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by Anders
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 76
Views: 1650

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: 76
Views: 1650

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: 76
Views: 1650

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: 16
Views: 451

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: 16
Views: 451

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: 7029

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: 7029

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: 106

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: 463

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: 886

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...
by Anders
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: End of suffering
Replies: 27
Views: 1256

Re: End of suffering

I would be wary of taking any specific advice on what to practice online. In a more general sense, which I believe to be true in Buddhism and generally, if you want to develop certain qualities, one of the best ways to nurture that is to hang out with people who already embody these qualities. Are t...
by Anders
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 5765

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

I can dig Malcolm's argument up to a point. Credentials are nice to have, but not all who have them are accomplished. And conversely not all who are accomplished will have credentials. While it is something I would never entirely ignore, and think should always be valid to ask why a given teacher mi...
by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7029

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

...whose interests are with the establishment over the victims. Is that what your crystal ball tells you, or can you directly read her mind? I am doing neither. I am talking about the integrity of the process. Since no one can read her mind, the apparent circumstances matter for this. A respected a...
by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7029

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff. If this thread has its facts right, she is not sitting on her own judgment. She is helping with the transition. Under ideal circumstances, who would you nominate to manage the transit...
by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7029

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff. It is not a judging panel. It is not illegal to say: "I don't believe you". Especially to a person who, according to a personal account of a member here, has made false accusations in...
by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7029

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff.
by Anders
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7029

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Going back now the the actual point of discussion raised now that it has been established, with much thunder, that it is not libellous nor unfounded to ask this question: What do folks think about the comments related to Pema Chodron, that she victim-shamed an abuse victim and is also on the so-call...
by Anders
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: Meditation timer app?

I use the zazen meditation app. I like the feature of it having multiple rounds.
by Anders
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 820

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Hanshan deqing is by many seen as having been an emanation of manjushri.
by Anders
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 3848

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

PeterC wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:56 am
which itself is a slightly apocryphal text.
What does that even mean?

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