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by frank123
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 11949

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

Yes, I understood. I'm just saying that it's an interesting siddhi. It could resolve all sorts of questions, e.g. what language(s) did the Buddha teach in? I'm not sure if that would work. There've been accounts of other masters who can remember past lives when they were monastics during Sakyamuni'...
by frank123
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do buddhas contact people?
Replies: 52
Views: 7643

Re: How do buddhas contact people?

Luke wrote:If we assume for a moment that Buddhas like Amitabha, Akshobya, etc. exist in different parallel universes, what is the mechanism through we which they can contact us and we can contact them?

It's clearly some faster-than-light mechanism...
Buddha's don't contact you. Your own mind is the Buddha.
by frank123
Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 23097

Re: Enlightenment success rate

Dzogchen, 100%. Just after empowerment? before or later? Is not Rainbow body the stage of full enlightement? Forgive my ignorance... No problem. There are 21 capacities of Dzogchen practitioners divided into best, medium and average. The best achieve buddhahood in this life. The next 19 achieve bud...
by frank123
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.
Replies: 27
Views: 3746

Re: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.

If the way seems perilous, it is. You're right to consider not only how easy it is to fall out of practice, but the time involved. Ten years from now is unfathomable, let alone several lifetimes. So that is why some practitioners aspire for rebirth in realms like Amitabha's Pure Land, which are con...
by frank123
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.
Replies: 27
Views: 3746

Re: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.

smcj wrote:That's no attitude to have. Who is to say you haven't already spent the last 2.99999... aeons practicing Mahayana? You wouldn't want to waste all that work now, would ya?
Hey, how dare you mr smcj accuse me of having a down beat attitude, how dare you dear sir :tongue:
by frank123
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.
Replies: 27
Views: 3746

Re: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.

Sherab Dorje wrote:
BuddhaFollower wrote:Hence Vajrayana
Yeah, coz all the Vajrayana practitioners I know are at the absolute tipping point that, with the slightest hint of a Dharma breeze (a Buddha passing gas, for example), they will be pushed into Buddhahood. Any minute now! :roll:
Comical post dude!
by frank123
Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.
Replies: 27
Views: 3746

Re: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.

I have heard it said again and again that it takes three incalculable eons in standard Mahayana to reach Budhahood.If this is the case what are the chances in all practicality of one coming into contact with and practicing the dharma lifetime and lifetime after lifetime for three incalculable eons....
by frank123
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.
Replies: 27
Views: 3746

Buddhahood in three incalculable eons an improbable venture.

I have heard it said again and again that it takes three incalculable eons in standard Mahayana to reach Budhahood.If this is the case what are the chances in all practicality of one coming into contact with and practicing the dharma lifetime and lifetime after lifetime for three incalculable eons.I...
by frank123
Mon May 16, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is it okay for Mahayana Buddhists to be actors?
Replies: 14
Views: 2065

Re: Why is it okay for Mahayana Buddhists to be actors?

Maybe there is a general hesitation to interfere in lay peoples superficial way of life? The Mahayana teachings focus on inner states of mind mainly, as far as I understand. The advices for right behavior are valid for the ten unwholesome deeds, not killing, no stealing, no lying, no harsh speech e...
by frank123
Fri May 13, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Help With Judgmental Family
Replies: 14
Views: 2979

Re: Help With Judgmental Family

Hi everyone! I have been practicing Buddhism for almost 2 years now and for the most part have kept it private. One side if my family is Lutheran and very strict, while the other is atheist and also very strict. Family members on both sides have noticed that I own a meditation cushion, mala beads, ...
by frank123
Wed May 04, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Preparing for Zen
Replies: 6
Views: 1402

Re: Preparing for Zen

gavenv wrote:What do you do to prepare for sitting Zen?

You're cushion.
by frank123
Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Existential crisis and Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 1727

Existential crisis and Buddhism

How does Buddhism view a existential crisis.is it a considered somewhat healthy as it can make one look at themselfs and life and look to understand themselfs.Or is it considered non beneficial particulary if it lasts a considerable time?
by frank123
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One life time enlightenment traditions.
Replies: 11
Views: 1233

Re: One life time enlightenment traditions.

Zen/Chan Buddhism.
by frank123
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 15208

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

lostitude wrote: :coffee: You're the one who asserted something, DGA didn't. I asked myself the same question actually, how do you know that it's the same reality? Not being sure that it's not the same reality isn't enough to state that it is indeed the same... :coffee: Oh thats easy,by the teachin...
by frank123
Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 15208

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

lostitude wrote: :coffee: You're the one who asserted something, DGA didn't. I asked myself the same question actually, how do you know that it's the same reality? Not being sure that it's not the same reality isn't enough to state that it is indeed the same...[/quote] :coffee: Oh thats easy,by the ...
by frank123
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 15208

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

DGA wrote:
frank123 wrote:
Because ultimately they are going towards the same reality but the terminology is different.Try to see beyond the terminology to the essence of what is being experienced.
How do you know?
How do you know its not?
by frank123
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 15208

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum; it seems like a great resource and I look forward to getting to know the community. I'm not exactly new to Buddhism, but I've only recently become a Buddhist, as opposed to merely a sympathizer. I wanted to ask the community why they chose Buddhism over, say, ...
by frank123
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 78
Views: 22394

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

Dullness in Samatha leads to rebirth as an animal? Really? Yes, really. Wouldn't one have to do a lot of dullness development in Samatha to have a rebirth as an animal?I thought it was quite common for meditators to fall into dullness sometimes with long sessions of sitting practice,seems kind of a...
by frank123
Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 78
Views: 22394

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

Dullness in Samatha leads to rebirth as an animal? Really?

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