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by Vasana
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 198
Views: 10999

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

A good recent article addressing the claim that poverty is decreasing: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/29/bill-gates-davos-global-poverty-infographic-neoliberal Roser’s graph illustrates a story of coerced proletarianisation. The Guardian story exemplifies a typically leftist res...
by Vasana
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 10
Views: 129

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

These questions can't be approached without addressing the role of things like patriarchy, cultural values and norms and the opportunities and expectations placed on women. If women have traditionally lacked the same opportunities as men in many places of the world then of course this will also incl...
by Vasana
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Today: Day of the Miracles
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Today: Day of the Miracles

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by Vasana
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds

Thank you for all your teachings. If I meditate and concentrate on the aspect of loving-kindness, will there be any attachments formed to loving-kindness? If so, do you think this attachment to loving-kindness is an attachment worth cultivating or is this attachment wrong? The buddhist teachings te...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Masters' advice on dealing with loneliness
Replies: 52
Views: 1053

Re: Tibetan Masters' advice on dealing with loneliness

In theory, that's ideal but many people arrive at Buddhism with long standing existing friendships, family relationships, job obligations etc. I'm definitely now more selective with who I spend time with but I try not to cut people out of my life unless it's really warranted. In reality, non-buddhis...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 198
Views: 10999

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Without the internet and my education I would not have been able to learn about Buddhism. So although the internet can be a lot of distraction it has been beneficial for me in this regard. Sure, there are undeiable perks and quirks. I think taking stock of the pros and cons is sensible rather than ...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 198
Views: 10999

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

... I'm interested to hear from your experiential points of view about what elements of today's era are problematic for realizing the dharma. If I take 'realizing the dharma' to mean 'practicing according to the Buddha's teachings' then distraction that goes unnoticed is the main issue for me. But ...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 198
Views: 10999

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

In my more morbid moments, Vasana, I think of developed nations where the trends the comics you posted hold particularly true, and the stark decline of birth rates, decrease in life spans - probably related to the effect those trends have on us - and think, well, we're probably in the midst of some...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 198
Views: 10999

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

A nice Introductory comic describing the concept found below. It makes many good points, but I am wary of explanations of humans based wholly and solely on evolutionary science. I'm not in the headspace to reply point by point to your post but I'm in agreement with Jonny. As was pointed out, the 's...
by Vasana
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 198
Views: 10999

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

In attempt to stifle some habitual arrogance of mine that keeps rearing it's head, I've been thinking more about the degenerate age and in particular what is uniquely degenerative to the practice of dharma in today's age. I'm interested to hear from your experiential points of view about what elemen...
by Vasana
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds

Very simple meditation practice that works pretty well for me, but is a complete invention by myself: Imagine there is a smile in your belly region (a little bit below the navel). It emits a yellow-golden, warm, soothing light in all directions. Then there is tonglen, metta/loving kindness. There a...
by Vasana
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 162
Views: 1808

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

That's a good point to be clarified: to what extent does buddhism support intuition, experience and logic or to what extent is buddhism supported by intuition, experience and logic? In a nutshell: if intuition, experience and logic were valid then what's the purpose of buddhism? How did Buddha star...
by Vasana
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness
Replies: 9
Views: 377

Re: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness

Thanks for the info & resources, Mönlam Tharchin. Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika, maybe...? http://web.mit.edu/stclair/www/easypath.html Nagarjuna on the the Path of Easy Practice "[Question]: You say that the Stage of Non-retrogression is extremely difficult to enter, requiring a long period of p...
by Vasana
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 162
Views: 1808

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I'm not sure that consciousness is in fact viewed as impermanent. Objects that are cognized by the senses and mental events cognized by the mind are evidently impermanent since they arise and fade continuously. If you accept the 8 consciousness model and the alaya-vijnana then there will always be a...
by Vasana
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6732

Re: Existence

Do you listen to, watch or attend any teachings? Rarely, I often stop to think about things, and reading seems to work best for that. You? I try to but not as much as I should. Its worth a shot. Many find that you really do pick up so much more in person than by reading alone. Its like the differen...
by Vasana
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 90
Views: 2627

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

On the last of the 4 reliances it says that we should rely on wisdom mind or pristine consciousness (ye shes) rather than ordinary mind (nam shes) A completely realized Buddha/Guru does not experience the consciousness of ordinary mind but can still know the signs and marks that beings grasp at and ...
by Vasana
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 90
Views: 2627

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

Copied from Facebook, ”Do not confuse the archetype of teacherness with the personality talking (to you) at the moment. Just as it is important that you don't confuse your own innate buddhanature with the personality you are manifesting as at the moment. Guru Yoga probably has more misunderstanding...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Other Power and 4 Mindfulness Bases
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Other Power and 4 Mindfulness Bases

This might be totally off base, but it just struck me that other power in Pure Land teachings seems quite similar to the direct transmission of the Guru's mind in Guru Yoga. In Tibetan Buddhism there is both the accumulation of merit and wisdom and the direct transmission of wisdom from the Guru's ...
by Vasana
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Other Power and 4 Mindfulness Bases
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Other Power and 4 Mindfulness Bases

How would you translate these terms from the four mindfulness bases? I really hope someone more familiar with pureland and the tenets can post but as far as I know, "other power" (tariki, 他力) essentially relies on mindfulness of the Buddha and his name, Amitabha Buddha in this case, so that one can...

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