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by gingercatni
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Uposatha
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Uposatha

I'm a Pure Land Buddhist and was raised Pure Land. My entire family practices uposatha. In Vietnamese, the practice is called ngày ăn chay ("day of fasting"). I know traditional Chinese Buddhists practice this as well. You decide how often to practice it yourself and we generally time it with the m...
by gingercatni
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Uposatha
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Uposatha

Do you mean just practicing on uposatha days? Or observing precepts, doing puja, etc.? I mean taking the full 8 precepts and limiting ones food and not sleeping in a bed as per the Buddha's instruction, I know it sounds quite extreme, but for 1 or 2 times a month. Just curious how other people prac...
by gingercatni
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Uposatha
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Uposatha

HI, Does anyone practice Uposatha on here? When I started my Buddhist practice I was began with the Theravada tradition. I observed it then but when I realised Theravada was not something I fully understood and moved to Pureland I stopped. I want to get into it again, I think it would benefit me gre...
by gingercatni
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 3410

Re: Fish?

I personally cannot see a way round nor should there be a way. We become Buddhist because we want to attain enlightenment an rescue sentient beings from suffering, it kind of steps on the toes of this when meat/fish is consumed. The first precept we take in practice is I undertake the rule of train...
by gingercatni
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 3410

Re: Fish?

Do you have a source for this quotation? Thanks and for the benefit of our friends in Malaysia... http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/karma-lingpa/benefits-vajra-guru-mantra https://books.google.com/books?isbn=140194146X :heart: :heart: I don't have my books with me to reference, but the su...
by gingercatni
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 3410

Re: Fish?

To avoid terror to living beings, let the disciple refrain from eating meat... the food of the wise is that which is consumed by the Sadhus( holy men); it does not consist of meat... There may be some foolish people in the future that will say that I permitted meat-eating and partook of meat myself...
by gingercatni
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 3410

Re: Fish?

You very simply should not eat any form of meat be it animal or fish. Any one or "buddhist" school that advises you do so is bending the rules to suit themselves. Which rules? As I've been at pains to point out, the 3 living traditions within the Vinaya all have similar rules regarding meat eating....
by gingercatni
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 3410

Re: Fish?

The Buddha was very clear not to kill sentient beings, as all things fear death. For example when I net my goldfish to put them into their new tank they freak out, they're afraid. You very simply should not eat any form of meat be it animal or fish. Any one or "buddhist" school that advises you do s...
by gingercatni
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha
Replies: 13
Views: 1480

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha

Is it not better to recite in the original sanskrit as written in the sutras rather than Namu Amida Butsu or Namo Amituofo? I personally prefer to recite Namo Amitabha however it really doesn't matter Amitufo is just a language translation that means the same. Remember its mindfulness of Amitabha a...
by gingercatni
Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Clearing up the Pure Land sutras
Replies: 33
Views: 3976

Re: Clearing up the Pure Land sutras

If, when I attain Buddhahood, humans and devas in my land should not all be of one appearance, and should there be any difference in beauty, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment. If, when I attain Buddhahood, women in the immeasurable and inconceivable Buddha-lands of the ten quarters who, having...
by gingercatni
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Clearing up the Pure Land sutras
Replies: 33
Views: 3976

Re: Clearing up the Pure Land sutras

This is a very interesting post. However like a lot of other posts on other sites, it's seems to be filled with doubt and an effort to (by those with doubt) to prove the sutras are untrue. There are differences in the sutras throughout the canon as they were retold orally and then written down and w...
by gingercatni
Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Who is Cundi?
Replies: 16
Views: 5236

Re: Who is Cundi?

Cundi is not mentioned in her sutra, where is she mentioned as a bodhisattva? i have read she is a form of guan yin others argue against this. but as her sutra does not mention her (at least the original sutra) when did she become a bodhisattva? :coffee:
by gingercatni
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

Hi everyone! Well it's been a month and a bit! My following comments for discussion should in no way be deemed the topic or theme for the study of the smaller sutra, just thought I'd go first :tongue: In the description of the pureland, we are told there are carriage wheel sized lotus flowers whose ...
by gingercatni
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubts about Pure land
Replies: 76
Views: 10770

Re: Doubts about Pure land

Hello, I've joined this forum in order to express some doubts that I have. I've read the story about Dharmakara before he became Amitabha Buddha. My question is how really likely is it for some ordinary human to be able to go through five aeons (that's five big bangs) of nothing but sheer practice ...
by gingercatni
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

"gingercatni" :shrug: plwk usually when someone takes apart someones post as you did mine, there is usually to follow a degree of criticism. The group here in northern ireland has been formed by myself and three others, we are a regulated non-profit limited by guarantee company, for the charity com...
by gingercatni
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

How about April 30th thats a good month and a half, plenty of time for people to read the shorter Amitabha Sutra and take notes to pose questions, then we can work our way through the others. Let me know if this sounds okay, :smile: Sounds good to me -- it's about time that I reread it. :shrug: plw...
by gingercatni
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

The intent was to create something in our own category, as for me at least it's the first place I go to. You seem to be really against people reaching out to one another, or at least that the impression I get from your post. This is what happens when something that is objectively pointed out but ta...
by gingercatni
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

I've been reading the forums on and off for the past few months and I've noticed people seem to be a little be lonely, confused about the teachings (I'm guilty of that too! :tongue: ) That's what the sub forum of Pure Land under East Asian Buddhism is for isn't it... I thought we could go through e...
by gingercatni
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

Hi everyone, I've been reading the forums on and off for the past few months and I've noticed people seem to be a little be lonely, confused about the teachings (I'm guilty of that too! :tongue: ) so why don't we study the sutra's together? I thought we could go through each of the 3 main Pureland ...
by gingercatni
Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 12146

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

Sounds like fun. Any preferences on the translation? I have a few different copies, maybe we could even compare and contrast. I think whatever you have is fine, the various translations follow the same theme, besides perhaps those reading different translations can bring a different perspective to ...