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by Mr. G
Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 5241

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

Raksha wrote:In Buddhist academic circles, Dr. Williams credibility is zero.
This is completely untrue.
by Mr. G
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Thank you all!

White Mahakala was the first empowerment I ever received, and it was from Luding Khen Rinpoche. :smile:
by Mr. G
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

I received a very nice thangka of White Mahakala from a very good friend. He even had it specially framed, and I believe just the framing itself cost a good deal of money (possibly around $300). My friend doesn't know much about Tibetan Buddhism, and took the thangka solely to be a piece of art. I k...
by Mr. G
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayogini
Replies: 49
Views: 8355

Re: Vajrayogini

Drupon Trinlay Nyingpo (Drukpa Kagyud) will be giving the Vajrayogini empowerment in early November at Ratnashri in Boulder, CO followed by a several day retreat. The retreat is limited to 12 persons. For more information, see the following link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13a1f...
by Mr. G
Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Ven. Sheng Yen on Prayer and Mantras
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Re: Ven. Sheng Yen on Prayer and Mantras

Huseng wrote:I'm glad to see people are enjoying these videos. I know the people who make them! :smile:
Very nice! They're doing a great job! :smile:
by Mr. G
Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Ven. Sheng Yen on Prayer and Mantras
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Ven. Sheng Yen on Prayer and Mantras

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by Mr. G
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 7030

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

Yet some of those who dare claim to be Ippen's disciples engage in this delusional act of jumping to their deaths in the sea after his passing causing a misunderstanding of the Pure Land practice...luckily I haven't heard of it in recent times... I am not exactly 100% about this but didn't Chinese ...
by Mr. G
Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 4796

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

I've started reading 'Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith' by Thich Tien Tam and there seems to be a definite mutual appreciation society between Zen & Pure Land. Reading the same book, about half way through. If nembutsu was explained in that book as it has been on this thread, I may have been a bit more i...
by Mr. G
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Free Speech & Islam
Replies: 20
Views: 2872

Re: Free Speech & Islam

It would be great if every non-Muslim nation had at least one brave media outlet that would regularly make fun of, criticize and sneer at the barbaric notions Islam practices. Not all Muslims are barbaric. And luckily there have never been Buddhists at any point in history that have ever acted barb...
by Mr. G
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Free Speech & Islam
Replies: 20
Views: 2872

Re: Free Speech & Islam

It would be great if every non-Muslim nation had at least one brave media outlet that would regularly make fun of, criticize and sneer at the barbaric notions Islam practices. Not all Muslims are barbaric. And luckily there have never been Buddhists at any point in history that have ever acted barb...
by Mr. G
Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: chinese dessert
Replies: 3
Views: 1173

Re: chinese dessert

Old_Dan wrote:today my wife and i had a delicious gelatin dessert in a chinese restuarant, it was milky-ish clear in appearance and tasted floral like roses or something..anyone have any idea what it might have been?
It's chinese almond jelly:

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by Mr. G
Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?
Replies: 63
Views: 10627

Re: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?

Matylda wrote:
Mr. G wrote:
Matylda wrote:
This i cannot comprehend.. what do you mean by personality cult? I never seen it in Japan...
Read Brian Victoria's "Zen at War".
Yes I read it, so what?
So now you see that personality cults exist in Japan, and in Zen lineages.
by Mr. G
Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?
Replies: 63
Views: 10627

Re: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?

Matylda wrote:
This i cannot comprehend.. what do you mean by personality cult? I never seen it in Japan...
Read Brian Victoria's "Zen at War".
by Mr. G
Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayogini
Replies: 49
Views: 8355

Re: Vajrayogini

I think you should get the empowerment when you have the opportunity and you won't have to reinvent the wheel.
by Mr. G
Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 20382

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

The question is, how will Dharma teachers skillfully deal with this without ostracizing people. An example of good skillful means is Chogyal Namkhai Norbu who asks that people "do their best". He is not turning people away from the Dharma. Ven. Hua had many students, and was able to establish over ...
by Mr. G
Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 20382

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Baloney. The Dharma has always been "conservative". Which period of "Dharma" are we talking about. Read the Cakrasamvara Tantra and tell me how "conservative" that is. We do not need teachers with 'skillful means' as much as students & disciples who will not toss aside as 'conservative' or 'cultura...
by Mr. G
Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 20382

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Leaving aside the whole Chinese versus Tibet thing, it is the case that teachers all round are all more conservative on matters like this than we care to admit. Somebody asked one of my teachers a question about abortion and the answer he gave shocked pretty much most of the audience. I think the t...
by Mr. G
Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality
Replies: 119
Views: 20382

Re: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality

Leaving aside the whole Chinese versus Tibet thing, it is the case that teachers all round are all more conservative on matters like this than we care to admit. Somebody asked one of my teachers a question about abortion and the answer he gave shocked pretty much most of the audience. I think the t...
by Mr. G
Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Song of Vajra
Replies: 88
Views: 13685

Re: The Song of Vajra

This is crazy wrong, Dzogchen is not a justified by intention's dustbin ... and what's your view on the other productions of that Blumenroth guy, I would be interested. Do not hesitate to scan the whole package http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JAN+BLUMENROTH&oq=JAN+BLUMENROTH&gs_l=youtub...
by Mr. G
Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Song of Vajra
Replies: 88
Views: 13685

Re: The Song of Vajra

This is crazy wrong, Dzogchen is not a justified by intention's dustbin ... and what's your view on the other productions of that Blumenroth guy, I would be interested. Do not hesitate to scan the whole package http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JAN+BLUMENROTH&oq=JAN+BLUMENROTH&gs_l=youtub...

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