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by gingercatni
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 16367

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

I remember way back when i was a teenager a member on the esangha forum had alot of notes/insight on the sutras. One of my main questions is on the emphasis of this being a teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha that he gave because no one had the capacity to ask questions about it. Any ideas? The Buddha, i...
by gingercatni
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 16367

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

This is a great idea. When i first started studying buddhist pathways, i was amazed at the pureland school. It was all so new and mystical, the thought of Sukhavati always stuck with me for years. Eventually i became doubtful. Decided to see what other ways were out there etc. I had it stuck in my ...
by gingercatni
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 16367

Pure Land Study Group Thread

Hi everyone, I've been reading the forums on and off for the past few months and I've noticed people seem to be a little be lonely, confused about the teachings (I'm guilty of that too! :tongue: ) so why don't we study the sutra's together? I thought we could go through each of the 3 main Pureland S...
by gingercatni
Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ratnasambhava Buddha and pureland
Replies: 6
Views: 1961

Re: Ratnasambhava Buddha and pureland

The general method for meditation on any buddha is practically identical. You can do visualisation, you can recite his name, you may also find some mantras, you can contemplate his and his lands virtues, and of course have the wish to be born in his presence and his land. All true, but maybe these ...
by gingercatni
Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Prajnaparamita sutra

Hello peeps!

Hope everyone is well. I'm a bid of what my sister would say a "numb skull" :rolling: Can anyone tell me if the Prajnaparamita Sutra is the Heart Sutra?

thanks :namaste:
by gingercatni
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ratnasambhava Buddha and pureland
Replies: 6
Views: 1961

Ratnasambhava Buddha and pureland

Hi everyone, This is going to be a mixed bag post I suppose so here goes. I've talked about Ratnasambhava before, this blessed Buddha is somehow firmly fixed in my daily life. There really isn't a day where I don't think about Lord Ratnasambhava, his merits and virtues, his southern realm and his co...
by gingercatni
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Funding for New Pureland Buddhist Centre
Replies: 0
Views: 551

Funding for New Pureland Buddhist Centre

Hello, can anyone help us out fundraising?

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by gingercatni
Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Archetypal Buddha?
Replies: 26
Views: 3582

Re: Archetypal Buddha?

heres an article http://buddhism.about.com/od/vajrayanabuddhism/a/tantra101.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; that discusses this issue. It states that these buddhas are not believed in. As a pureland buddhist i believe in the buddhas, why would the buddha speak about them if they ...
by gingercatni
Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Archetypal Buddha?
Replies: 26
Views: 3582

Re: Archetypal Buddha?

heres an article http://buddhism.about.com/od/vajrayanabuddhism/a/tantra101.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; that discusses this issue. It states that these buddhas are not believed in. As a pureland buddhist i believe in the buddhas, why would the buddha speak about them if they a...
by gingercatni
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Archetypal Buddha?
Replies: 26
Views: 3582

Re: Archetypal Buddha?

lobster wrote:Archetypal Buddhas represent aspects or absolute expressions of Buddha.
The absolute essence of compassion or wisdom as two examples. :smile:
So do Tibetan Buddhists believe these Buddha's are real or just made up?
by gingercatni
Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality Part 2
Replies: 2
Views: 861

Hsuan Hua on Homosexuality Part 2

Hello I'm only starting this thread to ad my own opinion and not to incite any anger amongst other members. I firstly need to point out that I have not read any of Hsuan Hua's writings and I am not fully tuned in with his thoughts on gay people etc. Secondly, I need to point out that I am myself gay...
by gingercatni
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Daily Practice
Replies: 16
Views: 3280

Daily Practice

Hi everyone, I was just wondering whether anyone could advise me on a few things. Firstly, daily practice. I often wonder whether there are things I'm missing out of my daily morning service, I have a few little verses that I recite as part of my service but I'm wondering if there is a formal purela...
by gingercatni
Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Archetypal Buddha?
Replies: 26
Views: 3582

Archetypal Buddha?

Hello Can anyone explain to me what an archetypal Buddha is? I've heard this phrase kicked about a lot within the Tibetan schools. It is explained that Buddha's like Amitabha, Ratnasambhava and others are archetypal figures of the historical Buddha. Does this mean they are not real to some Buddhists...
by gingercatni
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6572

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

Gosh, ginger, your quote of me was a little weird. Your question was not distinct from my previous post But no, thank you. I am not contemplating suicide in the the least. It is merely an academic question that someone asked me that I have no idea how to respond to. Any help responding to the possi...
by gingercatni
Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 4855

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

Steveb1, amen to that. I feel the same way. All of that just goes to show that the masters weren't joking around when they talked about this age being the age of dharma decline. Cheondo, I doubt that pure land will ever gain a strong footing in the western world. Mainly due to the fact that both pu...
by gingercatni
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 6572

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

Dear all someone asked me a question that I really don't know how to answer. Is there a risk, or indeed a history, of people committing suicide in order to hasten their entry in to the Pure Land? It is popularly believed here in england that there is a high rate of suicide in Japan or that suicide ...
by gingercatni
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 4855

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

Me:What is your opinion on Pure Land Buddhism? Do you also believe that to be a "hopeless" path? Didn't Amitabha Buddha vow that all sentient beings may take rebirth in his Pure Land regardless of their karma? Paul: I have spoken about Pure Land in my ‘Unexpected Way’ book and of course I deal with...
by gingercatni
Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Buddha's mother
Replies: 4
Views: 626

The Buddha's mother

We all know the Buddha's mother died shortly after he was born, but why is the mother of the Buddha of our age mostly forgotten? Should we not pay respect to her? :shrug:
by gingercatni
Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Introducing others to the Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Re: Introducing others to the Dharma

That's a great question, ginger cat. The three principles you've laid out are good. So, I'd say you're on the right track in terms of strategy. What about tactic? One thing I've learned as the organizer of a small Tendai group in a predominantly Christian area is that people come out of curiosity o...
by gingercatni
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Introducing others to the Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Introducing others to the Dharma

I'm no doubt going to get told off by a few of you by the this post but here goes. Myself and a few others formed a small lay society and we would like to publicise it to others. We were going to hand out flyers, but as we live in a 99.9% Christian country, we are banging our heads together on how t...