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by Monsoon
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 53
Views: 7302

Re: Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?

Static information degrades as a function of time.
by Monsoon
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 53
Views: 7302

Re: Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?

I am reminded of "classical music". Who writes "classical music" in the 21th century?* Just a thought on the appearance of new sutras**. *I know there are one or two such as Gorecki, but the point still holds. ** in my understanding of Mandarin "jing" means something akin to "classic text" - i jing,...
by Monsoon
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Government of Pre-PRC Tibet
Replies: 128
Views: 7978

Re: Government of Pre-PRC Tibet

In my somewhat low-brow opinion I think that there is no mileage in attempting to apportion blame on the PRC for their invasion and annexation of Tibet. After all, they did it with deliberate intent and the outcome is more or less what they wanted. As far as they are concerned there is no blame to l...
by Monsoon
Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Smoking tobacco
Replies: 156
Views: 22508

Re: Smoking tobacco

Hair-splitter! :tongue:
by Monsoon
Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Smoking tobacco
Replies: 156
Views: 22508

Re: Smoking tobacco

Hmmm, as a smoker who smoked cigarettes for 25 years and then stopped I feel I have to say something here. Well, actually I don't, but I'm going to anyway! :smile: Firstly, it doesn't matter what you burn - tobacco, hemp, incense, horse dung - the smoke part is actually detrimental to your lungs (wo...
by Monsoon
Mon May 27, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 1762

Re: Sensation

Oh, I didn't think you sounded preachy. Honestly! I probably am not explaining myself very well - possibly because I am not 100% sure of exactly what I want to say. Perhaps what I am talking about is shying away from people who say 'this is the one and only way'. However, I totally get the part abou...
by Monsoon
Sun May 26, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 1762

Re: Sensation

Fair points. As far as Zhan Zhuang is concerned I don't find I get any bleed over into my sitting meditation - with respect to excitability that is. I simply use the methodology to induce a relaxed body. If you don't understand the rituals, nor their purpose, you don't have any real way to draw a co...
by Monsoon
Sun May 26, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 1762

Re: Sensation

Well, I had to look up a few of those terms... jhana for instance.. because I have had no formal training, and am only now starting to thrash around in the literature. Perhaps I should also mention that as a long term taijiquan practitioner I am fairly comfortable with energy work, and I also indulg...
by Monsoon
Sat May 25, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: closed eyes vs. opened eyes
Replies: 21
Views: 3798

Re: closed eyes vs. opened eyes

That's what I find too! Mind you I am very short-sighted, so if I take my glasses off I cannot focus on anything anyway (not sure whether that defeats the purpose of having the eyes open or not, but there it is). What I have found is that I start off with my eyes closed and as the session progresses...
by Monsoon
Fri May 24, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 1762

Re: Sensation

That's what I thought.

My main concern was whether it should or shouldn't happen, i.e.that I was doing something wrong or encouraging an incorrect practice that might be detrimental later.

Whimsy I can live with! :D
by Monsoon
Fri May 24, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 1762

Sensation

Hi fellow dharma followers, Bit of an odd thing happened today. Wasn't really sure whether to discuss it with anyone, but then thought 'what's to lose'? Anyway, my usual day starts off with some surya namaskar and various other stretches, followed by an enthusiastic rendition of the Heart Sutra in M...
by Monsoon
Thu May 23, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa City in
Replies: 131
Views: 12995

Re: China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa Cit

For what it is worth I don't think pointing the finger in any direction is especially helpful. People decry the Chinese approach of recent times with regard to Tibet. Understandable I guess. However, to be fair, a quick glance at the official histories of Tibet itself does not exactly reveal a stell...
by Monsoon
Thu May 16, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Expenses
Replies: 28
Views: 3192

Re: Expenses

Thanks to all for the replies. If the money for sales goes to fund something worthwhile, that's one thing. If it represents a fair value for an item and goes to the artisan, that's another, but I will always try to avoid assuaging someone else's greed. I use a mala both to practice and as a reminder...
by Monsoon
Thu May 16, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Expenses
Replies: 28
Views: 3192

Re: Expenses

Erm... okay, lots of posts about doing things on the cheap. I'm not in the market for this stuff - I make do with things that already abide in my house - rather I was simply noting the marketing approach. It's funny. :smile: it seems that when you look around, the more healthy (physically, mentally,...
by Monsoon
Wed May 15, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Expenses
Replies: 28
Views: 3192

Expenses

Greetings, As a relative newcomer to the practice and theory of buddhism I have, perhaps naturally, indulged in some wild and unstructured interweb searching for anything and everything connected with the subject - as one does! Anywho, I have a totally materialistic question: why are the trappings o...
by Monsoon
Fri May 03, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member
Replies: 8
Views: 1174

Re: New member

Ah! Many thanks, I thought this might be the case. When I write about the resonance of my own language to me I am referring (in part) to the rather simple fact that I understand the words and therefore some of the meaning. When I listen to a tibetan chant (for example) all I hear is a monotone recit...
by Monsoon
Thu May 02, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member
Replies: 8
Views: 1174

New member

Hi fellow forumites, I am, as indicated above, a new member and a little unsure of all the relevant protocols and so on - so please be gentle! :thanks: I guess I am not using the right search terms and so I have a question to offer here that I have been unable to find an answer for elsewhere. When c...

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