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by DGA
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What were you born to do?
Replies: 8
Views: 75

Re: What were you born to do?

Life doesn't have a purpose. It just is. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. HHDL The purpose of our lives is to be happy. HHDL The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something...
by DGA
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What were you born to do?
Replies: 8
Views: 75

Re: What were you born to do?

I'll start. Suffer through Hope, always Hope Protect the meek/the weak, protect all if necessary Dream of change, offer change Be barefoot, wear sandals if forced to Enjoy other's talents Swim underwater Those were off the top of my head. More may be added. Life doesn't have a purpose. It just is. ...
by DGA
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: comparing paths, uniting paths, and practicing a path
Replies: 189
Views: 5586

Re: comparing paths, uniting paths, and practicing a path

When there are billions of people, how can 80+ paths suffice? I'm definitely confused. There are infinite paths for infinite persons. The teachings say there are 84,000 Dharma gates. What that means is that no matter what your affliction is, there is a path into Dharma available for you. No one's l...
by DGA
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Frogpocalypse Now
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: Frogpocalypse Now

PuerAzaelis wrote:"Cane toads have almost no fear."

The end is nigh.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2167161/frogpocalypse-now


Florida.

Florida...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/ ... vaded.html
by DGA
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Motivations for Karma
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Motivations for Karma

It's all about your intention when it comes to actions and their consequences. But before I say anything more, I need to ask a clarification question: What does "spreading karma" mean? I may be completely off, but my definition is spreading loving kindness, helping people when you are in ...
by DGA
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What does Peace mean to you?
Replies: 5
Views: 67

Re: What does Peace mean to you?

I'll start... Peace is a circular river made up of Joy and Love. do you mean this metaphorically? if not, where can I find that river? to answer your question: peace is the absence of conflict, and that does not exist so long as afflictions (hatred and aggression, ignorance, greed, envy, pride...) ...
by DGA
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhism and Ethical Conduct
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Buddhism and Ethical Conduct

Hi everyone, I'm incredibly new to Buddhism, but one question that keeps bothering me centres around consolidating your life pre-Buddhism with your life during it. For example, when living your life prior to discovering Buddhism, you may behave in a manner that goes against the precepts. How do you...
by DGA
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Motivations for Karma
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Motivations for Karma

Hi everyone, First of all, I apologise if this board isn't the right place to post this question, but I've been turning a question over in my mind for the past few days and was hoping for some insight. I know that it's incredibly important to spread good karma, but I was just wondering whether ther...
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 210
Views: 4128

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

His Buddhism is a result of a thousand years of doctrinal politics Buddhadharma is really not about politics at all. You can blame certain Dalai Lamas for corrupting political elements. I think the Thirteenth Dalai Lama was right to call upon the great Terton Sogyal to bring an end to the political...
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 210
Views: 4128

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

Tsongkhapafan wrote:
Furthermore, to deny a self althogether is nihilism. A merely imputed self does exist.


Please help me understand your position. is a "merely imputed self" anything more than a mere imputation? which is to say, a thought?
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 210
Views: 4128

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

But the truth is emptiness and that is not realised by meditating on conventional phenomena such as the nature of the mind. WRONG! What is the nature of mind? If you meditate on the nature of mind, what will you see? I'll tell you what you will see! Your beloved fetish: Emptiness. The whole point o...
by DGA
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 210
Views: 4128

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

........................ ......... ..................... The method to cause emptiness to appear is the syllogistic reasoning that Malcolm doesn't believe is necessary in order to realise the Dharmakaya. says who? Guru Tsongkhapa Do you have a reference for this? I'd like to have a look at the pass...
by DGA
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 210
Views: 4128

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

There's a reason why there are four empowerments in HYT - they plant the seeds for the four bodies of a Buddha. Cultivating one seed, i.e., that planted by the fourth empowerment, is not sufficient. It is absolutely sufficient: For example, the trikāya chapter in the Suvarnaprabhāsa Sūtra states: F...
by DGA
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are Tibetans racist?
Replies: 29
Views: 688

Re: Are Tibetans racist?

IMO, "racism" is an imprecise and badly overworked word. In the present context, for example, are Tibetans really a "race"? What does the word mean, really? Certainly there are vast phenotypical (meaning visually apparent ) differences between Tibetans who come from the border a...
by DGA
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are Tibetans racist?
Replies: 29
Views: 688

Re: Are Tibetans racist?

As a culture they've got a lot of catching up to do in a lot of areas. This sounds a more than a little arrogant, like you mean "they have to do a lot to catch up with our enlightened Western outlook". Just a modern form of imperialism. sure, because appreciating it when others are not bi...
by DGA
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: World Zen Fellowship
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: World Zen Fellowship

I actually was able to find a Soto group in my neighborhood! It didn't show up on any searches for some reason, but I saw it while looking at a different group's Facebook page. Thank you for your advice. Good. You might want to check out that Tendai group too. If you're in or near Del Ray, the cafe...
by DGA
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What BROOK A. ZIPORYN says about Nichiren in his book:Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Budd
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: What BROOK A. ZIPORYN says about Nichiren in his book:Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Bu

Shakyamuni, Jesus, Lennon, and Bob Dylan (among others). Here are the specifics: Nichiren twists the sutras, willfully reverses the TianTai doctrine, spits poisonous promises of dire consequences for any who doubt him, indulges in wild vainglorious fantasies, curses all other schools, breaks the gen...
by DGA
Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eastern and Western 'Mindfulness'?
Replies: 17
Views: 422

Re: Eastern and Western 'Mindfulness'?

Achieving Mindfulness at Work, No Meditation Cushion Required From the article: There are two approaches to mindfulness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern view indeed positions meditation as an essential tool to achieving a mindful state. But the Eastern view is more about quieting the mind and susp...
by DGA
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren vs Tientai or Nichiren originality
Replies: 14
Views: 281

Re: Nichiren vs Tientai or Nichiren originality

These expressions by previous teachers were not singled out as practices in and of themselves, but expressions of refuge within more comprehensive rituals. Nichiren identified NMRK as a complete practice. This is accurate. Nichiren wrote that Tientai used the daimoku as a practice, but do not made ...
by DGA
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 973
Views: 39950

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

There really is such a thing as too much democracy.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/su ... 0521685092

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