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by M.G.
Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Confused about the Six Realms
Replies: 12
Views: 2780

Re: Confused about the Six Realms

I think the teachings regarding the Six Realms are an instance of the map not being exactly synonymous with the territory. Its a useful metaphor for understanding something of the realities which various types of sentient beings experience as well as a guide to human neuroses. Other classifications ...
by M.G.
Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Looking for people with exp in astral walking
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: Looking for people with exp in astral walking

Astral travel could be useful in the same way lucid dreaming is. To discern that form is empty in nature.. our consciousness shifts from one place to another. Aware of this or that and always assuming form is self. Which body is my real body? Is it the one I'm using in my waking state? My body in m...
by M.G.
Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Looking for people with exp in astral walking
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: Looking for people with exp in astral walking

Hello everyone. First I am new to the forums, but I love using forums and am hoping to make friends with fellow practitioners. So I was wondering if anyone here astral walks and would like to share info on astral walking. I am an astral walker and have spent quite a lot of time astral walking. I le...
by M.G.
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Looking for people with exp in astral walking
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: Looking for people with exp in astral walking

studied with Chagdud Tulku a long time ago, though I had forgotten that part of his life story. I suppose the advanced tantric yogas incorporate elements of what could be called astral travel, elevated to a refined form. Yeah, Phowa, and dream yoga can work that way in sense.. Right, and of course ...
by M.G.
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Looking for people with exp in astral walking
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: Looking for people with exp in astral walking

Well there's a tradition of Delogs, like Chagdud Tulku's mom.. but unlike common versions of astral travel they'd visit the other realms, not just this habitual one, and their bodies would be devoid of vital signs for days at a time.. appearing to be dead. http://www.amazon.com/Delog-Journey-Realms...
by M.G.
Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Looking for people with exp in astral walking
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: Looking for people with exp in astral walking

Hello everyone. First I am new to the forums, but I love using forums and am hoping to make friends with fellow practitioners. So I was wondering if anyone here astral walks and would like to share info on astral walking. I am an astral walker and have spent quite a lot of time astral walking. I le...
by M.G.
Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Addictions
Replies: 17
Views: 3176

Addictions

[Edit by Ayu: I split it to a new topic. M.G. answered to this post of Adamantine:] http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=18283&p=269624#p269624 This is definitely veering a little off-topic, but I'd say that for myself, sugar is a much worse risk factor than alcohol; more addictive, mor...
by M.G.
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 86
Views: 13517

Re: Alcohol

For some people, latent addictive tendencies within neurotic mind may attach to alcohol, and then this is a big obstacle for them if they are practicing Dharma, and should abstain. For some people, latent addictive tendencies within neurotic mind may attach to internet use, sex, idle chatter, etc. ...
by M.G.
Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?
Replies: 612
Views: 40913

Re: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?

I lack the scholarly background to answer the question of whether its philosophically possible to be a Hindu and a Buddhist. That said, I'm interested in a slightly different, but related question - is it possible for a Buddhist to benefit from Hindu practices (or vice versa)? If you're willing to ...
by M.G.
Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?
Replies: 612
Views: 40913

Re: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?

I lack the scholarly background to answer the question of whether its philosophically possible to be a Hindu and a Buddhist.

That said, I'm interested in a slightly different, but related question - is it possible for a Buddhist to benefit from Hindu practices (or vice versa)?
by M.G.
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:31 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 86
Views: 13517

Re: Alcohol

One of my main Buddhist teachers, someone who is quite respected, takes a view on (and engages in) alcohol use that's well, quite a lot looser than what I would consider even a liberal understanding of the vows. In the end, when we're talking about non-monastics does it all come down to "drink the a...
by M.G.
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?
Replies: 612
Views: 40913

Re: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?

Isn't there potential for a sharp divide between folk Buddhist and Hindu practices, and their (I think) relative compatibility, and the philosophical aspects of both traditions?
by M.G.
Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?
Replies: 612
Views: 40913

Re: Is is possible to be Buddhist and Hindu?

It's funny - I know several Hindus who insist that Buddhists are Hindu, like it or not. I assume that's a cultural quirk, rather like the one or two Muslims I've met who insist that I'm really Muslim, like it or not. I rarely see Buddhists insist the reverse to be true. I've also met one or two Bali...
by M.G.
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

Buddhist Fiction

A couple of years ago I read John Burdett's "Bangkok 8", a fun, if at times seedy, pulp diversion concerning the adventures of a tough-but-devout Buddhist cop amidst Thailand's underworld.

Would anyone be able to recommend some good Buddhist themed fiction?
by M.G.
Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: religious right losing power in the US?
Replies: 10
Views: 1546

Re: religious right losing power in the US?

"Godless millennials could end the political power of the religious right: America is becoming less Christian because young people are less religious. That’s not blessed news for conservatives" http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/26/millennials-godless-politics-religous-conservatives"...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: religious right losing power in the US?
Replies: 10
Views: 1546

Re: religious right losing power in the US?

Same-sex marriage was and is the death knell of those American Christian Fundamentalists who dreamed of turning the United States into a Puritan theocracy. I imagine from their perspective it looks something like how a mass movement in a parallel Earth Tibet bringing back animal sacrifice might seem...
by M.G.
Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Theravadan view of the Chinese Canon
Replies: 9
Views: 1224

Re: A Theravadan view of the Chinese Canon

Hi, Retro's reply to the same question on the other board is good. Something he hardly touched, however, was the way "authenticity" is understood in different cultures and Buddhist schools. The western scientific/historical approach is to define it very literally, e.g. if it can be shown the histor...
by M.G.
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Interested in Information about the Drikung Kagyu
Replies: 15
Views: 3076

Re: Interested in Information about the Drikung Kagyu

[...] and took some playful teasing about it from my Dharma friends (who are mostly Nyingmapa) Why? She sure helped the terton Tsasum Lingpa at a critical time. Besides female energy has its distinctive qualities. Cuts deep. Female energy is wild and unruly. Guess teasing is all in good fun. lol I ...
by M.G.
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Interested in Information about the Drikung Kagyu
Replies: 15
Views: 3076

Re: Interested in Information about the Drikung Kagyu

I have practiced it since, and took some playful teasing about it from my Dharma friends (who are mostly Nyingmapa) Interesting being that Drikung Kagyu and the Nyingma have quite a bit in common. It was all meant in good fun. I actually know very little about the Drikung, but I have heard they're ...

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