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by Hickersonia
Fri May 03, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Misleading Christian videos about Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 1971

Re: Misleading Christian videos about Buddhism

I would advise you not to spend too much time arguing against such groundless views. People believe all kinds of things. If they are going to make outlandish statements, the chance of changing their viewpoint through argument is not very good. 'People can't be reasoned out of things they weren't re...
by Hickersonia
Fri May 03, 2013 2:00 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Please pray for sister
Replies: 13
Views: 1935

Re: Please pray for sister

May there be well being.

Nam mô A di đà Phật!
by Hickersonia
Fri May 03, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member
Replies: 8
Views: 1245

Re: New member

Hello Monsoon, :) It is good to meet you. I think the board's search features are broken at the moment, so I suspect it isn't you failing at searches as much as it is the search failing you. At home I recite certain things in Pali or English, depending on length and availability, and chant in Vietna...
by Hickersonia
Thu May 02, 2013 1:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 29231

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

I think getting openly dismissed and ridiculed by other "Buddhists" online can make people a little gun shy. You really got kicked off other sites for discussing Pure Land Buddhism? Wow, that's surprising! ...the moderator started harassing me with emails. One of those said that the forum is called...
by Hickersonia
Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Interested in becoming buddhist, not a clue where to start
Replies: 13
Views: 1931

Re: Interested in becoming buddhist, not a clue where to sta

My advice, as far as texts, is to get a copy of the Dhammapada and read it through. I got my first copy from the library and read through it several times before it was due back. It is simple, yet profound enough to get the gears in the mind turning on the Dhamma. I'm not sure if it was intended for...
by Hickersonia
Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Shakyamuni Pure Land and Maitreya
Replies: 22
Views: 4728

Re: Shakyamuni Pure Land and Maitreya

I sure wish I could read some of that!
by Hickersonia
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just a wee hello...
Replies: 5
Views: 876

Re: Just a wee hello...

Hi there, Josh. :)

Lurking is OK. I do a lot of that too but come out of hiding every once in a while.

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!
by Hickersonia
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Converting to Buddhism from Christianity
Replies: 28
Views: 4305

Re: Converting to Buddhism from Christianity

Naturally I am facing some conflicts. What will my family think, how will I unlearn the teachings of Catholicism and how can I transition into it. I went through a little of this too, particularly in the "What will my family think?" category. I was absolutely terrified that my wife would suddenly l...
by Hickersonia
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Ordination
Replies: 68
Views: 17279

Re: Ordination

Awesome!
by Hickersonia
Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Media
Topic: What is Love?
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Re: What is Love?

retrofuturist wrote:Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought of that. :rolling:
by Hickersonia
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "The Bin Laden of Buddhism"
Replies: 8
Views: 1513

Re: "The Bin Laden of Buddhism"

The abbot was giving his opinion ... he said was that the Tamils should be driven out and that if they didn’t go they should all be killed. -Broken Buddha pg. 22 A rather shameful sentiment for a monk to proclaim, assuming the source is accurate (which I cannot personally say either way). Even doub...
by Hickersonia
Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Translation of Vietnamese, ideas/help?
Replies: 5
Views: 1221

Re: Translation of Vietnamese, ideas/help?

In case you have future matters on language/translation, there's a subforum for language where any language/translation expert can assist you further there. As the subforum states on the main page: This is a space for inquiries about various languages, translations, or anything else related to lang...
by Hickersonia
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Translation of Vietnamese, ideas/help?
Replies: 5
Views: 1221

Re: Translation of Vietnamese, ideas/help?

Awesome! :) I suppose that is a huge part of the problem for me, as I had no idea they were "porting" Sanskrit into the mix (I have studied no Sanskrit, only Pali, so I have no frame of reference to even start to realize that on my own). Without knowing that, I would have had no idea that this was l...
by Hickersonia
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Translation of Vietnamese, ideas/help?
Replies: 5
Views: 1221

Translation of Vietnamese, ideas/help?

Well, I've been going to this Vietnamese temple for about half a year now and I've managed to pick up a number of phrases in Vietnamese, but I guess I just haven't been able to find the resources to do a lot of accurate translating "in bulk." I've acquired a book that appears to be a sutra collectio...
by Hickersonia
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Study Group Thread
Replies: 305
Views: 29231

Re: Pureland study group anyone?

I've recently read BDK's translation, but could certainly go over it again. I won't say for certain that I'll have anything to add to the discussion, but I'll be watching in case I do. :thumbsup:
by Hickersonia
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:34 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1014
Views: 100546

Re: Yes or No ...

Unless I'm going to put the book 3 inches from my face, yes. I basically need glasses all the time...

Did you do anything special today in observation of Parinirvana Day?
by Hickersonia
Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Book Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

Re: Book Suggestion

I thank you all for the great suggestions! The Amitabha Sutra short version is short enough to print on your home. Sometimes i will print small books. For example, i have a printed version of Pratyutpana Sutra. Just an idea. I'll certainly consider it if I complete my current text prior to acquiring...
by Hickersonia
Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 7th Precept
Replies: 4
Views: 1282

Re: 7th Precept

Different monks take different vows depending on the tradition they ordain in. The first five precepts are generally the same throughout most traditions but after that they begin to differ. There isn't just "one set of precepts" that all Buddhist monks around the world follow. Many monks never take...
by Hickersonia
Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Book Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

Book Suggestion

Hello friends, I'm looking for some reading material, in particular the "Pure Land Sutras," in a non-electronic media (in other words, a book). While I have a number of books and sutras saved to the computer, I have found that PDFs and webpages, unless very short, are incredibly difficult to keep my...
by Hickersonia
Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:54 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1014
Views: 100546

Re: Yes or No ...

Did you admire Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King as a child? No, not really... I didn't know of Mahatma Gandhi until later in life (well, except as a leader in the computer game "Civilization," and I didn't really understand King's civil rights issues until later in life. Do you ever post on Dha...

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