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by Bristollad
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 political compass
Replies: 17
Views: 437

Re: POTUS 2020 political compass

Glad I'm not in the States - my political position is much further left and more libertarian than any of these candidates according to the test. :coffee:
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Starters for Non-Buddhists
Replies: 13
Views: 478

Re: Starters for Non-Buddhists

You're not being too unfair with any of those impressions - you've nailed the downsides of the three traditions pretty accurately. Now, what about Tibetan Buddhism ... too much like primitive magical thinking? Maybe. That seems fair - I've known many put off by the reliance by some students and tea...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 942

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

It’s a clever and probably correct formulation to speak of something like sleep as being a worldly god or a source of refuge, but Buddhism traditionally took - and takes - a much more literal view of such, no? Our cultural electronic media addiction could probably use some enlightened taming, thoug...
by Bristollad
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Starters for Non-Buddhists
Replies: 13
Views: 478

Re: Starters for Non-Buddhists

I would suggest the curriculum the Buddha set forth: Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path 12 Linked Chain Those teachings are accessible and makes a lot of sense even from a secular perspective with the exception of maybe Nirvana and the link between death and rebirth. Maybe not emphasize more exotic ...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

I've notice you use the word "useful" a lot. Would you describe yourself as a utilitarian? No. I’ve never studied Western philosophy and what little I’ve read seemed of little use :tongue: Perhaps if I had studied it, I would think differently. I’ve seen that some draw parallels between negative ut...
by Bristollad
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

...and as your doubts about acupuncture suggest that you tend to view it as a useful fiction - that would mean that you have a category which includes; postmortem imagery, acupuncture, the hell realms, and Father Christmas! :shock: What distinction is it you think I’ve made? I don’t view acupunctur...
by Bristollad
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Pardon? You really have a problem accepting Father Christmas is only imaginary? And Rudolf too? :rolling: I’ve never had to deal with paper with George Washington on it, maybe that’s why it seems pretty damn obvious to me, just as it did fifty years ago. :shrug: Well, I noticed that you made a very...
by Bristollad
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

...the idea of Father Christmas, could be nice but just not true. Whaaaaaaaaatttttt?!?! :o I think that this highlights one of the big limitations of mind-body dualism - we say that Santa Claus is not real, only imaginary, but in fact he doesn't really fit into either category very well, especially...
by Bristollad
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

What I was suggesting was that the Collective Unconscious of the country of origin is likely to have an effect on post mortem imagery for many but not all..Of course that theory depends on the existence of the Collective Unconscious.. :smile: I'm not sure the theory of a collective unconscious is c...
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

I don’t think we can escape the indoctrination of our own culture.I suspect that no matter how long we immerse our selves in another culture at the moment of death it will be the Collective Unconscious of the culture in which we are reared that will emerge. If this is correct we had better be prepa...
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If you fail, double it!
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Re: If you fail, double it!

Pael, We can't just wait and hope that what we want will come to us. We have to work to make it happen. I know you have your limitations and hindrances, but you can pray. Pray to make what you want happen. Pray to the Guru and the Three Jewels. Pray, pray, pray. Our aspiration prayers are karmic se...
by Bristollad
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If you fail, double it!
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Re: If you fail, double it!

I've been a student of Gelug geshes for the last 30-odd years. None of them mentioned this doubling of mantra recitation. Retaking empowerments when the opportunity comes to renew the commitments, yes.
by Bristollad
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Straight from the Buddhist pope then. Oh wait... :jumping: My statement still stands: at least some teachers allow refuge without belief in hell, therefore is is unnecessary to believe in hell to be a Buddhist. To prove the statement, SW must show no Buddhist teacher would approve. This comes up at...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2640

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

This comes up at Western retreats all the time. No Theravada, Zen, or Tibetan Buddhist master that I am familiar with has required belief in hell, or even belief in reincarnation, as a condition of being a Buddhist. In fact, they have all disclaimed such a belief is necessary. SW’s long posts do no...
by Bristollad
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Le Blob
Replies: 13
Views: 585

Re: Le Blob

yep, slime molds are pretty confusing - for a long time they were classified as fungi but now most biologists would put them in the Protist kingdom - so not animals, plants nor fungi :twothumbsup:
by Bristollad
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Violent dogs
Replies: 26
Views: 720

Re: Violent dogs

I don’t understand why people keep pit bulls I don’t understand why people keep chihuahuas Deal with the deed, not the breed. https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/dangerous-dogs/ The problem of dangerous dogs is a social one and needs to be tackled through the enforc...
by Bristollad
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is death throught hunger and thirst cause of preta rebirth?
Replies: 27
Views: 1031

Re: Is death throught hunger and thirst cause of preta rebirth?

what would lead a person to die because of hunger/thirst? Paralysized and unable to feed themselves. Trapped in rubble of a building. Imprisoned and not fed. What kind of question is this? Are we having a mixed-meaning issue because of translation? Or even for religious reason e.g. Jains "Sallekhan...
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 60
Views: 1503

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Is it the mere arresting of malicious thought concerning the provocateur? More like the lack of production of malicious thought to begin with. There is no "provocateur" because there is no provocation. Exactly. Equanimity is the deliberate not allowing any kind of thought----zero. Its looking direc...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Multiple reincarnations
Replies: 13
Views: 955

Re: Multiple reincarnations

I'm not sure I would take His Holiness' comments that way. What he acknowledges is that there is one person who is named Panchen Lama (by Chinese officials) - and another person that was recognised the traditional way and approved by His Holiness. Furthermore, the Chinese installed one has (at least...
by Bristollad
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 1098

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

Loonies frankly. Unless they are Tibetan with an entirely different conditioning going back generations. You cannot tell me with a straight face that you can or should see a worm as your mother? I’m afraid we need to develop a whole new set of upayas, or look like Mike Myers type parodies. Seeing a...

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