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by Challenge23
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Samaya and switching traditions.
Replies: 30
Views: 7089

Re: Samaya and switching traditions.

If one truly cares about other sentient beings, let alone oneself, why in the world would one opt for an incalculably slower path to be of benefit? Seeing someone beginning to get their arm sawed off, you want to stop it right away and end their suffering and save them immediately, right? Not in a ...
by Challenge23
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Politics of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 3908

Re: The Politics of Tibetan Buddhism

I think it goes deeper than simply the way you choose to physically meditate. The crux of the teachings is the same, yes. In fact, all religions basically have the same premise: do unto others. However, as far as Buddhism is concerned, I keep finding inconsistencies. Inconsistencies which are suppo...
by Challenge23
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Politics of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 3908

Re: The Politics of Tibetan Buddhism

I am bothered by the politics of Tibetan Buddhism. Reading all those splits and who's who and what's what really tends to put my head on a spin, questioning if who I'm studying from is legitimate or not. :toilet: I don't want to be discredited because of who I follow if I practice well enough (whic...
by Challenge23
Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism loses all purpose if you don't believe in reincarna
Replies: 163
Views: 18437

Re: Buddhism loses all purpose if you don't believe in reinc

I have been thinking about this subject recently. First of all, lets assume that there is no literal reincarnation as some Buddhists seem to believe, mainly here in the west. (This is not meant being insulting, but it is merely a personal observation.) Anyway, if there was no literal reincarnation ...
by Challenge23
Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Contradiction in Mahayana philosophy
Replies: 30
Views: 6027

Re: Contradiction in Mahayana philosophy

another quote, also from same sutra: "O good man! The same is the case with the body of Nirvana. There is no place where it is. When all Buddhas do away with defilement, we call this Nirvana. Nirvana is at once the Eternal, Bliss, the Self, and the Pure. We say that Nirvana is Bliss. But it is no f...
by Challenge23
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: sex and romance
Replies: 16
Views: 4038

Re: sex and romance

How come, if sex and romantic relationships (e.g. marriage) will clearly cause misery as romantic relationships are one of the biggest material attachments, do some buddhists (including teachers) participate? In order for my answer to make sense I have to make two things clear. 1. I don't think sex...
by Challenge23
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Building a modern and/or western Buddhism
Replies: 143
Views: 15255

Re: Building a modern and/or western Buddhism

Nirvana/Nibbana isn't always presented as equivalent to annihilation/oblivion... What does Nibbana have to do with annihilation/oblivion? Where are you getting this from? You believe that not being reborn into samsara is the same as annihilation/oblivion??? Has Madhyamaka completely bypassed you? I...
by Challenge23
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Building a modern and/or western Buddhism
Replies: 143
Views: 15255

Re: Building a modern and/or western Buddhism

Sometimes I yield to the basest of my troll instincts. My apologies to all beforehand. I believe that Vajrayana deity practices are just as much faith-based as it is for Pure Land or Christianity. Generally the initial reason to abandon Christianity in favor of Vajrayana is because people believe t...
by Challenge23
Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Doubt, Vajrasattva, etc.
Replies: 49
Views: 12343

Re: Doubt, Vajrasattva, etc.

Also, as a follow up to the original post. I think I am almost at the root of the problem. When I meditate I'm able to "get" emptiness fairly easily. This is true intellectually and(to a lesser extent, obviously) experientially. Bliss, on the other hand, I can count on one hand the times I've had an...
by Challenge23
Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Effects of reading restricted material
Replies: 8
Views: 1957

Re: Effects of reading restricted material

Send an email to Rinpoche about it explaining what happened and why and ask his advice. There is little point taking anyone else's advice. You feel bad about it and you want to be sure to completely clear up any doubt. Yes, thats good move to do. However, I dont know whats he`s email adress, can an...
by Challenge23
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The harms of Masturbation and Porn
Replies: 487
Views: 78583

Re: The harms of Masturbation and Porn

I have a lot of energy that can only go into two areas. Sex or hate. Period. Have you tried to a) Reduce food intake, b) restraint faculties, c) try various meditation techniques? Perhaps metta, elements, contemplation of death, asubha, kayagatasati? Working out just makes me more and more agressiv...
by Challenge23
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The harms of Masturbation and Porn
Replies: 487
Views: 78583

Re: The harms of Masturbation and Porn

Porn increases lustful desire for sex, and it is this urge that forces many to do it. I can't speak for everyone but for me it does the exact opposite. I'm going to try to keep this as PG as I can. Mods, if I fail, please feel free to delete this post with my apologies. I have a lot of energy that ...
by Challenge23
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Off topic: Mahayana opinions of Theravada?
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: Off topic: Mahayana opinions of Theravada?

The idea being that samsara is so absolutely terrible that it is better to not exist in any way than to continue in it. I don´t want to misunderstand you, but what you say sounds like some extreme suicidalism. The statement is neither compatible with the Bodhisattva ideal, nor the basic views of an...
by Challenge23
Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Off topic: Mahayana opinions of Theravada?
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: Off topic: Mahayana opinions of Theravada?

Also, a lot of major figures in Theravada Buddhism are quite emphatic that Nirvana must be understood in positive terms as well as negative, because the Suttas contain a lot of material presenting Nirvana in positive terms. The Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi gave a series of introductory talks on Buddhism and ...
by Challenge23
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Off topic: Mahayana opinions of Theravada?
Replies: 81
Views: 9652

Re: Off topic: Mahayana opinions of Theravada?

Just out of curiosity, what are the different points of view within Mahayana about what happens to an Arhat after Parinirvana? I've heard that the Yogacara position is that consciousness ceases and that's that, but other sources (e.g. Lotus Sutra, Shurangama Samadhi Sutra) talk about Arhats being c...
by Challenge23
Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Has medicalization gone too far?
Replies: 139
Views: 22052

Re: Has medicalization gone too far?

Two things I'd like to add. First, I think it really does depend on the individual mental health professional. I had one person who basically wanted to fill me up with meds for an issue that basically was relationship based. More recently I told another professional that I was willing to talk but no...
by Challenge23
Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Keeping Precepts your experience
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Keeping Precepts your experience

Well, for me, it depends on the precept. Not killing for me is fairly easy, though I still thoughtlessly kill insects from time to time and am not vegan. So it's good but not really good. Not stealing is also fairly easy, though I can be forgetful and sometimes take something from a friend and don't...
by Challenge23
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Appropriateness of openly discussing sunyata
Replies: 39
Views: 6896

Re: Appropriateness of openly discussing sunyata

Similar thing with my Mom, she's very interested in Buddhism, but like many people, I think she gravitates towards positive-language stuff..the "feel good" part you might say. I point her towards teachers that I don't personally like that much (TNH for example) that emphasize interdependence, as fo...
by Challenge23
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translation question
Replies: 1
Views: 598

Translation question

Good morning,

I was looking for a gau and came across one that had something already in it. Can anyone who can read Tibetan(I think it's in Tibetan) take a look and see what it says?

Thanks much.
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by Challenge23
Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forum participation - how is it for you?
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Re: Forum participation - how is it for you?

Well, it's interesting. I tend to use the forum as a tool of first resort for technical points(for example, plates in regards to Ngondro practice) in regards to my practice*. In this it tends to function pretty well as there are a lot of people who are very technically skilled in Vajrayana Buddhism ...

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