by plwk
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism too hard ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1789

Re: Is Buddhism too hard ?

I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition here! Hey, neither did I back when I first signed up here years ago, just going with the flow man. Stay a bit longer and you will see... Yeah, the Spanish thingy was bad but I can't afford to ignore what Luther and the Reformation did who were just as bad ass...
by plwk
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Analysis or Nothing
Replies: 265
Views: 12077

Re: Analysis or Nothing

So, analysis serves no purpose, we are to seek a guru? Is that the point? Kind of makes having the need for an internet forum moot, doesn't it? Well, the gist as below confirms your point isn't it, after 4 pages? You have to receive them from a guru. Then you will understand. Until that point, ther...
by plwk
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism too hard ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1789

Re: Is Buddhism too hard ?

Is Buddhism too hard ?
They say there is hard in the easy & easy in the hard.
What is 'easy' and what is 'hard'? Training one's own mind to transcend duhkha or rolling around the triple burning worlds?
Think about it....
by plwk
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism too hard ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1789

Re: Is Buddhism too hard ?

Not all of Christianity is like that. The Catholics say that "faith without works is dead ". No, it wasn't. It was the Elder Apostle James in his Epistle. Centuries later, the infamous anti Semitic German heretic named Martin Luther coined his sola fide crap, wanted to purge the Epistle and the res...
by plwk
Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Slow server problems?
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Re: Slow server problems?

Why hello there Sara H and welcome back. Long time no see!
Yes, occasionally, it's slow even from my side when it comes to opening up DWM & DWT but I guess that's online samsara huh :mrgreen:
by plwk
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Bardo for Theravada Buddhists
Replies: 26
Views: 3282

Re: Bardo for Theravada Buddhists

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by plwk
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Baby Kitty went to the heavens today!
Replies: 5
Views: 884

Re: Baby Kitty went to the heavens today!

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by plwk
Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: bless mala before use
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: bless mala before use

There are other mantra for blessing the mala which do require transmission. Try to get at least one of these if you can. Every Lama knows at least one. They will multiply the effect of every mantra you say. Some practitioners only bless their malas during the first session of the day. Some bless th...
by plwk
Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Blessed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Day
Replies: 11
Views: 2267

Re: Blessed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Wg8yowsxc Bowing Repentance rite of Avalokitesvara's 12 Vows at The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in California Today, the 19th Day/6th Lunar Month, 3rd August 2015, the Chinese Mahayana world celebrates the second of the tri-annual celebrations, the Enlightenment o...
by plwk
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: May be its time to ban discussion about Homosexuallity...
Replies: 224
Views: 14354

Re: May be its time to ban discussion about Homosexuallity..

So I guess what it boils down to is this: traditionally the institution of marriage is between one man and one woman, one man and one tree, one women and one fruit, several brothers and one women, several women and one man and so on. That reminds me of Mel Brooks... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
by plwk
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 26729

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

Can a monk have sex? No. Full stop. End of discussion.
Right...then there's Ra Lotsawa...
by plwk
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Basic questions about Nichiren
Replies: 84
Views: 8976

Re: Basic questions about Nichiren

Good one rory, concise but a question remains, how sustainable is it for an average Joe or Jane for the "realizing Buddhahood in a single moment... especially when it's after the glow, comes the laundry to quote Kornfield...

plain and simple. Yes and no, I guess...
by plwk
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you get reborn as a deva/animal in Mahayana?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: How do you get reborn as a deva/animal in Mahayana?

I guess 99.99% of humans are going to the lower planes. That's super depressing. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.102-113.than.html Really? Let's look at what the texts have to say about its causes and conditions... As Dighajanu (Tiger Paw) answered back then... not too differen...
by plwk
Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightened yet fat
Replies: 93
Views: 6507

Re: Enlightened yet fat

If these are of any use in here... Link PARABLE 047: FAULT-FINDING (GOOD SPIRITUAL ADVISOR) According to the Brahma Net and Avatamsaka Sutras, we should ignore appearances and external forms when seeking a good teacher. For example, we should disregard such traits as youth, poverty, low status or l...
by plwk
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions
Replies: 224
Views: 11320

Re: Tibetan institutional religous violence

Children should not be placed in monasteries from the start. Religious education is one thing, but children need their parents. In my worthless opinion, It's not so straightforward as some would like it to be... Firstly, yes, in an ideal world, they should not. In a not so ideal world back then and...
by plwk
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: May be its time to ban discussion about Homosexuallity...
Replies: 224
Views: 14354

Re: May be its time to ban discussion about Homosexuallity..

Here's my worthless opinions... It will not help educate anyone, people have made up their mind. But there are others who may wish to be educated and access both sides of the debate. For those who 'have made up their minds', either way... One: There's no compulsion to read topics that's not conduciv...
by plwk
Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: in need of support
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: in need of support

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by plwk
Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sermon by 25th HBS Head Priest
Replies: 23
Views: 3360

Re: Sermon by 25th HBS Head Priest

I was just reading this the other day... Link I agree: it is difficult. I'd say that the highest percentage of disputes and moderation activities at boards like this (choosing my words carefully) involve misunderstandings of where those boundaries lie, and mismatched expectations of the same. Examp...