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by madhusudan
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 119
Views: 1483

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

"Is the fetus in your uterus?" deliberately frames the debate in language taking a particular side while ignoring that this is the entire crux of the issue. It's as sincere as asking, "Are you the mother blessed with this child?" Is the entity merely a collection of cells or a human life? When exact...
by madhusudan
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Following the instructions I received, I only meditate with open eyes. The experiment above produced a facsimile of the exact sensation of it. Great!
by madhusudan
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Problems with Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 1693

Re: Problems with Meditation

Things I find helpful:

Do it 1st thing in the morning.
Do it every day at the same time.
Get good instruction.

Ethics and wisdom are the other two trainings. That will aid in developing shamatha when your mind is at ease.
by madhusudan
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?
Replies: 125
Views: 8470

Re: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?

Since I came upon this stanza today, I thought to share it here: One whose view of emptiness is devoid of compassion does not reach the supreme path. Even if you cultivate compassion alone, you will remain here in samsara, but where is liberation? One who has both does not remain either in mundane e...
by madhusudan
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 84
Views: 9432

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

Did you notice, Hazel, that your most recent post was your 108th? Whoa.....duuuuuuuuude.....pretty rad. I thought narwhal had a great idea on quitting FB. I too gave it up some years ago after their repeatedly changing the privacy policy, which to me indicated their complete lack of respect for thei...
by madhusudan
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 7343

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Yep, Conway's got on opinion - for which he disingenuously claims there is consensus. In fact, it's in dispute. That's why he would write an op-ed in a major national publication - to argue his pov. In the constantly shifting sands of different charges over the past three years, I'm looking forward ...
by madhusudan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 7343

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

It's sad that people trading on their wisdom would let their TDS flare up in such an embarrassing manner. It's been a 3 year long get-him-at-all-costs impeach the m-fer "resistance" totally partisan secret basement impeachment without actual crimes.
by madhusudan
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate rebels
Replies: 21
Views: 1688

Re: Climate rebels

Extinction Rebellion is not about climate according to one of its co-founders:

by madhusudan
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 93
Views: 5493

Re: Greta Thunberg

Climate hysteria would dissipate on its own, as the doomsday deadlines pass and things continue on as usual, leaving only a fleeting mild embarrassment except for how ephemeral memory is and the turn of generations. Here is a decent record: https://cei.org/blog/wrong-again-50-years-failed-eco-pocaly...
by madhusudan
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Cold Showers
Replies: 23
Views: 2171

Re: Cold Showers

I have been taking cold showers regularly and, like you, enjoy the effects. It is worth remembering that what for us may be a minor austerity is for much of the world simply daily life. I recall bathing in Nepal with a bucket of cold water and a scooper indoors or just wearing a lungi and washing my...
by madhusudan
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: About bad parents, how should we treat them in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: About bad parents, how should we treat them in Buddhism

This is such a difficult situation and I am so sorry to hear about what you had to endure growing up. Your parents denied you a loving home, but fortunately your extended family showed some responsibility and care. These things occur due to previous karma, so one way to look at it is that you incurr...
by madhusudan
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 31
Views: 3978

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Sorry if this question is a bit off topic, but how can we do tsok alone? I'm living abroad in a Mahayana country. I'm pretty sure I have lung for Shower of Blessings, since the Lama gave lung before I left for the common texts of the center along with ngondro,which I requested. Thanks. Don't ask for...
by madhusudan
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 9382

Re: boring questions about losing weight

If you're willing to completely change your lifestyle and relationship with food, check out Snake Diet. Sounds gimmicky, but works for real.
by madhusudan
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Empowerment for Blessings
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Empowerment for Blessings

Thank you, Peter, for your response. That was informative. I will make an effort to get in touch with the lama to ask him.
by madhusudan
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Empowerment for Blessings
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Empowerment for Blessings

I attended a Dudjom Tersar torma empowerment for Padmasambhava some time ago which was described as being "for blessings". There was no practice or sadhana taught. Can someone clarify what this means? I ask because I am interested in doing a Lake Born Vajra practice, but don't want to break samaya i...
by madhusudan
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Differences between sects
Replies: 14
Views: 1580

Re: Differences between sects

This one is kinda fun reading and may interest you:

https://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-ma ... ur-schools
by madhusudan
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Concordance
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: Concordance

passel wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:44 am
That's why this site is just the same conversation, over and over.
How ironic. Sigh.
by madhusudan
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Concordance
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Concordance

I am continually amazed by how the various levels of teachings align within Dharma into one perfect whole. It inspires faith. However, in my musings I can also be prone to see patterns where none exist. Anyhow, on my walk this morning I thought that Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom could correspond to ...
by madhusudan
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visiting Nepal and Sikkim
Replies: 1
Views: 377

Re: Visiting Nepal and Sikkim

In Kathmandu, in addition to the usual Buddhist spots, you could try to visit the Tilopa & Naropa caves in Pashupatinath.

Just outside of Kathmandu is Guru Rinpoche's Asura cave in Pharping.

Bhaktapur is definitely worth a visit.

Finally, if you can swing it, a visit to Lumbini would be special.
by madhusudan
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Listening to music while doing something else: good idea?
Replies: 12
Views: 1104

Re: Listening to music while doing something else: good idea?

By virtue of your question, I assume you have misgivings, perhaps because of reading of the detriments of listening to music while engaged in other activities or maybe by an innate sense that it could be better to forego music. The negative aspect that I've heard of is that one might lose mindfulnes...

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