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by Bristollad
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Zi Gong [a disciple] asked: "Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?"
The Master replied: "How about 'reciprocity'! Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself."


Confucius, Analects XV.24, tr. David Hinton
by Bristollad
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Killing precept includes plants?
Replies: 10
Views: 224

Re: Killing precept includes plants?

Lobsang, I agree. Intention is definitely important. :twothumbsup: the fault of the heedless use I wasn't disagreeing with you but just mentioning how within the getsul vows, killing is a little more complicated than just killing and how it could possibly explain why in the chinese text it was linke...
by Bristollad
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Killing precept includes plants?
Replies: 10
Views: 224

Re: Killing precept includes plants?

Within the elucidation of the getsul (novice) vows in the Tibetan tradition, killing is divided into four: (1)homicide, (2)pouring out that which contains animals, (3)using that which contains animals, (4)killing animals The 2nd and 3rd are essentially the same but done for someone else's benefit(2)...
by Bristollad
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 1325

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The site linked requires sign up and I usually don't like 'signing up' for much. Can you paraphrase what is used to date the texts? Was there any carbon 14 dating done on it? This would immediately assign a period of time it would likely have been written in. You can read the paper online without s...
by Bristollad
Sun May 28, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 2400

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

You put it the other way around, you said that the motivation for compassion is wanting to achieve enlightenment. Maybe it can be both things at the same time. Let's exercise some compassion and please try to be understanding and tolerant toward one another. :anjali: It seems you think I'm being in...
by Bristollad
Sat May 27, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 2400

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

No, it's the other way around. Are you saying that you are completely incapable of being more kind and compassionate until after you attain Buddhahood? It's from practicing the Six Paramitas that one attains Buddhahood in the first place. May you be happy and well. :namaste: No...the motivation for...
by Bristollad
Sat May 27, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 2400

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

Everyone in life has a motivation, whether it's money, sex, drugs, approval, etc. The Bodhisattva motivation is the supreme motivation, because it seeks enlightenment for oneself while, at the same time, practicing compassion and kindness on others. The Bodhisattva motivation is the realization tha...
by Bristollad
Tue May 23, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 2400

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

Minobu wrote:i want to believe in this pure primordial source from which everything arises and turns into a sunyata thing ...


Why?
by Bristollad
Mon May 08, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Confused - why are there 5 translations for "mountain"?
Replies: 7
Views: 267

Re: Confused - why are there 5 translations for "mountain"?

I've found a couple of online tools and dictionaries listing the third one as "a generic name for mountain".

The Charles Bell English-Tibetan Dictionary agrees with རི for mountain
It also has an entry with the 4th and the 2nd together to make snowy mountain
by Bristollad
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How old were you when you first became interested in Buddhism?
Replies: 29
Views: 1078

Re: How old were you when you first became interested in Buddhism?

I was brought up in a Christian family and was a regular attendee of Sunday School: I liked it, the people were friendly, I liked the hymns and I felt part of the community. Problem was, the idea of an omnipresent omnipotent creator, God, never made any sense to me. I have an early memory, about 5 y...
by Bristollad
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just landed. Where is Gelug?
Replies: 23
Views: 730

Re: Just landed. Where is Gelug?

Just to answer your question concerning Lam Rim Bristol - yes they are a Gelug centre though not affliated with the FPMT. Geshe Damcho who is the spiritual director is a good friend of Rizong Rinpoche, the previous head of the Gelug school and the Patron the Lam Rim centres, and follows the advice a...
by Bristollad
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Resources
Replies: 12
Views: 374

Re: Buddhist Resources

Another site with many resources for Buddhism is https://archive.org/

For instance, Tse Chen Ling Buddhist Lectures (Tse Chen Ling is an FPMT centre in San Francisco) are there, all 757 of them! But there are many more from many different people and groups.
by Bristollad
Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 362
Views: 17742

Re: Song Name Game

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by Bristollad
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma rebirth predators
Replies: 64
Views: 1656

Re: Karma rebirth predators

I believe he's suggesting that you're not dammed if ya do. It would seem nonsensical to think otherwise, being that a carnivore would be trapped in an infinite regress if they were damned if they did. According to the traditional presentation, they -are- almost trapped in infinite regress, that's w...
by Bristollad
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 362
Views: 17742

Re: Song Name Game

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Five years (the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
by Bristollad
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Discriminating Wisdom
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: Discriminating Wisdom

Don't know if you've looked at this material from Berzin's website already but maybe you might find it useful: https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/buddha-nature/meditations-for-recognizing-the-five-buddha-wisdoms https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/buddha-nature/e...
by Bristollad
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: From Impermanence to Buddhahood
Replies: 63
Views: 1575

Re: From Impermanence to Buddhahood

This is because he is ultimately independent. 1. Thats the symbology of the budda's Urna (point on his forehead). The buddha is perfectly and absolutely 1. Uncompounded. The Lakkhana sutra says that Buddha had as his 31st physical mark/lakshana: a filament that arises between his eyes white like so...
by Bristollad
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: From Impermanence to Buddhahood
Replies: 63
Views: 1575

Re: From Impermanence to Buddhahood

I wonder whether the uncompounded space within the pot could be seen as 1. However, that space would be subject to change and so dependently 1. Not ultimate independent 1. What i am saying is that there is someone who does not change. A buddha. Though apparently subject to causation; ultimately he ...
by Bristollad
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: From Impermanence to Buddhahood
Replies: 63
Views: 1575

Re: From Impermanence to Buddhahood

Emptiness and 1 are mutually existent. Without 1 there can be no 0 and without 0 there can be no 1. 0 depends on 1. Interdependence depends on independence. Buddha is 1 and fundamentally independent. Or perhaps independently dependent. Dependence becomes independent. Nirvana is not emptiness. It is...

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