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by SonamTashi
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1424

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: 63
Views: 1424

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: 1813

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: 1813

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: 1813

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: 1813

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: 35
Views: 1057

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.
💚
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: 35
Views: 1057

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: 113

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: 294

Re: Ksitigarbha resources

Ksitigarbha is mentioned in the Tashi Gyepa as one of the 8 Bodhisattvas.
by SonamTashi
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2359

Re: Antifa at it again

Relying on the police for protection, especially if you're a minority, is a crapshoot at best. Also, the police are not constitutionally required to protect you in the US: https://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/justices-rule-police-do-not-have-a-constitutional-duty-to-protect.html?mtrref=www.g...
by SonamTashi
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2359

Re: Antifa at it again

The only difference between far right Militas and groups like Antifa, are honestly a lack of weapons. That is because you actually have no idea what Antifa stands for. I'm fully aware of what Antifa stands for. They aren't "Good" people. They believe themselves to be so morally superior that their ...
by SonamTashi
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2359

Re: Antifa at it again

If I went to a demonstration with ^^^these idiots^^^ on one side and these idiots here... armed neo-Nazis posing as patriots.jpg ...on the other side I would leave the demonstration immediately. Neither of these groups are there to exercise democratic rights or express their views, both these group...
by SonamTashi
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2359

Re: Antifa at it again

The only difference between far right Militas and groups like Antifa, are honestly a lack of weapons. I would be very surprised if Antifa members didn't have access to weapons. So why don't they use them? Because they're not the monsters you seem to think they are. When you demonize/attack the peop...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...
Replies: 29
Views: 1031

Re: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...

I think it was perhaps a joke, or that's what it seems like to me, a misunderstood one that was, perhaps if anything, somewhat too cynical about the willingness or lack thereof of the admittedly sexist masses to listen or not to a teacher, to a master, to a friend even, a mere peer even, just becau...
by SonamTashi
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 984

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

The other questions have been anwered pretty well I think, but this one hasn't been completely addressed yet. I think most Buddhist schools would probably agree that you can only attain enlightenment while alive, but not all. Many Buddhist schools believe in an in between state between life and dea...
by SonamTashi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best countries to expand buddhism?
Replies: 70
Views: 1242

Re: Best countries to expand buddhism?

I am not going to try and inform your ignorant view again... what is ignorant? do you have any logical reason to desire the ancient division of mahayana and theravada be mantained , instead of seeking unity ? what would be the negative consequence of such unity ? also, doesnt calling others names v...
by SonamTashi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 20
Views: 721

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

I want to generate Bodhicitta but I don't know how to do that since I come from a Theravada background (now following Mahayana and Vajrayana as well). Could you recommend any materials on Bodhicitta? Thank you. Try reading Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva. Also see if you can find a teacher ...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best countries to expand buddhism?
Replies: 70
Views: 1242

Re: Best countries to expand buddhism?

Have you considered the possibility that the giant divisions you see in Buddhism are merely your own projection? To be honest, I don't see the kind of division you seem to see. As others have said, the Buddha taught different dharma doors for different people. Personally, I don't experience much con...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 46
Views: 3187

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

Both chinese mahayana and tibetan gelug are great in my opinion. there are new buddhist movements like won buddhism which i also find cool. in my view one of the worse things damaging buddhism is the stupid excess of division and lack of organization, which is killing buddhism. we can see the harmf...

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