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by Dexing
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 1605

Re: Metta

Aemilius- I've said nothing about Vajrayāna practice. And I never said Maitrī is artificial, but the way it is "developed". If something is innate, you need not cultivate it. That which is cultivated is not that which is innate. True Maitrī is a function of Prajñā. It doesn't come from smiling at yo...
by Dexing
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 1605

Re: Metta

Of course I didn't say the Brahmavihāras are not present in Mahāyāna, and definitely Maitrī is not non-existent within it. Whatever language you use doesn't matter. I said specifically meditations to develop these states like visualizing smiling at oneself, etc. are not present. That is a very Hīnay...
by Dexing
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 1605

Re: Metta

Mettā meditation is something more of a Theravadan practice, a bit foreign to most of the Mahāyāna schools. No equivalent to the Mettā Sutta exists in the Mahāyāna. This is because such practices are provisional. In my experience, the aim of Mahāyāna is not to develop some happy feeling of kindness ...
by Dexing
Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Don't understand Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 5605

Re: Don't understand Zen

But these still really boil down to a kind of formal system, and not necessarily a doctrine. Kwan Um also talks about "True-self" sometimes, which I had problems with, though at the same time it did teach the "not-self" doctrine. Of course, true-self cannot be grasped without not-self. "True-self" ...
by Dexing
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: practising and non-practising Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 3123

Re: practising and non-practising Buddhists?

Hello, there are practising Christians and non-practising Christians. I'd like to ask if there are practising Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists and non-practising Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists? If so, what generally, is considered to be important in defining practising Mahayana and Vajrayana Budd...
by Dexing
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What School of Buddhism is This?
Replies: 20
Views: 4321

Re: What School of Buddhism is This?

Actor? ;)
by Dexing
Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jesus, a Buddhist?
Replies: 214
Views: 18274

Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

It cannot be denied that both taught compassion, love, kamma, etc.- And in terms of Karma, I don't believe Jesus taught it the way Buddha taught it involving rebirth and enlightenment in reference to the 12 links of dependent origination. Exactly! Karma as taught by the Buddha requires rebirth and ...
by Dexing
Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism as Existential Nihilism
Replies: 19
Views: 3393

Re: Buddhism as Existential Nihilism

Which particular form? Existential Nihilism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_nihilism#Existential_nihilism" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - "Existential nihilism is the belief that life has no intrinsic meaning or value." Right, in that case, my statement stands: While the...
by Dexing
Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism as Existential Nihilism
Replies: 19
Views: 3393

Re: Buddhism as Existential Nihilism

I do agree with everything you say, but what I was getting at is whether the teaching claims that life has no _inherent_ meaning. And by what you have said here, I still don't see that. Sure, the teachings bring meaning to our life. But, without following the path, there would be no meaning. So, we...
by Dexing
Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jesus, a Buddhist?
Replies: 214
Views: 18274

Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

I wish even more!!!! people would not use hippie Jargon like "Bogart" wrongly :ban: :rolling: Bogart means to hog..it's the opposite of share... I'm not illiterate. Thank you. Some people "hog" good deeds, claiming that they were done by such great spiritual leaders because they must have learned t...
by Dexing
Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jesus, a Buddhist?
Replies: 214
Views: 18274

Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

This is from Buddha Root Farm - Pure Land talks by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua: "Do you who are Christians know that Jesus disappeared for three years, during which time no one knew his whereabouts? During those three years, he went to India to study the Buddhadharma. Having studied the Buddhadh...
by Dexing
Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: not a thing, but there is.
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Re: not a thing, but there is.

Hui Nengs famous words... from the beginning not a thing. the Heart sutra... no eyes no ears no nose etc. why does the 'own nature' radiate. it feels like something. awareness may be empty like, but it is still something. empty does not mean nothingness... the words we use in english might not do i...
by Dexing
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jesus, a Buddhist?
Replies: 214
Views: 18274

Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

It's common when someone is of a very good nature and does a lot to help the world to say "oh, such a bodhisattva they were". But that is just a manner of speech, and means nothing actually. It's the equivalent of saying someone is "such an angel". It is just showing high regard and appreciation of ...
by Dexing
Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)
Replies: 20
Views: 1770

Re: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)

swampflower wrote:Nirvana is to enter the non dual state. This is the cessation and leaving all behind. om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
It's odd to see the prajñāpāramitā mantra after such a statement.
That sort of nirvāṇa is not the equivalent of bodhi.

:namaste:
by Dexing
Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jesus, a Buddhist?
Replies: 214
Views: 18274

Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

I think this is all speculation and wishful thinking, and assumes that non-Buddhists would have to depend on Buddhism in order to recognize common sense wisdom. I think this is the key. All those similarities are not because one is taking from another. That sort of "common sense wisdom" as taught b...
by Dexing
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Detachment & Death of Loved Ones
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Detachment & Death of Loved Ones

Years ago on E-saṃgha I remember starting a topic about not ever really feeling a great deal of "suffering" in life. Sure I have the regular vexations of egotism and irritability maybe, but nothing very catastrophic that I would even call "suffering" (of course that is not the only definition of duḥ...
by Dexing
Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)
Replies: 20
Views: 1770

Re: Paradox of Buddhahood in Mahayana (newbie's questions)

To work for the benefit of all beings requires that one not exit saṃsāra, however this is the natural result of awakening. But basically, a buddha is said to have attained non-abiding nirvāṇa (apratiṣṭha nirvāṇa) which doesn't abandon the sentient beings of saṃsāra. Agree with Yeshe D. on this. The...
by Dexing
Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ven. Chin Kung to enter Pureland soon?
Replies: 23
Views: 6245

Re: Ven. Chin Kung to enter Pureland soon?

Nosta wrote:What month is the "End of Lunar calendar"? I mean, when is expected his passing away to pure land?

I get sad for us that will loose a teacher, but happy for him. :namaste:
The Lunar New Year is on Thursday... :|
by Dexing
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Different colors
Replies: 56
Views: 8187

Re: Different colors

That is because 1 has a greenish tint. Try removing the greenish tint. Agreed. If the yellow at the bottom of the header matched the yellow where it says "Board index ‹ Welcome ‹ Suggestion Box" it would be much better. That, and you'll have to change the Dharma Wheel letters to maroon. Then it sho...
by Dexing
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6143

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Yes, I see what you mean. I think I misread you. Following this statement, you said: That's why I ask if there is any description of communication, of inter-relationship between minds. If my post previous to this was not satisfactory, I'm not sure what sort of "description" you are asking for. What ...

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