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by Tiago Simões
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 10
Views: 476

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: 476

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: 476

(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: 29
Views: 1090

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: 518

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: 518

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: 518

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: 518

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

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

by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DJKR letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Replies: 77
Views: 2758

Re: DJKR letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

The way DJKR repeatedly rambles about the West shows clearly the schism he has in mind, a pattern positioning "his kind" as good or victimized, "the other" as bad and perpetrating. It doesn't matter how much of this is right or not. He is a lineage holder and protector of the Dharma. These actions ...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Sources for herbalism
Replies: 0
Views: 96

Sources for herbalism

Does anyone know any good sources for herbalism? Particularly the western european variety? Iberian if possible :tongue:
by Tiago Simões
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 36
Views: 579

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

I grew up during the punk era where some people wore swastikas for "shock value" and personally I find the practice juvenile and stupid. There are still people alive that suffered terribly under the Nazis, so a little bit of empathy and sensitivity is called for. Again, if being an intelligent huma...
by Tiago Simões
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 36
Views: 579

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

Listen to Tool for a good stoner metal band. Dude, I have been listening to Tool for more than a decade, they are not Stoner Metal/Rock. The quintessential Stoner / Desert Rock outfit, as far as I am concerned, are Kyuss. https://youtu.be/iOb12RE_gaA Progressive rock would be the correct genre then...
by Tiago Simões
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 36
Views: 579

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

Listen to Tool for a good stoner metal band.

by Tiago Simões
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:57 am
Oh, there is definitely a solution: practice (and it's fruits).
I agree, but I doubt a realized being would waste his time trying to convince others of the authority of his texts on the internet. :tongue:
by Tiago Simões
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

Discussions regarding authoritative texts will always lead to an endless loop of repeating the same arguments. Over at the "western buddhism" group on fb this debate comes up over and over again, the mods intend the group to be pan-buddhist but most times this is not the case. I normally pinch in if...
by Tiago Simões
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1292

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think you are reading a bit too much into it. He's simply challenging us to reevaluate our motivations to practice the Dharma. No, he attempts to explain how the moral framework that Westerners approach Buddhism with makes them prone to eventually abandoning it because their moral framework is fl...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1292

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think you are reading a bit too much into it. He's simply challenging us to reevaluate our motivations to practice the Dharma. Many people are Buddhist in name only, almost like a hobby. We see that everywhere in the internet. If you want to understand what he is trying to convey, this short arti...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1292

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

The article is well summarized in the last line: to follow a fake master ends up with us jumping off the cliff with the one in whom we have placed our trust, hand in hand, to mutual destruction. In my opinion, it would be a stronger message if he didn't attempt to analyze why Westerners fall for "f...
by Tiago Simões
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhist Prayers
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: Tibetan Buddhist Prayers

Nyedrag Yeshe wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:45 pm
This one!
A Book of Common Tibetan Buddhist Prayers
https://www.amazon.com/Book-Common-Tibe ... 0980173035
There is also a third edition:

https://shop.blazingwisdom.org/index.ph ... rayers-3rd
by Tiago Simões
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 990

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

atheism is a reaction to Judeo-Christian theism Or it is just a logical extension of it. Judaism comes from henotheistic roots (worship of one god, belief in many) to monotheism by the time of Jesus. Atheism just gets rid of one more god. Atheism is a weird word, with its meaning changing depending...

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