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by retrofuturist
Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can a respectful skeptic practice sutrayana-only?
Replies: 30
Views: 5418

Re: Can a respectful skeptic practice sutrayana-only?

Greetings,
Camellia wrote:But I am having a really hard time with the concept of reincarnation and tulkus.
How do you feel about the bodhisattva ideal then?

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 21728

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

Greetings, In closing how forums function have more to do with the personality of the admins and moderators, how tolerant they are or are not, and very little to do with the actual rules, which are technicalities mostly that are sacrificed or put into play based on personality and ad-hoc interpretat...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Autism
Replies: 163
Views: 28596

Re: Autism

Greetings, What people choose to label themselves doesn't really matter. Likewise, "bright and high-functioning" are pretty vague terms. ... If there is a line of division to be drawn, then disabled /not disabled is where I draw it. ... which to me at least, seems equally subjective. Able or not abl...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Correction to subforum heading
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: Correction to subforum heading

Done - thanks.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: Hello

Greetings Shii,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderator: JKhedrup
Replies: 15
Views: 4145

Re: New Moderator: JKhedrup

Greetings,
tomamundsen wrote:Wow, I feel very fortunate we can have this happen! Thanks venerable!
+1

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi there
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: Hi there

Greetings from the outer-western suburbs of Melbourne!

:hi:

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderator: GregKavarnos
Replies: 24
Views: 7072

Re: New Moderator: GregKavarnos

Thanks for coming on board, Greg.

:thumbsup:

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: prayers for me
Replies: 21
Views: 4717

Re: prayers for me

All the best, Anders.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:42 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New Forum Idea
Replies: 15
Views: 3094

Re: New Forum Idea

Greetings, To be more clear, I meant the current practice of 'hiding' posts affords a bit of protection for those who are ill-tempered and poorly disciplined. OK, I see what you mean. It is true that people don't have full visibility over such members "ill-tempered and poorly disciplined" postings. ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:52 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New Forum Idea
Replies: 15
Views: 3094

Re: New Forum Idea

Greetings, Plus, the practice affords a bit of protection for those who decide to let off steam publicly - "I can say this because they'll delete it anyway"... For what it's worth, I wouldn't support anything that allows and permits people to be ill-tempered and poor disciplined, yet leaves voluntee...
by retrofuturist
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vows in Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana
Replies: 3
Views: 1085

Re: Vows in Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana

Greetings, So, Theravada Patimokkha contains 227 rules for bhikkhus (and 311 for bhikkhunis). Yep, I'll just add to that by clarifying that in Theravada these are regarded purely as "training rules" rather than "vows". The consequence of failure to adhere to the rules ranges from no punishment (i.e....
by retrofuturist
Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello again
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Hello again

:hi:

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 2325

Re: @DalaiLama

Greetings,
Huifeng wrote:But, what does he mean by "religion", "spirituality" and "ethics", exactly?
Indeed.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I thought Buddhism wasn't about threatening people with Hell
Replies: 209
Views: 31011

Re: I thought Buddhism wasn't about threatening people with Hell

Greetings, I have seen the "hells" and "heavens" that folks make for themself, and those around them, in this life. I do not know if there are literal "heavens" and "hells" which await us after we die, but I have seen people create real bits of heaven and hell in this life, for themselves and those ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddh-ism without the -ism?
Replies: 43
Views: 3896

Re: Buddh-ism without the -ism?

Greetings Ogyen, Come to think of it, I know next to nothing of Buddhism. I know sutras, and some practices, and I know what people tell me, and what I'm told about this or that reality. But in truth, it's easiest let it all go and just be 'human.' At least I know what that means and how it connects...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Nakedness
Replies: 103
Views: 12989

Re: Nakedness

David N. Snyder wrote:Plants are sentient, now nakedness is good; are you becoming a Jain? :tongue:
Comedy gold.

Nice one, David.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?
Replies: 64
Views: 9733

Re: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?

Greetings, Taking up the invitation to clarify a few points from a Theravada point of view... So in Theravāda buddhahood is known Yes, to the one who rediscovers the Dhamma and instigates a "sasana" (tradition, dispensation etc.). We are still living in the current dispensation (and have been for 26...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:38 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?
Replies: 64
Views: 9733

Re: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?

Greetings Catlady,

I'm happy to have a go at answering your question if you can give me a heads up on what "dzogchen view/practices" you refer to.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Right Effort - How Is It Understood in Zen?
Replies: 19
Views: 2339

Re: Right Effort - How Is It Understood in Zen?

Greetings Khalil Bodhi, I remember asking a similar question once at Zen Forum International and those who responded were largely horrified with the notion of trying to proactively improve one's mindstate in such a way. If Dogen's words are anything to go by, what I saw at ZFI more represented some ...

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