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by SonamTashi
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about getting to khechari,zangdok palri and Sukhavati?
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Question about getting to khechari,zangdok palri and Sukhavati?

Every Night before I go to Bed I recite a aspiration prayer(All from lotsawa website) to be reborn in khechari;a aspiration to be reborn in zangdok palri and a aspiration for Sukhavati.I've heard before that Getting into any pureland outside of sukhavati is very hard if not impossible for people be...
by SonamTashi
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

As others have said, that Youtuber is wrong. A lot of what they're saying is based on nothing more than Theravadan polemics and bad history-- but even for the most sectarian Theravadan this is all pretty blatantly wrong. Buddha does not recommend recitation? That isn't even true of Theravada itself....
by SonamTashi
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

We're discussing it among the mods. Would you mind sharing some reasons you would want a separate subforum? To my eyes, the bigger challenge is how slow this Pure Land subforum can be in general. But there are lots of reasons for that. Any suggestions in that area would be most appreciated, too! Th...
by SonamTashi
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

I think Esoteric Theravadan Buddhism is fascinating, so it cool seeing stuff like this and learning more about it. I also think the Reusi/Lersi role is really interesting as a tradition of yogis/ascetics. It seems to have some things in common with Ngakpas and other Vajrayana yogi traditions, althou...
by SonamTashi
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 61
Views: 1630

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

Years ago when I was still involved in government we were trying to make contingency plans for automation, banking collapse and climate change. 20% unemployment, collapsing banks needing huge bailouts and millions of climate refugees before 2040. Many experts said by 2030. The scenarios are shockin...
by SonamTashi
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PRC is ridiculous
Replies: 23
Views: 646

Re: PRC is ridiculous

That's an interesting line of thought. Can he, within the traditions of the system, renounce the temporal role and retain the spiritual role? Didn't that already happen some years ago? I was under the impression that he gave up his political position in 2011, and that he said any future Dalai Lama ...
by SonamTashi
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is this legit? What is the source of this?
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Is this legit? What is the source of this?

https://theprint.in/culture/robots-guarded-buddhas-relics-in-an-ancient-indian-legend/206371/ According to the above article there is an ancient legend of automotons guarding the relics of the Buddha, supposedly placed there by King Ajatasatru. To be honest this seems kind of out there. Does anyone ...
by SonamTashi
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 61
Views: 1630

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

Bottom line - Libertarians may like the universal income, but its going to be necessary to stave off the worst effects of the transformation of the economy because over half the population will not be any jobs for them. To be clear, I'm not opposed to BUI; far from it, I think it is necessary. But ...
by SonamTashi
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 61
Views: 1630

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

From what I've seen so far, the reason many Democrats and lefties don't like him (and why Libertarians and right-wingers like him) is because Universal Basic Income is sometimes proposed by Libertarians as a way to basically wean people off of the social safety net. Milton Friedman, for example, pr...
by SonamTashi
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 61
Views: 1630

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

From what I've seen so far, the reason many Democrats and lefties don't like him (and why Libertarians and right-wingers like him) is because Universal Basic Income is sometimes proposed by Libertarians as a way to basically wean people off of the social safety net. Milton Friedman, for example, pro...
by SonamTashi
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 2781

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

As for bringing a mala or a dharma text into the bathroom, I avoid it as much as possible. But if I don't have anywhere safe to put it and worry it might be stolen, then I'll take it with me. While I think the ritual cleanliness aspect is important, I think it is more important that I don't lose the...
by SonamTashi
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo

Interesting. According to wikipedia it says Namo' mitabhaya, but there doesn't seem to be much evidence behind that. I wonder if it matters if 'buddhaya' is added, considering chinese Namo Amituofo is just Amitabha This is incorrect. Fo means Buddha in Chinese. So Namo Amituofo means Namo Amitabha ...
by SonamTashi
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 23
Views: 1331

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

Here's what my AP Psychology textbook(Myer's Psychology) stated: "For 5000 years, hemp has been cultivated for its fiber. The leaves and flowers of this plant, which are sold as marijuana, contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Whether smoked (getting to the brain in about 7 seconds) or eaten ...
by SonamTashi
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Please help...
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Please help...

Dharanis, mantras, and name prayers like the nembutsu are generally not translated. They're not translated in English. The nembutsu is just Amitabha's name, so it doesn't make sense to translate. Dharanis and mantras generally don't translate into something with a literal meaning, so the meaning beh...
by SonamTashi
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 64
Views: 2087

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

Bernie and Warren are my top choices, but at the end of the day, in the general election I'm voting for whoever wins the primary. I ended up writing Bernie's name in last time (living in Utah, it didn't make a difference either way), but this time around I think the most important thing is to just g...
by SonamTashi
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness

Some quotes from the Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra: The Buddha said, “Bodhisattvas in this land can see Amitābha Buddha by thinking intently only of Him. When they see Him, they can ask, ‘What Dharma should I uphold in order to be reborn in Your land?’ Amitābha Buddha will reply, ‘Those who wish to be...
by SonamTashi
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Other Power and 4 Mindfulness Bases
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Other Power and 4 Mindfulness Bases

This might be totally off base, but it just struck me that other power in Pure Land teachings seems quite similar to the direct transmission of the Guru's mind in Guru Yoga. In Tibetan Buddhism there is both the accumulation of merit and wisdom and the direct transmission of wisdom from the Guru's m...
by SonamTashi
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Fitness Tracker
Replies: 11
Views: 610

Re: Fitness Tracker

I have a Fitbit that I use to track exercise and sleep. I don't normally check it while I'm meditating, but I have sporadically checked it on occasion out of curiosity. It really depends on what type of practice I'm doing. Things involving mantras and visualization get my heart rate up a little bit,...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How many Amida Buddhas there are?
Replies: 6
Views: 280

Re: How many Amida Buddhas there are?

From the Visualization Sūtra: The Buddha told Ānanda and Vaidehī, “After achieving this vision, one should next visualize the glory of Amitāyus Buddha’s body. Ānanda, know that Amitāyus Buddha’s body is in a billion koṭi colors of the superb gold in Yāma Heaven. That Buddha’s height measures as man...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

No matter what happens, I think it is safe to assume 8-9 out of 10 Rupublicans are going to vote red. So Trump/Republicans certainly have a chance. However, the reason the Dems lost in 2016 was because of an uninspired base. They simply couldn't inspire conviction in their candidate. This time aroun...

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