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by humble.student
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4979

Re: What is reborn after death?

I’m asking whether there are suttas or sutras where it is reported that Gautama Buddha gave a teaching on “the period between death and the next birth” or about “a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas (aggregates)”? Yes, in the Garbhavakrantisutra, (the Sutra on entry into the womb).
by humble.student
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4979

Re: What is reborn after death?

Being of the intermediate state is reborn. It is called "gandharva" or "gandhabba" in the Sravakayana sutras/suttas. It is mentioned in the sutras, but all of the early schools did not accept it. What? A gandharva is a class of beings. Not all sentient beings arise as gandharva. Do you mean as an e...
by humble.student
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seeing in the Dark
Replies: 21
Views: 2231

Re: Seeing in the Dark

Hatchell's book "Naked Seeing" goes into this in some depth, as I recall, but as to the accuracy of his take, that is another matter.
by humble.student
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 50
Views: 1981

Re: Searching for a Teacher

There is a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Thailand that comes from Norlha Hutuktu, brought there by some Chinese monks back in the 30s or 40s. The writer John Blofeld, who lived in Thailand, was on close terms with the then abbot. I think this is an associated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com...
by humble.student
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I have the same sort of background as you, and sometimes wonder about this. I was recommended just today this book, which came out recently: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-golden-age-of-indian-buddhist-philosophy-9780198732662 For Tibetan Buddhism, either of John Powers' introductions c...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1533

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

This article by Robert Sharf, who was mentioned earlier, has just been uploaded, and while it is not directly about the thread topic, it contains some incidental material on the Sanbokyodan and related topics. https://www.academia.edu/37431629/Why_B ... ristians_1
by humble.student
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Shaolin Monks diet - what is it?
Replies: 26
Views: 10437

Re: Shaolin Monks diet - what is it?

The root of the confusion in due to the fact that many of the so-called "martial monks" are not fully ordained monks at all, leaving aside the 'pretend monks' who travel and do martial arts demos in robes, the majority are laypeople who receive 5, or 8 precepts, and who maintain the other monastic r...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Hair empowerment
Replies: 14
Views: 3060

Re: Hair empowerment

I recently received one such empowerment during the course of a transmission of a cycle of teachings which included all the proverbial “bells and whistles”. The presiding lama, a Nyingma monk with a shaved head (or very closely cropped hair), received the terma directly from the terton himself, who ...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

From the Bodhisattva Precepts (Brahma Net Sutra): The Ten Major Precepts 5. Selling Alcohol “Buddha-Sons, one should not sell alcohol or incite others to sell alcohol, through any causes, conditions, methods, or karmas. One should not sell any kind of alcohol because it can cause one to commit sins....
by humble.student
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 4252

Re: Charging for Dharma

ChNN’s recent retreat policy change is pretty amazing. Retreats are free and the one’s who organize (and who can afford it) foot the bill. Then each student pays what they can. That’s the way it should be in the west at least. I've noticed that this is fairly common, if not the 'mainstream' policy ...
by humble.student
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma, "soulmates" etc
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Karma, "soulmates" etc

There's the famous story about Ananda and the Matangi girl, most notably included as the frame narrative for the Surangama Sutra, but found elsewhere too. The Matanga Sutra is available here courtesy of BDK: http://www.bdkamerica.org/system/files/pdf/dBET_EsotericTexts_2015.pdf?file=1&type=node&id=6...
by humble.student
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 3784

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

I really had absolutely no faith in the tulku system and deeply distrusted guru devotion.
Finances and tulku system aside, lack of guru devotion isn't going to you anywhere either.
by humble.student
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 973

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

As a male layperson, I haven't been to many morning or noon services, but meals are usually had in silence. If I remember right for the noon meal, most of the chants are done in the shrine room before everyone goes to the cafeteria. By the way, you can see some of those mantras in romanized sanskri...
by humble.student
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arrogance
Replies: 28
Views: 1257

Re: Arrogance

prostrations?
by humble.student
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Happened to Simon E ??
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: What Happened to Simon E ??

Queequeg wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 6:45 pm
mutual prapanca society
Brilliant! :twothumbsup:
by humble.student
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 3050

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:38 am
PSM wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Fortyeightvows wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:39 am
Bro, what did you do?
If he doesn't confess, maybe we will start guessing...
After all these threads i think it must have been something big
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by humble.student
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Who is His Holiness Vairocana Xing Wu / Mr. Wu Ze Heng
Replies: 18
Views: 2952

Re: Who is His Holiness Vairocana Xing Wu / Mr. Wu Ze Heng

Actually CCP is now attempting to claim Buddhism or Buddhist organizations as state entities. Much worse, I'm afraid, read John Powers' "Buddha Party" book to see how they're claiming tulku lineages, and reappropriating history in a manner that can only be described as grotesque. You would need a s...
by humble.student
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: is a home made statue acceptable?
Replies: 38
Views: 2500

Re: is a home made statue acceptable?

To add an anecdote: I have seen the special types of rulers used in this kind of Buddhist craftsmanship in a Buddhist supplies shop in China some years ago. (A monastic supply store rather than a retail outlet, so to speak). To return to the OP's query, there's also this brief sutra: http://www.fodi...

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