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by dumb bonbu
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: a new friend from dhammawheel
Replies: 9
Views: 1448

Re: a new friend from dhammawheel

hi Sher, pleased to meet you :hi:

Alaska eh? a beautiful part of the world i've wanted to visit for a long time! :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...
Replies: 36
Views: 3296

Re: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...

excellent Will, thankyou for the link and recommendation :thanks:
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism in the West
Replies: 17
Views: 1968

Re: Buddhism in the West

I'm not so sure that being "modern" is necessarily out of line with devotion, though -- I think it's a misreading the average person in the west that people in the west are "modern and without devotion"...Christianity is devotional while i'm in agreement with you here sraddha, i think that a signif...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 5921

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

honestly retro, what an "irrational and unseemly" answer! :tongue:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 5921

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

Are we as Buddhists striving for mere scientific/historical accuracy or are we seeking Final Liberation? :bow: :bow: there was a time when i equated authenticity with historical accuracy. now i am of the opinion that authenticity lies in the value of the teachings and the results that they produce ...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...
Replies: 36
Views: 3296

Re: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...

thanks Retro, you know...talking it over, i'm even thinking it might not be such a bad idea to re-acquaint myself with Abhidhamma before i consider things such as the Mahayana's take on it and later developments such as Madhyamika. decisions, decisions, with a heap 'o procrastinations lol. oh well, ...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: This life is so precious
Replies: 14
Views: 3284

Re: This life is so precious

genkaku wrote:This life is so wonderfully precious.
That is why we must learn to give it up.
it is hard. your words remind me of Ippen's -

Just cast away!
Then you will see:
there's a way to let go
of life in this world
so as not to throw it away

:namaste:
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...
Replies: 36
Views: 3296

Re: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...

thanks retro for your helpful reply. that's an approach that's the complete opposite of what i would have considered doing but i think it's a very sensible one and after obtaining several opinions on the matter, the one i'll take. or even "let it wash over you" i think that's quite likely to happen ...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spiritual Arrogance
Replies: 17
Views: 1507

Re: Spiritual Arrogance

i wonder if arrogance, of any kind, is in part brought about by a lack of honesty in the way in which one faces oneself and others. i don't know, perhaps.
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Blue pines and green bamboos
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Ngawang Drolma wrote: I found the poem at a website, and now I can't find it again. Sorry!
If I run across the site again I'll let you know.
hey, no problem :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...
Replies: 36
Views: 3296

Approaching Nagarjuna and the Mulamadhyamakakarika...

hi folks, in a couple of weeks or thereabouts i'm going to be picking Garfield's translation of 'The Fundamental Wisdom..' up off the shelf....or perhaps not lol! because firstly (aware that many find it a notoriously difficult text) i want to prep myself as much as is possible so i have a few quest...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Blue pines and green bamboos
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

beautiful Ngawang! can i ask the source - website or book? i love your modification too Luke! do you write your own as well? i agree, it's important not to get to hooked on this romantic image of hermits treeking into the wilderness amongst the pines and mountain mists...besides which, the reality o...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: Hey

hi Tim, pleased to meet you :hi:

oh and Luke, thornbush is a dude, dude! but i'm sure he'll let it pass :lol:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhist Artwork
Replies: 10
Views: 1286

Re: Buddhist Artwork

beautiful! your work? :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A History of Kindness
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Re: A History of Kindness

Chiune Sugihara

Visas for Life
the remarkable story of Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara and the rescue of thousands of Jews

:bow: :bow:
by dumb bonbu
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: This life is so precious
Replies: 14
Views: 3284

Re: This life is so precious

great impetus to practice and get busy cultivating. whenever i consider the good fortune of having this human body i also am reminded to the great debt to everyone, especially my parents in this life, who has freely given their help, guidance and support throughout my years....it reminds me that i a...
by dumb bonbu
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: A Householder's Training

hi thorny, thankyou for the kind explanation...it very much reminds me of the admonition against hakarai or self-calculation that Shinran spoke of. :smile:

plus you've given me a little taster of the 42 Sections Sutra which is currently on my shelf waiting to be picked up! :reading:
by dumb bonbu
Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: A Householder's Training

hi thorny, i'm curious as to -
For a fair mind, observation of precepts (Sila) is unnecessary.
For straightforward behavior, practice in Dhyana (contemplation) may be dispensed with.
perhaps you could help shine a light on this? ty :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Dumb Bonbu
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Re: Happy Birthday Dumb Bonbu

cheers peeps! off to visit a mate in Berlin in an hour's time! :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1368

Re: HI!!

hi sraddha, pleased to meet you :hi: