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by Luke
Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

Can't hold up 3 random texts and make the claim that because a particular practice isn't in either of them that the practice isn't Buddhist or perfectly in line with Buddhist doctrine. True, but I never made such a claim. Anyway, you seem to be in a bad mood, so I'm sorry if I disturbed your mental...
by Luke
Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

...I really suggest you get beyond "Intro" books written by westerners... While I get your general point, you should clarify something: I did mention that I have read the Dhammapada, the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and the Diamond Sutra. Did you really mean to imply that these are "introductory b...
by Luke
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "On Being Stupid" by Ron Hogan Green
Replies: 0
Views: 907

"On Being Stupid" by Ron Hogan Green

In Roshi Green's dharma talk "On Being Stupid," he talks about prajna, shikantaza, and daily life.
I enjoyed his talk, and maybe you will, too. :smile:

https://zmm.mro.org/teachings/on-being-stupid/
by Luke
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avalokitesvara really Brahma?
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Is Avalokitesvara really Brahma?

In the "Belief in Kannon" thread, Admin_PC sent me this academic article about the historical origin of Avalokitesvara: http://www.indologica.com/volumes/vol13/vol13_art13_CHANDRA.pdf On page 10, this is written: " Transcendence leads to change in nomenclature. Shakyamuni was flanked by Brahma and S...
by Luke
Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

I don't mean to be rude, but I really suggest you get beyond "Intro" books written by westerners and actually start researching some of these schools in depth before making comments like you just did. No, that's fine. I thank you and the others who submitted replies for giving me lots of new inform...
by Luke
Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

The most convenient, comprehensible comparison I can make is one you probably won't like much (sorry!) and that is that the practice of lay Buddhists in Buddhist countries is awfully close in form and intensity to that of lay Catholics in traditionally Catholic countries. That is, they go to temple...
by Luke
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

Thinking about all of this stuff more, I think that part of the reason for the big divide between western Buddhists and Asian Buddhists is that very few Buddhist books in English explain how most Asian Buddhist laypeople actually practice Buddhism or the significance of many different rituals and pr...
by Luke
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

Funny. Westerners who get all judgy about what Buddhism actually is annoy me. :shrug: That's understandable, I guess. Actually, not really. The thought is too taxing. Like getting worked up over a blow fly. Oh, I have no doubt whatsoever that many Asian Buddhists find the opinions of white Buddhist...
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

But one thing is that all those traditons: Tibetan, Zen, Theravada... they *do* have devotional components that are a core part of the practice, even if it gets glossed over to westerners. There are even Pali scriptures that encourage giving offerings to hungry ghosts and yakshas, and this is gener...
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers
Replies: 87
Views: 15456

Re: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers

As i said , there are no uk based dzogchen teachers. I think it's possible that some of the lamas at the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland know Dzogchen. Although perhaps you would have to work your way through the Kagyu teachings for many years before they would teach you any Dzogchen. Choje Lama Y...
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Re: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources

Here are links to audio files of dharma talks by many different Mahayana teachers and scholars:

http://chancenter.org/cmc/multimedia/audio/
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

This is a common stereotype in the West that has its origins in Protestant anti-Catholic polemic that has traditionally dominated the imperial cultures of Britain and America, and been exported throughout the world. This is how a Protestant accuses as Catholic of having no faith: "they just bow to ...
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

this video just underscored the huge divide between Asian lay Buddhists who mostly just do devotional practices such as the man in the video did and western lay Buddhists who mostly value meditation and philosophy over simple devotional practices. These are generalizations. Yes, they are, but they ...
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

The temples and statues shown in the documentary are very pretty, but to me this video just underscored the huge divide between Asian lay Buddhists who mostly just do devotional practices such as the man in the video did and western lay Buddhists who mostly value meditation and philosophy over simpl...
by Luke
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dharmapada
Replies: 16
Views: 1476

Re: The Dharmapada

Ven. Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu is now up to Verse 145! Now that's determination! :twothumbsup: :buddha1:

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by Luke
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist forums and why you choose to be active on dharmawheel
Replies: 36
Views: 3364

Re: Buddhist forums and why you choose to be active on dharmawheel

used to hang at e-sangha. when that imploded, I found old pals from the esangha Nichiren forum at Nichiren Sangha. After the founder of that site got sick, I took over modding but it became too much and we shut it down. Then navigated here. Others navigated here, too. I'm pretty habitual. When I fi...
by Luke
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Buddhism Resources
Replies: 17
Views: 8403

Re: Zen Buddhism Resources

On this page, there are teachings by Master Sheng Yen in pdf form which you can download for free. :twothumbsup:

http://chancenter.org/cmc/publications/free-literature/
by Luke
Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The structure of Rinzai retreats?
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: The structure of Rinzai retreats?

So I get what you're saying, but in fact there are different kinds of ready. Since you've had the good fortune to encounter this path and have conceived a desire to practice it, you may have confidence that you are completely qualified for it. I'd say talk to your teacher and jump in to whatever yo...
by Luke
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The structure of Rinzai retreats?
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: The structure of Rinzai retreats?

The schedule you did appears familiar, though in comparison somewhat relaxed to my eyes in terms of number of hours spent in sitting practice and allowed for sleep. Yes, I can see now that it was much easier than the traditional Rinzai retreat schedule you listed below. My Zen group also does close...
by Luke
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: My first Zen retreat
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: My first Zen retreat

This was also the first Buddhist retreat I had done in years where I also slept there. (I had done other retreats in the past where I drove there early in the morning and went back home at night because the centers in question didn't have enough space for people to sleep there.) It was really a beau...

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