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by Varis
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 56
Views: 3245

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

I believe the notion that monks could/should work is common in East Asia. The work is part of the training. The physical exertion is conducive to calming the mind. This gets extended out to extreme exertion as practice you find in Shugendo. I think the integration of work came about as a necessity ...
by Varis
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?
Replies: 11
Views: 401

Re: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?

Neither do I, I don't know if that was obvious with my omission of an opinion in the OP. Those questions I posed were thought experiments. I would like to hear what others have to say, but I actually don't think this sort of thing will be settled through argumentation.
by Varis
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?
Replies: 11
Views: 401

Re: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?

The present generation of Buddhists are dealing with questions that could not have occurred to earlier generations. Certainly presents a new set of issues that the more realized members of the Sangha will have to deal with. Teaching and practicing the dharma gets more complicated and difficult as t...
by Varis
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?
Replies: 11
Views: 401

"Xenobots", are they sentient beings?

Article for more information: https://www.ecowatch.com/xenobot-ai-biology-2644880026.html TL;DR: Programmable living organisms have been created from frog cells. I'd say by technical definition they are not sentient. They have no CNS, or brain, but the same can also be said for shellfish and AFAIK t...
by Varis
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 8944

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

lelopa wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:41 am
Varis wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:25 am
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I mean they must have had some merit to receive blessings or instruction, right? :shrug:
At the very least the seeds for future liberation are being planted, which is something.
by Varis
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 8944

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

The Canadian Forces had a high Nyingma Tulku bless the colours of the RMC regimental flag. RMC is our version of West Point. They took this shit seriously. That was before we became the bad guys. Whenever I hear of something like this or masters being invited to teach at Facebook and the like I jus...
by Varis
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 8944

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

McMindfulness is becoming the spirituality of late stage capitalism. They had some excellent shamatha and vipassana training in predeployment training for officers in the Canadian Forces. I was surprised how good it was. The goal was preventing PTSD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98-sgRaNujo&t=84...
by Varis
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5331

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Too much kombucha.
by Varis
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 1087

Re: Which heavens correspond

These are all of the final destinations, and they are all eternal. In between life and the final destination, however, is the Spirit World which is split in two: Spirit Prison and Spirit Paradise. Spirit Prison is where spirits who have accepted Mormonism wait for judgement. Spirit Prison is inhabi...
by Varis
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9962

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

What is a westernised interpretation? The major figures of the vipassana revival movements, as well as the reform movements were influenced and inspired by western academic opinion of what Buddhism was supposed to be. A Buddhism devoid of so-called "superstition", divorced from popular Theravada at...
by Varis
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9962

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

First of all, that is only Thailand, not the whole of Theravada. Secondly, even in Thailand the Dhammayuttika Nikaya is still a small minority (around 10% of all monks) after over a century of strong state support. So stating that the current form of Theravada is the product of a 19th century refor...
by Varis
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9962

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

That is a serious simplification, that could as well be applied to the various Mahayana schools as well. For instance, just because the Rime movement appeared in the 19th century, and Humanistic Buddhism in the 20th, it does not render the whole of Mahayana a new thing. Grigoris is correct, it's re...
by Varis
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 11467

Re: Diane Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

It is looking to me that Trungpa is giving a teaching about hereditary monarchy in the same way he did about alcoholism. I'm sorry, but I'm tired of attempts to spiritually explain objectively terrible actions. A tree is known by its fruits, and this tree has produced rotten fruit that continue to ...
by Varis
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 59
Views: 6517

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

Certain HYT practices lead to RB. Although Malcolm said this RB is different from the DZ RB.
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 32
Views: 4095

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

But we can use the name Buddha for enlightened beings who teach the way to the realization of the inner Sugathagarbha / Absolute Bodhicitta via the way of the methods for the relative Bodhicitta (84.000) That is mostly based on their Sutras, Tantras and Dzogchen. Here i point especially to Dzogchen...
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chöd Yidams
Replies: 11
Views: 1304

Re: Chöd Yidams

AFAIK the majority of the yidam practices transmitted by Machig and Padampa were wrathful female deities. This should be no surprise as deities like VY were the main charnel ground practices prior to the existence of Chod.
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 32
Views: 4095

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

On the subject of the OP, I think Bön is Buddhadharma but not Buddhism. Buddhism is a religion that began in India. Whereas the Dharma exists wherever a Buddha has taught and the teachings have been maintained.
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 32
Views: 4095

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

- Am waiting for Vari´s comment, because he is the one who reacted. Hi Kalden, I didn't notice this post before, but I'll answer it now. The Jonangpas are being refused representation because of politics. The other traditions will lose some power in the Tibetan parliament if they receive representa...
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 3601

Re: Retreats in tb

because "doubt remains..." Yes, doubt remains about both scenarios. As he points out, the second interpretation fits with the teachings of Saraha. The fact of the matter is that if it were insufficient for us to practice in our daily lives then there would be no point in practicing. In which case w...
by Varis
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 3601

Re: Retreats in tb

looks like things are not that simple: source - "Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas" You left out the part that doesn't affirm your viewpoint. "Doubt remains as to whether Cāmāripa meditated at his work bench or in the jungle. If the latter, he must have r...

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