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by retrofuturist
Thu May 31, 2012 4:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: avijja (ignorance) as root cause of all evils
Replies: 5
Views: 1069

Re: avijja (ignorance) as root cause of all evils

Greetings Wesley,

Yes.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue May 22, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does the precept of no drugs or alcohol mean no coffee?
Replies: 14
Views: 2152

Re: Does the precept of no drugs or alcohol mean no coffee?

Greetings Ervin,

Whatever the precept actually is (and I say that because there are different versions of it in different lineages), my suggestion would be to take it as it is written.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed May 02, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 12758

Re: Still struggling...

Greetings, Retro, you will only be complete as a man once you convert to Mahayana. Thanks for the hot tip, Nighthawk. :lol: In the meantime, perhaps the OP's questions might be best be answered directly from a Vajrayana perspective, rather than via "counter aspersions" against other traditions about...
by retrofuturist
Wed May 02, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 12758

Re: Still struggling...

Greetings, The Shravakayana and Pratyekabuddhayana paths don't have teachings on Buddha Nature, Bodhicitta, and the emptiness of phenomena. References to at least a couple of these three said teachings are most likely found somewhere in the Pali canon, although most non-Mahayana practitioners would ...
by retrofuturist
Wed May 02, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 12758

Re: Still struggling...

Greetings Heart, So do you think that the Buddha actually taught the root of Mahayana in the Pali Canon? Do you feel the same about Vajrayana? I think what Mr.G pulled together in the second post of this topic was apt, but I am not learned enough in Vajrayana to comment from my own perspective, as I...
by retrofuturist
Wed May 02, 2012 4:20 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 12758

Re: Still struggling...

Greetings plwk, Well, yes... hence the multiple entwined strawmen I called out and why I rephrased my response in reference to the Pali Canon (which would presumably regarded as "Hinayana Sutras" by heart, I assume) which does quite clearly make reference to both emptiness (sunnata) and compassion (...
by retrofuturist
Wed May 02, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 12758

Re: Still struggling...

Greetings, According to the Hinayana he never taught emptiness and compassion either. http://www.dhammawheel.com/images/smilies/strawman.gif http://www.dhammawheel.com/images/smilies/strawman.gif Multiple strawmen entwined in one sentence... not helpful, really. Misleading and erroneous? Very much s...
by retrofuturist
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?
Replies: 229
Views: 22092

Re: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?

Greetings Greg, Just to throw things a little off track here, don't Theravadrans consider the mahabhuta to be actually existing elements and the screen onto which we project the inherent existence of compounded (ie composed of mahabhuta) phenomena? At least that is what I have understood from my rea...
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?
Replies: 229
Views: 22092

Re: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?

Greetings, There is a circle when it appears, because causes and conditions to produce that circle are present; likewise, when the causes and conditions of a firebrand exist a firebrand appears. In this way we can understand that all phenomena are equally and totally illusory because no phenomenon c...
by retrofuturist
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?
Replies: 229
Views: 22092

Re: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?

Greetings Trevor, So what are we missing here? What more do we need to make the appearance of cake into the real cake? What makes it real? I tend to understand this in accordance with the following Pali Sutta... "Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you s...
by retrofuturist
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi everyone, from Canada!
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Hi everyone, from Canada!

Greetings,

:hi:

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?
Replies: 229
Views: 22092

Re: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?

Greetings Takoda, You might find William L. Ames' "The Spiritual Significance of Emptiness In Nagarjuna's Malamadhyamakakarika" to be of interest. It's one of the chapters in this book - http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mister...
by retrofuturist
Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about "what moves on" in rebirth
Replies: 44
Views: 4700

Re: Question about "what moves on" in rebirth

Greetings,
Namdrol wrote:Which delusion? The delusion "I am".
:good:

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: New PM email
Replies: 2
Views: 858

Re: New PM email

Greetings Paul, It's been tried here and at Dhamma Wheel, but we can't work out why the e-mail engine won't work, even when the admin settings are set the same way as they are at Zen Forum International (whose e-mail function works), which uses phpBB3 software too. Accordingly we suspect some incomp...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: prayers for me, please...
Replies: 20
Views: 4544

Re: prayers for me, please...

Greetings,

All the best, Henry.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada
Replies: 62
Views: 13491

Re: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada

Greetings, Also, regarding "other power" in Theravada, there is the Saddha Sutta which states, "A person of conviction, on the break-up of the body, after death, will arise in a good destination, the heavenly world." This actually sounds amicable to Pure Land practice to me, or am I just reading too...
by retrofuturist
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello was referred here
Replies: 5
Views: 1126

Re: hello was referred here

:hi:
by retrofuturist
Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: essential texts
Replies: 12
Views: 1461

Re: essential texts

Greetings, i have heard that, and that is why i am still searching. bear in mind, i am not educated enough in buddhism to know that my impressions are correct, but the impression i have of zen is it's " too easy ", as in "don't read, sit and meditate". and what drove me away from the theravada was m...
by retrofuturist
Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Susan Cain: The power of introverts
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Re: Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Greetings,

:thumbsup:

Thanks for sharing.

Maitri,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen?
Replies: 10
Views: 2140

Re: Tonglen?

Greetings, :good: Whilst I'm happy to advocate people practicing instructions from the Sutta Pitaka without a teacher, I think was Greg says is spot on in the context of the kinds of practices being discussed here. When I was taught tonglen it took five days of 6 hour teaching sessions to get the ba...

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