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by Bristollad
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can you see the A?
Replies: 22
Views: 471

Re: Can you see the A?

smcj wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:49 am
I don’t see an A, but I do see an AH.
I do see an ཨ་ but I don't see an ཨྰཿ་

but perhaps rather I feel an a-ha! :twothumbsup:
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: First teachers coming to Tibet
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: First teachers coming to Tibet

Is there something I could read to make me understand why Tibetan Buddhism seems different? Honestly I don't know whether its that different. For example I have no idea how the Buddhism in China and Japan is. Whether its also so colorful. Different to what? I guess from your admission that you have...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Recovering from Trauma
Replies: 30
Views: 801

Re: Recovering from Trauma

issuing ultimatums, planning humiliation, etc... Does this sound like the compassionate motivation we try to cultivate as the basis for the path? If your parents behave in a toxic way towards to you then of course it is okay to create some distance but our fundamental practise of this life should be...
by Bristollad
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 977

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Did you take the attitude toward your daughter that you profess about Dharma when it came to learning to read and write, math, manners? "Meh, if she wants to read, she will learn to read." I guess some of us are geniuses and take to learning effortlessly. Others of us do it the old fashioned way - ...
by Bristollad
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 977

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

My son has an analytical bent - a putative scientific outlook which we encourage, but of course I am wary of the conceits propagated by materialist approaches to science and their tendencies toward nihilism. There is a part of me that considers it might be necessary to exaggerate some aspects of th...
by Bristollad
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why Should We Love?
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Why Should We Love?

Finally, this word "should" ... it doesn't make much sense in Buddhism, because there's no God telling us what we "should" do. Our teachers may tell us that it's skillful or wise to do something or refrain from something, but that's as far as "should" goes. Do what you like - but thinking about the...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 33
Views: 14138

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

Bristollad wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:26 pm
The Tibetans have a saying, “Dig the well deep before you dispense water to your neighbours otherwise the water will be full of dirt or dry up quickly!”
Corrected to make sense :rolling:
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 33
Views: 14138

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

The Tibetans have a saying, “Dig the well dig before you dispense water to your neighbours otherwise the water will be full of dirt or dry up quickly!”
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 33
Views: 14138

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

My understanding based my buddhist traditions and on the various articles I read are: Arhat=fully enlightened sentient beings who knows the ultimate truth, and Bodhisattvas = sentients beings who have various degrees of enlightenment but strives to save fellow sentient beings away from suffering. A...
by Bristollad
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty

There are, meanwhile, anonymous web browsers becoming available, and you can transact online and in-store using anonymous debit cards purchased from many retail outlets which don't require any form of registration (provided you are happy to manually load them with cash over the counter). If you wan...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 2981

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

There is also a difference between a cook who cooks food served to soldiers and a soldier whose secondary duty is to cook. When you join the Army as a cook, or an engineer or one of the other trades, your primary role is as a soldier. This is not the same as a civilian who may be contracted to cook ...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

One book I've seen on intergrating the notion of emptiness into everyday life is How to See Yourself as You Realy Are by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, edited by Jeffrey Hopkins. The title, cover and the blurb scream self-help book but really it's a workbook on emptiness and how that applies yourself...
by Bristollad
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 548

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

I haven't received teachings on this text, but it seems to me that extremely subtle entities is referring to the directionally partless particles of the Abhidharma. There are other translations of this text which seem quite different, e.g. by Peter Della Santina, VI. Those who impute origination eve...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mindfulness vs. Bodhicitta vs. Compassion
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Mindfulness vs. Bodhicitta vs. Compassion

Yes... Mindfulness : a distinct mental factor that repeatedly brings to mind a phenomenon of previous acquaintance without forgetting it. It doesn’t allow the mind to be distracted from the object and is the basis for concentration. Bodhicitta : the wish to attain full enlightenment for the benefit ...
by Bristollad
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view

Nothing you shared in your retelling of the sad events that lead up to the death of your brother described unethical behaviour by you IMO. Your brother was ill, and that illness eventually led to his death, it is terribly sad but you were not to blame for his illness or the death it led to. May you ...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Re: Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra

I have not heard of Tibetan monks or followers of Tibetan Buddhism talk about Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva,the Bodhisatva that I focus alot on now.Do they believe in Him?I know they worship Medicine Guru,Tathagata of the Lapis Lazuli Light,but not Ksitigarbha Maha Bodhisattva. Some Chinese Mahayan Buddh...
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2512

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Also, anyone who practices just regular mindfulness will be less quick to anger and less self-centered. Strangely enough, when I was a volunteer in a Dharma centre, the volunteers all agreed the worse group that used the centre's facilities was the mindfulness group. They were the most demanding, t...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The PETM
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: The PETM

Won’t convince the US President or his supporters : c’mon, it’s got a graph in with a scary jagged slope so it must be fake, right? They say they don’t know what started it, they don’t know what ended it and the only evidence it happened at all are fossils and soil cores, and we all know scientists ...
by Bristollad
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped
Replies: 19
Views: 1319

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

Miroku wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:18 pm
I'd be more concerned with monks smoking, enjoying drugs and other things. I for myself would more enjoy supporting aesthetically pleasing monks than the fat immoral and crooked ones.
Ah, I see. A fat monk is not as worthy of support as a "ripped monk".

Now that would be ridiculous.
by Bristollad
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped
Replies: 19
Views: 1319

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

I'd let him take refuge in my flat :spy: :emb: But on a more serious note. This is ridiculous. What is ridiculous in your view? If it was a monk then it is inappropriate behaviour, if it was not a monk then it still risks raising inappropriate thoughts and actions in relation to a "supposed" monast...

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