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by AlexMcLeod
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: President elect Donald Trump
Replies: 16
Views: 2271

Re: President elect Donald Trump

Your feelings are valid. I felt the same the past two elections. This is the reason the Constitution was written the way it was. If we followed the Constitution correctly, no one would be worried that losing this trumped up football game would greatly personally affect them. That is why the founders...
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen teachings
Replies: 46
Views: 7161

Re: Zen teachings

I don't believe any are spoken of in that way.

However, I believe you are referencing the phrase, "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of ten thousand things."
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Media
Topic: A Counter Argument to your Pessimism
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: A Counter Argument to your Pessimism

Most actual realists are optimists because, compared to every other time period in recorded history, we are far safer, healthier, wealthier and smarter. We just also have a constant negative narrative blasted from every news channel because it is good for ratings.
by AlexMcLeod
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: A Counter Argument to your Pessimism
Replies: 3
Views: 731

A Counter Argument to your Pessimism

https://www.amazon.com/Intelligent-Opti ... 162656275X

I'd like to suggest the above book.

It's very good.
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?
Replies: 20
Views: 2437

Re: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?

But I agree with amanitamusc, there isn't really a place where someone hasn't died under stressful circumstances. Where are there not pretas? That may be true, but they tend to gather in certain areas, which shift in the same manner as humans do. It's best to just be mindful of areas where lots of ...
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?
Replies: 20
Views: 2437

Re: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?

Do you mean pretas, or devas? What energy arts are you talking about? I always thought practicing dharma benefitted the beings in the area. Preta. Hungry ghosts. Dharma will normally be helpful, but the specific act of cultivating the body's energy strengthens it, and human energy is experienced as...
by AlexMcLeod
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?
Replies: 20
Views: 2437

Re: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?

In general, as long as you aren't practicing energy cultivation, and it's not an actual graveyard, you should be fine. Ghosts can not harm and only be harmed by humans in most cases. If there are ghosts around, it's best to not practice energy arts. They can severely injure a ghost, which is bad for...
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Hypothetical situation on reeincarnation.
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: Hypothetical situation on reeincarnation.

The world would be reformed based on the collective karma of said souls.
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 12390

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

HandsomeMonkeyking wrote: Like what?
Mostly healing related things. I'd prefer not to talk details online.
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 12390

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

I have been witness to displays of many siddhis, though not often from Buddhist masters of any kind -- largely martial arts masters, Taoist masters, geomancers, folk conjurers, etc. Most of them aren't particularly that special or, even when it does seem particularly supermundane, I doubt it's enou...
by AlexMcLeod
Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 12390

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

I don't know what a Siddhi is, but it just sounds like super normal powers. These are common, and usually not worth the effort to attain, with a few exceptions.

As they say in martial arts, three years for small attainment, ten years for big attainment.
by AlexMcLeod
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do buddhas contact people?
Replies: 52
Views: 7939

Re: How do buddhas contact people?

Luke wrote: How does one distinguish between actually contacting a buddha mentally and one's own wishful thinking/fantasies/delusions?
Through experience.
by AlexMcLeod
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do buddhas contact people?
Replies: 52
Views: 7939

Re: How do buddhas contact people?

Luke wrote:If we assume for a moment that Buddhas like Amitabha, Akshobya, etc. exist in different parallel universes, what is the mechanism through we which they can contact us and we can contact them?

It's clearly some faster-than-light mechanism...
The mind transcends time and space.
by AlexMcLeod
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Qigong and Pure Land
Replies: 17
Views: 2319

Re: Qigong and Pure Land

Sifu Wong's book on qigong was what got me into cultivation when I was 17. I still have a lot of respect toward him. Another newbie question: can I recite nembutsu silently (ie in my own head). I have a two to three hour commute every day and up until now I've been filling that with basic mindfulne...
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Qigong and Pure Land
Replies: 17
Views: 2319

Re: Qigong and Pure Land

Jingang, you may want to check out this book from Wong Kiew Kit : Sukhavati: Western Paradise That one is a good one. I wasn't expecting to see a recommendation of one of Sifu's books. From my experience, I don't think even if you do use Qigong for spiritual awakening, it should improve your other ...
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding Bodhidharma's Teachings
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Re: Understanding Bodhidharma's Teachings

Most likely the context is left out. His audience was likely in such a state that this was the best way to get through their entrenched ideology.
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Wayside shrines - Japan
Replies: 9
Views: 2435

Re: Wayside shrines - Japan

They remind me of the orange cloth that the Thai drape over the Buddha statues at the temple. I think it's purely an offering of clothing to the being represented by the statue.
by AlexMcLeod
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why Shingon Buddhist believe in Chakras?
Replies: 42
Views: 5462

Re: Why Shingon Buddhist believe in Chakras?

but regardless, Reiki was the result of Esoteric Buddhism in Japan, and most likely it will be from Shingon, if there is no esoteric Buddhism there would be no Reiki I highly doubt that is the case. As a qigong practitioner, all Reiki practitioners I've come into contact with don't know anything ab...
by AlexMcLeod
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 8543

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

I "lucked" into a 2ft resin statue that now has her own room, which has become almost equivalent in energy to entering the inner shrine in the Thai temple. A bit different because of her personality vs the Buddha's, but more than good enough for my personal practice.
by AlexMcLeod
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 8543

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

I wish I could visit as frequently as I do the local Thai temple, but she's a two hour drive from my house.

Also, she's not at a temple, but at a training monastery, and I prefer not to intrude on the monks in training just to visit her.

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