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by Qing Tian
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ajahn Sujato on hate speech re:Buddhists in Aus. mosque
Replies: 99
Views: 8120

Re: Ajahn Sujato on hate speech re:Buddhists in Aus. mosque

Forgive me but I feel I must say that I disagree with the Ven. Indrajala, Ven JKhedrup and the inestimable Sherab Dorje on the issue of speaking out against injustice. The argument is presented as black and white: not speaking out is bad versus speaking out is good. However, given the nature of huma...
by Qing Tian
Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The FGS Buddha tooth
Replies: 38
Views: 4920

Re: The FGS Buddha tooth

Ah, Ven. Indrajala, you are such a pragmatist! :smile: Thanks to PorkChop. My thought on the use of Buddha's body as relics probably came from an incorrect source. Nice to be corrected. And Jeeprs, yes, but relics are found in most major religions. In some sense I feel it is a 'hanging on to the pas...
by Qing Tian
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The FGS Buddha tooth
Replies: 38
Views: 4920

Re: The FGS Buddha tooth

If ultimate origins are not so important then the use of the term 'relic' is inappropriate and misleading - but for the sake of a simple life I will state that I understand why the term remains (ha!) in use. Besides which the Buddha apparently gave clear instructions that his corporeal body was not ...
by Qing Tian
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The FGS Buddha tooth
Replies: 38
Views: 4920

Re: The FGS Buddha tooth

In my somewhat limited opinion I would have thought that if one required a relic to validate one's practice, then one's practice requires close examination and possible repair.
by Qing Tian
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Future Forgotten
Replies: 0
Views: 402

Future Forgotten

Interesting article This is largely how I thought the future would happen. As life progressed however I feel a certain sense of despair that this fine idea will not happen until after a global catastrophe, if at all. I am reasonably sure a lot of people would lvoe to live like this but no doubt the...
by Qing Tian
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Robe material?
Replies: 9
Views: 2064

Re: Robe material?

There is a version available through ebay that I have personally seen. It is said to made of Taiwan haircords which is, as I understand it, a cotton fabric similar to muslin. The version I have seen felt very thin and cool. Priced around US$40 if I recall correctly. Just search for 'buddhist robes'....
by Qing Tian
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 19412

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Unfair? Perhaps. All I meant is that when I consider TB today it seems to have the same kind of flavour that I associate with the Catholic Church (not that I am a member of either, I hasten to add!). The above is said in relation to the OP. It often seems to me that some people are simply drawn in b...
by Qing Tian
Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 19412

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

In an oddly slanted perspective I am beginning to see Tibetan Buddhism as the Catholic Church of the Buddhist world. The ritual, the pomp, the secrecy, being in the 'in-crowd', the money associated with the organisations etc. Specific people aside, I cannot help but feel that exposure to the West is...
by Qing Tian
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who has lived as something other than a worker-consumer?
Replies: 55
Views: 6636

Re: Who has lived as something other than a worker-consumer?

Well if you openly ask people: are you happy? Most people will say yes or pretend they are, especially perhaps because people think honesty will make others avoid them, so they put on a mask to act like everything is fine, when it isn't. However look at my previous post, the average American spends...
by Qing Tian
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who has lived as something other than a worker-consumer?
Replies: 55
Views: 6636

Re: Who has lived as something other than a worker-consumer?

Thrasymachus, have you considered the effect YOU have on the people around you, and have you done so objectively and honestly? The reason I ask this simple little question is because just about all your posts seem to be about how it is always something external to you that creates the toxic environm...
by Qing Tian
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are samurai good symbols of Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 37
Views: 7237

Re: Are samurai good symbols of Zen Buddhism?

"I will release you quickly and mercifully from this cycle of suffering. As a warrior this is the gift I have to give". Compassion? Depends on how one interprets it I guess. Or, perhaps the samurai are merely agents of karma. In which case no judgement can be made. *please note: the above both sprin...
by Qing Tian
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who has lived as something other than a worker-consumer?
Replies: 55
Views: 6636

Re: Who has lived as something other than a worker-consumer?

Actually I enjoy what I do for a living. I derive much joy from being of service to others. For this I get paid a wage it is true, and I do use this money to acquire the usuals - food, shelter, clothing. My life is neither hollow or meaningless. I do not work just for the money . I have interests th...
by Qing Tian
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Taking Leave
Replies: 75
Views: 16267

Re: Taking Leave

Irrespective of what others in this thread may think, I wish you a peaceful and fruitful break away.

Now get outta here before somebody says something else they might regret! :namaste:
by Qing Tian
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Taking Leave
Replies: 75
Views: 16267

Re: Taking Leave

Greg, haven't had much (any) chance to touch virtual hands with you as yet. From what I have read in the various threads that involve you as a moderator you are decisive when it is required, and largely do not close or stop threads prematurely. As a participant in discussions (from what I have read ...
by Qing Tian
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Everyone wants to feel good!
Replies: 11
Views: 1799

Re: Everyone wants to feel good!

:good:
by Qing Tian
Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: People's reaction to presence
Replies: 58
Views: 4007

Re: People's reaction to presence

I think you have it all backwards. The people you call rude and judgemental are actually being the most kind as they are being honest and telling you what they think. Those that are accomodating are being slightly condescending in that they are treating you as a child or, more likely, as if you hav...
by Qing Tian
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: People's reaction to presence
Replies: 58
Views: 4007

Re: People's reaction to presence

:hi: Appereo, My post was not in any fshion a judgement on your experience but an observation on my own experience - albeit one which sounded as little bit in part similar to yours. Please try not to misinterpret what I have written. :smile: However, that being said, you wrote... You may make of wha...
by Qing Tian
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: People's reaction to presence
Replies: 58
Views: 4007

Re: People's reaction to presence

:hi: I can relate to Appareo - at least in a sense. Often walking along the street people smile at me, both men and women. I am not good looking, but I now realise that I have one of the faces that, despite being ugly, always looks like a smile is not far away and my eyes are generally clear of nega...

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