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by SonamTashi
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PRC is ridiculous
Replies: 21
Views: 438

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: 113

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: 16
Views: 425

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: 16
Views: 425

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: 16
Views: 425

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: 2456

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: 306

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: 1221

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: 180

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: 57
Views: 1672

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: 518

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: 216

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: 578

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: 258

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: 2229

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...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 2229

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

ford_truckin wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:45 am
Democrats aren't winning in 2020.
It is all just opinions either way, but I think it is highly unlikely that the Democrats won't win.
by SonamTashi
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1342

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Actually, I agree with Malcolm (and I do have a child, well grown-up daughter now). She has shown little interest and I haven't forced it - but she has met Geshe Tashi and liked him enough to return to visit Jamyang Centre in London on her own. It's down to her, her karma, I can't force it any more...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 909

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

They are not synonymous in the Western philosophical tradition. This is not the case: they are not translatable in principle, for the yogic terms are based on experience (yogic), but the terms of Western philosophy on thinking (even if deep). Therefore, even their non-synonymity does not allow maki...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 597

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

There may be no physical copy of the Lotus Sutra that dates back to before 200 CE, but, really, there are hardly any copies of any sutras going back to that date. The earliest fragments of Pali suttas only go back to the 5th/6th century. Part of the reason is climate and time. Physical texts simply ...
by SonamTashi
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 30
Views: 1322

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

I'm not a Nichiren Buddhist, but I'm not aware of any other Japanese Buddhist tradition that has that kind of "leader-adulation" or personality-cult aspect. I don't think it is fair to call that Japanese culture at all. Three generations ago they were deifying and worshiping the Emperor - and it no...

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