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by DGA
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 8937

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Has anyone calculated how much a practitioner has to invest in trainings, assemblies, retreats, seminaries, &c in the most recent iteration of Shambhala Int'l before that person finally takes empowerment and begins Vajrayana practice? This organization has been compared to the LDS church in this thr...
by DGA
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3145

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Something that infuriates me is the idea some people have that Buddhists shouldn’t care about or be involved in politics. It strikes me as a Hinayana view (in the worst sense of the word). Nichiren certainly cared. On the other hand, self-care is a necessity. I try not to read or listen to things t...
by DGA
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 2831

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

But my point is, and if we accept at face value that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appear where they are yearned for... we prepare the place for them and then wait with yearning. We don't need to think that much, plan that much, theorize that much. The authentic teachers will come to those circumstances...
by DGA
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 2831

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

We need teachers to emerge who are fully American. How that happens - how some American kid becomes a Buddhist sage, we are going to have to figure out. Seeing sanghas go gray with no new blood tells me - we're not doing it right. [...] Raising sages seems to me the most pressing concern for the Am...
by DGA
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with working amongst unprofessional co workers?
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: How do we deal with working amongst unprofessional co workers?

I am in the process of looking for a decent job while I attend school online to further my education. In my current job, I work around others who are often rude and just plain unprofessional. How can I deal with these types of individuals while maintaining my composure and own sense of professional...
by DGA
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: North Dakota
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: North Dakota

anyone?
by DGA
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are humans forever?
Replies: 11
Views: 746

Re: Are humans forever?

It would be worthwhile to ask if the category "human realm" is necessarily limited only to births as homo sapiens sapiens.
by DGA
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dash Avatara
Replies: 24
Views: 821

Re: Dash Avatara

Are you ready for that. As far as I see, you are all entangled in the hinayana/therwada/Mahayana sutra. No one understand or is ready to understand the LOTUS SUTRA . And without understanding benefits will be far from you. Since 2012, I have been visiting Dharma Wheel off and on to explain Lotus su...
by DGA
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: North Dakota
Replies: 2
Views: 218

North Dakota

Anything going on?

specifically in or around Grand Forks
by DGA
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3408

Re: No end to samsara?

If sentient beings are numberless, then samsara is endless
by DGA
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Signs from the Dakinis?
Replies: 61
Views: 2684

Re: Signs from the Dakinis?

I think this is why avoiding the 'three faults of a pot' is so important, especially higher one gets in teachings. As someone with inferior intelligence and understanding, could I ask you to please elaborate on this, specifically on the 'three faults of a pot'? Some are upside-down. Can't be filled...
by DGA
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Hofstadter

Dan74 wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:08 pm
I remember that book and remember finding it fun. Not sure how much it has to do with Buddhism. Lots of cool logical puzzles, patterns and self-references. Dennett's philosophy is rather dry though, from memory..
Agree on Dennett. Dry in the sense of being limited or feeling constricted.
by DGA
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3004

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

You seem to think the only authentic pure Ford is a prototype Model T that Henry himself made by hand. I think a 2019 Mustang GT is every bit as pure a Ford as a Model T—and a lot more fun to drive! It is either Dharma or it isn't, whether it comes from a terma discovered behind a toilet in Kalimpo...
by DGA
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3004

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Sooo.... If there are enlightened masters alive today, and... If you receive teachings from such as master, then... You have just received 100# pure Dharma. Isn’t that the premise? This is uncontroversial in many Mahayana traditions. Maybe most of 'em. I would swap out "pure" for "authentic," thoug...
by DGA
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1960

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

It goes without saying that life is easier under nearly all circumstances for straights than gays. This is in evidence in this thread, where some comments that amount to harassment have been removed by the moderators. Thank you for that, moderating team. Markatex is correct about the bigotry that ca...
by DGA
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 3206

Re: Is lineage enough?

TharpaChodron wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:42 pm
As was said in the film "Night of the Iguana," I find nothing disgusting about human behavior except meanness.
^^This is GOOD.^^
by DGA
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Signs from the Dakinis?
Replies: 61
Views: 2684

Re: Signs from the Dakinis?

I remember now who this user is. Previous nickname was ZOOM, and claimed to know more about Dzogchen than anybody on this planet. Of course, never having received any kind of empowerment or direct introduction... So far, no one of the official dzogchen students of official and qualified dzogchen te...
by DGA
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Signs from the Dakinis?
Replies: 61
Views: 2684

Re: Signs from the Dakinis?

Even though you have attained the realization of greater One Taste, if you fail to have some degree of clairvoyance and receive signs from the dakinis , you must be tainted by damaged samayas. Clarifying the Natural State - Dakpo Tashi Namgyal What are possible so-called "signs from the dakinis", w...
by DGA
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 3004

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Kadampa itself is also a re-presentation of the teachings and was newly developed by Atisha. I think everybody accepts this new development from Atisha. I don’t think Atisha invented anything. He imported Mahayana that was already present in India. Right? He did, he presented Buddha's teachings in ...
by DGA
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1960

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

At any rate... Precepts are guidelines, not commandments, and as Nichiren Buddhists, we are only concerned with the Diamond Chalice Precept of upholding the daimoku. The merit of keeping precepts is contained in that practice, guaranteeing that even us filthy homosexuals have Buddha Nature and will...

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