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by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Help to distinguish lineages
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Help to distinguish lineages

Honestly, I don't think you should worry too much about distinguishing between lineages. Instead, just see what is available in your area, give them a look, and see what fits that way. For one thing, experiencing these lineages in real life is far more effective for seeing what suits you than readin...
by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

I practice in the Nyingma tradition. My main teacher was a Zen nun for 15 years before switching to Tibetan Buddhism. By all means test the waters and see if you can find something that fits you better than where you're at, and as others have said, even if you find something else it doesn't mean you...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: Is the Pure Land an actual place?

what you and Johnny D are doing isn't really helpful to someone just starting to learn about Pure Land. Would you care to elaborate which choice(s) of words precisely weren't helpful? That would give us some more constructive feedback so we know not to repeat this error. I want to thank you for you...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?
Replies: 35
Views: 706

Re: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?

Am I correct to assume that the wisdom continuum is the purified citta-santāna? What's the Sanskrit term for the wisdom continuum? I don't understand what the "point" of separate Samyaksaṃbuddhas is if, via the Śūraṅgama Samādhi, even one Buddha can manifest an infinite amount of emanations (among ...
by SonamTashi
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 15
Views: 403

Re: Which school...?

I think your best bets are Tendai or Chan/mainland Pure Land. These options allow you to practice the Pure Land dharma door without giving up practice on Avalokiteshvara. I think Jodo Shu is also less restrictive about practices towards other Bodhisattvas, like Avalokiteshvara, as long as they are u...
by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 414

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Oh yeah, perseverance porn. The ultimately logical conclusion of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" Capitalist ideology
by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What Devotion Really Is
Replies: 11
Views: 482

What Devotion Really Is

This is a 3-part series of articles written by Erric Solomon on Samye Institute's website. I thought it was very helpful, so I thought I would share it. The first one is called Devotion Beyond Concepts: Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche used to explain that devotion and love were both the rising of uncon...
by SonamTashi
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: American Company’s Use of Buddhist Image Causes Uproar
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: American Company’s Use of Buddhist Image Causes Uproar

I think my reaction to this is best summed up by Catherine Tao, in the article: Ah, that sucks. It kinda sucks, but I don't think it is really that big a deal. I think with naïve Westerners and Capitalism this kind of this is basically to be expected, and it is at least a good thing that the company...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha Buddha Vow 10 about selflessness: barrier to entry and feasibility?
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Amitabha Buddha Vow 10 about selflessness: barrier to entry and feasibility?

Each Buddha has different vows for their Pure Lands. Shakyamuni vowed to establish his Pure Land in the Saha World, within the world of suffering, so that even the beings who are suffering have access to the Buddhist teachings. Amitabha vowed to establish a Pure Land that was free of suffering, but ...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dream initiations, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: Dream initiations, etc.

There are a number of stories in Japanese Buddhism (and I think I have seen a few Tibetan ones as well) about people receiving empowerment/initiation/teachings etc. directly from higher beings in dreams rather than by human agency. Granted, these are stories of great historically famous teachers an...
by SonamTashi
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 66
Views: 2123

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I feel like HHDL was talking more about the "institutions" of formally recognized reincarnations than the institution of gurus. The former is perhaps unnecesaary for the Vajrayana to continue, the latter is a requisite aspect of the Vajrayana. Isn't the former a necessity of the latter? Without som...
by SonamTashi
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 66
Views: 2123

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I feel like HHDL was talking more about the "institutions" of formally recognized reincarnations than the institution of gurus. The former is perhaps unnecesaary for the Vajrayana to continue, the latter is a requisite aspect of the Vajrayana.
by SonamTashi
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 2328

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I was also trying to edit my second comment to add more context but I accidentally hit the back button on my phone. Certainly on an individual level non-Buddhists may accumulate even more merit than nominal Buddhists. We should also rejoice in merit no matter where it is found. In fact I've advocate...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 2328

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

And I'm arguing that sometimes merit is simply the cause for rebirth in the higher realms and nothing more. For nominal Buddhists too? Yes, I am conflating dharma with Buddhism, and my point is that I think most major teachers would as well. I do believe that is called an [unsupported] appeal to au...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 2328

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I also find it unlikely that Nichiren, or any otther major teacher, considered non-Buddhist religions to essentially be provisional Buddhist teachings. It seems to me you are confounding Dharma with Buddhism. I should also add here that many people use Buddhism to achieve worldly benefit (eg good h...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 2328

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I’m not sure you’re fairly representing either the Buddhist perspective - even the East Asian version, which is way more substantialist than its Indian antecedents - or the Christian/Islamic/Talmudic perspective. One of them has a creator god, an immortal soul, no reincarnation, sin. The other has ...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 1871

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

tellyontellyon wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:55 am
Yes, I think will look into Pure Land Buddhism and see what I can find out.
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In that case, check out the /r/Pureland subreddit as well. Lately it has been more active than the forum here.
by SonamTashi
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 1871

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Another little book that I picked up a few years ago was: The Four Buddhist Books In Mahayana. Translated by Upasika Chihmann. It is a lovely book with a very endearing and sincere testimony by Miss P. C. Lee (the translator). This book also talks about chanting Amitabha. There seems to be a few di...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why it’s as hard to escape an echo chamber as it is to flee a cult
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Why it’s as hard to escape an echo chamber as it is to flee a cult

Escape the echo chamber by C. Thi Nguyen Current usage has blurred this crucial distinction, so let me introduce a somewhat artificial taxonomy. An ‘epistemic bubble’ is an informational network from which relevant voices have been excluded by omission. That omission might be purposeful: we might b...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ksitigarbha resources
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Ksitigarbha resources

Ksitigarbha is mentioned in the Tashi Gyepa as one of the 8 Bodhisattvas.

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