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by Footsteps
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dharma and Monsanto
Replies: 5
Views: 1384

Re: Dharma and Monsanto

It is not Buddhist to either conform or rebel. The Buddhist way is to assess the situation, aim for benefit to others, and conform or rebel as needed. Understood. However, Buddhists take action in the real world. Sometimes those actions fall under the definitions of "conforming" and sometimes those...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Negative Karma
Replies: 35
Views: 3492

Re: Negative Karma

Your concerns are valid. Don't let anybody tell you different.
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions about Tulkus and Unrecognized Tulkus
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Questions about Tulkus and Unrecognized Tulkus

That's why I posted the subject in the Tibetan Buddhism forum.

I'm beginning to see that the answers to these particular questions do not fall under the domain of the participants of this web forum...

I hope I am mistaken, but by the present indications, it is not likely.
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 3792

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

If they are afforded with the awareness of their own minds, they will be afforded with the seed of awareness of which you speak. Thus, it will dawn on them that there is more to mere mental perception as they come to understand the limitations of mental perception...a natural state of development of...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coping with Energetic Sensitivity
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Coping with Energetic Sensitivity

Trust? Does the average homo sapient *trust* an individual they have only encountered via the internet with no sense of physical accompaniment?
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 3792

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

How you can contact with bodhisattvas? There are bodhisattvas around everywhere. They are incarnate now. Being a bodhisattva does not entail miraculous powers. It merely entails a soul course of incarnations and actions directed by bodhicitta. Note, I said "directed by", rather than demonstrating m...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dharma and Monsanto
Replies: 5
Views: 1384

Dharma and Monsanto

Because monsanto has taken upon itself to patent intellectual property rights regarding the very nature of life, they can be seen as highly controversial. Do you feel that seed saving is theft(by buddhist guidelines)? How do you feel about Monsanto's interaction with the planet? Is it buddhist to co...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 3792

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

“This is the appearance of my own mind.” Worldly beings do not have such insight. This portion is intriguing... Do you not have awareness of your own mind, even if that awareness only appears in fleeting glimmers? A question for all practitioners. I am curious, as awareness of mind I had always tho...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coping with Energetic Sensitivity
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Coping with Energetic Sensitivity

The part of me that feels a need to practice qi-gong, meditation, and nature work in a monastic setting does not necessarily need to be fulfilled in this lifetime, but the part of me that sees the need for a combination of such practices has difficulty resting if others are denied the opportunity...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Year of parnirvana
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: Year of parnirvana

Who cares if the date is off by a couple hundred years? It still has an effect on us.

Then again, if it is off by a few thousand years, it may be of realistic concern...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Negative Karma
Replies: 35
Views: 3492

Re: Negative Karma

According to the Buddha, we must figure things out for ourselves. Thus, it is natural to question and provide speculative answers in the name of growth, as long as these speculative answers are not dogmatically subscribed too, as they cannot be verified through physical consciousness. Thus, after re...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions about Tulkus and Unrecognized Tulkus
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Questions about Tulkus and Unrecognized Tulkus

I'm not looking for recognition. I'm seeking to understand the delineating factors of what is considered and unrecognized tulku and what is not. I was hoping that a buddhist forum afforded enough people experienced in these endeavors to shed light on that. Unfortunately, it seems, that I was mistake...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Do You Still Get Angry?
Replies: 74
Views: 16578

Re: Do You Still Get Angry?

The head nun of my temple had the police called on her for loosing her temper at a post office. The head monk/abbot of my temple sited several things that made him angry, including left-lane lockers, and those who failed to recognize the tax-exempt non-profit status of the temple when purchasing goo...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consequences of Rejoicing
Replies: 16
Views: 1599

Re: Consequences of Rejoicing

When I see individuals living a lifestyle or enacting actions that revere the dharma in ways that I don't feel my soul is competent in demonstrating within this lifetime and become struck with the conscious awareness of their actions reflecting the dharma in ways that I personally feel my soul is in...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation in Nature
Replies: 57
Views: 10728

Re: Meditation in Nature

To live without nature is unnatural. Meditation in nature is essential. The Buddha himself found enlightenment under a tree. Natural entities can speak to you through nature. So can discarnate souls that preside over ecological territories. In this there is much use if one applies it. Meditation in ...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation in Nature
Replies: 57
Views: 10728

Re: Meditation in Nature

The Buddha found enlightenment in the natural world, beneath a tree. How can we find it stuck within the walls of the temple?
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 3792

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

For a bit of background, this issue is a tricky one for me. Through nembutsu, I have had many experiences of what I can only call Amitabha Buddha. And yet suffering runs rampant while bodhisattvas and buddhas are said to be numberless with boundless compassionate activity. It's not clear to me how ...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions about Tulkus and Unrecognized Tulkus
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Questions about Tulkus and Unrecognized Tulkus

if you have a stake in it, contact someone and ask them....
That's what I thought I was doing by creating this post...
by Footsteps
Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A sutra wherein demons suck out your energy
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Re: A sutra wherein demons suck out your energy

I cannot tell you of any sutras, but at the very least I can offer you some input based on personal experience. Some men subscribe to "policy" seen in a variety of eastern philosophies that when a man ejaculates into a woman he looses his "life essence" and "life force". Many of the sources that all...
by Footsteps
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Questions about Monastic Orders
Replies: 10
Views: 1488

Re: Questions about Monastic Orders

Martial arts are more grounding than hatha yoga, and are thus beneficial for "neptunian" types(especially outside of neptunian cultures). The term "neptunian" is a non-buddhist term used to describe energetic influence. I'm sure there's bound to be a Buddhist term to encompass this influence, but I ...

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