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by Mantrik
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Specs for shrine structure (not contents)
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Specs for shrine structure (not contents)

Start with the environment: Space available, weather, dust, damp, privacy etc. (You mentioned doors) Then consider what needs to be placed on it, height and also 'hierarchy' (ask your Lama): Rupas, offering bowls, other implements such as phurba, vajra, bell, maybe pics of Gurus Then consider how yo...
by Mantrik
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

Do you have a source? In the Buddha's very first discourse: “So long, bhikkhus, as my knowledge and vision of these Four Noble Truths as they really are in their three phases and twelve aspects was not thoroughly purified in this way, I did not claim to have awakened to the unsurpassed perfect enli...
by Mantrik
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

No. I am nowhere near Enlightenment. The greatest teacher of the age imo Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, stated that HE was not Enlightened. My scriptural knowledge is very very sparse, but I don't think Buddhas ever have. Didn't Shakyamuni only say 'I am Awake' ? Shakyamuni Buddha (Gautama Siddhartha) des...
by Mantrik
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

Simon E. wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:55 am
No. I am nowhere near Enlightenment. The greatest teacher of the age imo Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, stated that HE was not Enlightened.
My scriptural knowledge is very very sparse, but I don't think Buddhas ever have. Didn't Shakyamuni only say 'I am Awake' ?
by Mantrik
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

Takes one to know one. No, really, it does. :namaste: :shrug: :tongue:
by Mantrik
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Does Dzogchen Say About It’s Origins?
Replies: 63
Views: 1993

Re: What Does Dzogchen Say About It’s Origins?

According to the rules that only the gracies remember... And here we have the nub of it. Each approaching something within the rules they understand. Each system leads to greater abilities and it is futile to compare them as the origins and rules differ, especially when used by people of differing ...
by Mantrik
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate Change and Climate Skeptics/Deniers
Replies: 53
Views: 1106

Re: Climate Change and Climate Skeptics/Deniers

I wonder if any have posited the view that there is a middle way which may find some favour here? Perhaps some phenomena are merely cyclical and natural, whilst others may indeed be due to human activity. The lines become very blurred when we examine the entirely natural effect of cattle living thei...
by Mantrik
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2870

Re: Greta Thunberg

The flip side for her is she has seen that she can literally change the entire world through sheer force of will. This will greatly mitigate any long term damage. Most troubled teens feel vulnerable and ineffectual. I'm not so sure she does think that. She is intelligent enough to know Trump, the C...
by Mantrik
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2870

Re: Greta Thunberg

The flip side for her is she has seen that she can literally change the entire world through sheer force of will. This will greatly mitigate any long term damage. Most troubled teens feel vulnerable and ineffectual. I'm not so sure she does think that. She is intelligent enough to know Trump, the C...
by Mantrik
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2870

Re: Greta Thunberg

The proper response, Mantrik, whatever her fate is... Pick up our shit and hump. She should not be carrying the weight. We are the shits who haven't done enough. I spent decades working with children in their teens, many thousands of them. I really am very worried for her, and were she in the UK an...
by Mantrik
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2870

Re: Greta Thunberg

As I understand it: A child is exposed to what is presented to her as a worrying issue at a very early age. She has a personality charactersitic (autism) which means that she is unable to escape from obsession with it, which in turn leads to depression and elective mute behaviour. Her parents seem t...
by Mantrik
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hand Rattle Bells - strange object
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Hand Rattle Bells - strange object

That got me curious and everything I could find about this and others similar to it refers to it as a Shinto ceremonial rattle. . . . Ah, thank you. :) I'll do some more searching in that area. This one certainly seems to confirm it: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-bronze-suzu-japane...
by Mantrik
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hand Rattle Bells - strange object
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Hand Rattle Bells - strange object

I am a collector as well as a practitioner. I was selling an Islamic candle holder in an online auction and was guided (so I like to believe) to this object. I've only seen one other online which was called a 'Japanese Hand Rattle'. It has 5 bells, similar to tiger bells in appearance and sound and ...
by Mantrik
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New rule: quote & comment?
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Re: New rule: quote & comment?

Maybe there should be a way to identify a 'Notice' or 'Archive Entry' rather than a 'Discussion'. In the case of the bon forum, or the threads where Nicholas Weeks posts entire sutra translations, people are welcome to comment. I think that the op wants others to comment and discuss. In the case of...
by Mantrik
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New rule: quote & comment?
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Re: New rule: quote & comment?

I don’t think it should be a rule. Also, there are certain users who basically all of their posts are just that. Remember phantom? Or just look at the bon section. I see value in a lot of those posts. I think the Bon forum is a case in point. A stream of posts with minimal discussion, if any at all...
by Mantrik
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New rule: quote & comment?
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Re: New rule: quote & comment?

I don’t think it should be a rule. Also, there are certain users who basically all of their posts are just that. Remember phantom? Or just look at the bon section. I see value in a lot of those posts. I think the Bon forum is a case in point. A stream of posts with minimal discussion, if any at all...
by Mantrik
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New rule: quote & comment?
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Re: New rule: quote & comment?

I don’t think it should be a rule. Also, there are certain users who basically all of their posts are just that. Remember phantom? Or just look at the bon section. I see value in a lot of those posts. I think the Bon forum is a case in point. A stream of posts with minimal discussion, if any at all...
by Mantrik
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New rule: quote & comment?
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Re: New rule: quote & comment?

Absolutely. The other Wheel has this in its TOS (and I thought this Wheel did, too, but I didn't find it when I looked): It was. I recall as a Mod many times asking people to actually post something which gave a context and meaning to their OP meme/pic/quote etc. ToS get modified and I think this s...
by Mantrik
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6782
Views: 711892

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

In re: yantra yoga, Has anyone else consistently hurt their lower back doing it? I have more or less come to the conclusion that, for my particular body, I just can’t really do it. I have always had very little flexibility in the forward bend, and an odd left hip thing, but in the past I have been ...
by Mantrik
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 1121

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Clearly rubbish. ALL civilisation is Indian!!

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