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by srivijaya
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 131
Views: 5814

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

it seems that everything conditioned is perpetually justified just as it is. Everything, from the horrors, to the wonders, from the sorrows to the ecstasies, from the coarse to the fine grained, seems to be precisely where they are meant to be. They cannot be any other way. This seems to be to be d...
by srivijaya
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 6990

Re: All is One

The title of this topic brought this timeless wisdom to mind:
"When all are one and one is all (Yeah)
To be a rock and not to roll"

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
And who could argue with that? :sage:
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 285
Views: 9606

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:58 pm
Now, the question is, who will be the first to break the chain. How will they do it, too. One wonders.
Excellent question and we need to see a solution soon.
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 285
Views: 9606

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

No, fascism should of course be opposed with all our power. I'd argue (as I and othera have done before) that going out and beating nationalist and proto-fascist groups just puts wind in their sails - gives them more exposure and sympathy of the fence-sitters and actually some moral legitimacy, sin...
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 2837

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Please someone, hurry up and impeach him.
by srivijaya
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?
Replies: 33
Views: 1834

Re: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?

Lindama wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:19 am
:anjali:
yes, I once heard Igor Kufayev teaching on Kashmiri Shaivism... it resonated for me. Igor went back to Europe where you may still find him.
Thanks Linda,
I'll have to check that out. A close friend of mine was very influenced by Thomas Merton. Evocative poetry.
:namaste:
by srivijaya
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?
Replies: 33
Views: 1834

Re: Is the Mystic Law the same as God? If not, how so?

Lots of intelligent and wonderful people in this forum. I really appreciate learning from all of you. You truly help me in my own practice. :namaste: I would echo what others have written, that if it's the dualistic interpretation of the Abrahamic God, then the answer has to be no. However, there a...
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 1446

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Lindama wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:40 am
We have enough of this exceptionalism in our politics, we must see it for what it is.... and see the Buddha in everything. Else, forget it.

linda
Wise words Linda.
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 1446

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Geshe la said .."People would be surprised to know the truth as to who Jesus Christ really was" Like an avatar of Buddha, or vice-versa? I guess you could see it from that POV if you wanted to, but I don't buy it exactly. Even if Christ had met Buddhist teachings during his 'missing years', he didn...
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 1446

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Why would Buddha leave all those with out the merit to meet True Dharma...have nothing to guide them.. Some Christians with a conscience ask questions like; if a primitive tribe have never even heard of Christ is it fair they go to hell? Surely God wouldn't just abandon them... It's a serious issue...
by srivijaya
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Buddhist Scout group in UK launches in Manchester
Replies: 0
Views: 221

First Buddhist Scout group in UK launches in Manchester

Well, whatever next? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/02/first-buddhist-scout-group-in-uk-launches-in-manchester-chief-scout-bear-grylls “We want to give our children a lot more than just Buddhism,” says Choy. “We don’t want them to just sit there doing chanting or meditating. We want th...
by srivijaya
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 1446

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

I wondered what my Buddhist friends here might say to that line of thinking. :namaste: :popcorn: From a Christian POV it's spot on: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was ho...
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 4322

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

When you first got started in the Dharma, what was the one thing you would most have liked to be told at the beginning that would have made your life, or even your progress in the Dharma, easier? Something trivial, like "Eat a good lunch at this centre, because supper is usually very small"? Or som...
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: White Tara Mantra Question
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: White Tara Mantra Question

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:48 am
It's what one is emphasizing what are we asking for first
ĀYUR is Life, PUṆYE is Merit, PUṢṬIṂ is wealth
Thanks.
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: White Tara Mantra Question
Replies: 2
Views: 443

White Tara Mantra Question

I’m used to the mantra being rendered: OṀ TĀRE TUTTĀRE TURE MAMA ĀYUR PUṆYE JÑĀNA PUṢṬIṂ KURU SVĀHĀ Just watched the vid of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche chanting: OṀ TĀRE TUTTĀRE TURE MAMA ĀYUR JÑĀNA PUṆYE PUṢṬIṂ KURU SVĀHĀ So a different sequence for the ĀYUR PUṆYE JÑĀNA PUṢṬIṂ section. Does anyone have a...
by srivijaya
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump Tweets
Replies: 155
Views: 6664

Re: Trump Tweets

Shame on us (UK) if we let him in. Yes I know we have great ties with the USA but there can be no excuse to look the other way with this blatant promotion of the fascist Britain First group. Cancelling his state visit could be presented as a snub to the American people, so it would have to be made a...
by srivijaya
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 12776

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

What do you imagine it is?
by srivijaya
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 12776

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Modern UK Dharma centers can be a good place to start in one's quest for a teacher :smile:
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by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 12776

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

To those attempting to walk the Vajrayana path, not having a teacher is problematic to the point of being an impossibility. Which I would say is pretty problematic for them. General Sutra and coming to grips with basic ideas is probably where most visitors would start, in which case advice can be g...
by srivijaya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 12776

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

That kind of 'basic kindness' may leave sentient beings wandering in circles. And may not be kind at all. No one made any judgment about the 'character' of others. A nebulous concept at best. Using the skandhas model where would you posit 'character'? It's true that none of us should speculate abou...

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