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by Simon E.
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

Oral teachings in response to questions about the culpability of animals, on two separate occasions.
The first time was during teachings from Thrangu Rinpoche.
The second time I heard it discussed it was with Situ Rinpoche.
by Simon E.
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Trungpa and shamata
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Trungpa and shamata

During my very first one -to -one with CTR I mentioned that I had just finished a course of vipassana taught by Thai monks..he suggested that I combine what I had learned, with Shin e practice by alternating the focus of the breath.
'Let me know how it goes' said he. :smile:
by Simon E.
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

What I have been taught by my teachers is that intentionality works in a different way in the animal kingdom and that weakens karma/vipaka. With a few exceptions ( a fox in the hen house comes to mind) when an animal kills its intention is not to cause harm, that is to posit an anthropomorphic motiv...
by Simon E.
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

Maybe, but the idea above is the one taught in Mahayana/Vajrayana. I think you will find that the questions around intent, which is an essential element in the creation of vipaka, is in the case of the animal world, rather more complex. There is clear intent when an animal kills another. An acciden...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 10502

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

If anything, all these stories highlight for me the importance of the optional precept on intoxicants; as it seems most of this atrocious behaviour was when the perps were "under the influence". The demarcation point between the two CTR's that I have mentioned clearly start with his discovery of al...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

I suspect that we have a very different idea of the way that the animal world functions, and of the way that vipaka is accrued Aryjna. Maybe, but the idea above is the one taught in Mahayana/Vajrayana. I think you will find that the questions around intent, which is an essential element in the crea...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

Where we are in the Thames Valley the temperature very rarely drops to those lows.
The river itself keeps the ambient temperature up for several hundred metres each side.
By the Thames in Chelsea London they are able to maintain tropical plants outside of greenhouses.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:44 pm
Olive and bay trees! Of course. How could I forget those! They can handle almost any conditions.
Basically, due to climate change (presumably), all the plants of Mediterranean origin in our garden are flourishing and everything else is needing TLC.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

Our mints, sage, hyssop, lavender,thyme, little olive tree, bay tree, are all fine..they are loving it.
But the perennials, sweet peas, roses etc are needing a lot of water.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

I suspect that we have a very different idea of the way that the animal world functions, and of the way that vipaka is accrued Aryjna.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

The same here in England Ayu. No rain for weeks. And none forecast. Even Scotland is dry. We may get a dribble on Sunday evening. Originally thunderstorms were forecast. Has to break sometime! A dribble would be welcome. But preferably enough to mean I don't need to keep going out with the watering...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

The same here in England Ayu. No rain for weeks. And none forecast. Even Scotland is dry.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

I think I have mentioned before that my ol' mum was a Wiltshire gal. She was born and raised in a cottage by the Kennet and Avon canal in Trowbridge.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 363
Views: 30937

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

In order to understand the Buddhas teachings in general and on Sunyata, in particular, it is essential that one receives personal instruction from a bona fide teacher in a Buddhist lineage.
Relying on books or videos only is a recipe for subtle misunderstanding.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

Yup. It nearly wiped out certain species of tortoises in the wild.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 363
Views: 30937

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

@ muni While posting, I did not remember that. But what I remembered was that the spoke person was using upanisadhic teachings(at least two) to explain non-duality. They may talks about form is emptiness-emptiness is form. But their explanation will never fit with Pratityasamutpada. I will prefer M...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

The last time I walked by the Avon (on the path created on the site of the old railway near Saltford) it was Maytime and the scent of the May blossom filled the air and the meadows were golden with buttercups.
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 568

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

In my opinion the problem starts with keeping reptiles as pets..period. Snakes and lizards are sensitive sentient beings that occupy a particular ecological niche. Tearing them out of that environment and keeping them in vivariums or tanks is an act of violence even before considering how to feed th...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 10502

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

If anything, all these stories highlight for me the importance of the optional precept on intoxicants; as it seems most of this atrocious behaviour was when the perps were "under the influence". The demarcation point between the two CTR's that I have mentioned clearly start with his discovery of al...
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Full Moon
Replies: 35
Views: 456

Re: Full Moon

If it sounds idyllic, its because it is. Its a huge pleasure and priviledge to live here Well, you guys should leave the EU and deprive us southern types of all this idyllic privilege then, shouldn't you? But don't come crawling down here looking for sun-soaked beach-loving island life though! :smi...

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