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by sraddha
Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?
Replies: 40
Views: 8411

Re: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?

Hi Dazzle, I only quoted the relevant section of the passage regarding the "wrong orifice" since people were wondering where the passage was coming from. It was no Mahayana sutra as I stated and it was given to a NUN (Yeshe Tsogyal) regarding heterosexual behavior for tantric practice ...to use a pa...
by sraddha
Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Visitor Center
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Visitor Center

Indeed, in my country we still have the Church of England which kinda still makes Christianity an "offical" state religion, despite the fact that most people over here are atheist/agnostic now. We even have a law that the Queen or King has to be a protestant Christian :jumping: as well as a blasphe...
by sraddha
Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?
Replies: 40
Views: 8411

Re: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?

Hi Dazzle, I still don't see how this passage applies to homosexuality: 3. It is unsuitable to have intercourse in an inappropriate orifice, such as engaging in the manner of animals . This can apply to homosexuality only in the loosest sense. Animals tend to have mostly heterosexual sex during mati...
by sraddha
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 1
Views: 641

Re: The Mahayana 4 Noble Truths

As I know people are just dying to give their interpretations to these Mahayana 4 Noble Truths because they practice meditation everyday regularly and have come to know, love and worship their Buddha natures with absolute anatma abandon and devotion :tongue: I shall now go on to further post Mahayan...
by sraddha
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

O Conqueror, your body resembles refined gold, For its glorious presence possesses a golden hue. You are golden like the golden king of mountains. The White Lotus Seer has features of gold. Sublime major marks adorn your body in full; Sublime minor signs embellish your body parts. You are brilliant ...
by sraddha
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?
Replies: 40
Views: 8411

Re: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?

I think the subject is simply not covered in any major Mahayana sutras -- gay sexuality is not found in tantric paintings either. However, I found this reference : http://www.reversespins.com/buddhismandgays.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Padma Sambhava had some pointed instruct...
by sraddha
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?
Replies: 40
Views: 8411

Re: Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?

I think the restraint from sexual misconduct for lay people means -- not two timing people. I know in it's most basic form, it means not cheating. I think the average person thinks of sex as being "natural" -- in Buddhism it is held to be wierd, but it's obviously there as OUR CONDITIONING dictates ...
by sraddha
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Today is Sunday -- those who practice this sutra should certainly read it today; and if you don't perhaps you should try reading it today! :smile: O buddhas who continually look upon beings, I request you to gaze intently upon me. Your compassionate minds always overflowing, May you hold the remorse...
by sraddha
Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

For those beings who lack abode or support And are wretched and bereft of refuge, May I in future times Become their refuge, protector and guardian. So that I may end their suffering and its source, And become a wellspring of all virtue, In the future, I shall accomplish enlightening deeds For eons...
by sraddha
Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Devil Made Her Do It.
Replies: 1
Views: 638

Re: The Devil Made Her Do It.

For those who are tortured, bound and beaten, Distressed by passion or captured by delusion, May these beings – fearful, faced with sorrow – Be freed from the shackles of bondage. The Golden Light Sutra Perhaps schizophrenia, people are so bound to their delusions, they get captured by impermanence...
by sraddha
Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 1
Views: 641

The Mahayana 4 Noble Truths

I've found fascinating -- the meaning of the 4 Noble Truths in the Mahayana is so different: Chapter 25 Angulimala Sutra "What are the four ? The words 'the four noble truths' are renowned in the Śrāvaka-yāna, but such features are absent from the Mahāyāna. The following inherent natures and functio...
by sraddha
Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

We have a passage in the Nikayas about the "DRUM OF THE DEATHLESS" In a world become blind, I beat the drum of the Deathless.'(MN 26 Ariyapariyesana Sutta) There's a BEAUTIFUL PASSAGE ABOUT THIS DRUM IN THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA! It's from the beating of this drum that all verses issue forth! This is f...
by sraddha
Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Continually unaware of its benefit, I have rejected the sublime Dharma; I have shown unwitting insolence to parents; These deeds I confess in full. Childish and veiled by stupidity, Blind with desire and hatred, Ignorance, arrogance and pride, These deeds I confess in full. ------------------------...
by sraddha
Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The American Bodhisatva
Replies: 0
Views: 699

The American Bodhisatva

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,8413,0,0,1,0 A first interview with Erik Curren, calling for religious freedom for elected officials by Emily Breder, Examiner.com, July 28, 2009 I was surprised yesterday by an email from Erik Curren's campaign manager. My recent article on him had caug...
by sraddha
Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Have You Found Authentic Buddhism?
Replies: 0
Views: 446

Have You Found Authentic Buddhism?

In Buddhism, it pays to leave assumptions at the door by Barbara O'Brien, The Guardian (UK), July 29, 2009 http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=8,8398,0,0,1,0 The imperialist spirit lives on today in best-selling author and atheist Sam Harris, for example. Harris wrote in an essay titled Kill...
by sraddha
Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Devil Made Her Do It.
Replies: 1
Views: 638

The Devil Made Her Do It.

This is so disgusting and a true story, scary and tragic, ruined my day --makes me want to practice so much that I would never want to encounter such stories!
by sraddha
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Here are a few excerpts Listen to me, O youth, concerning The inconceivable greatness Of the Tathagata, the protector And savior of the world. The realm of the buddhas is inconceivable And the tathagatas are peerless. All buddhas are ever serene. All buddhas are perfectly emerged. All buddhas are of...
by sraddha
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Visitor Center
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Visitor Center

Well, in the passage Thomas Jefferson admits to being a Christian in his own way. However, I do agree that religion need not be paraded as part of a campaign -- I think it takes a certain type of insecurity about your religion to constantly be wearing your religion on your sleeve. That being said, I...
by sraddha
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: In Case My Girls Want To Be Nuns
Replies: 0
Views: 568

In Case My Girls Want To Be Nuns

An adorable story! http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=49,8395,0,0,1,0 Uninhibited Monastic Life for Nuns by NISSARA HORAYANGURA, The Bangkok Post, July 28, 2009 A forest monastery for Buddhist nuns in Perth, Australia, offers a sanctuary for women seeking monastic life Perth, Australia -- Tw...
by sraddha
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Visitor Center
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Visitor Center

We shall always find quotes that further our own views, here are a few from Christians: http://www.aproundtable.org/tps30info/beliefs.html Thomas Jefferson: "My views...are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-christian system imputed to me by those who kn...

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