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by Anders
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

Is Chenrezig/Avalokita a Buddha or a Bodhisattva? Depends who you ask. I believe in vajrayana he is considered a buddha. IMO the difference between avalokiteshvara being a buddha or 10th stage bodhisattva is negligible, at least as far as his relationship with people like us goes. He's pretty aweso...
by Anders
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Long meditation session
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Long meditation session

Hello, I'm new to meditation (only practically, theoretically I know a lot of informations about it). I realised that many things what I was doing are useless and waste of time. So I decided to meditate as long as I could. Coz I have a lot of free time I would like to spend that time in meditation....
by Anders
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 588

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

I doubt there are many who do sesshin because they like it. You do sesshin because there is something more important in your life to resolve that outweighs the difficulties and questions of personal preference. I much prefer the Chinese style of retreat myself. But it's the Japanese one I end up doi...
by Anders
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1538

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Separate topic, perhaps: what is in TienTai that is not in Nagarjuna? The third truth stands out. A broader range of practices and somewhat broader range of texts being relied upon. Zhi Yi held up the lotus and avatamsaka sutras as the perfected teachings, Nagarjuna more or less explained away the ...
by Anders
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1538

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

So I've been reading about nagarjuna and emptiness and see that he is always trying to negate the systems of his contemporaries whilst offering no system of his own. My question is: did nagarjuna ever categorically offer a positive means or ANYTHING at all about what enlightenment is or how to get ...
by Anders
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith

There is not. Which is why some scholars have posited that it was authored by Paramartha, rather than simply translated.
by Anders
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 3828

Re: Psychoanalysis

There are very few exclusive practitioners of Psychoanalysis anymore,the trend has moved away from exclusive practices anyway, but last I looked Pyschoanalytic practitioners are the literally the smallest part of the pie. More than anything else, the mental health world has moved into a time where ...
by Anders
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 3828

Re: Psychoanalysis

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:57 pm

Nope.

Nope. But it is nice to blame our parents.

Talk therapy is useless.

Mere proliferation. And, it is not as free as you might think.

Probably not.

It's all bollocks, just another way to separate fools from their money.
Cool story bro
by Anders
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 3828

Re: Psychoanalysis

Yeah. Sure there are not as many Freudian practitioners of psychoanalysis as there used to be (though they are not as extinct as one might think either) but the fundamentals of psychoanalysis are as current as ever. Psychoanalysis is bollocks. It is not scientific, it is based on the fantasies of o...
by Anders
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 3828

Re: Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis is not taken very seriously any more That's like saying the bible is not taken very seriously any more, because all it contains are fairy tales. Well, quite the opposite, many people take the bible very, very seriously. Any many, many Western therapists are so familiar with so many f...
by Anders
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3353

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

I wonder if Zen is doing well because it was popularised back in the hippy days and has had more time to establish. I was maybe more typical in finding it through martial arts - we created a Dojo with a Zendo above it back in the 1990's. I didn't have time to get into it properly though as work too...
by Anders
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3353

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

We need a strong subculture of Western Buddhist nomads. You're talking about tumbleweed yogis. They depend on the settled communities for their support. They've always been a counter-culture. You need the community householders to support that. Horse before the cart. Ajahn Chah once asked Ajahn sum...
by Anders
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3353

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

If the proposed solution is to reincarnate in Asia, I would suggest pureland practice might b more reliable and pay greater dividends.
by Anders
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 23
Views: 1018

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

Chiang Mai seems to be the favourite choice. I'll try and get there soon to check it out. I thought Taiwan/Taipei might get some love. Bangkok might be a great travel hub for a year or two before settling down. Can foreigners buy condos in Chiang Mai like you can in Bangkok? Maybe it is better to r...
by Anders
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 23
Views: 1018

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

I would say Chiang Mai is definitely more relaxed and pleasant than Bangkok.

You should be able to find some western forest monk in the surrounding area too if that's your thing, although most of them are down in Isan.
by Anders
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 8887

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

An addendum to my post above. Until Enlightenment, we are all in psychological Denial about some aspect of our lives, And the more important the issue is to us, the more Denial is a temptation. CTR and Mukpo are very important to Pema Chodron. It would be understandable if she can only approach the...
by Anders
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 8887

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

I feel that it is important to remember that whatever moral failings she had and may presently have, none of them are in fact her true nature. Their true nature is: subject to change according to causes and conditions. It is easier to recognise in thoughts arising on the cushion but for applying dha...
by Anders
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chan Master Guo Jun - Essential Chan Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: Chan Master Guo Jun - Essential Chan Buddhism

Seems like a cool guy. Nice story.
by Anders
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Arya Tara
Replies: 12
Views: 553

Re: Books on Arya Tara

passel wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:08 pm
Stephen Beyer, the Cult of Tara. Oldie but a goodie.
+1
by Anders
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better
Replies: 15
Views: 1141

Re: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better

I admit, I avoided this topic to begin with as I feared it might awaken my instinct that maybe I can do better than I am. Oh well, I acknowledge it is so and am willing to dig down another spit to try and do better for myself and others. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lGGwavt1GIEd_3joq87ES1MMy6uH...

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