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by jorden
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 61
Views: 4065

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

Tenma wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:57 pm
(and to hide every evidence from my parents of my practices).
When I was your age I used to volunteer for taking the dog for a walk so I could smoke in secret. I don't have a dog anymore and haven't smoked in a long time, but I still like taking walks. :hug:
by jorden
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 2626

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

Arguments against Christianity on the other hand are so numerous that you may wonder where to start. There are arguments by academics that the religion of the Old Testament is an assimilation of older pagan religions in the Middle East. The New Testament too apparently is little different. Some aca...
by jorden
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 7254

Re: Authentic?

In the Saddarmapundarika Sutra, Buddha indicated that in future times of degeneration he would take the form of spiritual teachers. At such times these teachers should be respected the same as the Buddhas, for they will be their living representatives. Master Tony Chew is one such example of what t...
by jorden
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 1790

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

For example this kind of stuff: https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/khenchen-namdrol-rinpoche-speaks-out-over-public-criticism-of-sogyal-ripoche . See also the discussion on Vajracakra: http://vajracakra.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=4144 . One teacher protecting the other, trying to keep the whole house o...
by jorden
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 1790

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

Rather than focusing on specific scandals, my intention for this thread is to explore what they mean for us as practitioners, and for the tradition they affect. For me personally, it doesn't matter until it's one of my teachers. And if one of my teachers were involved in a scandal, I'd try to maint...
by jorden
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 1790

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

One thing I have noticed is that people don't really like to talk (religious) politics and money at the dharma centre, especially when they are just starting out. They came there to avoid thinking about such worldly issues. After an inspiring dharmatalk it is kind of a party killer to ask about some...
by jorden
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?

Where should I begin with answering this question? Any reading suggestions? I tried searching, but mostly people wonder if thinking about something bad will create bad karma. But the other way around: what causes thoughts?
by jorden
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Robert Spatz and Ogyen Kunsang Choling
Replies: 7
Views: 1370

Re: Robert Spatz and Ogyen Kunsang Choling

Does anybody know how OKC is functioning at the moment? There wasn't a lot of discussion about it here on DW (cf. Rigpa/Sogyal (!)). There is some discussion at the bottom of the article in the OP: https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2017/03/11/robert-spatz-the-ogyen-kunsang-choling-cults-guru-get...
by jorden
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Robert Spatz and Ogyen Kunsang Choling
Replies: 7
Views: 1370

Re: Robert Spatz and Ogyen Kunsang Choling

It also shows that having an impressive roster of "visiting lamas" really means little in terms of the on-ground reality of how a center operates. Unfortunately, genuinely accomplished and ethically sound lamas are often invited to centers to give a gloss of respectability to teachers who are hucks...
by jorden
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can you practice without a teacher?
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: Can you practice without a teacher?

Brad Warner comments: "Notice, though, that Dogen never said don’t do zazen without a teacher, he just said don’t study Buddhism without one. Although doing zazen is a form of studying Buddhism, it won’t do most folks any harm at all to sit zazen on their own. Just don’t get too gung-ho about it." ...
by jorden
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 12330

Re: The Eternal Buddha of the Lotus Sutra

Malcolm wrote:With respect to having complete sense organs intact, if one does not, for example, it makes one unsuitable to be a Vajrayāna practitioner.
Could you explain that further? Do you mean that being deaf would be an practical obstacle for Vajrayana or that it would be impossible to practice Vajrayana?
by jorden
Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Inconsistent practice
Replies: 21
Views: 2906

Re: Inconsistent practice

I do this same dance year after year after year. I'll make a commitment to daily practice, and it will be fine for a couple of weeks or so, but then I'll miss a morning or an evening and then all motivation is gone, for weeks or even months. Then it starts all over again. I have this same experienc...
by jorden
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhist Romanticism - Thanissaro Bhikkhu's new book
Replies: 3
Views: 818

Re: Buddhist Romanticism - Thanissaro Bhikkhu's new book

That's true, I could try and see it as a kind of puzzle...
by jorden
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhist Romanticism - Thanissaro Bhikkhu's new book
Replies: 3
Views: 818

Re: Buddhist Romanticism - Thanissaro Bhikkhu's new book

I stopped reading when I came to this passage: Thus, this section quotes passages from modern Dhamma books, articles, interviews, and talks to illustrate the various features of Romantic religion contained in modern Dhamma, but without identifying the authors of the passages by name. I do this as a ...
by jorden
Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ready for some comic relief?
Replies: 18
Views: 1438

Re: Ready for some comic relief?

And a few hundred more to discuss it on this on internetfora...
by jorden
Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: prajna, samadhi and smrti as mental states
Replies: 0
Views: 514

prajna, samadhi and smrti as mental states

I'm reading about the five object-ascertaining mental factors: Interest (chanda), appreciation (adhimoksa), mindfulness (smrti), concentration (samadhi) and intelligence (prajna). I am confused about the meaning of the last three. I know these from other contexts. For instance prajna in the context ...
by jorden
Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can't explain ? Blame Karma
Replies: 23
Views: 1765

Re: Can't explain ? Blame Karma

If not blame, then Buddhists have an annoying tendency to readily dismiss these circumstances as karma as if karma is sufficient explanation. No, it is lame - and it is lazy. I had said that the annoying tendency to dismiss anything that cannot be satisfactorily explained to "God works in mysteriou...
by jorden
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism too hard ?
Replies: 24
Views: 2466

Re: Is Buddhism too hard ?

Not all of Christianity is like that. The Catholics say that "faith without works is dead ". No, it wasn't. It was the Elder Apostle James in his Epistle. Centuries later, the infamous anti Semitic German heretic named Martin Luther coined his sola fide crap, wanted to purge the Epistle and the res...
by jorden
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do we work with our bodies, our identities?
Replies: 62
Views: 5304

Re: How do we work with our bodies, our identities?

smcj wrote:Yes, the perspective that the drama of this life is trivialized by the scope of Dharma.
But I wouldn't recommend running around trivializing other peoples drama, maybe these kind of contemplations are best applied to our own personal situation.
by jorden
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do we work with our bodies, our identities?
Replies: 62
Views: 5304

Re: How do we work with our bodies, our identities?

I have been the Mexican transsexual many times. I have the black bisexual many times, and in both sexes. Only in theory, Catmoon, but I understand that part of what you are trying to say is that the thought of past lives since beginningless times can help us put our present identity in perspective.

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