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by Iconodule
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rus-Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 3578

Re: Rus-Tibetan Buddhism

An acquaintance of mine is a Kalmyk and took me once to a Kalmyk community center in West Philadelphia, to see some throat singers performing. The compound included a temple with one resident Gelug monk from Mongolia. As far as I could tell, their Buddhism was not significantly different from Gelug ...
by Iconodule
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.
Replies: 261
Views: 32849

Re: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.

Nichiren's Gosho is what I rely on to understand Buddhism. My suggestion is that you search for your answers within these texts.
Is sola scriptura indigenous to Nichiren Buddhism, or is it an import from Protestantism?
by Iconodule
Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.
Replies: 261
Views: 32849

Re: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.

Thank you my friend, you are very diligent in your beliefs and understandings, I would like to challenge you to a debate. As an outside observer, this really sounds to me like some kind of word track you learned at an all-day shakubuku roleplay workshop. And I am not convinced by what follows that ...
by Iconodule
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu residential centers in the U.S.
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

Re: Kagyu residential centers in the U.S.

KTC in Shamong, NJ is a big house with a bunch of bedrooms. It's officially the US residence of the Karmapa but, well, he's never there. I suspect if you asked you would be allowed to stay a while there- very nice people. It might help if you have some kind of referral. There is a lama in residence.
by Iconodule
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge/Bodhisattva vows
Replies: 7
Views: 1288

Re: Refuge/Bodhisattva vows

If someone has consciously turned away from Buddhism for a number of years, this would suffice to purify/ restore him? The three year thing is apparently provisional, as there is a Scripture that says that you have as many years as how old you were when you first received the Teachings to purify; j...
by Iconodule
Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge/Bodhisattva vows
Replies: 7
Views: 1288

Re: Refuge/Bodhisattva vows

This is a question I've wondered about too. How is the best way to restore and renew broken refuge and bodhisattva vows? Is it necessary, for someone who actually broke them retakem them again at an actual ceremony with a preceptor. Any thoughts? Vajrasattva practice. If someone has consciously turn...
by Iconodule
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an emanation?
Replies: 12
Views: 2427

Re: What is an emanation?

That's mind-blowing. If it's true, that means virtually every Tibetan Buddhist has at most two or three degrees of separation from a nirmanakaya Buddha living right now. Which would raise the question of why these nirmanakayas would fight with each other, as with the Karmapa controversy (Maitreya's...
by Iconodule
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 22561

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

One can no more refute materialism within a "scientific paradigm" than one can refute idealism, solipsism, etc. Science is supposed to be a restricted methodology, which requires certain presuppositions to function, but which is incapable of determining the truth or falsehood of a basic metaphysical...
by Iconodule
Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Source of This Quote
Replies: 2
Views: 875

Re: Source of This Quote

I don't know but I suspect the bosses love that one.
by Iconodule
Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 22561

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

The painstaking detail in which karma and rebirth are described in the sutras makes it impossible to rule it out as a mere metaphor or cultural accommodation. It's clearly integral to the whole system.
by Iconodule
Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 22561

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

I think people living at the time of the Buddha could have quite easily seen that the Mt Meru cosmology did not match up exactly with the bare observable facts, but they retained it regardless. Something like the TO world maps... Sure. And for one thing, a 100-mile high tree at the center of the co...
by Iconodule
Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 22561

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

A good critique of modern materialism that comes to my mind is Human Image, World Image: The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Cosmology by Philip Sherrard. His perspective is Neo-Platonist/ Christian but the outline of his critique seems harmonious with the outlook of other traditional religions. I'...
by Iconodule
Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Nyingtik
Replies: 40
Views: 7594

Re: Karma Nyingtik

Wouldn't the first Terton be technically whoever discovered the Mahayana sutras (hidden in the Naga realm for 500 years)?
by Iconodule
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life
Replies: 41
Views: 4834

Re: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life

Maybe they were rejected submissions from an ancient Shaivite publisher's slush pile?
by Iconodule
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Details on Stealing
Replies: 103
Views: 15239

Re: Details on Stealing

But what do Mahayana texts say about this? AFAIK similar, except that in Mahayana karmic consequences can be lessened through purification. other than that the essentials are the same. There is no teaching in Buddhism that I'm aware of that acknowledges karma without any kind of intentional act. Hm...
by Iconodule
Tue May 31, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The case against lawns
Replies: 40
Views: 4445

Re: The case against lawns

Theoretically I could show up at the meetings and say something about it, but no one would listen.
by Iconodule
Tue May 31, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The case against lawns
Replies: 40
Views: 4445

Re: The case against lawns

Lawns and the water wasted to maintain them (not to mention the ocean of horrible chemicals) are an affront to all decency and humanity. Unfortunately I live in an association so I don't have a say in the matter, but I think they exemplify the hatred of life and beauty at the heart of America today.
by Iconodule
Tue May 31, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: SGI is removing prayer to the Shoten Zenjin from formal practice. Thoughts?
Replies: 23
Views: 5023

Re: SGI is removing prayer to the Shoten Zenjin from formal practice. Thoughts?

I don't have a dog in this fight, but just an anecdote. I know someone whose sole experience of Buddhism was with SGI. A friend brought her to an event where Ikeda was scheduled to speak. Ikeda showed up two hours late, and through the whole two hours the crowd was being whipped up into hysterics fo...
by Iconodule
Tue May 31, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life
Replies: 41
Views: 4834

Re: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life

As a general rule, if it's spoken, someone's eventually going to write it down, and if it's written down, someone's eventually going to publish it. That seems to have happened with most esoteric traditions around the world. The only thing that remains secret is the realization of what all this stuff...
by Iconodule
Mon May 30, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpa/Ngakma Teachers?
Replies: 46
Views: 5596

Re: Ngakpa/Ngakma Teachers?

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche was a Nyingma Ngakpa who established a bunch of centers in the US. I'm not sure how many of the present teachers are Ngakpa but it's one place to look.

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