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by DGA
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

Excellent topic. I don't have any particular insights, other than the general observation that the Buddha himself was a model and exemplar for teaching, by way of similes, metaphors, reasoned discussion and so on. And also the overall model of civil discourse as it is presented in the Buddhist text...
by DGA
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche As...
Replies: 82
Views: 1301

Guru Rinpoche As...

I know of a handful of practices in which Guru Rinpoche appears in the role of another Buddha. Guru Rinpoche as Amitayus. Guru Rinpoche as Medicine Buddha (Orgyen Menlha). Guru Rinpoche as Dzambhala. I am probably articulating this poorly, but maybe I got the point across with those examples? Is the...
by DGA
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

What does Buddha Dharma have to say about how to teach well? How, specifically, is the Dharma to be taught? I know of some passages in certain sutras (the Lotus Sutra describes how a teacher of that particular sutra should comport him or herself); what I would like to know is if there are any detail...
by DGA
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings
Replies: 10
Views: 343

Re: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings

are all of the above just superstition or reality? What's superstition? What's reality? YMMV Here's a superstition: The assumption that because one is the cultural heir to the rationality and empiricism espoused by eighteenth-century Europeans, one is positioned to 1) diagnose which aspects of othe...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 19
Views: 546

Re: What is reborn after death?

Here's the old omnibus thread on rebirth. It's still worth reading.

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by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6239
Views: 564351

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:57 pm
I may have to taser the next person who says ' relax dude' . ;)
In fairness: "Relax" isn't bad advice in times like this. Would "relax Granddad" sound better?
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6239
Views: 564351

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I bet my head that "keep quiet" means to avoid quarreling, gossip, speculation, and such. Besides respecting the community and Rinpoche's family moments. :P Exactly this. Also: there are some cultures with a tendency toward over-dramatic expressions of emotions in times like these. Much of the DC i...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 50
Views: 1324

Re: No end to samsara?

If sentient beings are numberless, then samsara is endless Winter is numberless, but it ends. The reason why winter is numberless, is that ultimately, the concept of numbers doesn't apply, because it's a season. So, it's absurd. You can say winter has a certain number of days, but then you are simp...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 529

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

as an aside: I used to practice at the same center you are practicing in in the late 1990s. At that time it was home to Dharma Rain Zen Center. The Zen Community of Oregon also practiced there, as did Robert Beatty's Insight Meditation group. Later, there was a Sakya group, too (are they still arou...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 562

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

The only belief I've found fundamentally important is that the practice can work for me too if I'm willing to put aside editorializing and reinterpreting, accept my own ignorance, put in the effort to do the practice and learn as I go. This would require someone to no longer identify as an atheist ...
by DGA
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 51
Views: 2555

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

Uuuuummmm... *Raises hand awkwardly* What would you all suggest I do when you start dating a Himalayan dakini? We skipped a few steps and got quite intimate, but due to distance we can only go so far yet. I've never had this kind of clear sign that some major karma has been purified than finally me...
by DGA
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

The fact he makes no effort even to pronounce the name of the organisation correctly ("Sukka Gakkai" - really?) reveals as much as you need to know in the first minute. Remember, it's the BBC, and for all its strengths, disrespectfully mispronouncing the world is its calling card. You may know the ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 529

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

For sake of context, when I began my Buddhist practice, I took the time to research the various traditions and history to see which lineage might be a good fit for the way I tend to operate - I settled on the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, and still practice within it. However, I ha...
by DGA
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is permanent in mahayana?
Replies: 18
Views: 403

Re: What is permanent in mahayana?

AkashicBrother wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:00 am
some buddhist texts say that things like the dharmakaya and the dharmadatu are permanent and the dharmic laws are constant.
Can you give some examples?
by DGA
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Flu Season
Replies: 10
Views: 292

Re: Flu Season

What have you found that works to avoid the flu?The flu shot, teas,talismans,hiding,incense,masks? boring stuff like maintaining good health habits (diet, exercise...) also washing your hands correctly and often and getting the flu shot in September, before the lines get long and you have to share ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7047

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Has anyone calculated how much a practitioner has to invest in trainings, assemblies, retreats, seminaries, &c in the most recent iteration of Shambhala Int'l before that person finally takes empowerment and begins Vajrayana practice? This organization has been compared to the LDS church in this th...
by DGA
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7047

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

You asked before about the Scorpion Seal teachings. Well, they are not Osel Mukpo's invention per se, but rather his commentary on the original Scorpion Seal terma of his father. But the people I spoke to about this recently really did not think they were worth much, content wise. Mukpo has no trai...
by DGA
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7047

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Has anyone calculated how much a practitioner has to invest in trainings, assemblies, retreats, seminaries, &c in the most recent iteration of Shambhala Int'l before that person finally takes empowerment and begins Vajrayana practice? This organization has been compared to the LDS church in this thr...
by DGA
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 1881

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Something that infuriates me is the idea some people have that Buddhists shouldn’t care about or be involved in politics. It strikes me as a Hinayana view (in the worst sense of the word). Nichiren certainly cared. On the other hand, self-care is a necessity. I try not to read or listen to things t...
by DGA
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1917

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

But my point is, and if we accept at face value that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appear where they are yearned for... we prepare the place for them and then wait with yearning. We don't need to think that much, plan that much, theorize that much. The authentic teachers will come to those circumstances...

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