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by DGA
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

The fact he makes no effort even to pronounce the name of the organisation correctly ("Sukka Gakkai" - really?) reveals as much as you need to know in the first minute. Remember, it's the BBC, and for all its strengths, disrespectfully mispronouncing the world is its calling card. You may know the ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 991

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

For sake of context, when I began my Buddhist practice, I took the time to research the various traditions and history to see which lineage might be a good fit for the way I tend to operate - I settled on the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, and still practice within it. However, I ha...
by DGA
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is permanent in mahayana?
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: What is permanent in mahayana?

AkashicBrother wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:00 am
some buddhist texts say that things like the dharmakaya and the dharmadatu are permanent and the dharmic laws are constant.
Can you give some examples?
by DGA
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Flu Season
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: Flu Season

What have you found that works to avoid the flu?The flu shot, teas,talismans,hiding,incense,masks? boring stuff like maintaining good health habits (diet, exercise...) also washing your hands correctly and often and getting the flu shot in September, before the lines get long and you have to share ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 11538

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 th...
by DGA
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 11538

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

You asked before about the Scorpion Seal teachings. Well, they are not Osel Mukpo's invention per se, but rather his commentary on the original Scorpion Seal terma of his father. But the people I spoke to about this recently really did not think they were worth much, content wise. Mukpo has no trai...
by DGA
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 11538

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: 3953

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: 3278

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: 3278

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: 806

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: 256

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: 862

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: 1000

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: 256

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: 4137

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: 3316

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: 537

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: 3955

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: 3955

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...

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