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by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 51
Views: 5846

Re: Classic English Poetry

The Little Elfman
by John Kendrick Bangs
I met a little elfman once,
Down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small,
And why he didn’t grow.

He slightly frowned and with his eye
He looked me through and through —
“I’m just as big for me,” said he,
“As you are big for you!”
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 177
Views: 13013

Re: Saint Stalin

Greg,

"And no matter how strange it may seem to you in your little bubble, ..."


How dare you impugn my bubble size! "It is quite as big for me, said he, as yours is big for you."
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 177
Views: 13013

Saint Stalin

So Communism in Russia died when the Soviet Union died...?? Old thought policing habits are the hardest to break, even when the movie was not made in Russia.

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-fro ... e-47964774

[Edit to clarify - if not satisfy]
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem with searches
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Problem with searches

Very helpful Kim, but one must insert a space after net/ and before the term(s) for it to work.

If anyone comes up with a way search this way, but focusing only on thread titles, not their content - please enlighten us.
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Great Compassion

Chandrakirti mentioned three kinds of compassion, and only the highest or truest kind qualifies as Great. Here is the Prajnaparamita in 10,000 lines (ch. 2.7) with a definition: If you ask what is ‘great compassion,’ it is unstinting loving kindness toward all sentient beings, when there are actuall...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Great Compassion

I take refuge in the greatly Compassionate One, the Savior of the world, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, of most excellent deeds in all the ten directions... The Buddha-Tathagatas, while in the stages of bodhisattvahood, exercised great compassion, practiced paramitas, and accepted and transfo...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Great Compassion

The heart of Mahayana practice is Great Compassion, this thread will supply some quotations & comments. Then the bodhisattva great being Avalokiteśvara said to the Blessed One, “Blessed One, bodhisattvas should not train in too many qualities. Blessed One, bodhisattvas should serve and understand on...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem with searches
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Problem with searches

After all these years I should know how to search. If more than one word is used that slows things. But I now recall if a two word search is what one wants, put them in quote marks. If just plain great compassion, for example, is used - very slow. But "great compassion" much faster. So all is adequa...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem with searches
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Problem with searches

Still takes forever, if at all, to respond to a search.

DNS once typed out the exact phrase when using Google, but I lost it. Since I use DuckDuckGo, I wonder if there is a way to use it instead of google?

I gather the problem with the built in Search at Dharma Wheel is unfixable.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Alas & Alack
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Alas & Alack

Four more motivations for buddhas: Alas! Sentient beings are enslaved by attachments to family, home, wealth, and crops, perceiving a meaning where there is none. Seeing this, the thus-gone ones wish to show them the extreme impermanence of things. Thus arises their great compassion for sentient bei...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Alas & Alack
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Alas & Alack

Sakyamuni give reasons for buddhas great compassionate response to sentient beings - from the Ratnamegha Sutra : Alas! Those who inhabit the worlds are caught up in disputes and flawed by hardened ill will. Seeing such beings, the thus-gone ones wish to teach them the Dharma so that they may relinqu...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 8
Views: 250

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

The greater danger is from the the many millions of nominal religious folk to whom a perfunctory attendance at mosque, church or temple is the extent of their religious life. It is more like an avocation or hobby.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

When they enter a temple, they develop the motivation, ‘I shall deliver all beings to the city of the transcendence of suffering.’ When they go outside, they develop the motivation, ‘I shall free all beings from the prison of cyclic existence.’ When they open the door to their home they form the mo...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharanishvara Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Dharanishvara Sutra

Nothing in English, so far as I have heard. Here is Takasaki's note on the Chinese & Tibetan versions: 32) This sūtra is available in both Tibetan and Chinese Tripitakas. T. has the title ' Tathāgata-mahākarunā—nirdeśa-sūtra ', which is identical with the title of Chinese translation (Taisho, No. 3...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharanishvara Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Dharanishvara Sutra

Nothing in English, so far as I have heard. Here is Takasaki's note on the Chinese & Tibetan versions: 32) This sūtra is available in both Tibetan and Chinese Tripitakas. T. has the title ' Tathāgata-mahākarunā—nirdeśa-sūtra ', which is identical with the title of Chinese translation (Taisho, No. 39...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

Always thought that maras were exclusively anti-Dharma & evil, but this line in 1.5 suggests not so:
Present were Sārthavāha and other such māras of the side of virtue..
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by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 139
Views: 28887

Re: Dharma Gems

Buddha Padmanetra advises bodhisattvas who wish to visit Śākyamuni's realm: [1.23-24] "Among the beings of that [Saha] realm desire, anger, and dullness are rife. They have no regard for mendicants and no regard for brahmins. They have no concern for their fathers, no concern for their mothers. Nume...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

1.12-14 - Śākyamuni is a thus-gone,worthy, [F.5.a] perfect buddha, someone with proper knowledge and conduct, a blissful one, a knower of the world, an unsurpassed leader of those to be trained, a teacher of gods and humans. Whoever merely hears this blessed buddha’s name will make progress toward ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

1.7- Seated upon this well-arranged throne was the Blessed One. With perfectly pure wisdom, he was turning the wheel of Dharma. Conquering all māras and opponents, he remained unblemished by any mundane qualities. He was fearless and indomitable, like a dauntless lion. He was clear like a lake, imm...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

Not only a valuable sutra for guidance regarding all sorts of Mahayana topics, it was also the source for the famous Tibetan Dharma dictionary: It was most likely a major lexical source for the Mahāvyutpatti , a ninth century dictionary of Sanskrit-Tibetan Buddhist terminology. For several sets of q...

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