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by humble.student
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 11
Views: 209

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: 987

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: 9736

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: 2677

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: 361

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: 3517

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: 603

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: 3350

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: 824

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: 1074

Re: Arrogance

prostrations?
by humble.student
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Happened to Simon E ??
Replies: 14
Views: 822

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: 2781

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: 2673

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: 1671

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...
by humble.student
Thu May 31, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

My original hypotheses were that 1) there is some feminine vocative form being used which I am not picking up, or (which seemed more likely) 2) that this has something to do with the traditional commentary on the dharani. I can see how both translations would make sense, though. My original questio...
by humble.student
Tue May 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

Hi, humble.student. Thank you for your thoughts. I'm writing while sleepy, so I hope this makes sense. Forgive me if I miss any of your points. Hi sukhamanveti, Thanks for your response. I should have been more clear: I was replying to the very first post in this thread, and my intention was to pon...
by humble.student
Tue May 29, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

It looks like you are confusing the introduction to the dharani in the sutra with the actual contents of the dharani itself. Here are some relevant instances taken from existing English translations: Taishō Tripiṭaka volume 20, number 1077. At one time the Buddha was staying in the Jeta Grove, in An...
by humble.student
Tue May 22, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: QUERY: Naljorpa--Information About?
Replies: 11
Views: 715

Re: QUERY: Naljorpa--Information About?

The disproportionate interest in this term in the older French literature merely reflects the disproportionate influence of the works of Mme Blavatsky, most notably, but also those by A. David-Neel, and later, a positive review of Marco Pallis' book by René Guénon, who singled out this term for spec...

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