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by Ukigumo
Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:58 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 85
Views: 17209

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Thanks for your replies, Lowlydog and Johnny. I ask because I have met a kundalini practitioner who speaks of various stages of "enlightenment" corresponding to the opening of various chakras, with "full enlightenment" occurring when all chakras have been opened and the flow of energy has been integ...
by Ukigumo
Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:18 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 85
Views: 17209

Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Are these the same or different? If there is some overlap between them, to what extent does this extend? I have heard that some Tibetan Vajrayana practices incorporate energy work (i.e. Tummo), but does this have the same goals as Kundalini Yoga? What about other, non Tibetan or non Vajrayana tradti...
by Ukigumo
Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "Zen is Going to Hell and It’s the Boomers’ Fault!"
Replies: 26
Views: 3343

Re: "Zen is Going to Hell and It’s the Boomers’ Fault!"

Somehow you have the misapprehension that Zen Buddhists are running the country and making the decisions you so rightfully abhor. And, no, I won't apologize for the policies of Clinton/Bush/Obama, though I will join you if you plan a protest.. It's not "Zen Boomers" who are running the country, but...
by Ukigumo
Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "Zen is Going to Hell and It’s the Boomers’ Fault!"
Replies: 26
Views: 3343

Re: "Zen is Going to Hell and It’s the Boomers’ Fault!"

Speaking as a "millennial" (born in the 1980s) I have to agree there is definitely a generation gap. It is a bit of a turn off for me to see a sangha composed almost entirely of older white people; and a lot of the "style" of these communities definitely seems like it comes from an earlier era (the ...
by Ukigumo
Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Termas and Cultural Paradigms
Replies: 104
Views: 8772

Re: Termas and Cultural Paradigms

I predict a "scripture only" orthodoxy movement for Theravada westerners and a logic driven Nalanda type Buddhism for Tibetan Buddhist westerners. E.g. instead of "this guru/lineage founder/sutra says this; therefore it is correct" it will be "this is correct because of a, b, and c; therefore this ...
by Ukigumo
Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Termas and Cultural Paradigms
Replies: 104
Views: 8772

Re: tibetan buddhist monasticism in the west

I said nothing about ethnicity. I said cultural paradigm. Ethnicity, cultural paradigm, whatever. In this case I think they amount to the same thing. Not to nitpick, but these are very distinct from each other and it is important that we recognize the difference. There are people of many different ...
by Ukigumo
Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I thought Buddhism wasn't about threatening people with Hell
Replies: 209
Views: 24383

Re: I thought Buddhism wasn't about threatening people with Hell

The OP is a little confusing, to me. First of all "Buddhism" is not a monolithic bloc. It differs greatly from tradition to tradition, country to country, institution to institution. Thus one's mileage may vary when it comes to what "Buddhism" is "about", based on these differences to say nothing of...
by Ukigumo
Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Offering for a teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Offering for a teacher

Hello Annaliese,

You are probably better off talking to somebody at the monastery about these issues, rather than looking online, since every institution does things a little differently and has different expectations.
by Ukigumo
Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: existence of objects/form
Replies: 40
Views: 5041

Re: existence of objects/form

Hi Johnny, You might find this helpful: For Nagarjuna and his followers, this point is connected deeply and directly with the emptiness of phenomena. That is, for instance, when a Madhyamika philosopher says of a table that it is empty, that assertion by itself is incomplete. It invites the question...
by Ukigumo
Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 79796

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Okay - I'm back. "an increasingly degenerate age" : you have decided that these are (to use Christian terms) the End Times. This is not a rational decision (if it were, you would have more company) but your own individual summation of what you see around you. Oh, wow, really? I didn't know kaliyuga...
by Ukigumo
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 1140

Re: Hello

Thanks for the kind welcome everyone

:anjali:
by Ukigumo
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is "meditation"?
Replies: 18
Views: 2315

Re: What is "meditation"?

This might be helpful: Anapanasati Sutta Note how mindfulness of the breath is linked up to the 'four frames of reference' (satipatthana) - which the Shakyamuni describes elsewhere as the direct path to nirvana. Basically anapanasati is supposed to be used to establish the Four Frames of Reference a...
by Ukigumo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:51 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: KIVA - Microloans
Replies: 20
Views: 3837

Re: KIVA - Microloans

Is there a way to just give these people funds without making it a "loan"? I ask because it seems that larger and more predatory financial institutions are moving in to profit off microloans, with the result of people being trapped in debt. Altruism or Exploitation? Microloans: Mega Profit, Not Deve...
by Ukigumo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why are the candidates weeping during the ordination?
Replies: 21
Views: 3577

Re: Why are the candidates weeping during the ordination?

In Chinese Buddhism the long ceremonies and build up to the finale complete with music, incense and ritual theatre can have a deep impact on people. Confucius himself believed in the transformative power of rites and music. This was transferred into Buddhism. Having attended a Chinese Buddhist cere...
by Ukigumo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accepting Attachments/Household Life
Replies: 48
Views: 6287

Re: Accepting Attachments/Household Life

ethics is nothing more than a manifestation of a dual mind what is good? what is evil? are they not concepts conjured up by a dual mind? in the eyes of a truly enlightened mind, nothing is truly good or evil... What a bunch of nihilism. It makes for a good fascist ideology, though. I guess it was a...
by Ukigumo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Curious Chinese painting.
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: Curious Chinese painting.

Huseng wrote:I imagine the artist read that Maudgalyāyana was fair skinned. Śāriputra also has really big eyes.
He looks like an anime character...

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by Ukigumo
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: sharing Dharma
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

Re: sharing Dharma

I would say the foremost thing is to maintain strong bodhicitta. That helps us not act from a place of ego or pride when talking to people about the path. Its best to refer to books, authors, texts and teachers. If you can place a book in their hands without any attachment to getting it back (even ...
by Ukigumo
Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 79796

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Another brilliant bit of miserablism!!!! The fact that you consider Huseng's views to be "miserable" or "gloomy" does not make them incorrect. I haven't seen anything you've posted here that really challenges the facts as he's laid them out; all you've done is characterize them as being depressing,...
by Ukigumo
Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?
Replies: 64
Views: 7903

Re: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?

Which then begs the question: What the criterion for the truth? How do we know if something is true? Is it an agreement between people? That it enhances love? That is stirs the emotions? That it pleases the mind? Great question. Shakyamuni Buddha's response has always struck me as the most reasonab...
by Ukigumo
Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?
Replies: 64
Views: 7903

Re: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?

It's enough to simply follow the precepts and live a good life; why believe in things that ignorant people from the past believed? I didn't know the point of Buddhism was to "live a good life"; I thought the point of Buddhism was liberation from suffering. The precepts are obviously part of that, b...