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by Asoka1944
Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Aesthetics and Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 2685

Re: Aesthetics and Buddhism

It's a beautiful question as it causes me to ask where my own sense of beauty comes from. Yesterday I took part in a literary discussion, ostensibly having nothing to do with the Dharma whatsoever, attended by a Chinese woman with whom I discussed being Buddhist. I am, she isn't, albeit she grew up ...
by Asoka1944
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Vegetarianism (inspired by the warrior thread)
Replies: 1
Views: 715

Vegetarianism (inspired by the warrior thread)

Hi, The warrior thread addles my brain, in large part because I am a bear of very little brain. There is so much food for thought in that thread, it will take me days to read it carefully enough to respond with any degree of intelligence. I sense the pushing of many Buddhist buttons. Having said all...
by Asoka1944
Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sutras: which books/books?
Replies: 14
Views: 1540

Re: Sutras: which books/books?

Pete, advice is cheap, so here is mine: Don't overburden yourself with sutras. Pick one or two and study them, by which I mean, read them often, ponder them, read commentaries. It's the same with schools of Buddhism: We can get real confused trying to navigate through all of them. Perhaps look over ...
by Asoka1944
Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Possessions, lifestyle: what should I give up?
Replies: 25
Views: 2357

Re: Possessions, lifestyle: what should I give up?

Hi, For what it's worth, here's the little trick I try to play with myself: Ask, How would I feel if this were lost, smashed to pieces, stolen or otherwise went missing? If I would be upset, It owns me as much as I own it, and it is better cast off; if on the other hand I can say, No problem, I'd be...
by Asoka1944
Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

you got me, I don't have a source. I had to think for a long time to remember the right wording, but I never did find the exact words in my books. Come to think of it, it's from memory so you could consider it my paraphrase. Well, I think you did a good job remembering, and if your paraphrase makes...
by Asoka1944
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

On a different but related note, I'm interested in knowing more about the meaning and significance of Bodhissatva vows among the different Buddhist schools represented here among us. Thanks. Living beings are numberless. I vow to save them. Earthly desires are countless. I vow to eradicate them. Th...
by Asoka1944
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

Thank you for the information. It's a bit different from what I thought was the central focus of the boddhisattva vow. It's time to talk with the venerables.
Michael (Buddharūci)
by Asoka1944
Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

Is it like that? I don't think you'll find me screeching about my preceptor nor my guanxi. I'll just determine to stay or not, hopefully after gathering some equanimity and loving kindness about me. But, who knows what will happen. Have never been to China, and in all likelihood won't. Michael (Budd...
by Asoka1944
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

Hi, Well, it's hearsay until we try it. you should report on whether the certificate worked its economic magic. I'd be happy to contribute to Buddhist temples in China, but I'd like to know my contribution supports the Dharma. On a different but related note, I'm interested in knowing more about the...
by Asoka1944
Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

Hi, In my case it meant taking them before a teacher in a serious, thoughtful frame of mind, contemplating and reciting them daily, and considering their broader as well as narrower meanings. I speak of the five precepts for lay persons here. On retreats, we add three and adjust one. I can be more s...
by Asoka1944
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

Re: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon

Hi, I notice that you pulled a post or two that you might have thought off topic. This causes me to reflect yet again on the old enemy with whom I habitually battle, idle and hurtful talk. The Buddha I want to be is not always the Buddha whose mouth or pen gets into gear far earlier than his brain. ...
by Asoka1944
Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

Re: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon

I'll look forward to the photos too. From what I've read Central and South America have very strong spiritual traditions that Catholicism was able to build on. Day of the Dead in Mexico looks amazing! I'm sure Buddhism has appeal to a certain section of the population just as it does elsewhere.[/quo...
by Asoka1944
Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

Re: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon

Hi, Thank you everyone, and I will surely post some pictures when I am in Bolivia. I am also very interested in Chinese Gung Fu tea, and I find that the people throughout Latin America take to it like fish to water, especially the kids. So, I suspect they will also take to the Buddha Dharma provided...
by Asoka1944
Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

Re: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon

Hi Michael. It doesn't seem easy to find the info you are looking for. I did a few google searches and found http://www.zen-deshimaru.com/es/dojos/dojo-zen-de-cochabamba. "Budismo" and "Cochabamba" or "Bolivia" seemed to turn up the best results but maybe you've already tried this. Mi espanol is mu...
by Asoka1944
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

greetings from NYC & Bolivia y pido la informacíon

Hello, This is my first post, and in it I would like to request information regarding Buddhist practice centers in Bolivia, especially in Cochabamba where I intend to spend more than three months this year. I have practiced Zen and Theravadan Buddhist forms, but am now practicing in a more eclectic ...