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by greentara
Wed May 21, 2014 4:16 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 31315

Re: Celibacy

Indrajala, I'm not that interested in intellectual work or some boffins interpretation. Who cares how clever or cerebral he is? I'd much rather listen to a monk or nun I respect and hear of their own direct experience, sit quietly and bask in their presence. Be still, I know its hard but its not roc...
by greentara
Mon May 19, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 31315

Re: Celibacy

I've always been drawn to monks and nuns in the east or the west and have found despite renunciation their humour infectious, their outlook on life insightful, compassionate; hence the amount of people who gather around them happy to sit quietly or eager to hear them speak.
by greentara
Sun May 18, 2014 4:04 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 31315

Re: Celibacy

Narendra Modi the new Prime Minister of India is an interesting man, The 63-year-old is celibate, has no children that we know of, and seems ascetic and honest. He has had no powerful connections or relatives looking out for him. He's from a small town and was once a tea seller (Chai wallah) has not...
by greentara
Sat May 17, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reaching the unconscious mind
Replies: 114
Views: 5780

Re: Reaching the unconscious mind

Talking about the conscious or the unconscious mind matters little as the belief that I am 'in here' and the world is 'out there' is a subjective truth and many mere novices, let alone so called boffins, experts and teachers simply cannot get passed it.
by greentara
Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 8910

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

David, You forgot to mention India, Its the most tolerant of countries. Jews lived there and were never persecuted. Hindus were often converted by force under the moghuls, hence the large muslim population and they still managed to live cheek by jowl, side by side. The large influx of Tibetans follo...
by greentara
Mon May 12, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 31315

Re: Celibacy

"Just as a fully liberated person will have thoughts, feel thirst etc" The way I see it...thoughts and thirst will be there but it won't be my thoughts or my thirst or any sort of emotional personal narrative. A calm wisdom will prevail.
by greentara
Fri May 09, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 31315

Re: Celibacy

Sex is not bad of itself, its simply that lust and desire disturb the mind. Anyone who thinks about the subject deeply has to admit that the mind is affected.. To gloss over the issue with ideas that sound free wheeling and breezy does not address the underlying issue and seems to lack any sort of s...
by greentara
Wed May 07, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Instantaneous awakening.
Replies: 46
Views: 3743

Re: Instantaneous awakening.

Jesse, "The story ends and theres no problem, and never was" Yes that pretty much covers it!
by greentara
Wed May 07, 2014 4:21 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 8910

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

Its hard to make any real distinction between the myriad causes. The Uighurs (Muslims) in China, the Tibetans plight after the Chinese invasion, the trials and tribulations of the Palestinians etc etc So much injustice where ever you look.... but for whatever reason Israel rightly or wrongly seems t...
by greentara
Sat May 03, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Best place for meditation in Australia
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: Best place for meditation in Australia

seeker of wisdom, Wat Buddha Dhamma springs to mind. There are several others if you have time to explore further options.
Its location is Wisemans ferry, NSW. I believe it is within a natural forest setting.
Focuses on meditation and mindfulness. It's open to all Buddhist faiths
by greentara
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to find a right/suitable path?
Replies: 21
Views: 1421

Re: How to find a right/suitable path?

jeeprs, I did not stop with the teacher. I added the teaching, the reason and logic and I recap.... after a while you calm down and thats when the work really begins. Actually this feeds into where does surrender start and finish. The mind can be very sly and can say I'm ripe, I'm humble, surrendere...
by greentara
Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to find a right/suitable path?
Replies: 21
Views: 1421

Re: How to find a right/suitable path?

Fall in love. Yes, I find if you fall in love with the teacher, the teaching, the reason and logic, the spiritual attraction will pull you in. Initially you will feel excited even picking up a book related to the subject, even that will make you smile. Eventually you'll calm down and then the real w...
by greentara
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is "mystical union" a part of Buddhism?
Replies: 43
Views: 2842

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

dzogchungpa, Yes its a wonderful dense book full of his own direct experience working in trying conditions in a hospice. Jus t forget about the commercial Eckhart Tolle! Although the renowned teached Nisargadatta had quite an impact on him in his early days as a Buddhist monk....he worked on him til...
by greentara
Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is "mystical union" a part of Buddhism?
Replies: 43
Views: 2842

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

Taijibum & Dzogchungpa, 'Awareness senses what cannot move and has never moved. It may be called 'the dazzling dark' The Buddha says this is where form ceases to exist, it is a state without ordinary perception. Could the 'dazzling dark' be the essence of all things and cannot be known through the m...
by greentara
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hawaii’s GMO Ban Is Now Official!
Replies: 4
Views: 694

Re: Hawaii’s GMO Ban Is Now Official!

“He called cultivating the modified crops ‘a global moral question’ and ‘a wrong turning on the route to feeding the world.’ He associated the technology with ‘commerce without morality’ and ‘science without humanity.’”

Prince Charles
by greentara
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Pure lands & non-duality
Replies: 35
Views: 1753

Re: Pure lands & non-duality

keithbc, 'The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences' so yes, Keith I do agree with you and find your comment spot on!
by greentara
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: tolerate each other
Replies: 0
Views: 211

tolerate each other

Friends just back from Udaipur said they came across a modest, whitewashed temple sitting atop a large boulder. Nearby lived a Leopard in a cave, the old priest wandered past the cave twice a day coming and going from the temple..... passing where the Leopard lived. My friends took pictures of the L...
by greentara
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Docu Women Monks Fight for Equality in Thailand
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Docu Women Monks Fight for Equality in Thailand

"I love the ending line of this one: "If women can be mothers, they can be anything." Indeed it is a lovely statement but in reality most governments encourage women back to the workforce as soon as possible (but where are all these jobs?) which means babies and small children are farmed out and put...
by greentara
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Docu Women Monks Fight for Equality in Thailand
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Docu Women Monks Fight for Equality in Thailand

As I recall Ayya Khema did a lot of good work for Buddhist nuns and their plight. Around 1990 she co-ordinated the first International Conference of Buddhist Nuns in the history of Buddhism, which resulted in the setting-up of Sakyadhita, a worldwide Buddhist women's organisation. H.H. the Dalai Lam...
by greentara
Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 8910

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

The middle east problem is a complex one. The Arab Spring did not amount to much and seemed to fizzle out. The last time I looked the Coptic community in Egypt was discriminated against and having a hard time of it. Its odd that the Muslim community does not criticize the slaughter of fellows in mar...

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