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by jonaz108
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5580

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

I am sad to see that some people prefer cheap insults rather than debate... There was nothing offensive in this verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam, which has 5000 years old at least, and was not invented by Srila Prabhupada... I am in favor of pluralism but all I see is hatred between cultivators of ...
by jonaz108
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5580

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

I've met a few theists who are truly bewildered, even threatened, by the reality of a world religion which denies a creator God. Other than that, I'd say that quotes like those cited in the OP highlight how often people use the cloak of religion to voice whatever they find convenient or clever. Rid...
by jonaz108
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5580

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

[/quote] Buddha Shakyamuni indeed talked about the so-called supreme deity/creator god in a Pali sutta and explained that this god was simply the first to be reborn in his particular pure realm and just assumed he was an all-powerful creator. Ad then of course Madhyamaka teachings, which simply clar...
by jonaz108
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5580

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

In the late 19th century a Russian journalist wrote a book about Jesus having traveled to India to learn Buddha's Dharma. Nobody that checked his "sources" found evidence of any such thing. Yet the idea persists even to this day. That doesn't make it true. :focus: Read the Bavishya Maha Purana. Her...
by jonaz108
Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5580

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

If you are a follower of Vishnu, worshipping Buddha as an avatar of Vishnu, then the abovementioned quotes are 100% true (within the specific religious framework). If you are a Buddhist, then realistically, the abovementioned quotes shouldn't concern you in the least. They are basically irrelevant ...
by jonaz108
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5580

I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

I just want to hear serious, non-insultuous, opinions about this verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam. Atheists do not want any God, and Lord Buddha therefore said that there is no God, but he adopted the means to instruct his followers for their benefit. Therefore he preached in a duplicitous way, say...
by jonaz108
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.

Well, Gautama Buddha was born in 500 BC, while the B. Gita was transcripted in 3000 BC. This is facts. I hate to burst your bubble but perhaps you may know that it's open knowledge that Indian texts have a tendency to inflate time periods? Have you considered that the 'facts' could have been a popu...
by jonaz108
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.

Bhagavad Gita was written as a response to Buddhism and Buddha. Krishna did not exist yet during Buddha's time. Most of the Tantras show Buddhist gods trampling over Hindu gods. Many of the Hindu gods of popularity today were once exclusively Buddhist gods. Well, Gautama Buddha was born in 500 BC, ...
by jonaz108
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.

Buddhists are non-theists, hence do not 'worship' nor take refuge in worldly deities but merely accord the usual respect as Ven Indrajala mentioned to them like how you would accord respect to your family elders and those worthy of respect and that is what the Shurangama Dharani does in the case of...
by jonaz108
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.

Indra is one of the protectors of the cosmos. He heads the four Mahārājas, who guard the four directions. Brahma likewise is friendly to Buddhism. The gods should be respected and honoured. They are not specifically Hindu. Indra for example is Zeus and Thor (common Indo-European heritage). Is not Z...
by jonaz108
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Hindu Deities in the Shurangama Mantra.

Namaste!
My obeisances to all,

I am curious about the fact that in the Shurangama Mantra,
there is (2 or 3 times) a worship to Indra, Rudra, Brahma and Narayana
that are some of the main Hindu Deities...
Any thought?

Thank you in advance,
John
by jonaz108
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Purification of karma
Replies: 14
Views: 3281

Re: Purification of karma

It's a secret Greg... You are not ready. :meditate: So secret that you plaster it in an open discussion on a public internet board? Are you sure you didn't mean that you are not ready or capable of explaining it, because I reckon I am ready enough to able to hear what you have to say? I didn't reve...
by jonaz108
Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Purification of karma
Replies: 14
Views: 3281

Re: Purification of karma

gregkavarnos wrote:
jonaz108 wrote:In my humble opinion, all means of purification of karma
are the manifestations of the mercy without cause of the Supreme.
The Supreme??? What is this?
It's a secret Greg... You are not ready. :meditate:
by jonaz108
Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Purification of karma
Replies: 14
Views: 3281

Re: Purification of karma

Purification of karma by just seeing something, that is an incongruous with the Buddha's other teachings. Must be a teaching to be interpreted or simply a bogus sutra. When I was young, decades ago, I used to plaster mantras and special symbols, including the later of those, all over my apartments ...
by jonaz108
Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Purification of karma
Replies: 14
Views: 3281

Re: Purification of karma

Namaste, In my humble opinion, all means of purification of karma are the manifestations of the mercy without cause of the Supreme. So, they gradually nullify the reactions of our actions, purify our senses (gross and subtle) and allow us to reach higher platforms of realization. All in one. Your s...
by jonaz108
Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Grand Sextile
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Re: Grand Sextile

gregkavarnos wrote:And I thought it was a thread about pornographic mosaic bathroom decoration! :tongue:
:rolling:
by jonaz108
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Grand Sextile
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Grand Sextile

Namaste, Does anyone know if the Grand Sextile of July 29, 2013 has some importance in the Buddhist tradition? In astrological terms, a grand sextile is an extremely rare, six-pointed star, or hexagram, that forms in the heavens when six planets align, each approximately sixty degrees apart. Yours ...
by jonaz108
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua
Replies: 83
Views: 15409

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

The first time I saw a picture of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua,
I become strangely attracted.
But after I read His teachings, I became very fond of Him.
All glories to Venerable Master Hsuan Hua! :bow:
by jonaz108
Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gambling / Precepts
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Gambling / Precepts

Grateful for your answers.
:namaste:
John
by jonaz108
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gambling / Precepts
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Gambling / Precepts

Namaste,
Gambling or luck games are against buddhist precepts?
(I am inclined to believe that they are, but I'd like to hear your opinion)
gratefully yours,
John