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by uan
Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

The vow about indulging in entertainment. [/quote] Do you have a link to that? I thought there was a vow such as that, but couldn't find it in the list of 227 vinaya vows (I know there are more in some other traditions). It's one of the reasons I used the Bodhisattva vows (you did say vows from any...
by uan
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

A monastic still needs to make the choice to do the right thing. I agree, the difference is that none of the four options is a "right" or "wrong" choice for a non-monastic. They are all equally valid. That is why it is "easier" for a monastic: because a, b and c ARE wrong choices. It is a non-brain...
by uan
Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

d) of course. However, a person shouldn't need to be a vow holding monastic to make that choice. You missed the point, again. a, b and c are not even choices for a vow holding monastic. They don't have to consider them AT ALL, whereas for a lay practitioner they are viable options, and ones they ch...
by uan
Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

When you are not allowed to watch film, theater, music, etc... then being distracted by these is just not an issue. then again :) ... The lama in the video is Loppon Rechungpa (Nyingma). I mean easier in the following way: It's Saturday night and you are a vow holding monastic, do you: a) Go out wi...
by uan
Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

Sherab Dorje wrote: When you are not allowed to watch film, theater, music, etc... then being distracted by these is just not an issue.
then again :)

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The lama in the video is Loppon Rechungpa (Nyingma).
by uan
Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

Hi SD, was this comment meant for this thread? It doesn't seem to be (I didn't see any recent posts that were reacting "against monasticism") but I can be fairly dense at times. This . You replied to it on the previous page, remember? :rolling: did I say dense? I'm thick as a brick! Though in fairn...
by uan
Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 40624

Re: Celibacy

Personally, I see the reaction against monasticism to be mainly based in a jealousy of monastics, due to an inability on most of our behalf, to have the perseverance, determination, and personal capacity necessary to devote ourselves COMPLETELY to liberation. The Buddha was a monastic, so the Sangh...
by uan
Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dogen's quote: arhathood or buddhahood?
Replies: 62
Views: 4839

Re: Dogen's quote: arhathood or buddhahood?

I am willing to hear the explanation why Vajra methods can take people to full Buddhahood? What rational explanation behind this? A realized master directly introduces a willing and interested student to their own state through different kinds of experiences. Rinse, repeat. This is the shortest exp...
by uan
Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dogen's quote: arhathood or buddhahood?
Replies: 62
Views: 4839

Re: Dogen's quote: arhathood or buddhahood?

I've had the good fortune to meet realized masters in more than one tradition, Tibetan (Nyingma mostly) and Japanese (Tendai) trained. Wherever you go, you find triumphalist rhetoric--only our methods can lead to realization in this lifetime, if you rely on some other methods you're going to take k...
by uan
Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why did you choose Buddhism?
Replies: 98
Views: 17273

Re: Why did you choose Buddhism?

Just in case anyone really cares, my family is Irish Italian Catholic, and my boyfriend's family is Jewish. My birth mother was very likely an Ifugao headhunter. I am really embarrassed that I so completely missunderstood about the nature of suffering. Thank you very much, for explaining. thank you...
by uan
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Caring the for dying and bereaved
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Caring the for dying and bereaved

My mother just passed away a couple months ago. I was her primary caregiver and the last 7-8 months was the most difficult part as her health just began dropping off a cliff. I'd say loving-kindness, compassion, equanimity, and patience were absolute keys in providing her with care. Part of it was j...
by uan
Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So Long
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: So Long

Take care Wayfarer.

:anjali:
by uan
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Why do only very few practitioners attain rainbow body?
Replies: 92
Views: 13366

Re: Why do only very few practitioners attain rainbow body?

Malcolm wrote:
Generally, speaking here we mean buddhahood.
Thanks Malcolm.
by uan
Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Why do only very few practitioners attain rainbow body?
Replies: 92
Views: 13366

Re: Why do only very few practitioners attain rainbow body?

Hi Malcolm, I thought this thread would be a better place to follow up on a response you made (just so we don't go off topic on the Western Buddhist thread). I was hoping you could clarify a couple things. Malcom wrote uan wrote: Based on that, is there a reason you would be presently incarnated her...
by uan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?
Replies: 57
Views: 6031

Re: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?

Nope, but I am sure it is the case for many, many reasons I won't bore you with. Suffice it to say, in my last lifetime, I was a practitioner from the Derge region of Eastern Tibet. Educated in Sakya, practitioner of Dzogchen, just like now. Hi Malcolm, I'm trying to wrap my head around Dzogchen a ...
by uan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?
Replies: 57
Views: 6031

Re: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?

It makes sense when discussing people with affinities for Tibetan Buddhism. The Chinese started suppressing Buddhism right way, it reached the height of suppression between 1959-1968, then was suppressed until the early 80's. Meanwhile the refugee community in India was really in dire straights, so...
by uan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, r/atheism, Human Rights...
Replies: 39
Views: 5426

Re: Buddhism, r/atheism, Human Rights...

I had a formative experience in a Catholic teaching hospital whilst still a callow youth. I had been sent there to work as a wardsman. The supervising nurse was a Catholic nun, Sister Mary Louise. I was greatly moved by her compassion in the context of a busy suburban casualty ward. There were some...
by uan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?
Replies: 57
Views: 6031

Re: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?

Chinese invade Tibet in 1950, give the reincarnated 20 years to grow up in the West. Western Tibetan Buddhism should start flourishing in the 1970's with a huge influx of new students but by 1980 that should start slowing down to a trickle. Now they would likely be born in Asia. It is quite possibl...
by uan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Language of the Eyes
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: The Language of the Eyes

You will also find them outlined in Maitreya's Abhisamaya-alaṅkāra (Ornament of Realization): (1) On the sole of each of a Buddha’s feet and on the palm of each hand is the impression of a thousand-spoked wheel. ... http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/sutra/level2_lamrim/initial_scope/saf...
by uan
Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Language of the Eyes
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: The Language of the Eyes

Well, actually, there are objective criteria by which enlightenment can be measured. Here are some of the physical characteristics, for example, of a Buddha (an enlightened one)... Hi SD, this is something that has confused me (one of many things that has confused me actually :lol: ) but what is th...

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