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by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 822

Re: what do we mean by faith?

You seem to be using the word "faith" to indicate what I'd call make-believe: the act of actively believing in something in order to satisfy some imperative. I was wondering how you might respond to this use of the word, as a gloss for sraddha: Śraddha, as I mentioned already is a mental factor. It...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 822

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Suppose you were to ordain as a monk and travel the world as a dharma teacher. Let us further suppose that every person you taught anything to killed their families and then committed suicide, all on the very day you passed on your teaching. Finally, let us suppose that you taught a hundred people ...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 822

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Suppose you were to ordain as a monk and travel the world as a dharma teacher. Let us further suppose that every person you taught anything to killed their families and then committed suicide, all on the very day you passed on your teaching. Finally, let us suppose that you taught a hundred people ...
by DGA
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1336

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Upon further reflection, though, it is clear to me he was right. Many Buddhist types who reject "God" really just reject that which is easily rejected: the crudely anthropomorphized tribal deity. But they continue to hold tightly to a less-defined spiritual "oneness" or "source" of reality, and to ...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1336

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

What do you mean by semi-vedantic? One Mind doesn’t mean a universal mind like in Vedanta. Originally pure mind is pretty common doctrine and so is being undifferentiated which just means the mind is empty of distinctions/conceptualisations. Are you reading it to mean all minds are one undifferenti...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1336

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Returning to the OP, it seems to me that this quotation rory offered from J Stone's book on Japanese Buddhist doctrine... Hua-yen thought sees all phenomena as expressions of an originally pure and undifferentiated one mind ...looks a lot like the semi-Vedantic thinking that some in this thread suc...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1336

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Returning to the OP, it seems to me that this quotation rory offered from J Stone's book on Japanese Buddhist doctrine... Hua-yen thought sees all phenomena as expressions of an originally pure and undifferentiated one mind ...looks a lot like the semi-Vedantic thinking that some in this thread such...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 586

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

TharpaChodron wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:02 am

You can see it here:

https://www.vegasnews.com/126105/giant- ... -year.html

Nice, eh?
Hey, thanks for saving me a trip to Vegas!

That is impressive.
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: PANCA KE FESTIVAL
Replies: 15
Views: 179

Re: PANCA KE FESTIVAL

Peanut (splutter) Butter!? Excuse me while I take a mo to process this startling innovation... Yeah, it's a holdover from the Depression. almost 90 years later the great-grandkids are still in that habit. here's another: my mom's family uses Karo syrup and margarine rather than maple syrup and butt...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: PANCA KE FESTIVAL
Replies: 15
Views: 179

Re: PANCA KE FESTIVAL

This ancient devotional rite, the worship of the female deity Panca Ke is central to our spiritual cosmology. The egg represents fertility arising towards Spring whilst the lemon and sugar provide a balance of sensuality. Vegans may substitute banana in place of the egg, thereby recognising the sac...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Suttas/Sutras on smoke offering
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: Suttas/Sutras on smoke offering

Tiago Simões wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:23 pm
What scriptures mention smoke offerings or the ritual burning of incense?
here's a more famous passage

http://online.sfsu.edu/rone/Buddhism/BT ... otus23.htm
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 115
Views: 3944

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Dharma Flower wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:09 am
DGA wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:10 am
Start here:

viewtopic.php?f=69&p=435762#p435581
Like the layperson Vimalakirti, it is my turn to respond in silence, and to hopefully allow my practice to speak for itself.
That's one approach...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

My dog is named Chevy. He's a border collie, Australian shepherd, and Brittany spaniel mix. I think he is 13, he is a little over weight, has a lot of warts on his face and head and body, sometimes he shakes like he has a minor seizure while standing, and he is very sensitive and smart. Of course. ...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

When i was a little kid we had a HUGE Boxer. His name was Maharaja. We called him Raj. He ate out of huge mixing bowls. That's all i remember..... My spouse grew up with a boxer who was a little undersized due to a heart condition. She was a very intelligent and devoted dog. I think she was bored a...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 pm
In my life I have shared my life with and trained quite a few, as well as run a branch of a now-defunct dog charity called Pro Dogs. All dogs seem to like me; even the wild dogs in India would bring me their puppies or come to me to die. Guess I'm part canine.
Dogs know who their friends are.
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

As a kid, a kelpie x cattle dog = Sharon As a teenager, a whippet = shillbe As an adult; a whippet = diamond As an adult, a greyhound = Lucy As an adult, a whippet = smokey I've always liked short haired sight hounds. One of mine is some kind of whippet mutt. She has the body of a whippet but the s...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

boda wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:19 pm
Our new pup Red. Australian Shepard, and quite the rascalian.
Perfect name for a blue-eyed dog.

My brother-in-law has an Australian Shepherd and she's among the top five smartest dogs I've ever met. Great family dog. SO MUCH FUR
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 586

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

:lol: Now I kind of want to go see that display My spouse is a fire snake. I can only imagine what the set designers of the Strip would come up with for that one... There was an amazing fire dragon made of lights at Caesars Palace, so I think I've seen what it looks like. Quite impressive. :) That'...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you learn from the movies?
Replies: 50
Views: 745

Re: What did you learn from the movies?

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:51 pm
DGA wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:55 pm

I call 'em as I see 'em.

That's good...spontaneous...sorry for being so anal.
You have nothing to apologize for my friend.

:cheers:
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 115
Views: 3944

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I have a Tumblr page with over 3,000 followers, mostly dedicated to quoting articles and books on Pure Land practice from a Ch'an/Zen perspective. The URL is matthewsatori.tumblr.com. I would really appreciate it if anyone can please suggest content to include on my page. That would be very helpful...