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by DGA
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 143
Views: 2926

Re: Random Thoughts

Today I figured out that my daughter (18 months old) thinks the old Muppet routine Manah Manah is about bananas. I show her a banana and what does she say?

by DGA
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sweet Home To Alabamians.
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Sweet Home To Alabamians.

It's also worth recalling who actually put Jones over the top. I do hope he remembers this: Doug Jones, Moore’s opponent, was carried to victory by black folks—specifically black women. Exit polls showed that 98 percent of black women voted for Jones, as compared with 93 percent of black men, 35 per...
by DGA
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sweet Home To Alabamians.
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Sweet Home To Alabamians.

Well done Alabama! We on this side of the pond are hoping that you have signalled a return to sanity across your great nation.. :twothumbsup: It won't be I don't think, by and large the Democrats are useless, especially since the DNC elite wing is trying to purge any truly progressive or (gasp) lef...
by DGA
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 27
Views: 444

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Stefos wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:20 pm
Also, In Vedanta, Chaitanya or Pure Awareness is our actual state and THIS accords perfectly with Mahamudra & Dzogchen and
what the Pali texts teach.
Would you mind elaborating on this point a bit? If you have a reference for this idea, it would be helpful. Thanks.
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I think her language is suggesting that Tathagatagarbha formed a separate tradition beside that of the Yogacara in China (A few people like Zongmi and Chengguan classified it as such) not that Buddha Nature arose in China. *sigh* thank you. I include the book and page number and repeatedly say "you...
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 34
Views: 62

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

We were given a choice between a turd pie and a crap sandwich...I realized I didnt have to choose either...so I didnt. That being said, I do believe that in the long term that history will show that trump is the very slightly lesser of two evils...not to mention the fact that the far left is just a...
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 182
Views: 3147

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

When both of you get rebuked you think it's fine to pick on the Nichiren Buddhists, as you have low respect for them. You should be bowing to them! :lol: I'm not picking on any member of any sect, nor criticizing anyone's practice. I am asking questions, and pointing out weak arguments, and here I'...
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

rory wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:22 am
It's a super boiled down clearly explained potted history that's very useful to share when having such discussions, but if people cannot be bothered to read they only have themselves to blame when they get it completely wrong.
On this point, we agree completely.

:cheers:
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29

Is the audio for this event available online?
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tendai Lecture: 3000 World Rev. Ryoei
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Tendai Lecture: 3000 World Rev. Ryoei

Is the audio of this lecture available anywhere online?
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: New To Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: New To Buddhism

Hello everyone. I recently turned 29 and for all of my adult life I've studied religion, politics and philosophy. Well, I say "studied" but I'm not some master, I just read what interests me in various articles, books, Wikipedia, whatever. However I've never felt all that satisfied with any of it a...
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 44
Views: 7032

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

Out of curiosity, does the New York Institute also function generally as an education centre, if I may add to the above question-and-answer exchange. I say this, because I am very interested in learning what I can from such a resource, but I am not particularly interested or likely to be interested...
by DGA
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 44
Views: 7032

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

liuzg150181 wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:10 am
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
truer words were never spoken!
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I was able to track down a fuller version of the quotation rory gave, in context. It's on p. 5 of the Stone book. In China, tathagata-garbha thought would develop into a major Mahayana tradition, ranking beside those of Madhyamaka and Yogacara This is given in the context of a discussion of Chinese...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 25
Views: 283

Re: All is One

No self is 1. Emptiness emanates from 1. In emptiness there is no arising. Emptiness is dependent. how does emptiness "emanate"? what is the one that you claim it "emanates from"? how is it possible for emptiness to be dependent on something if emptiness is one, or emanates from one...? if there is...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 44
Views: 7032

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

Yeah I know. In fact the importance of following a teacher is espoused in Mahayana tradition,more so in Vajrayana(including Japanese Vajrayana). The roles are different in Vajrayana traditions, but the need is the same all around. For some reason, this gets forgotten in certain discussions around h...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I was able to track down a fuller version of the quotation rory gave, in context. It's on p. 5 of the Stone book. In China, tathagata-garbha thought would develop into a major Mahayana tradition, ranking beside those of Madhyamaka and Yogacara This is given in the context of a discussion of Chinese ...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's ability to survive far exceeded other religious and secular figures
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren's ability to survive far exceeded other religious and secular figures

As far as conspicuous benefits, there are testimonials in every religion but here again, we look to Nichiren. Nichiren's ability to survive far surpassed other religious and secular figures such as Jesus, Osama Bin Laden, and Napoleon. He attributed his survival to Namu myoho renge kyo. This might ...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...
Replies: 21
Views: 523

Re: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...

a noun, a verb, a reference to Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 44
Views: 7032

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

I should add, this is due to a general unease of "commitment", which I would only imagine would be problematized by "samaya", rather than an "opposition" to tantra or esotericism in general. I am similarly disinteresting in being a "priest", for personal reasons. I am very interesting in learning, ...