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by humble.student
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Looking for some Zen (Chan) lectures
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: Looking for some Zen (Chan) lectures

I currently practice Tibetan Bon Buddhism. But my family is historically Zen, but not so practicing. I am interested studying Zen. I am looking for some lectures. I prefer a course structure or a text (sutra) that is being explained. Any recommendations? Thanks Here: https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-...
by humble.student
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 2017

Re: Hong Kong.

I don't think history is fixed and I certainly agree that it is contested. And I am a very long way from having good - proper - historical knowledge of recent Chinese history. You and Peter C want to go for the jugular for my ignorance on these matters: please be my guests. I have nothing to defend...
by humble.student
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 2017

Re: Hong Kong.

How is this in any way controversial? Mao spearheaded the revolution of which the sovereign structure of modern China was born and endures . He was of a humble background. Please be clear: I am in no way asserting that 21st century China has not changed! Nor am I making even the slightest normative...
by humble.student
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 2017

Re: Hong Kong.

Modern China is itself an expression of this: what was Mao before the revolution but a peasant boy disappointed by the system? This is so outrageous as to be laughable, were it not tragic. How is this in any way controversial? Mao spearheaded the revolution of which the sovereign structure of moder...
by humble.student
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 2017

Re: Hong Kong.

tobes wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:04 pm
Modern China is itself an expression of this: what was Mao before the revolution but a peasant boy disappointed by the system?
This is so outrageous as to be laughable, were it not tragic.
by humble.student
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the earth flat according to Buddhism?
Replies: 36
Views: 953

Re: Is the earth flat according to Buddhism?

It seems there is a lot of misunderstanding in this thread about my basic premise. It is something like this. Flat Earthers are wrong. Dead wrong. They give evidence that do not check out. But one of the more interesting evidence they grasp onto to is Vedic/Buddhist cosmology which they conflate wi...
by humble.student
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Wilkinson Translations
Replies: 44
Views: 1779

Re: Wilkinson Translations

years after this Vajrachakra discussion i've seen "line of the lamb" used by some tibetan teachers at a nyingmapa-website and they explained it as the Vajrachain. Maybe it is another, uncommon word for the same thing?!? And: No, I don't remember which website it was I've bolded the important part i...
by humble.student
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Wilkinson Translations
Replies: 44
Views: 1779

Re: Wilkinson Translations

My Tibetan is very rudimentary so I am not qualified to speak of the quality or accuracy of the translations, but I will say that at the very least Mr Wilkinson includes the Tibetan text at the end of his volumes, enabling those who know some Tibetan to check for themselves. I did procure a couple o...
by humble.student
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Ākāśagarbha Sūtra
Replies: 12
Views: 1913

Re: The Ākāśagarbha Sūtra

tobes wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:39 am
Thanks for bumping this, NW.

I haven't really encountered this text before; it is quite sublime.

:bow:
The monograph "The Bodhisattva Ākāśagarbha (Kokūzō) in China and Japan" by De Visser is well worth reading.
by humble.student
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are you looking for?
Replies: 68
Views: 12253

Re: What are you looking for?

L. Sternberg, Divine Election in primitive religions, “Congresso internazionale degli Americanisti, resoconto della XXI sessione, seconda parte, tenuta a Goteborg nel 1924, Goteborg, 1925, p. 472-512, The papers of the learned society were published under its title in different languages, see https...
by humble.student
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Le Blob
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Le Blob

An idle thought from an idle fellow..considering the fact that this organisms taxonomy is unclear, and supposing it is edible, would you vegans/vegetarians eat it? I once asked a monk well-versed in vinaya this question (using sea cucumbers as an example) and the answer was a resounding no. Why wou...
by humble.student
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can't remember the author or name of text
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Can't remember the author or name of text

Jigme Lingpa's Treasury of Precious Qualities?
by humble.student
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse
Replies: 43
Views: 2105

Re: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse

Simon E. wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:04 am
humble.student wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:00 am
Simon E. wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:23 pm
One forgivable lapse when he became David Bowie’s teacher..otherwise no celeb endorsements.
Bowie was still in his teens at the time.
He was born in 1947, and this was in 1966/67 so he was about 19 or 20.
19, yeah, but not quite a celebrity.
by humble.student
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse
Replies: 43
Views: 2105

Re: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse

Simon E. wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:23 pm
One forgivable lapse when he became David Bowie’s teacher..otherwise no celeb endorsements.
Bowie was still in his teens at the time.
by humble.student
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: contemplating mother's kindness
Replies: 16
Views: 735

Re: contemplating mother's kindness

The very fact of having a precious human birth is the basic factor in gratitude towards one's mother, all else is a bonus of sorts. Many commentaries on the Lojong texts (8 Verses, 7 Points, 37 Practices etc) will tell you that all beings seek happiness and seek to avoid suffering. This is just anot...
by humble.student
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 8 Precepts taking
Replies: 10
Views: 1116

Re: 8 Precepts taking

pael wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:04 am
My health prevents fasting after noon, how can I observe 8 precepts?
No authoritative scriptural references I am afraid, but you could just observe everything else, and call dinner or supper "medicine meal" from now on.
by humble.student
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

It's ironic that even many hundreds of years ago, human beings were saying "people these days are nothing like the practitioners of old". Round and round... :) I heard a teacher once gently put someone down for repeating this old chestnut, saying that practice was just as difficult "back in the day...
by humble.student
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China Destroys
Replies: 53
Views: 2266

Re: China Destroys

You are not being indifferent to definitions - you are simply proposing that your (unstated, unqualified) definition of communism trumps all others. If you want to propose historical analysis to settle the question, then you must consider what Mao did with land reform/collectivisation in the early ...
by humble.student
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to Wear Buddhist Robe?
Replies: 12
Views: 667

Re: How to Wear Buddhist Robe?

It's really rather mystifying why someone making Gnostic videos would feel a need to dress up like a Buddhist monk or nun. If you're a Gnostic, why not dress up like Dositheus the Samaritan or Marcion of Sinope or Mme. Blavatsky? Theravada bhikkhu, ordained at Wat Benchamabophitr, Bangkok. Hm, that...
by humble.student
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Help finding version of Medicine Buddha mantra
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Help finding version of Medicine Buddha mantra

Thanks to everyone for trying to help my obscure search! First - I do believe it was Tibetan. The mantra was the short form but the unique thing about this particular recitation was the pacing - at first very slow and beautiful and gradually becoming faster and faster. The total of the audio must h...

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