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by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Thousands of Monks, Nuns Evicted From Sichuan’s Yachen Gar
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Thousands of Monks, Nuns Evicted From Sichuan’s Yachen Gar

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/EVICTED-06112019163506.html “Since the removals began in May, around 3,500 monks and nuns have been forced to leave,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And around 600 Chinese officials are now permanently stationed at Yachen Gar and mainta...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: The Mindfulness Conspiracy

By the way, this is :offtopic: but in case anyone doesn't know, Wisdom Publications offers the Wisdom Journal for free as a seasonal publication. It contains excerpts from their books, and it is usually a really good read, offering insights from many different Buddhist traditions. https://www.wisdom...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: The Mindfulness Conspiracy

There is an excerpt of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy in the current issue of The Wisdom Journal that deals with almost exactly this issue. I'll share a few quotes that I think directly address the criticisms in this article. ...the bodhisattva acts without atta...
by SonamTashi
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 689

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Here is another source for Shin Dharma talks. Their head priest is one of my favorites for Shin dharma talks in particular.
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Also, the text is clear to state that this is not a full esoteric practice, but rather a Pure Land practice with esoteric elements. Along these lines the text states: In the following "way of practice..." combining the Pureland and Esoteric Dharma Doors... Pureland cultivators must pay close attenti...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

The second picture wasn't showing up for me so I uploaded it again.
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Okay, so first I checked and Dharma Flower Temple's copy of the Amitabha Sutra does have a nice little Pure Land practice, with sutra recitation, including the Heart Sutra, and repentance and other things. Also, The Daily Practices of Western Pure Land Buddhism has a second, but brief, practice at t...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 44
Views: 763

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

If we are talking about filthy anarchists Bakunin really nailed the entire 20th century. "We are convinced that freedom without Socialism is privilege and injustice, and that Socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality" The propaganda machine has people watching what people say, not what the...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

In regards to The Daily Practices of Western Pure Land Buddhism, I do not believe there are any previews online. I could perhaps take some pictures, as long as it isn't enough to infringe on copyrights. Is there anything in particular you are looking for? One or two screenshots would be really help...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Just As You Are: Buddhism For Foolish Beings by Kaspalita Thompson and Satya Robyn provide instructions as well. This thread on Honen and Shinran has been helpful in differentiating Jōdo-shū from Jōdo Shinshū. I'm still trying to decide which of these traditions to choose. Promise of Amida does con...
by SonamTashi
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 44
Views: 763

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

Far right extremists also rationalize their own existence, they also say they are not Nazis or fascists, that their doctrine was never properly put in place and so on and so forth. Ideologies that gave birth to regimens responsible for the deaths of millions of people should be completely abandoned...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

I think the best book of this type, by far, is Dharma Flower Temple's The Daily Practices of Western Pure Land Buddhism. It presents a full practice, instructions on the practice, and a detailed commentary on the practice and the doctrines behind the practice. It may be the single most informative P...
by SonamTashi
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Missing Cat
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Missing Cat

I hope all turns out well. I have a very special place in my heart for cats.

:anjali:
by SonamTashi
Sat May 25, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 66
Views: 2394

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

Interesting video on UBI

The idea of Basic Universal Assets mentioned at the end sounds like an interesting alternative, and seems to address some of the problems TharpaChodron brought up about helping people build equity instead of just handing them a check.
by SonamTashi
Thu May 23, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2035

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

By the way, SonamTashi, do you post on Reddit at ThuptenSonamTashi? If so, I remember your post criticising Dharmavidya of the Amida Shu group for practicing Vajrayana practices without the proper lineage. Yep, that's me. Yes, the problem with Won Buddhism is primarily the lack of lineage and autho...
by SonamTashi
Tue May 21, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2035

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

Personally, I would avoid Won Buddhism. The view that it isn't Buddhism really isn't confined to Korea itself--it seems to be pretty commonly accepted by Buddhists in the West who are aware of it. Many say it is a cult--I'm not saying it is for sure, I'm just saying it is best to be safe. IMO, there...
by SonamTashi
Fri May 17, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 31
Views: 3391

Re: Favorite Sutra?

The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

The Shorter and Longer Sukhavativyuha Sutras

The Surangama Sutra

The Heart Sutra
by SonamTashi
Fri May 03, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 1396

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

The Path as a result of the practice can be developed, it can arise, it can be born. The Path as a set of practices can't be developed, it can't arise, it can't be born. The Path as a set of practices can only be practiced. Therefore, the Buddha did not use phrases like 'practice of Path' or 'to pr...
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Trying to understanding their tradition...
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Trying to understanding their tradition...

This I will have to agree as many places are too lazy to source out the ones that's actually corresponding with the Chinese tradition and just purchase it from the local Dharma store that only carries the generic Tibetan Buddhist implements, which are more easily available. From my private research...

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