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by Tiago Simões
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 884

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

If people want and authentic Chinese Buddhist experience, go to Taiwan.
by Tiago Simões
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Signing Off
Replies: 37
Views: 5254

Re: Signing Off

Very sad, Malcolm was surely a spring of wisdom of the Dharma.
by Tiago Simões
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's going on in this video?
Replies: 23
Views: 1388

Re: What's going on in this video?

https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fb ... 2564396398

In case anyone feels like translating the comments...
I am also curious.
by Tiago Simões
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1760

Re: American Circumcision

From a medical point of view, there is no compelling reason for circumcision. The rest of the world does just fine without it. IMO, this procedure has been co-opted by the medical profession as a money maker, in the same way it has happened with the perfectly normal process of childbirth. And to pe...
by Tiago Simões
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1710

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

I think Queequeg was referring to the belief in calvinism that salvation is predestined vs whatever the mormons believe. And not the way they raise their kids. (I googled it :tongue: ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predestination_in_Calvinism While I'm not a parent, I do understand how modern young ...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 884

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

Be sure to prepare yourself well, possibly for disappointment... A lot of mainland chinese temples today are just tourist traps which you have to pay to get in. At least that is what I have heard.
by Tiago Simões
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Breaking the law = bad karma?
Replies: 17
Views: 1335

Re: Breaking the law = bad karma?

No, breaking secular rules doesn't always create bad karma. Remember the story of the chinese monk Xuanzang and how he went to India against the emperor's will?
by Tiago Simões
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: More about the Indo-greeks
Replies: 6
Views: 416

More about the Indo-greeks

by Tiago Simões
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1660

Re: Text/prayer table

This one seems ok, has good rating too.

https://www.amazon.com/Nnewvante-Adjust ... =Lap+table
by Tiago Simões
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2628
Views: 232504

Re: Music time

by Tiago Simões
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1760

Re: American Circumcision

You Americans are weird... :tongue:
by Tiago Simões
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 18
Views: 991

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

It's really nothing new. Christian groups have been targeting secular yoga and meditation (or really anything that smells of non-christian origin) for a long time now.

Just Abrahams being Abrahams...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:42 pm
But I was entertained and would like to see the rest, so it worked for me.
It feels like watching a documentary on history channel. It's just missing aliens.
by Tiago Simões
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master

This would have been a good documentary of the life of Guru Rinpoche if they didn't try to connect it to quantum physics every 5 seconds...
by Tiago Simões
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 10
Views: 855

(Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master

Watching now. Thoughts?

by Tiago Simões
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 46
Views: 3176

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

Sure. Like those gassed millions. But OK, I guess you can make karma mean pretty much anything you want. So I won't take the bait (any further). If it is not about karma then what is it about? Luck? God? Fate? Chance? Śāriputra said, “Then, have you been in this house for quite some time?” The godd...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

It was not a "Greek Empire" it was a Hellenistic Empire of Macedonians. There was no Greece back then, there was the Macedonian Empire that had initially conquered and unified Hellenic city states, before setting out towards the east. Isn't "Hellenistic" just a synonym for Greek? Like the official ...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Isn't "Hellenistic" just a synonym for Greek? Like the official name of Greece, "Hellenic Republic". Yes and no. Hellenistic/Greek describes a set of somewhat shared characteristics. Hellas/Greece describes the nation-state. There was no Greek/Hellenic nation-state until the war of independence fro...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Here's a nice video to put things in historical context: https://youtube.com/watch?v=IQATsepKoLE&t=748s It was not a "Greek Empire" it was a Hellenistic Empire of Macedonians. There was no Greece back then, there was the Macedonian Empire that had initially conquered and unified Hellenic city state...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Here's a nice video to put things in historical context:

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