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by Redfaery
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Preferred Time of the Day for Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 2444

Re: Preferred Time of the Day for Meditation

I picked the block from 6 a.m to 3 p.m. Any time I can get quiet space to myself, I'm good.
by Redfaery
Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are the biggest obstacles faced by 'western' Buddhists.
Replies: 40
Views: 4326

Re: What are the biggest obstacles faced by 'western' Buddhi

Gee, when I saw this topic I was just going to say "cultural unfamiliarity and lack of available resources"
by Redfaery
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Regression possible when practising the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 22
Views: 3813

Re: Regression possible when practising the Lotus Sutra?

IIRC, Devadatta doesn't teach the Lotus Sutra in that past life. He promises to do so and Shakyamuni in that past life serves Devadatta faithfully on the promise. Devadatta in that life is a con man. Nonetheless, the efforts of Shakyamuni made for the sake of the Lotus Sutra bore fruit. There is no...
by Redfaery
Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Saving all beings
Replies: 23
Views: 2809

Re: Saving all beings

So please help me understand what I'm missing here. What does "saving all beings" actually mean to you, in terms we can all understand where we are now? I lack the wisdom to understand grand cosmologies or lives to come. Honestly, "saving all beings" doesn't mean making everyone rich and happy. Tha...
by Redfaery
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Klesas are Bodhi & dating 18 y/o girls.
Replies: 83
Views: 15072

Re: Klesas are Bodhi & dating 18 y/o girls.

Adamantine wrote:
But menstruation I'm unclear about.. I suppose it's never been explained to me properly.. And I have no experiential corollary.
Well, as a woman I can tell you that for many of us menstruation is...messy. And smelly. So I honestly can kind of understand where this superstition came from.
by Redfaery
Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lamas and Monks that Drink and Smoke - Is it Normal?
Replies: 32
Views: 7117

Re: Lamas and Monks that Drink and Smoke - Is it Normal?

When it comes to teachers that smoke, I personally would doubt the spiritual maturity of someone that requires to suck on something for pleasure. Why? What if they aren't addicted but are just doing something for occasional fun? Would you feel the same way if a Buddhist teacher decided to watch Fri...
by Redfaery
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few thoughts about Satanism
Replies: 20
Views: 2946

Re: a few thoughts about Satanism

Topic locked as per TOS on comparative religion discussions.
by Redfaery
Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral
Replies: 55
Views: 7791

Re: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral

Topic locked at OP's request.
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral
Replies: 55
Views: 7791

Re: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral

So...how does this philosophy relate specifically to Buddhist notions of ethical conduct?
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral
Replies: 55
Views: 7791

Re: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral

I would say most parents have children for the sole purpose of their own happiness, and so I am against it. You could say the same for most couples who choose NOT to have children, actually. Yes, but that option doesn't involve the life of another person. So what if there's an accidental pregnancy?
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral
Replies: 55
Views: 7791

Re: Antinatalism, Having children is immoral

Jesse wrote:I would say most parents have children for the sole purpose of their own happiness, and so I am against it.
You could say the same for most couples who choose NOT to have children, actually.
by Redfaery
Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:54 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 52
Views: 9182

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra

Amitayus is mentioned twice in the Lotus Sutra. In the 7th chapter, the Buddha Mahābhijñājñānābhibhū had 16 sons before his enlightenment who became his disciples. One of them became the Buddha Amitayus. The last became Shakyamuni in his transient form. In the 23rd chapter, it says that women who h...
by Redfaery
Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 52
Views: 9182

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra

Please scroll up and read what I've already posted. Pure Land Buddhists throughout history have seen Amida and the Eternal Buddha of the Lotus Sutra as the same being. That doesn't mean they're right, though. If I recall correctly, there's no evidence in the three major Pure Land sutras that Amida ...
by Redfaery
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An American Buddhist on Thanksgiving
Replies: 17
Views: 2166

Re: An American Buddhist on Thanksgiving

I do happen to have a bachelor's degree in history from one of the most leftist colleges in the nation, so I do know a thing or two about American military interventions from the Indian wars to the present. At the same time, I am also aware of the immense good that America's done for the world. One...
by Redfaery
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 52
Views: 9182

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra

Serenity509 wrote:I own it but I haven't read the whole thing. I am just relaying to you what others in the Pure Land tradition have written regarding the Lotus Sutra.
I've read the entire Lotus Sutra, and I don't think Amida is mentioned a single time?
by Redfaery
Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sadness about all that suffering
Replies: 29
Views: 3039

Re: Sadness about all that suffering

I feel a lot of sadness lately too. There's so much suffering around me, and I feel like the only thing I can do is practice Dharma, but I have so many obstacles...

:consoling:
by Redfaery
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Coming Home
Replies: 16
Views: 3547

Re: Coming Home

Welcome back! :namaste:
by Redfaery
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists, Part 2
Replies: 27
Views: 3503

Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists, Part 2

and the struggle session begins.... You know, I am a lesbian. I've been called a fag and a dyke and a queer. I bear the people who used those words no ill will. They didn't know what they were doing. They didn't know how much their words hurt. But that's precisely the problem. They didn't know. For...
by Redfaery
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dial back the moderation a notch please
Replies: 123
Views: 23593

Re: Dial back the moderation a notch please

I've been noticing lately that threads are getting locked. The stated reason is usually like - "I think this discussion is finished". Which seems a bit overbearing. Ah, that would be me. :oops: I'm terribly sorry. My autism makes it hard for me to verbalize the reasons behind my decisions...and of ...
by Redfaery
Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: fear and meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 2161

Re: fear and meditation

It depends on what you mean by "fear." I've never felt afraid in the sense of expecting harm to come to me, but my most profound experiences have left me quite literally trembling in awe.

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