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by gyougan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Frugal living
Replies: 36
Views: 2851

Re: Frugal living

I enjoy my current situation: middle class income with frugal & simple lifestyle. So I actually feel rich, because I earn much more than I need, even though many people earn more and still feel poor.
by gyougan
Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for my mental illness
Replies: 8
Views: 2187

Re: Prayers for my mental illness

May you be fine and happy, free from mental illness!

Namo Amida Butsu!
by gyougan
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land for the not very faith-inclined?
Replies: 44
Views: 5614

Re: Pure Land for the not very faith-inclined?

Hey Lazy Eye, I am a bit similar to you in being a rationalist and empiricist, and yet Pure Land Buddhism seems to suit me, to me Amida and the Vow rather than a specific entity represent the embracing of the real, enlightened life in me. Where it's not about the self, but about love for all sentie...
by gyougan
Sat May 04, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dead at 49
Replies: 15
Views: 2006

Re: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dead at 49

So sad to hear this... :-(

RIP Jeff!
by gyougan
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Western Slave Masters' Enslavement of Other Countries/Races
Replies: 31
Views: 2662

Re: Western Slave Masters' Enslavement of Other Countries/Ra

There is like 500 visitors to this forum daily, the most popular English-speaking Buddhist forum on the web and its rank in the US is 209,322 Facebook has 60,000,000 visitors daily and its rank in the US is number 2. 500/60,000,000 = 0.000083%. So there is only 0.000083% of facebook visitors who ar...
by gyougan
Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Heart goes out to Connecticut
Replies: 57
Views: 5970

Re: Heart goes out to Connecticut

Huseng wrote:
JKhedrup wrote:Perhaps you are right. Something about the way modern society is operating makes mental health care more of a necessity.
There are more occult reasons perhaps, but most people won't accept this, nor can a secular society envision the possibilities.
Interesting. Care to elaborate?
by gyougan
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Archetypal Buddha?
Replies: 26
Views: 3075

Re: Archetypal Buddha?

gingercatni wrote:Hello
Does this mean they are not real to some Buddhists?
If you believe that Amitabha is a creature of flesh and bones somewhere far away in the west, then he becomes unreal.
by gyougan
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Premature Death and Climate Change
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Premature Death and Climate Change

Dire warnings have aways been with us. A classic example is a book tited The Population Bomb which sold over two million copies, scared the bejazus out of everybody, and whose predictions never came to pass. The author predicted in 1968, -a substantial increase in the death rate in the next two dec...
by gyougan
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Economic Hegemony
Replies: 24
Views: 2878

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Dan74 wrote:Thanks, Raksha, though the condescension was not required.
Iraq at the time was supplying 5% of world's oil, hardly significant.
:good:
5% of world oil supply is very significant.
by gyougan
Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Would you say that mdma experience of all out love is valid?
Replies: 17
Views: 2904

Re: Would you say that mdma experience of all out love is valid?

Raksha wrote:An elderly Tibetan lama once commented to me about people who smoke marijuana... 'everything they think and everything they say is crap'.
Sorry but this lama sounds like an idiot.

It's really irritating to see people who have never taken any drugs act as if they know what drugs are about.
by gyougan
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 14198

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

I think there is no way mankind can avoid the severe consequences of our actions. If we could, we would never learn to love and respect our wonderful livegiver Earth.

We are being evil towards our lifegiver which has produced a helluva lot of bad karma collectively.
by gyougan
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 14198

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

Aemilius, do you 100 percently trust that you are so free of "seeds of hell" that you can just imagine a better world and avoid the karma?
by gyougan
Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Pure Land thoughts

dakini_boy, thanks for that post. I truly appreciate! :bow:
by gyougan
Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Pure Land thoughts

Music wrote:What does it mean to focus on amitabha, just reciting his name?
As for me, reciting the name but not "obsessively". Trying to be aware of the inconceivable light. Trying to integrate nembutsu with daily life!
by gyougan
Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Pure Land thoughts

Hi! Until about now, I have been very confused whether buddhas, bodhisattavas, pure lands, hells, etc exist "really" or simply as metaphors. But I realized that there's no way I can figure out which is the true view. What I know, however, is that these things definitely exits IN SOME SENSE which my ...
by gyougan
Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Power of Vows of Buddha Amitabha?
Replies: 12
Views: 1653

Re: Power of Vows of Buddha Amitabha?

Chan/Zen school doesn't teach an Amitabha Buddha outsider our own mind. Some Shin Buddhists, notably professor Shigaraki, believe that Amida should be seen as a symbol. And I think he's right! People can pretend they believe in a "real Amida buddha who resides somewhere far away in the West" but un...
by gyougan
Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 16636

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Sadly people especially in Asia take anything these "masters" say as truth.
by gyougan
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 16636

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

And by the way, I am not particularly pro-homosexuality. I am dubious about gay marriage and definitely against adoption rights for gay people.

But what Hsuan Hua is advocating here is simply put ridiculous and makes his realization questionable.
by gyougan
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 16636

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

One more proof that true Buddhist masters are nearly extinct. Interesting. Do you think that Buddhist teachers of the past didn't hold such views? That they were on the whole freer from prejudice and everyday misconceptions than the contemporary ones are? I certainly hope they were! What's "realiza...
by gyougan
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Understanding SHINJIN by Paul Roberts
Replies: 39
Views: 4077

Re: Understanding SHINJIN by Paul Roberts

I like this guy. He is not shy about having achieved shinjin unlike most other Shin figures. I wish more people were as straightforward as him because it shows that shinjin can be achieved. This gives hope for those of us whose hearts are still clouded by doubt! Wow, I have changed so much after re...