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by AlexanderS
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is "mystical union" a part of Buddhism?
Replies: 43
Views: 2819

Re: Is "mystical union" a part of Buddhism?

Union of compassion and wisdom?
Unity of bliss and emptiness?
by AlexanderS
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about Bodhisattvas
Replies: 19
Views: 1236

Re: Question about Bodhisattvas

So, generally, one is either under compulsion to exist, out of craving, or one might be re-born voluntarily, out of compassion. It's quite a profound idea, really. Does this mean that the Buddha Gotama ended his cycle of rebirth because he lacked compassion? Or does this mean that the Buddha Gotama...
by AlexanderS
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?
Replies: 91
Views: 4101

Re: Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?

I think the degree to what extent a fully perfected buddha is omniscient is not clearly agreed upon. Let´s not dumb down enlightenment. Realising the omniscient mind is possible for anyone. http://books.google.no/books/about/Stages_of_Meditation.html?id=qylyQHr3AacC&redir_esc=y :group: I don't real...
by AlexanderS
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?
Replies: 91
Views: 4101

Re: Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?

omniscience? Well, that is such a loaded word. The problem that one will deal with is that "omniscience" as understood in the ordinary way, knowing everything, suggests a sort of god-like super knowledge But it is really more accurate to say that realization brings with it complete understanding of...
by AlexanderS
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who is the Greatest master you have ever seen?
Replies: 124
Views: 11552

Re: who is the Greatest master you have ever seen?

I think to some degree how much "shine" you feel from a master also to some degree depends on your connection with him/her and your state of mind. I've also met fairly anonymus non-lama practioners who light up the entire room with their presence. The list of lamas and masters I have met is quite sh...
by AlexanderS
Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?
Replies: 91
Views: 4101

Re: Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?

oushi wrote:
Green5 wrote:Is all knowing state same as Higher Self?

Thanks
As far as I know, there is no such thing as all knowing state, although many desire it.
Isn't one of the qualities of buddhahood omniscience?
by AlexanderS
Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Levitation in Buddhism
Replies: 23
Views: 1593

Re: Levitation in Buddhism

The host is a magician who makes a living out of fooling people's minds. It's his job to make you believe this is real.
by AlexanderS
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 20284

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

"Entitled" to your opinion? Yes. Entitled to being told it is accurate? No. We have our experiences defined through ourselves and not white people, for a change. The most "derogatory" thing I've said about white people is that they are not black. Once again, the convo is being derailed by the same ...
by AlexanderS
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to date
Replies: 47
Views: 5885

Re: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to

garudha wrote:
AlexanderS wrote:Different women have different preferences.
Who are these "different women" that you mention? I think these distinctions are empty and without merit.
There are around 3 billion women on this planet. Variety is inevitable.
by AlexanderS
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to date
Replies: 47
Views: 5885

Re: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to

Different women have different preferences. A libertarian generalisation on a forum that addresses the absolute. There is no absolute in romantic preferences. I have no idea how libertarianism to dating. However i would agree that from my experience that women likes a man who expresses positive emo...
by AlexanderS
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to date
Replies: 47
Views: 5885

Re: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to

Different women have different preferences.
by AlexanderS
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Writing - karma of speech or body
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Writing - karma of speech or body

I know that all 3 are intimately connected. The nature of my question was more in the line of this. When we do prostrations, we primarily target karma of psysical actions. When we recite the 100 syllabel vajrasattva mantra, we primarily target karma of speech. When we do mandala offerings it's karma...
by AlexanderS
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Writing - karma of speech or body
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Writing - karma of speech or body

Is writing primarily associated with karma of speech or body? I'm thinking in context of the 3 gates.
by AlexanderS
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to date
Replies: 47
Views: 5885

Re: Dating and following Dharma...Why is it so difficult to

Hi everyone, I'm very perplexed. I belong to an online site and try to get date ladies but as I've clearly explained my position, ladies seem to just not care! Why is this? Especially when I'm being honest by stating "I'm not a fanatic or weirdo"?????? Insights please would be appreciated....... He...
by AlexanderS
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 65329

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

" Deadly Maoist attack on Indian police At least 20 reportedly killed in Chhattisgarh state after attack on CRPF and state police." http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/deadly-maoist-attack-indian-police-201431183150382115.html OM MANI PEME HUNG Just a reminder though: this thread is about An...
by AlexanderS
Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 20284

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

This is getting amusing. Johnny Dangerous - Consider the fact that I have already answered your query for concrete steps in the passage you posted. I don't "hope to achieve" anything beyond sharing my experiences. AFAIK, a black person didn't even start this thread so I have no idea why you are imp...
by AlexanderS
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 65329

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

"
Deadly Maoist attack on Indian police
At least 20 reportedly killed in Chhattisgarh state after attack on CRPF and state police."


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014 ... 82115.html
by AlexanderS
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 20284

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

...If you can't advocate for your poc-centric Dharma practice concept in any way other than to imply complicity in institutional racism from those who aren't swayed, then I think you should examine what you are hoping to actually achieve with public dialogue on this subject…. I was fortunate to hav...
by AlexanderS
Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 20284

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

AlexanderS....and no I cannot see why POC would want to come to you in your white part of town; can't you get up and go and meet them where they are? gassho Rory I live in an almost "all-white" country. More or less all the parts of my town are white. The biggest black ethnic minority in my country...
by AlexanderS
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 20284

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

I think the onus on connecting the dharma with black communities rests mainly on black practioners especially if there still is a strong feeling of black idendity vs a white identity. Since I live in probably the most "white" part of the world, I don't get to see and meet a lot of black people, let ...