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by gingercatni
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 4989

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: 650

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: 826

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: 826

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...
by gingercatni
Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

Re: Ganesha or Ganapati

so to invoke Ganesha, how do we do that? Do we recite the long mantra above in the sutra or is there another way? Also is the Hindu mantra the same as the Buddhist one? Are they the same Ganesha's? this confuses me because Hindu's are under the impression they are not. Thanks.
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

Re: Ganesha or Ganapati

Kanjur (Peijing # 338) Volume NG Homage to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Thus have I once heard: The Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha together with a great community of 1250 monks and of Boddhisattva-Mahasattvas. At that time the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda: “O Ananda, the tas...
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

Re: Ganesha or Ganapati

thanks but really didn't give me the answers I was after :smile: Was Ganesha really just brought into Buddhism to satisfy Hindu converts? I just don't understand his place in Buddhism.
by gingercatni
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

Ganesha or Ganapati

Hello Can anyone explain to me what Ganesha or Ganapati (same person?) means in Buddhism? I read a rather horrible explanation that he is a form of Avalokitesvara who after killing Ganesha took his head and wears it as a protector. Is this true? I cannot imagine Avalokitesvara killing anything, he/s...
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ratana Sutta
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Ratana Sutta

Hello, can anyone tell me whether the Ratana Sutta is the origin of Ratnasambhava Buddha or even about him?
by gingercatni
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 24039

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

How can a person prove that enlightenment exists, or that Bodhisattvas or Buddhas exist? What empirical evidence is there that any of the sutras, suttas, tantras and whatnot are true? I mean, most Buddhists are non-theistic. I too am a skeptic and was lead to believe that there isn't a personal god...
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada
Replies: 62
Views: 10858

Re: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada

1. Amida's help is an act of grace. Much like the Christian God, he doesn't expect anything -- whether it be roasted lambs or good works -- in exchange for his help. Once you've settled on Ojo then enlightenment in guarranteed and there is nothing more to do. No sacrifices to make. No priests to pan...
by gingercatni
Thu May 31, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Advyavajra sangrah
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Re: Advyavajra sangrah

Sections of the Advayavajrasaṃgraha have been translated by various different authors over the years. AFAIK no one has done a complete translation yet. Most of the following have been translated from the Sankrit. The translations by Tony Duff are from the Tibetan. The following are listed according...
by gingercatni
Tue May 29, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Advyavajra sangrah
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Advyavajra sangrah

Hello

Does anyone know where I could possibly find an english copy of the Advyavajra sangrah? I've searched online and cannot seem to find anything, any help would be very much appreciated :twothumbsup: :namaste:
by gingercatni
Thu May 17, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 4060

Re: Amitabha dies?

[quote="gingercatni"]This is an excerpt from the Heart sutra, via a commentary of said sutra, can someone explain this? A. Amitabha dies? B. Avalokitesvara becomes Ratnasambhava buddha? Good sons, after the period of the true dharma of Amitabha Buddha has vanished, when a bright star [that might be ...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 4060

Re: Amitabha dies?

We gonna have to trust that Buddha will not abandon us before he leaves because of his compassion. well I suppose in some ways there are some great mis leading elements to sutras, however I suppose a buddha doesn't actually leave their Buddha field after completing their vows, they must retain some...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 4060

Re: Amitabha dies?

mmmmm, this sutra has kind of disappointed me......... how are we to know this hasn't already happened? :crying:
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 4060

Amitabha dies?

This is an excerpt from the Heart sutra, via a commentary of said sutra, can someone explain this? A. Amitabha dies? B. Avalokitesvara becomes Ratnasambhava buddha? Good sons, after the period of the true dharma of Amitabha Buddha has vanished, when a bright star [that might be Venus] appears after ...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 23863

Re: The Lotus Sutra

In the human world there are people with the same name yet they are different persons. There are persons with the name of a city (Paris), yet they are persons and not the city. True, but this is such a significant name, I wonder why then Ratnaketu Buddha's name was changed at all to create such obv...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Incense
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Incense

it is primarily used as one of the offerings when a shrine is opened. But it also helps stimulate the practitioner during meditation. Sandalwood incense is featured heavily through many sutras.
by gingercatni
Tue May 15, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 23863

Re: The Lotus Sutra

why in the lotus sutra is Ratnasambhava referred to as a Buddha field and not a Buddha? I know Ratnasambhava's original name was Ratnaketu and it changed to Ratnasambhava, but it seems rather odd to me. Any ideas? :shrug:

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