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by BrianG
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 79614

Re: Recommended History Readings

Indian Esoteric Buddhism: Social History of the Tantric Movement Ronald M. Davidson Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism the historical origins of Buddhist thought and practice remain obscure.This work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement and in some ways an example of the feudalization of...
by BrianG
Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Thangka Iconography
Replies: 11
Views: 3020

Re: Thangka Iconography

1. The common imagery in thangkas of a deity standing on top of some figure, be it a human or some other deity--what does this symbolize? The subjugation of negative mental states. Within the context of India at that time, it would also mean the subjugation of Hindu deities, and the supremacy of Va...
by BrianG
Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Marines expanding use of meditation training
Replies: 3
Views: 1005

Re: Marines expanding use of meditation training

Having been in the Marine Corps infantry myself, I see this as positive. Anything that enables people with weapons to make more rational choices, is a good thing. Also, seeing as some of my friends came back psychologically destroyed, anything that can relieve the suffering of those who have been th...
by BrianG
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: advice on giving up smoking
Replies: 11
Views: 3327

Re: advice on giving up smoking

I have some experience in this matter, so some things I've found useful - 1. Everyone is different in terms of their physical and mental makeup, in regards to nicotine addiction. Smoking is roughly as addictive as heroin. The most important thing - is to quit smoking. In my experience, it isn't nece...
by BrianG
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Fahai Lama and Dzogchen in China
Replies: 9
Views: 3203

Re: Fahai Lama and Dzogchen in China

During the Qing dynasty, the nobility consisted of many Mongolian-Manchu cross marriages. I don't agree with the concept of a "heavily sinicized" Qing emperor. They were literally in bed with the Mongolians, the Han hated them and started secret societies to try to remove them from power.
by BrianG
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Fahai Lama and Dzogchen in China
Replies: 9
Views: 3203

Re: Fahai Lama and Dzogchen in China

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by BrianG
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dogen and the 12 Austerities
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Re: Dogen and the 12 Austerities

Thanks for the partial translation, and yes, I was looking for dhuta, not dhatu :oops: It looks like the austerity is, to eat only 1/3 of the alms bowl, then go on a full food and fluid fast until the next morning. I know in Thailand, the monks basically share by default. The begging bowls are very ...
by BrianG
Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dogen and the 12 Austerities
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Dogen and the 12 Austerities

In Gyoji, Dogen praises the eighth patriarch of Zen, Mahakasyapa for his practice of the 12 dhatus. Dogen lists the austerities, however, the description of each one is very brief. For instance, one is 5) To eat one meal a day--this is called, for instance, "Sunkasunnai" From this reading, one would...
by BrianG
Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality
Replies: 33
Views: 7989

Re: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality

I don't have any experience with Nichiren, but I have practiced Buddhism as a lay follower in both America and China/Thailand, so perhaps I can share some observations. 1. The path in Asia tends to be the opposite of the US. Asian lay followers are usually much more concerned with making merit, than...
by BrianG
Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 25979

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

I'm a bit late to this party, but as someone who started off not-beliveing in rebirth, then became agnostic about it, then firmly believed in the doctrine of rebirth, perhaps my comments could be of some value. 1. Even from a purely materialistic point of view, matter does not warp into and out of e...

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