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by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from the Sutras
Replies: 47
Views: 5561

Re: Reflections from the Sutras

Continuation... From: The Hundred Parables Sutra http://www.buddhistdoor.com/OldWeb/resources/sutras/fable_sutra.htm#41" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; PISACAH DEVILS Once upon a time, there were two Pisacah devils who conjointly owned a suitcase, a stick and a pair of wooden shoes ab...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 7185

Re: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories

http://www.ymba.org/parable/parabfr3.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; FIXED KARMA (MONK AND KILLER) "There was an Elder Master who practiced assiduously. Thanks to such diligence, auspicious signs would appear wherever he went. One day, a vagrant appeared, requesting permission to...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:17 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Watch the chemistry of thoughts
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Re: Watch the chemistry of thoughts

Practice and more practice of seeing the emptiness and letting go of aversions.....very tough...but do we must
O Guru Padmasambhava, what if it is our Elders who are grief and disrespectful to us?
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Laity
Replies: 4
Views: 843

The Laity

I came across this lately: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Thus_Have_I_Heard:_Buddhist_Parables_and_Stories" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; PARABLE 0157: OUR DEBT TO ANATHAPINDIKA The name Anathapindika has come to be synonymous with extreme generosity in connection with Buddhist a...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: This life is so precious
Replies: 14
Views: 3833

Re: This life is so precious

Yes, one wrong turn and it can mean all over again for some....question is is there a guaranteed 'all over again' in the same conditions as one was in before....a scary thought... http://cttbusa.org/42s/42sections.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Buddha asked a Shramana, "How l...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 936

Re: A Householder's Training

My tainted view.... When Sila and Dhyana are practiced with the Mind and not merely with outward appearances of the body, that is true practice without outflows and grasping. In all moments, the Mind watches itself through sila and dhyana, hence the body need not become like a slave to a grindstone ...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddha - the Movie
Replies: 10
Views: 2582

Re: Buddha - the Movie

I hope that this new movie will be better than my last watched Indian movie, 'Asoka' where Shah Rukh Khan acted...
Yes, I heard the book is kinda 'dry' but who knows what the movie will yield....
Ashutosh Gowariker to recreate Life of Buddha
'Ashutosh Gowarikar Again With An Epic'
by thornbush
Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

...how both traditions can learn from each other.
Indeed and this is the most important and useful part in my opinion :thumbsup:
by thornbush
Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 936

A Householder's Training

Someone asked the Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng: Prefect Wei asked, "How should we train ourselves at home? Will you please teach us." Then He replied: "Learned Audience, those who wish to train themselves (spiritually) may do so at home. It is quite unnecessary for them to stay in monasteries. And cont...
by thornbush
Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Re: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position

Indeed Sraddha, The Sixth Patriarch had the foresight to see how much the Dhyana School would suffer from misconceptions and lopsided understanding of Sunyata. It was already there during His time when the capacities of the people who were practicing this Dharma Door were very much better than that ...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

What is meant by there being no self?
There are, in general, two kinds of Non-self:
one,the Non-self of Pudgala, and two, the Non-self of Dharmas.
Read on:
Commentary on "The Shastra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas"
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

The third is the Form Dharmas. In general, there are eleven kinds: 1. eyes (cakshus); 2. ears (shrotra); 3. nose (ghrana); 4. tongue (jihva); 5. body (kaya); 6. forms (rupa); 7. sounds (shabda); 8. smells (gandha); 9. flavors (rasa); 10. objects of touch (sprashtavya); and, 11. dharmas pertaining t...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

The Shastra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas Derived and condensed from: http://cttbusa.org/100shastra/100dharmas.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; As the World Honored One has said, “All dharmas have no self.” What are “all dharmas,” and what is meant by “having no...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

With reference to this thread from our sister site, here's a compendium from the Mahayana side: The Five Vehicles The Ten Dharma Realms Basic Buddhist Practices: Three Poisons, Five Precepts, Ten Good Deeds & Triple Refuge Four Noble Truths Noble Eightfold Path & Three Practices The Twelve Links of ...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Re: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position

I've come across several critiques of Mahayana and specifically Zen (Chan), like the following: 1. It (Mahayana+Zen) postulates Buddha-nature which is contrary to anatta 2. It (Mahayana+Zen) asserts our original enlightenment which makes no sense - why practice then? My answer to the above: One sho...
by thornbush
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic
Replies: 9
Views: 1492

Re: Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic

Well at least now we have an alternative to authors like Stephen Batchelor :rolling:
by thornbush
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Amitabha Sutra
Replies: 1
Views: 874

Re: The Amitabha Sutra

http://www.uwest.edu/sanskritcanon/dp/index.php?q=node%2F35&textID=884762d624d217f236" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Recently a good Dharma fren shared with me a link with a partial chant of the Sutra link as above. So, hope that all will enjoy the chant here: (Verses 18-20 unavailab...
by thornbush
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Srimala Sutra
Replies: 7
Views: 1457

Re: Srimala Sutra

Whatever sentient beings see the Dharmakaya of the Tathagata that way, see correctly . Whoever see correctly are called the sons of the Lord born from his heart, born from his mouth, born from the Dharma, who behave as manifestation of Dharma and as heirs of Dharma. So right view and wrong view are...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Ethics of Dharma Distribution
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: The Ethics of Dharma Distribution

Well the owner can think all h/she wants but as they said: No such thing as free lunch... Even if it was free, it was made possible by someone's efforts, time and money.... And state laws across the world does not depend on how an individual views it....you break it, you pay it.. His argument is qui...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Journey of the 'Dead'
Replies: 0
Views: 452

The Journey of the 'Dead'

I watched this many years ago and would like to share it here: The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1a The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1b The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1c The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1d The Tibetan Book of t...

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