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by Simon E.
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 278
Views: 17724

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

It’s easy to frame statements in the TOS that identify aggressive and intolerant speech. And I know that I have been guilty on occasion of crossing that line. It’s much harder to take a line against constant whining passive aggression and expressions of victimhood. And yet it’s just as toxic to the...
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 278
Views: 17724

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

It’s easy to frame statements in the TOS that identify aggressive and intolerant speech. And I know that I have been guilty on occasion of crossing that line. It’s much harder to take a line against constant whining passive aggression and expressions of victimhood. And yet it’s just as toxic to the ...
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 278
Views: 17724

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

This!
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 38
Views: 3792

Re: Vipassanā

You may well be correct in that the Ajahn Chah people are going for inspiration back to a time before modern Theravadin fundamentalism. This has of course brought fire down on their heads from some sections of the western Thervadin community who think they are selling out and going Mahayana. :smile:...
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 38
Views: 3792

Re: Vipassanā

Theravadans don't do visualization meditations (not that I am aware of). They might not often anymore (barring esoteric Theravāda traditions of varying pedigrees) but IIRC either in Venerable Buddhaghoṣa's Visuddhimagga or in the commentarial tradition built upon it, there is a story of a certain m...
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 4382

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

smcj wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:03 pm
Gelugpa’s reject Shentong and practice Vajrayana. So you can’t equate the two.
Aye. It’s a discussion to all intents and purposes within the Vajrayana family.
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 4382

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

The issue isn’t whether to study or not. It’s whether a whiff of upaya is drowned out by the smell of the library. The point of all this business isn’t jawing about it. It’s a basis for practise or its merely academic. No one has ever transcended samsara by their subtle grasp of words alone. It’s ab...
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 4382

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

It all smells of books.
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48826

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

My wife suggested that we stop going to the local Chinese grocery store (which we both love) for a while, just go to the regular supermarket, because you don't know if people shopping there have recently returned from Asia. I'm high-risk for respiratory problems. I reminded her that the Chinese gro...
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Magnanimity.
Replies: 1
Views: 649

Magnanimity.

“ Beware of being so open minded that your brain falls out”. Situ Rinpoche.

“ Beware of being so magnanimous that people are left going in circles”. Simon Ellis.
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Discrimination
Replies: 21
Views: 1598

Re: Discrimination

What has any of this to do with Dzogchen?
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Discrimination
Replies: 21
Views: 1598

Re: Discrimination

You are posting in the Dzogchen forum. In a forum dedicated to “ the discussion of Mahayana And Vajrayana Buddhism” “We guys” are mostly practising Buddhists who hold that Buddhism is superior to any other spiritual tradition. In fact the Buddha himself that his religion was the only way to achieve ...
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?
Replies: 39
Views: 4605

Re: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?

I realised that without consciously intending to I had projected the norms of yesteryear into the present. There was a time when everyone in your home town interested in Buddhadharma could have fitted into a broom cupboard. At that time you could get to know teachers pretty well. And of course they ...
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 4382

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

It would be I think very difficult to find a living teacher of any tradition outwith the Vajrayana who promulgates a Shentong philosophy. Of course books and videos are stuffed with kinds of notions that do not translate into upaya.
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Discrimination
Replies: 21
Views: 1598

Re: Discrimination

It might be useful herb2 to ask yourself if there is anything that your Christian contemplative practice lacks that leads you to look elsewhere. If from your point of view there is not then your task becomes one of deepening rather than widening. If you are not acquainted with the works of Thomas Me...
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Palpitations!
Replies: 25
Views: 3238

Re: Palpitations!

A big new talent has emerged on the English football scene..he happens to be a Scot however. :smile: 18 year old Billy Gilmour started for the first time for Chelsea and immediately made a big splash. His midfield talents were largely instrumental in Chelsea bundling the mighty Liverpool out of the ...
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48826

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

As this thing spreads, we are getting more and more advice on what to do. Anyone already taking precautions? I am working from home alot as my wife is currently receiving chemo and so we have to be extra careful. I try to avoid crowded places and I wear gloves alot. I also always wash my hands soon...
by Simon E.
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48826

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Hand washing. Mulitivits, extra zinc supplements, ( clinically proven to boost the immune system) ..deep breaths....

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