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by MattyNottwo
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooter at DC shipyard was Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 2230

Re: Shooter at DC shipyard was Buddhist

I don't think we should equate mental illness with people who cause harm, all things being equal, we would have to say everyone who kills is mentally ill, including all the supposed justified killing, war execution law enforcement etc. I have known many people put in the mental illness label, who ar...
by MattyNottwo
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Kshitigarbha
Replies: 13
Views: 2978

Kshitigarbha

I apologize if it's already been posted, but which Sutra or Sutras mention Kishitigarbha, and or tell his story?

Thanks,
by MattyNottwo
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lojong without Guru Yoga
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: Lojong without Guru Yoga

Read Pema Chodron's "Start where you are." She is a wonderful Lojong teacher. I think that not having a guru is better than a bad guru, and by bad guru, not only in the literal sense, but in our view of the guru. I think a real feeling and devotion to the practice are more important. Also, starting ...
by MattyNottwo
Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure land Monastery Florida?
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: Pure land Monastery Florida?

Thanks! :D I'm not too far from those for a good road trip.
by MattyNottwo
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure land Monastery Florida?
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Pure land Monastery Florida?

Does anyone know of a Pureland Monastery or Center in Florida? We have a Vietnamese Monastery, but I think they are mostly practicing Zen.

:smile:
by MattyNottwo
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Breathing meditation in Greek Philokalia
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: Breathing meditation in Greek Philokalia

There is a book called "The Way of The Pilgrim" that is completely focused on this prayer. It is a really good book by an unknown author and his search to "pray unceasingly." Shambhala publications put out a good edition.
by MattyNottwo
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 13276

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

Sounds like fun. Any preferences on the translation? I have a few different copies, maybe we could even compare and contrast. I think whatever you have is fine, the various translations follow the same theme, besides perhaps those reading different translations can bring a different perspective to ...
by MattyNottwo
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 13276

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

That sounds like a great idea! :smile:
by MattyNottwo
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Nightmares
Replies: 38
Views: 6809

Re: Nightmares

I think the nembutsu could be clearing out all the garbage. I read an article recently that said Buddhism is "not for happiness." It said something like, if all your garbage isn't coming out, then it will never be removed and transformed. Just my opinion anyway. I was so happy when I started practic...
by MattyNottwo
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:27 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure land and Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 3354

Re: Pure land and Tibetan Buddhism

Thank you :smile:
by MattyNottwo
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure land and Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 3354

Pure land and Tibetan Buddhism

Does anyone know much about Pure Land Buddhism in Tibet? I found a book recently Called "Luminous Bliss," but haven't been able to read it. I also listened to a Dharma talk by a Tibetan teacher who said Pure Land is actually big in Tibet, but it's not very popular here for the same reasons that othe...
by MattyNottwo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?
Replies: 64
Views: 7902

Re: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?

I just want to put in one opinion. If it's true, you don't have to believe in it. Like you don't have to believe that fire burns, or that water gets you wet, or start a campaign on the true belief of the heat of fire. That being said, I think belief allows us to filter out any other information that...
by MattyNottwo
Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lojong as " stealing " ?
Replies: 23
Views: 3559

Re: Lojong as " stealing " ?

One of the first things my teacher told me about lojong and tonglen was to do it with threefold purity: no one giving, no one receiving, and no gift. So I guess it's to be done with a view of emptiness. One of the slogans is also "Regard all dharmas as dreams." So, it's all a passing memory anyway. ...
by MattyNottwo
Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 7605

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

I heard an Indian story about a man who wanted to learn to meditate, so he went to a famous teacher for instruction. The teacher asked, "what do you love?" The man said," I love my cows and bulls." So the teacher told him to go to a cave and recite, "I am a bull" (in sanskrit of course.) A year late...
by MattyNottwo
Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Karmic Debt and Pure land?
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: Karmic Debt and Pure land?

Thank you :smile: that helps
by MattyNottwo
Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Karmic Debt and Pure land?
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Karmic Debt and Pure land?

I don't know if I can articulate this, but I will give it a shot. I'm just starting on pure land practice and am coming from mindfulness-awareness practice in Mahayana, but this question bugs me. I know in Hinayana that restraint is very important, but moving to Mahayana and Vajrayana, there is more...
by MattyNottwo
Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting Recitation Method
Replies: 7
Views: 1570

Re: Interesting Recitation Method

The book seemed a little vague on exactly how to do it, but the author hinted that any way a person says Amitabhas' name is ok. He also mentioned just saying "Amitabha," or saying "Namo Amitabha Buddha" is ok. Silently thinking "Namo" on the inhale, then "Amitabha Buddha" on the exhale seems to work...
by MattyNottwo
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting Recitation Method
Replies: 7
Views: 1570

Re: Interesting Recitation Method

One of my favorite methods is to silently say Amitabha's name; synchronizing it with the in-hale and ex-hale. I've found this practice in Theravada Buddhism with "Buddho." In Hinduism frequently and even in some ancient monastic christian practices of putting the name on the breath. I found it in a ...
by MattyNottwo
Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Good Morning!
Replies: 9
Views: 1256

Re: Good Morning!

Thank you guys! :D
by MattyNottwo
Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Good Morning!
Replies: 9
Views: 1256

Good Morning!

Hi, My name is Matt. I'm from Florida and have been a practicing Buddhist for about 4 years now and took refuge around 3 years ago. I did a few retreats and have an everyday practice, but it's hard for me to keep up with the local sangha. I had been aware of this forum for a long time and recently g...