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by DGA
Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Western Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 772

Re: Hello from Western Canada

Huseng wrote:I'm originally from Winterpeg Manitoba. :toilet:
"the saddest music in the world."
by DGA
Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Modern Buddhist Utopias & Alternative Communities
Replies: 57
Views: 4410

Modern Buddhist Utopias & Alternative Communities

I'm looking around for examples of utopian social thinking in modern (industrial period and after) Buddhism. The two easy examples are the Human Revolution concept in the writings of Josei Toda (still expressed in certain ways in Soka Gakkai), and of course the Shambhala vision of Trungpa Rinpoche, ...
by DGA
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there any rule to prostrations?
Replies: 20
Views: 3166

Re: Is there any rule to prostrations?

I think the thing that bothered me was the frantic nature of the group, as if it was more about worship than prostrating to the Buddha. However, I will give some thought to that suggestion. :thanks: Lise It may also have been simple anxiety to do the right thing at the right time, and not to err on...
by DGA
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 3032

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

How can one be assured that they fully understand? Personally I cant see the logic behind something similar to an IOBM, especially if they dont have an aithorized lineage instructors (Bhikkus, Roshis, or Rinpoches)who is to be sure that they understand dharma, and they dont just have book knowledge...
by DGA
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: The Banning of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche
Replies: 74
Views: 13750

Re: The Banning of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

This sort of thing just breaks me up. Example:

http://www.kagyu.org/kagyulineage/cente ... sa-ari.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by DGA
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 3032

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

I, personally, like the idea of training Dharma teachers. There is a need for people who actually know what the sutras and shastras contain and share it with those who find it difficult to spend time studying. Also it is a good way to make Buddhism more accessible to a larger audience. My question ...
by DGA
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 3032

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

I honestly wouldnt trust any organization outside of ones own authorized lineage masters, whatever their lineage be. Of course, but I'm not asking for the sake of my own practice (I'm ordained in Tendai already). I'm trying to better understand what's going on in the world so that maybe I can be a ...
by DGA
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: The beauty of Koyasan
Replies: 15
Views: 5169

Re: The beauty of Koyasan

tktru wrote:
Luke wrote: Does anyone know what the mantra being chanted in the video is? Is it a real Shingon mantra/chant?
It sounds new-agey/Tibetan. Ask the Tibetan Buddhism section :smile:
It sounds like it could be a kind of shomyo. Just speculating.

EDIT: no.
by DGA
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 3032

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

bump.

Anybody?
by DGA
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4035

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Pema Rigdzin wrote: Wow, I'd have never assumed there were any Vajrayana practitioners in Medford! I'm happy to have been proven wrong though, haha.
surprisingly, you might even find a few...

...if you look...

...in Klamath Falls. :spy:

sorry for the OT.

:focus:
by DGA
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: "amy knows best"
Replies: 1
Views: 450

"amy knows best"

Anyone familiar with the 'Amy Knows Best' site? It seems like a Buddhist-flavored DIY version of Oprah. (The Buddhist connection: the site's editor is an important faculty member at the University of the West.) http://www.amyknowsbest.com/home.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It l...
by DGA
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 2009 Surangama Sutra Translation
Replies: 19
Views: 2947

Re: 2009 Surangama Sutra Translation

:woohoo: my copy of the new translation has arrived in my mailbox and I am delighted.

Thanks for the help everyone.
by DGA
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there any rule to prostrations?
Replies: 20
Views: 3166

Re: Is there any rule to prostrations?

Are prostration styles exclusively particular among certain schools? Japanese style prostrations are significantly different physically. I've done a lot of both and, frankly, the Tibetan style prostrations make more sense to me ergnomically. I know some Korean schools do prostrations extensively bu...
by DGA
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: No Proofs of Sucessful Rebirths?&Are Pure Land sutras real?
Replies: 65
Views: 8842

Re: No Proofs of Sucessful Rebirths?&Are Pure Land sutras real?

This is a bit to the side of the main question of successful rebirths, but it does speak to the broader issue of Pure Land practice and its effectiveness. On Mt Hiei in Japan, there are a series of very intensive meditation practices that are available for students who are prepared to take them on. ...
by DGA
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 3032

International Order of Buddhist Ministers

I'm still preoccupied with the developing ways in which the need for ordained teachers in the West is being met. How to train people to do this work? One approach is that taken by the International Order of Buddhist Ministers, which seems to be explicitly nondenominational in intent but still quite ...
by DGA
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Top Seven Challenges of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 973

Re: Top Seven Challenges of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism

1. To practice social engagement as a Buddhist without being “drummed out of Buddhism” and accused of “staining the Dharma” (Bernie Glassman). To whom is Mr Glassman's concern addressed? That is, who is concerned to "drum" anyone out of the Dharma world on the basis of engaged Buddhist practice? Do...
by DGA
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Top Seven Challenges of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 973

Re: Top Seven Challenges of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism

kirtu wrote:Well in general engaged Buddhism has to do good (Ricard's statement). In terms of the US we have to be a light showing the savagery of ruthlessness, hedonism and monetary maximization as a measure of the highest good.



Kirt
Very well spoken Kirt! I agree 100%.
by DGA
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Free online class in Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Free online class in Buddhism

This is a good resource for people looking to get a foothold in basic Buddhism. It's taught by a priest in Denmark who speaks and writes English beautifully and has a very sound grasp on the material and a fine basis in practice. Highly recommended! http://www.tendai.eu/82.html" onclick="window.open...
by DGA
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4035

Re: Milarepa empowerment

FWIW, I've taken a Milarepa empowerment with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. It was an opportunity I deeply treasure, one that remains with me.
by DGA
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Taego Lineage Seminary
Replies: 91
Views: 13735

Re: Taego Lineage Seminary

:anjali: Thanks for the kind words, Aemilius. I think there remain many open questions about the future of sangha and sangha leadership in Asia and the English-speaking world. And I think we'll be thankful later on if we consider these questions now, and work to build something sustainable for the s...

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