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by mandala
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightened masters?
Replies: 43
Views: 5021

Re: Enlightened masters?

Somehow i don't think whether or not they are enlightened is even the point... unless you're an arya yourself it's going to be pretty tough to know.. What is important, imo, is that after you've thoroughly checked out a teacher and have some conviction that they have the skills and qualities you wan...
by mandala
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: What to do?

BUddhists have this idea of fate. If it's going to happen, then don't worry about. Let the gods sort it out. .......... The Buddhist monk, Buddhadasa bhikku, who started the temple featured in the video, had a favorite saying... Thathata... suchness... as it is... just as it is... and there is noth...
by mandala
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A Place at the Table
Replies: 3
Views: 1091

Re: A Place at the Table

It's great to see anyone use their high profile for community awareness. You might like this one too... John Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen. "JBJ Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant with no prices on the menu; customers donate to pay for their meal. If you are unable to donate you may do volunteer work ...
by mandala
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: University of Sydney Un-invites Dalai Lama
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: University of Sydney Un-invites Dalai Lama

Actually in Sydney Uni's slick media release, it appears the only things they deny is getting an "offical" request to hold the event and they claim to have not cancelled the event (ie: it may be held elsewhere and not endorsed by them). Frankly there's no denying that pressure from the Chinese Gover...
by mandala
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness vs Analysis
Replies: 19
Views: 3156

Re: Mindfulness vs Analysis

Cultivating mindfulness or zen-like awareness of the moment is all very good, but is mindfulness alone really practical in a civilized society? Well, as Lama Zopa reportedly said, "Even thieves need mindfulness"! And of course, that's true... mindfulness has many applications but In the big scheme ...
by mandala
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Basic Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1485

Re: Basic Question

I think there's a general misconception that there's such a thing as a "successful" meditation session - in particular, there's a danger when you've had heightened emotions or feeling of an "experience" that seem to raise the bench and then create an expectation of how you want to feel during/after ...
by mandala
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Copyrighted Dharma books
Replies: 69
Views: 7280

Re: Copyrighted Dharma books

Interesting topic... I know a Dharma Teacher who gets his students to make bulk photocopies of all kinds of dharma books (that are not 'free for distribution') so he can give them away to students - on one hand I see that it's spreading the dharma, but it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable because it...
by mandala
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why makes Buddhism true ?
Replies: 52
Views: 5207

Re: Why makes Buddhism true ?

In summary, how is Buddhism different from other religions ? and why should I think that it has the ultimate *truth* ? One of the main points of difference is that Buddhism does not posit a creator god. You can think what you like, really.. but if you're interested in going further in your enquiry,...
by mandala
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Eye strain
Replies: 2
Views: 872

Re: Eye strain

Have you tried averting your gaze slightly downwards (along your nose, if that makes sense)?
I find in that position it's easier to soften the gaze and become a bit unfocused and your eyelids naturally close a little. Consciously relaxing your forehead/brow may help a bit too...
by mandala
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Info and reading
Replies: 11
Views: 1657

Re: Info and reading

The book that started my journey into Buddhism was HH Dalai Lama's "The Art of Happiness" - it's a great book for beginners, I'd recommend it to anyone!
by mandala
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi dharma wheelers & dealers!
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Re: Hi dharma wheelers & dealers!

Thanks for the welcome everyone, appreciate it.

Greg - Melbourne is great (I love the cold) but I'm a couple of thousand kilometres north, in sunny QLD!
by mandala
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The Biography of Tsongkhapa the Incomparable
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: The Biography of Tsongkhapa the Incomparable

It is really unfortunate that there is not a complete biography about Lama Tzongkhapa in English. There are just bits and pieces here and there. It is surprising, actually. Good news - there IS one! (I have a copy - no idea where it came from though, it was a gift). It's a large book (240 pages) ti...
by mandala
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi dharma wheelers & dealers!
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Hi dharma wheelers & dealers!

Hello all.. I'm a Vajrayana Buddhist from Australia - looking forward to some lively dharma chatting.
cheers! :smile:

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