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by thornbush
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7569

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

So which is the more believable view, the Theravada or Mahayana, in light of the whole? I can only answer this Q from my life experience: Taking my own case: Way back in 1986 when I was in a fren's house, his mom had an altar to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and the moment I saw that image , (the one ...
by thornbush
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism in the West
Replies: 17
Views: 2497

Re: Buddhism in the West

The Rinpoche has spoken well and I must add that the term 'Dharma Lite' comes to mind. A Western practitioner once told me that he has been to so many centres where the Dharma has been diluted to unrecognizable levels and it seems that getting more butts on the seats ala 'Vegas' style were more impo...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?
Replies: 9
Views: 1747

Re: Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?

Hi sraddha,
Just curious...did someone taught you such thinking, derived from Sutra/Shastra sources or was it just your own private opinion/practice?

:thanks:
by thornbush
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:24 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7569

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

Ancient texts, whether they are from the Pali Canon or the Sanskrit one, have been questioned by all with regards to its authencity and historical value. Heck, some even ask if Buddha was a historical figure besides some 'pathetic heap of ashes' found as some would put it. And then there are some ot...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?
Replies: 9
Views: 1747

Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?

I was sent this Youtube video link by a friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iix5v1ytwBA&feature=related" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; And listen to how His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze (profile here ) answered a gentleman who was the second person at 4:20 in the video on the ...
by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Entrance exam (joke)
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: Entrance exam (joke)

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by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Diamond Sutra
Replies: 23
Views: 6197

Re: The Diamond Sutra

Found this site with the full Sutra sung by Kumuda (Sharon Janis): THE DIAMOND CUTTER SUTRA: SUNG IN ENGLISH
by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking care of your mental health
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: Taking care of your mental health

One of my mental health therapy would be having cats.... they are great 'unwinders' at the end of the day...
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by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Astrology, Divination and Oracles
Replies: 16
Views: 2263

Re: Astrology, Divination and Oracles

Here's my tainted view: Heruka: justification for those 3 practices in Tibetan Buddhism. There are other streams of Buddhist Traditions who have clearly mentioned that such are not fit to be practiced by the Ordained nor the Laity and is founded on scriptural injunctions such as the Pali Canon and i...
by thornbush
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Astrology, Divination and Oracles
Replies: 16
Views: 2263

Astrology, Divination and Oracles

Ok, fellow Vajra brethren...
This topic may have been discussed to death but I still don't get it...
1. What is the role of this thread's title in Tibetan Buddhist context?
2. What is the justification for it?
3. Where is the justification found?

:thanks:
by thornbush
Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 1854

Re: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

Besides the Lotus Sutra, again He speaks in the Brahma Net Sutra: http://www.ymba.org/bns/bnsframe.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; At that time, he contemplated the wonderful Jewel Net hung in Lord Brahma's palace and preached the Brahma Net Sutra for the Great Assembly. He said: ...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Total solar eclipse coming up
Replies: 2
Views: 733

Re: Total solar eclipse coming up

Yes folks it's that time of the year .....





to bring out and clash yer pots and pans, drums,





metal dustbins, car stereos and make a joyful noise unto the Sun..... :rolling: :rolleye:
by thornbush
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddha - the Movie
Replies: 10
Views: 2702

Re: Buddha - the Movie

Greetings, Maybe someday they'll actually make a movie on Buddha from the actual scriptures. :shrug: Sadhu! Metta, Retro. :) You can tell how knowledgeable someone is when he writes, "The Great teacher Gautam, whom people affectionately call the Buddha". (Page 1 Old Path, White clouds) :shock: Er, ...
by thornbush
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 1854

Re: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

As He Himself said it, it was a long time ago, everything else after that were mere expedients to lead all sentient beings towards Liberation. That is the Lotus Sutra's POV.
What matters to me more is what are we doing about it in actuating His Teaching for our own Liberation...
by thornbush
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

Re: Hey

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by thornbush
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddha - the Movie
Replies: 10
Views: 2702

Re: Buddha - the Movie

You think they will cast Amitabh Bachan? The 'Maha Brahma' of Bollywood? :jumping:
by thornbush
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhist Artwork
Replies: 10
Views: 1550

Re: Buddhist Artwork

Very psychedelic and kool :twothumbsup:
by thornbush
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Laity
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: The Laity

This is the likely source for it: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.143.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; When this was said, Anathapindika the householder wept and shed tears. Ven. Ananda said to him, "Are you sinking, householder? Are you foundering?" "No, venera...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1014

Re: A Householder's Training

Best offering me thinks is one's own unwavering Bodhicitta...when all Dharma practice has this and the 4 Noble Truths & Noble 8-fold Path, then we can be assured it is the right path as how Buddhas and Bodhisattvas intended. Anything lacking these merely obtains for one samsaric rewards and realms.....
by thornbush
Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddha - the Movie
Replies: 10
Views: 2702

Re: Buddha - the Movie

....however, Old Path White Cloudss spends all this time with Buddha chillin' with kids...that's not the real story of Buddha. It's like Buddha for 10 year olds! Ah that reminded me of a story..... :reading: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Thus_Have_I_Heard:_Buddhist_Parables_and_Stories" onclic...

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