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by yan kong
Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 8426

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

I had a very devout Muslim friend who upon hearing I was Buddhist proposed to Muslims all founders of religions were true prophets of god but their followers lost their way over time and these religions became corrupt. I suppose we all have a different way of seeing the Buddha.
by yan kong
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhas, omnipotence and mantras
Replies: 10
Views: 2335

Buddhas, omnipotence and mantras

I have always maintained the personal belief that the path to liberation in based on personal effort. Thus Buddhas are not omnipotent or all powerful because that would imply me that they have the ability to liberate sentient beings without the use of the dharma and this would be a dilemma when cont...
by yan kong
Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:46 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Violence in late period Indian Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 3077

Re: Violence in late period Indian Buddhism

While I do not condone violence by any party I still think there is a difference between monks taking up arms and the lay community taking up arms to defend the sangha if need be.
by yan kong
Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking the 8 Precepts for a day
Replies: 12
Views: 2615

Re: Taking the 8 Precepts for a day

Wait. This means one should not drink tea while upholding the eight precepts, correct?
by yan kong
Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: People's reaction to presence
Replies: 58
Views: 6440

Re: People's reaction to presence

Appareo wrote:But ultimately, all answers can be found within thyself, for you are one with everything.
That's why you go to a teacher, to realize the wisdom within yourself.
by yan kong
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua
Replies: 86
Views: 25052

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

JKhedrup wrote:Why didn't the Master establish a temple in Toronto?

Bummer :(
Dharma Drum mountain has several centers in North America, even one in Toronto I believe.

Don't mean to derail the thread
FP
by yan kong
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhas don't need to eat??
Replies: 14
Views: 2997

Re: Buddhas don't need to eat??

I just read this in an article by Dr. Berzin: "A Buddha doesn’t have to eat, but it’s not something that you have to work on the path in order to get rid of" http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/sutra/level4_deepening_understanding_path/rebirth_karma/karma_free_will_versus_determinism/tran...
by yan kong
Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutra Authenticity
Replies: 1
Views: 1123

Sutra Authenticity

Can anyone direct to me the threads that debate mahayana sutra authenticity? I feel certain they exist but cannot think of the right keywords to get a succesful search.

Thanks
FP
by yan kong
Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Confirming Atman (at least for my own understanding)
Replies: 1
Views: 1032

Confirming Atman (at least for my own understanding)

While traversing the several aspects of buddhist philosophy I finally rolled back around to the classic bit on atman and ran through a couple of things that concerned me. While I realise wiki is not the fondest source of information the quote I am taking from it is referenced: … when we look at [the...
by yan kong
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama and moving
Replies: 6
Views: 1499

Re: Lama and moving

Malcolm wrote:
freakpower70 wrote:From what I have heard it is a violation of the student teacher relationship to take a new teacher before one has finished the formers instructions.

You heard wrong.
could you elaborate?
by yan kong
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama and moving
Replies: 6
Views: 1499

Lama and moving

My dimema is that for some time I have wanted to take a lama (or start the search for a lama, I have not as such researched centers in my area). I realize this process takes time but the problem is that I may be moving in June back to Canada (I am in Paris, France right now) and the possbility I cou...
by yan kong
Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: vietnamese wedding problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: vietnamese wedding problem

David, while seeing an entire roast pig has always been more of a shock to my senses than a steak of some shrimp I realised what I was getting into when I began dating this woman. My main issue rests as stated, that me giving the whole roast pig as a gift for the future marriage would kind of put a ...
by yan kong
Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: vietnamese wedding problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: vietnamese wedding problem

Sorry it has taken me some time to get respond. David, she is a buddhist... but very much a non practicing buddhist. Your suggestion is deffinitly something I should bring up though. Yudron, I am willing to respect many of the cultural aspects of a vietnamese wedding but it is my wedding too and per...
by yan kong
Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: vietnamese wedding problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

vietnamese wedding problem

So, my Vietnamese girlfriend and I are starting to discuss marriage and we get to the part about the traditional gifts I am to offer her family which include a roast pig. Being a vegetarian I inform her there is no way I am gifting a roast pig and she exclaims that it is traditional and I would not ...
by yan kong
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia
Replies: 63
Views: 11514

Re: Euthanasia

All at the same time if we were turely compassionate we would examine each case and not make generlizations.
by yan kong
Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Which Buddhist School is Right For Me?
Replies: 31
Views: 4594

Re: Which Buddhist School is Right For Me?

Looks like you've got enough intellectual understanding. Maybe forget all that for a while and habituate a practice? Maybe time to call your teacher ? Until recently, my schedule prevented me from exploring local groups to find a teacher. My search will only include two or possibly three choices; a...
by yan kong
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 7116

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Huseng wrote:
freakpower70 wrote: And in the modern Theravada?
Of course.
thanks
:namaste:
by yan kong
Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Paris
Replies: 3
Views: 929

Greetings from Paris

Hello, I am a young man from Canada that moved to france some years ago and have held an interest in buddhism from some five years. My interest is strong enough now that I would consider myself buddhist despite not yet having taken refuge. My interest is in Tibetan buddhism, I would well like to go ...
by yan kong
Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 7116

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Huseng wrote:
freakpower70 wrote: Is this idea unique to the Mahayana or universal in buddhism?

In the Śrāvakayāna canon you see disciples speaking on behalf of the Buddha.
And in the modern Theravada?
by yan kong
Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 7116

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Or can one reject some of them on historical grounds, where it is apparent that the author has merely put words into the mouth of the Buddha? (If we follow this line, where does it end?) Buddhavacana (word of the Buddha) is nebulous at times. For example we have accounts of the Buddha's disciples s...

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