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by Lotus415
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 19225

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Hsuan Hua: "Homosexuals exist due in part to the influence of a certain religion. This religion used to be underground and did not dare to promote homosexuality openly, but now that we're in an age where Dharma is on the decline, all kinds of strange phenomenon are happening." What religion is he ta...
by Lotus415
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 19225

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Again, there is a difference between stating an opinion and stating such horrible things as is quoted. One wonders if he would have supported the "god hates fags" group who claim all disasters in the world come from homosexuality? One can skirt around the issue and say he was "conservative" or preac...
by Lotus415
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 19225

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

There was an old thread on the now defunct E-Sangha as I recall which had a similar topic and some posters were saying that many of these alleged sayings and quotes that are propped up even on sites promoting the late Master's teachings are 'unverifiable' and best to contact the main monastery site...
by Lotus415
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 19225

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

His ideas on Homosexuality are extreme but also common in the sense that they were culturally conditioned. But his idea of dharma was really scary: ''How should we cultivate? We must first let go of our desires and put and end to love. That is, people should avoid having too close or too distant of...
by Lotus415
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 19225

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Shocked, and disappointed, especially since he is referred to as a Bodhissatva by some. Imagine how many may have been turned away from the Dharma from hearing such horrible words? It's one thing to have an opinion on homosexuality, as the Dalai Lama has been known to state, but these words are just...
by Lotus415
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 19225

Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Have to say I was quite shocked to read all of this.... "Homosexual behavior, especially, is behavior that will put an end to nations and humanity. What does it mean by putting an end to nations? Someone who practices homosexuality will not care about their country, so that country will disintegrate...
by Lotus415
Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dharmakaya Relic Mantras
Replies: 0
Views: 562

Dharmakaya Relic Mantras

Hello, I've been reading some of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings lately and find them quite insightful. Recently I've read about the power and benefits of the Dharmakaya Relic Mantras, and there is even a file on the FPMT website in small font to print them out. Seeing as I do not have a stupa to put...
by Lotus415
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT mantra?
Replies: 9
Views: 6318

OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT mantra?

I have not been able to find any history or descriptions in regards to this mantra other than it is "wish fulfilling", and it is put over doorways.
Does anyone have any information on this?
by Lotus415
Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Seeking Prayerful Aspirations
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: Seeking Prayerful Aspirations

Qian Zheng Yi wrote:I am praying for you
May all involved have compassion, understanding and healing
:namaste:
Thank you so much for your compassionate response. I return the favor!
by Lotus415
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Pureland Westerners?

I'm in the same boat, so to speak. :-) I live in Austin, TX. I contacted the Dallas Amitabha society looking for guidance. I only found one monastic who wanted to discuss with me but she was essentially not interested in Pure Land. She was moving on to esoteric practices. The Chinese temples I've b...
by Lotus415
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Seeking Prayerful Aspirations
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Seeking Prayerful Aspirations

For healing of a relationship being obstructed by addictions and failings. May all involved have compassion, understanding and healing

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
Om Mani Padme Hung
by Lotus415
Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Pureland Westerners?

I'm not familiar with that approach in Jodo Shinshu. There's a nice BCA center in Berkeley... On the "trendiness" of Zen and Tibetan temples: are you speaking from experience here, or are you working from assumptions? Not all Zen or Tibetan (or Pure Land) temples feel the same... From what I've res...
by Lotus415
Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Pureland Westerners?

Ryoto wrote:Try finding a Jodo Shinshu temple. You might have some luck there.
Yes, I've thought of that, but from what I've read of their teachings their thoughts on Amitabha being a myth do not really correspond to what I have studied.
by Lotus415
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Pureland Westerners?

What would the role of "meditation" be in say, a Vietnamese temple?
I understand they are not strictly "Pure Land". I guess I just meant there is a belief and chanting of Amitabha.
by Lotus415
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Pureland Westerners?

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against "ethnic" temples and understand they serve a purpose. I am in San Francisco. I've been once to a temple which is part of Master Hsuan's lineage. I participated in one of their daily repentance ceremonies, all of which was in Chinese. I followed along in Pin...
by Lotus415
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: zen and pureland views
Replies: 23
Views: 3081

Re: zen and pureland views

"Ordinary people generally think that if the Pure Land is Mind-Only, then it does not exist. This is the understanding of demons and externalists. Such a deluded view, which appears correct but is in reality wrong, affects more than half of all people and causes practitioners to forfeit true benefit...
by Lotus415
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Pureland Westerners?

I am curious if there are any Pureland westerners on here? Having practiced on my on for more than a year now, I've been hesitant to visit some of the temples which tend to be more "ethnic" (I am caucasian, and do not speak Chinese or Vietnamese). It seems to me most of the temples which cater to "...
by Lotus415
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Pureland Westerners?

I am curious if there are any Pureland westerners on here? Having practiced on my on for more than a year now, I've been hesitant to visit some of the temples which tend to be more "ethnic" (I am caucasian, and do not speak Chinese or Vietnamese). It seems to me most of the temples which cater to "w...
by Lotus415
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Images discouraged?
Replies: 7
Views: 1180

Images discouraged?

I have heard it said that Buddha Shakyamuni discouraged any images of him to be made, but have never seen any references for this.
If there was such a declaration, how has it happened that there are so many images of him honored in nearly every tradition?

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