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by wukong
Tue May 21, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: True Pure Land and Parinirvana
Replies: 41
Views: 4824

Re: True Pure Land and Parinirvana

Dear all, thank you for your replies. Sinweity, your reply was extremely helpful and elucidating. many many thanks for that. i will go and digest what you said

wukong
by wukong
Mon May 20, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: True Pure Land and Parinirvana
Replies: 41
Views: 4824

True Pure Land and Parinirvana

Hi all can anyone elucidate the idea of parinirvana in Pure land, especially true pure land. I understand that parinirvana is when an enlightened being is released from the last of his/her karmic fruit and that that occurs at the end of the life of a person when they first become enlightened. From a...
by wukong
Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is this the Heart Sutra?
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Is this the Heart Sutra?

Thanks for your replies on this. A friend of mine was given it while on a trip to china. He was given this as a present on a visit to Lin yi monastery. So well done on spotting that. He is a surgeon and was quite tickled to learn it is called the Heart Sutra. Incidentally, doesn't sutra and suture c...
by wukong
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is this the Heart Sutra?
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Is this the Heart Sutra?

A friend showed me this lovely present they were given when they went to China. I can't read Chinese but it seems to me to be the Heart Sutra, but too short to be the Diamond Sutra. Can anybody confirm?

Many thanks in advance

Wukong
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by wukong
Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 16801

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

Hi folks, OP here. Just a big thankyou for your replies. Very useful. I will look up all the things yous suggested. It just goes to show how valuable a site like this is

Wukong
by wukong
Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 16801

Mahamudra and tantra

Sorry if this is an old chestnut but.... Could anyone comment on the relationship between mahamudra and tantra? I couldn't find any useful threads on first glance. I was wondering, is the insight aspect of mahamudra tantric or more akin to theravada vipassana? Looking forward to your replies and hel...
by wukong
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 15295

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

So there are a lot of gay-friendly sanghas around nowadays. Yet again I find contradictions between what so many Buddhists believe and what is in the sutras: "If sex is practised under the inappropriate times (times not allowed by precepts), [at] inappropriate place[s] (places not allowed by precep...
by wukong
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6184

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

Ok, So we seem to be reaching consensus that beings do indeed come back from the Pure Land to help other beings. But what about Shin Buddhism which teaches that the Pure Land is the final aim. A Shin buddhist, who believes in the literal metaphysical reality of Amida and the WPL, also believes that ...
by wukong
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6184

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

I dont see how can we come back as Boddhisatvas to this world. If Pure Land is filled with people, why cant we see, today on Earth, monks "comming" from Pure Land? There should be at least a dozen of guys on Earth that are indeed Bodhisatvas from Pure Land. Good question Nosta. I was just about to ...
by wukong
Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6184

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

Gosh, ginger, your quote of me was a little weird. Your question was not distinct from my previous post But no, thank you. I am not contemplating suicide in the the least. It is merely an academic question that someone asked me that I have no idea how to respond to. Any help responding to the possib...
by wukong
Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6184

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

indeed, nosta. the question is intended to compare the theology with the social reality of it, so both points of view are welcome.
by wukong
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6184

Pure Land & Suicide

Dear all someone asked me a question that I really don't know how to answer. Is there a risk, or indeed a history, of people committing suicide in order to hasten their entry in to the Pure Land? It is popularly believed here in england that there is a high rate of suicide in Japan or that suicide i...
by wukong
Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Protectors
Replies: 18
Views: 1760

Re: Dharma Protectors

Hi bunny. Me again. I think I pretty much said something similar on your learning more thread, but hey... I would say most Asian Buddhists have dharma protectors (although the term 'dharma protector' is mostly a Tibetan one). In Asia Buddhists feel it is very important not to ignore the local deitie...
by wukong
Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Learning more
Replies: 34
Views: 2755

Re: Learning more

Hi bunny. I see that you are from northern Ireland. Me too. Derry. I would recommend a visit to jampa ling in cavan if you can. They also might have a chapter in Derry. Personally I would avoid the kadampa centre in Belfast for two reasons. firstly, they are very anti dalai lama (whom I personally f...
by wukong
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land in China
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Pure Land in China

Hi folks. I am relatively ignorant of the history of Pure Land and I was wondering if someone could fill me in. Was Pure Land in China a distinct sect with its own temples and priests/monks? I know in Japan it certainly was. I get the feeling that many Chinese buddhists do not delineate between Pure...
by wukong
Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Impermanence
Replies: 10
Views: 1650

Re: Impermanence

All things come out of impermanence. My favourite of them is chocolate
by wukong
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?
Replies: 62
Views: 7615

Re: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?

using HH Dalai lama's criteria for great teachers, i would have to say...

Mao Zedong

Stalin

Hitler

Pol Pot

My Wife
by wukong
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Three marks of Existence question
Replies: 0
Views: 373

Three marks of Existence question

Greetings all How are the three marks of existence expressed and taught in the gelug system? i know that they are included in the 'four seals/tenets' but is that the only way in which gelugpas encounter the three marks? are the three marks a sutra teaching or purely pali abhidhamma teaching? any tho...