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by Bodhi
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11470

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

I am going stop responding after this post. As with the first sentence of your response. It seems evident that you either didn't completely read what I wrote or just simply ignoring it. Secular Buddhism do not reject ideas such as Karma, however there is an interpretation that leave out all the myst...
by Bodhi
Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11470

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

I responded to undefineable and when I click submit I lost everything because the forum keeps logging me out and when I return I see plenty of response so I will go ahead and post a respond in general to all and clear up what I see as misunderstanding. To loosely define what secular Buddhism is. Sec...
by Bodhi
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11470

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

Man, if you're gonna bother writing a screed like that, at least respond with some substance to arguments that are actually being made. The reason it's largely nonsensical for someone like Harris to be any kind of authority on Buddhism is that he subscribes to a wholly materialistic worldview, wher...
by Bodhi
Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11470

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

I truly am sorry for resurrecting this topic discussion. However I can't contain the urge to put in my two cents. I think it is beyond silly to criticize Sam Harris in this case. Buddhism is very much, in my belief, an on-going philosophical discussion/study of life. Buddhism is known for its flexib...
by Bodhi
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3795

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

My uncle and grandma were both ordained and now both disrobed. And I felt they learn little of what buddhism is and you would agree with me if you meet them. I'd be curious to learn a little more. Do they feel they learned very little of Buddhism? What do you feel they should have learned that they...
by Bodhi
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3795

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

I don't doubt Communism is no good for the Vietnamese people. But you seem to undermine the Vietnamese practitioners of Buddhism in Vietnam as if there are no real practitioners anymore regardless of the external conditions-lack of religious freedom. This is where your activist agenda becomes polit...
by Bodhi
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3795

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

I am gonna go with Quiet Heart on this. Bodhi, you are a Human Right activist and happen to be Vietnamese, I think you are quite political and you do have an activist agenda to follow. I can't take your words for it. I would have to investigate for myself when I am in Vietnam. It's all politics, ha...
by Bodhi
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3795

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

Most of you guys seem to forget that ideally and orginally communism is a political theory that do not tolerate religion such as early Soviet Union. Reason is mainly that religion can be a strong force that interfere with absolute loyalty to the party. They fear rebellion. Most of you guys arent aw...
by Bodhi
Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3795

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

Most of you guys seem to forget that ideally and orginally communism is a political theory that do not tolerate religion such as early Soviet Union. Reason is mainly that religion can be a strong force that interfere with absolute loyalty to the party. They fear rebellion. Most of you guys arent awa...
by Bodhi
Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3795

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

They dont have religious independency. Most, if not all, churches and temple are government-run or monitored which is used as a tool to spread propaganda to promote loyalty to the party. Many monks and nuns of these monastery are extremely corrupted . Those who speaks for religious freedom are impri...
by Bodhi
Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 28878

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

We all should be celibate so there be no more human. Or we probably can start making babies in liquid container or artificial wombs. (sarcasm) the honest truth is....sex is probably very much necessary probably more important than taking vows of celibacy and lead a monastic life in my opinion. I see...
by Bodhi
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 28878

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

I cant help but find it funny reading this topic. I feel like its a mini civil war each side trying to prove its superiority. I dont find there is anything wrong with sex neither do I think it is an obstacle to leading a holy spiritual life if done skillfully. I dont think there is anything wrong wi...
by Bodhi
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: Media
Topic: My sacred place for meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 915

Re: My sacred place for meditation

Thank you for the comments and I am glad you all enjoyed it. it is my place of instant peace. It is where I retire to after a long day or get away from noise or people and return to mindfulness. It really feel like once I step into the room and smells the scented incense and lavender liquid potpourr...
by Bodhi
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: Media
Topic: My sacred place for meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 915

My sacred place for meditation

So I posted a topic in Exploring Buddhism talking about my conflict and returning to Buddhism. I decided that I will just do it and get back to it except this time I will just do and practice whatever I feel right instead of associating to any schools, branches or tradition of buddhism. My focus is ...
by Bodhi
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Oklahoma?
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Re: Oklahoma?

Thank you Jikan :)

Metta
by Bodhi
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Oklahoma?
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Oklahoma?

I know this question might be in te wrong section and probably wont be succesful but is there any Buddhists here from Oklahoma, US?
by Bodhi
Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1122

Questions

I have a few quick questions that I am seeking answers too and I hope all the wisdom and knowledge here can help show me the right direction. 1. What exactly is mind/consciousness. It is obviously not physical, it encompasses all thay we think and feel and even more. But what is it really and how di...
by Bodhi
Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice, suggestion, guidance, anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 1972

Re: Advice, suggestion, guidance, anything?

I sincerely appreciate all the responses, advices, and guidances My apology for not being able to respond to all of them but I read through them all and had considered and put much thoughts on each of them. I am also very grateful for all the good wishes and dedication of merits. Science does inform...
by Bodhi
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice, suggestion, guidance, anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 1972

Advice, suggestion, guidance, anything?

Hello, I am here after quite a bit of a journey. I used to be active member here and of e-sangha. I practiced Pureland for a few years and a few years in Chan(Zen) at a branch of Chung Tai. I am now facing a bit of an obstacle in my spiritual life. About a year and a half ago I abandoned everything ...
by Bodhi
Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Please pray for my friends.
Replies: 6
Views: 999

Re: Please pray for my friends.

May Bill and Suz be free from all physical and mental pain/illness. May They be happy, well, safe and have a quick recovery from all illness.

Na Mo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa
Na Mo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa
Na Mo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa
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