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by Caoimhghín
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 724

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

The other major misinterpretation I see all the time is the idea that you attain Buddhahood immediately upon being reborn in the Pure Land. There is another Pure Land practitioner I know of who is fond of quoting materials from Jōdo Shinshū websites offering general catecheses of teachings from tha...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

There are lots of different classes of nagas even now, but only a minority of the human population is aware of them. Here are some nice and quite impressive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNAbNs6-2lI This is a cute video, but I couldn't help noticing the description of the video on YouTube: Every...
by Caoimhghín
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 169
Views: 32724

Re: Dharma Gems

Venerable Muttātherī was thankful on account of freedom from five things:
I'm free, well-freed.
Freed from three crooked things that bent me down:
My mortar, my pestle, my husband.
Uprooting craving leading to being,
I'm free from age and death.
(Therīgāthā 1.11, Hymns of the Elder Nuns)
by Caoimhghín
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

In Venerable Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakośakārikābhāṣya , interestingly enough, in the Loka division, Ch 3, a birth as a nāga is classified as a birth into the animal realm, because the nāgas are treated by Ven Vasubandhu, in that text, as simply snakes. There was a belief in ancient India that snakes ...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Astrological marks of a Dharma person
Replies: 12
Views: 778

Re: Astrological marks of a Dharma person

cyril wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:47 pm
For all astrologers who frequent this board, which aspects of a natal chart would indicate, in your opinion, a person's inclination towards studying and practicing Dharma?
Are you a traditionalist or part of the Ophiuchus school?
by Caoimhghín
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1083

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

I doubt you have realized emptiness. Are you a great bodhisattva? I also don't necessarily always understand what tkp67 is saying, but making "my mind already resides in emptiness" and similar statements doesn't have to mean you are claiming great attainment. For instance, my mind resides in emptin...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1083

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

What are you actually talking about? Do these words mean anything to someone trying to kill you? Why not show them all that instead of talk about it -if you can actually rest in shunyata? How would dissolving into a light body be denying them the Dharma? In this case liberation means having had the...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1083

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

What are you actually talking about? Do these words mean anything to someone trying to kill you? Why not show them all that instead of talk about it -if you can actually rest in shunyata? How would dissolving into a light body be denying them the Dharma? In this case liberation means having had the...
by Caoimhghín
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1083

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

Simon E. wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:31 pm
Too simple.
I generally agree.
by Caoimhghín
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1083

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

Shooting someone with intent to to kill or maim will result in negative vipaka, no matter what the provocation. AFAIK "karma is intentional" is a refrain from EBT studies. So much so that Ven Sujāto's translation of the Pāli Dharmapada, instead of opening with "The mind is the forerunner," starts: ...
by Caoimhghín
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 878

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

If I had all the money in the world to spend on getting frivolous but hilarious degrees, I think the first course I would seek out would be one on Reformed Egytpian. I want to dwelve into the fascinating world of people who really think it's a language and who try to prove that systematically. But I...
by Caoimhghín
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guru yoga
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Guru yoga

Hi all, I read about guru yoga and I was seeing that you should offer the deity something that means the most to you. Would it work by offering my devotion, my realisation and my merit to the deity, then stay with the notion that all of my devotion, realisation and merit now absorbed into the deity...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 878

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc. An aside I just remembered: there is a whole movement that believes the Iliad and Odyssey are British epic poems that take place in Britain. The French used to...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 878

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

There are some Sri Lankans who think the Buddha was born, preached, and died, in Sri Lanka. I have personally been told by some Sri Lankan monks that Buddha visited there. But born and died there too? I really doubt that anyone believes that. It was mainly Sri Lanakans (and Burmese) monks who made ...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 878

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc. An aside I just remembered: there is a whole movement that believes the Iliad and Odyssey are British epic poems that take place in Britain. The French used to...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 878

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Also the Chinese are descended from a different (better!) hominid that the rest of homo sapiens. Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc.
by Caoimhghín
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1083

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

What happens in terms of the law of karma when we confront our deserved bad karma? Do we worsen our karma even more in this case?   For example, someone is trying to rob us. He was robbed by us in forgiving lives. And it seems that we should put up with a fair (from the point of view of the law of ...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Spiritual Query from South Africa
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Spiritual Query from South Africa

Did you mean trance-like?
by Caoimhghín
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 233

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

I learned about the alleged ban from a highschool history teacher, hence my hesitance to believe it in retrospect. I think he might have been (mis)remembering this: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thediplomatinspain.com/en/2017/12/marx-was-censored-in-ussr-because-of-a-book-on-diplomacy-and-tsarism/amp/
by Caoimhghín
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 233

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

What I found interesting of late is that Mao was ineffective. 84% of the elite ruling class today in China are direct descendants of the pre Mao rulers. Perhaps the French with their guillotines and Pol Pot were on to something. The rich are crafty devils forever jumping over the nets we use to kee...

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