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by Sprouticus
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just landed. Where is Gelug?
Replies: 23
Views: 2120

Re: Just landed. Where is Gelug?

:hi:

Nice to see you here!
by Sprouticus
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: My Grandmother died
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: My Grandmother died

:anjali:

:heart:
by Sprouticus
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's up
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: What's up

There is a sleeping cat on my foot.
:zzz:
by Sprouticus
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just saying hi...
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Just saying hi...

:hi:
by Sprouticus
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 32887

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

What, then, is the corrective? How can we sidestep this pitfall? (Have you looked at the Dunning-Kruger Effect I linked to earlier?) By consciously making an effort not to talk or act beyond one's competence and jurisdiction. Doing so, however, can prove to be alienating and make one a misfit. Just...
by Sprouticus
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 32887

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

What, then, is the corrective? How can we sidestep this pitfall? (Have you looked at the Dunning-Kruger Effect I linked to earlier?) By consciously making an effort not to talk or act beyond one's competence and jurisdiction. Doing so, however, can prove to be alienating and make one a misfit. Yes ...
by Sprouticus
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 32887

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

I'll speak from my experience in the Dzogchen "meatspace", as I haven't really practiced in Zen communities: I have absolutely noticed the trend you're speaking of. Often rigpa/pure view/one taste/abiding/etc seems to be used as either an excuse for bad behavior, but more often as an excuse for laz...
by Sprouticus
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Muskpocalypse Now
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: Muskpocalypse Now

Adama is a Cylon. [his decommissioning speech] Adama: The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high, but... [very long pause] Adama: sometimes it's too high. You know, when we fought...
by Sprouticus
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Hi

:hi:
by Sprouticus
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie in VA
Replies: 5
Views: 547

Re: Newbie in VA

:hi:
by Sprouticus
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Singapore
Replies: 5
Views: 506

Re: Hello from Singapore

:hi:
by Sprouticus
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Art Gallery
Replies: 20
Views: 3214

Re: Pure Land Art Gallery

Kuan Yin from Amitayus Teaching Sutras mural in Mogao Cave #57 http://abload.de/img/560px-mural_avolokiteycrab.jpg :anjali: This image made a powerful impression on me when I saw it years ago in a Nat Geo magazine article on the Dunhuang caves. I tore it out and framed it. Thank you for posting it.
by Sprouticus
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Psychological Indicators for Bodhicitta
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: Psychological Indicators for Bodhicitta

:anjali: Fear of being bitten is what makes spiders scary, right? Maybe try to put yourself in the spider's position. If a giant wrecked your house with a broom, or rolled over onto you while they napped, you would be unhappy and perhaps bite them. Not so unreasonable. If you see a spider going abou...
by Sprouticus
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 37
Views: 6164

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Bhikkhu Bodhi: Let’s Stand Up Together ... Considering that Buddhism is widely hailed as the preeminent religion of peace and compassion, why, I ask myself, aren’t we more visible as advocates of peace, basic sanity, and social justice? We’re entering a turbulent time when it won’t be enough for us...
by Sprouticus
Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Asking for help
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Re: Asking for help

:anjali:

Whether you are able to go on retreat at this time or not, don't be discouraged. Take care of your health so that you will be able to attend in the future.
by Sprouticus
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 17
Views: 2142

Re: Favorite Sutra?

:anjali:

The Heart Sutra and the Karaniya Metta Sutta. The mantra at the end of the Heart Sutra is very moving, each and every time I hear or recite it.
by Sprouticus
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Anxiety issues
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: Anxiety issues

:anjali:

Grigoris offered very good advice. All I would like to add is that given your experiences with the Russian healthcare system, it is not surprising you are having anxiety attacks. I hope you find relief soon.
by Sprouticus
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shikantaza and Mahamudra
Replies: 12
Views: 1429

Re: Shikantaza and Mahamudra

passel wrote:It absolutely exists in non western zen, but it gets lost in translation.
Could you expand on that a little? And maybe steer me in the direction of the relevant material by Master Sheng Yen?

:namaste:
by Sprouticus
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Retaking Refuge?
Replies: 11
Views: 825

Re: Retaking Refuge?

This may be a slight tangent, but has anyone been charged a fee for an initial precepts ceremony or a renewal ceremony? It was something I came across on a group's website and it struck me as odd. Our Sangha has big expenses and they charge fees for lectures and empowerments. Most of the time they ...

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