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by Redfaery
Fri May 29, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: May buddhist read holy texts of other religions?
Replies: 55
Views: 12475

Re: May buddhist read holy texts of other religions?

There's no harm in learning about other religions. In fact, reading some Hindu texts helped me clear up a lot of my own confusions, because I could tell for myself firsthand that what they were saying didn't mesh with the Buddhism I knew. I used to be really confused about the difference between Hin...
by Redfaery
Tue May 26, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Study of Religion Ethnographic Investigation - Homosexuality
Replies: 15
Views: 3888

Re: Study of Religion Ethnographic Investigation - Homosexua

1. Buddhism
2. Uh, yes?
3. I'm homosexual. Why don't you ask me what my understanding of "green eyes" is.
4. No "swallowing semen" or using "the wrong orifice."
5. Quite varied, I should think.
6. See answer to number 3
7. Agree with Jikan
8. See number 3 & 6
9. Yes
10. Yes
by Redfaery
Tue May 05, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you believe that love is "samsaric"?
Replies: 135
Views: 15988

Re: Do you believe that love is "samsaric"?

boda wrote:Where exactly did I misquote you, Mr. Dangerous? :shrug:
You are misquoting him because *I* was the one who said "love is samsaric."

I was being over-simplistic with the phrasing, but in my opinion, the love most people have for their lovers/spouses is samsaric.
by Redfaery
Mon May 04, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Homosexuality and Mahayana
Replies: 30
Views: 6466

Re: Homosexuality and Mahayana

As to whether Buddhism "endorses" it..no, I don't think Dharma teachings particularly endorse any samsaric relationship, except to imply that we should make them as healthy and as conducive to a Dharmic life as possible. You're saying that homosexual relationships are nessisarily "samsaric"? Do you...
by Redfaery
Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Kathmandu-Pokhara earthquake
Replies: 9
Views: 2669

Re: Kathmandu-Pokhara earthquake

OM MANI PADME HUM
by Redfaery
Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How do you meditate?
Replies: 73
Views: 13843

Re: How do you meditate?

Jim, where are you in Western NC? How close are you to Asheville? There should be resources there.
by Redfaery
Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Carrboro NC, May 18-23 Drepung monks sand mandala exhibition
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Re: Carrboro NC, May 18-23 Drepung monks sand mandala exhibi

Thanks for posting this. I might be able to get a friend to give me a lift after the weekend, and I can take pictures for everyone.

Sorry I haven't been on much. My Internet has been down since Thursday afternoon. I'm typing this on my phone....
by Redfaery
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Canon in Mahayana & Theravada
Replies: 15
Views: 3584

Re: The Canon in Mahayana & Theravada

Anders wrote:Huayen has the Avatamsaka and Lotus Sutra as definitive, Tiantai just the lotus, Sanlun has three (sometimes four) madhyamika treaties.
Isn't the Nirvana Sutra also of great (but secondary) importance in Tendai?
by Redfaery
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are religious Americans really this stupid?
Replies: 31
Views: 5404

Re: Are religious Americans really this stupid?

You know, I insulted no one. I didn't exactly laugh at JPII either, I laughed at his being described as 'blessed' - which is a wildly inaccurate description, IMO. And I see no reason whatsoever why I shouldn't criticise religious leaders - just as I see no reason to forbid those who feel like doing...
by Redfaery
Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Have you met ONE person...
Replies: 28
Views: 3669

Re: Have you met ONE person...

Yes. I do myself. And I even know non-Buddhists who do.
by Redfaery
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Language
Topic: My Dharma name
Replies: 8
Views: 2309

Re: My Dharma name

Did your Geshe know of your devotion to Saraswati? My Tibetan is not very servicable but based on what you wrote: tso = lake, lho/lha goddess => lake goddess or Saraswati (because she is depicted on a lake riding a swan in Tibetan Buddhism), the goddess of learning (and creativity, etc.) BTW, here ...
by Redfaery
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: My Dharma name
Replies: 8
Views: 2309

My Dharma name

Geshe-la gave me the Dharma name Thupten Tsolho, and explained that it represented the goddess of learning and the Budda of teaching. I feel very moved by this name and its connotations as they were described to me, but I want to know more about it. Does anyone have any information? Thank you. :nama...
by Redfaery
Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism Vs. Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 12296

Re: Nichiren Buddhism Vs. Tibetan Buddhism

For sure Tendai is closest to TB. Rory No, Shingon is. I agree with this. Kukai was very big on Tantra, and the importance of teacher-to-student transmission. This is largely what drove the rupture between him and Saicho in the first place...Kukai received Tantric initiations in China from a very h...
by Redfaery
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Demons in Hells
Replies: 16
Views: 3420

Re: Demons in Hells

I think it would be possible for a demon to feel bothered by the suffering around it, and from there begin to feel compassion for the beings it torments.
by Redfaery
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Demons in Hells
Replies: 16
Views: 3420

Re: Demons in Hells

Ambrosius80 wrote:By torturing the beings who end up in hells, they are actually causing even more bad Karma for themselves and can never liberate themselves according to this logic.
What if they are moved to compassion for the creatures they torment?
by Redfaery
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:22 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Re: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!

Thank you everyone. It was a beautiful ceremony.

My Dharma name is Thupten Tsolho. :namaste:
by Redfaery
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Re: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!

Welcome as a lay follower of the Buddha in the FPMT, Dharma brother :smile: (not to be sectarian) I saw that on the website of 'Kadampa Center' at Raleigh that, as a typical FPMT center, it offers the opportunity to attend the 5 years Basic Program (c.f. https://kadampa-center.org/basic-program) an...
by Redfaery
Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Re: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!

I am receiving the precepts at Kadampa Center, here in Raleigh. The Geshe-la there is giving them to me. I will be taking all 5 lay vows.

Thank you so much for your good wishes, everyone. :namaste:
by Redfaery
Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Taking Refuge Tomorrow!
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Taking Refuge Tomorrow!

I am taking refuge tomorrow at 3pm. Prayers will be much appreciated.

:namaste:
by Redfaery
Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Moving from a more liturgical Japanese Buddhist practice
Replies: 29
Views: 6498

Re: Moving from a more liturgical Japanese Buddhist practice

Yes, you are correct that one shouldn't be too ritualistic. I apologize for being overly simplistic in my reply. I totally agree that ritual isn't the end-all be-all of Buddhism. But it isn't the end-all be-all of any religion, either. I speak from my experience having grown up Catholic. The service...

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