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by lobster
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Enlightenment?
Replies: 56
Views: 3150

Re: What is Enlightenment?

So we can in fact tie enlightenment to an experience or a series of experiences and situate them in time. Very good post from kirtu and correlates with my experience. The convention is that the ignorant talk about what they have not experienced and those who have an experience in place and time do ...
by lobster
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A tribute to the Buddhist community
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: A tribute to the Buddhist community

:bow:

Hi

Very nice intro. Thanks for the virtual flower :hug:
by lobster
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 7 lines prayers
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: 7 lines prayers

All tantric transmissions are potential 'main practices'. This is one of my favourites. Benefits from my experience are increased well being, confidence in the way and the usual calming equanimity. Did the mantra this morning but not the complete practice which may be too strong at the moment in eff...
by lobster
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Enlightenment?
Replies: 56
Views: 3150

Re: What is Enlightenment?

None of which is to make the claim that 'I am enlightened' or anything of that kind. That is one of the ideas that has to be surrendered in my view. Surrendering what is unattainable or unrealised is no transcendence. Enlightenment is giving up the sense, experience and even giving up 'not being en...
by lobster
Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: COLOUR of 5 ELEMENTS
Replies: 12
Views: 1277

Re: COLOUR of 5 ELEMENTS

One explanation would be that air is also wind, vayu, specifically prana vayu (srog 'dzin rlung) which sustains life (srog 'dzin), basically the difference between life and death is breathing, hence air is life, and growth and life are typically represented by green (think spring). This and the air...
by lobster
Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Enlightenment?
Replies: 56
Views: 3150

Re: What is Enlightenment?

Perhaps the middle path is to realize that whilst enlightenment seems impossible, it is also present. I think that is the important point. Indeed. It may never occur as the 'awareness of the the presence'. No matter . . . and yet we wish to engage with the enlightened mind stream . . . quite normal...
by lobster
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment possible for laymen?
Replies: 45
Views: 2692

Re: Enlightenment possible for laymen?

Enlightenment possible for laymen? Yes. Even for mythological non Buddhists and the non religious. The important aspect is finding the potential and activating it. That is the mythological role of the enlightened, rather than the dogmatic, hindered, dukkha fuelled, whether sangha or not. . . . norm...
by lobster
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Buddhism

How do you think it will affect Buddhism?
In time different mind states, such as absorption will be downloadable/available. It will take a while before enlightenment becomes the recognised norm. At that point of 'Enlightenment Singularity', the Maityreya will be required. :smile:
by lobster
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting in Amitabha name :(
Replies: 20
Views: 1972

Re: Chanting in Amitabha name :(

I have no word to answer him
'Silence too is an answer', is what the Sufi Bodhis say . . .
I often play Amitabha mantra. Is it helpful? Sure. Is Amitaba less egoic than [insert ego of choice] maybe, maybe not.

namo amitabha
by lobster
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 3169

Re: Questions..

Lukeinaz wrote:Thank you all so much for the responses. All of this is a bit overwhelming and part of me wishes I could back to my simple little sitting practice.
Your simple little practice will no doubt deepen, expand and incorporate more. Sounds just what you wanted . . . to dive in deeper. Bravo :woohoo:
by lobster
Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Wow - this really works
Replies: 7
Views: 1519

Re: Wow - this really works

For me, this really works :woohoo: Good news. I recently went to a SGI meet to see what all the noise was about . . . Culty? Maybe. People were friendly or brainwashed dependent on how being contented comes across. The chant leaders voice was played back at high volume but the chanting is chanting,...
by lobster
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone!
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Hello Everyone!

Hi John, I should imagine your library is a good place to start? :smile: I was looking more along the lines of online texts but that works as well! It is practically impossible for me to post links without some helpful moderators intervention. I would suggest starting with Wikipedia, Google and per...
by lobster
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Soka Gakai (SGI) Criticism Thread
Replies: 201
Views: 28320

Re: Soka Gakai (SGI) Criticism Thread

....No, he said "No problem, it's understandable. If you ever need any help or advice with your practice you know where we are. And you'll always be welcome in the future". Good news indeed. I recently went to a SGI meeting to see what all the noise was about. They did chant at volume, with the cha...
by lobster
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Esoteric Buddhism: is it real? Why?
Replies: 22
Views: 1528

Re: Esoteric Buddhism: is it real? Why?

In Orthodox circles the study of Kabbalah is traditionally restricted to jewish men over the age of 40. Madonna & co. don't count in Orthodox circles. Glad to hear that Kabbalah Is now considered esoteric Buddhism. :twothumbsup: The Madonna is a very unorthodox Catholic . . . bit like the Bodhi JC ...
by lobster
Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A pretty cool religion
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: A pretty cool religion

smcj wrote:My question is: why is he painted out in a psychedelic swirl?
Because it is awesome :namaste:
by lobster
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Esoteric Buddhism: is it real? Why?
Replies: 22
Views: 1528

Re: Esoteric Buddhism: is it real? Why?

What kinds of esoteric, or secret, Buddhism exist? And why are they secret? Shouldnt Dharma be free and open to all? Thanks All practice results beyond the superficial are 'esoteric' in the sense of transcending communication. In other words the practice methodology is open, the eventual results ar...
by lobster
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are the best teachers of non-duality?
Replies: 153
Views: 9292

Re: Who are the best teachers of non-duality?

Books are dead
Indeed. As are devices that we read from. We give them life and meaning. In a similar way attending a live 'talking book' is no better unless we find them useful and meaningful. :smile:
by lobster
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone!
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Hello Everyone!

Hi John,

I should imagine your library is a good place to start? :smile:
by lobster
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone. Metta.
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Hello everyone. Metta.

:smile: Hi,

What have you been practicing, if anything?
by lobster
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity
Replies: 22
Views: 1844

Re: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity

Similarly, and on a more positive note, what would be the signs of a teacher with integrity and who it would be worth placing you trust in? I think you have been provided with good advice. Being familiar with several teachers will also provide a way of comparing. A teacher needs to have what you re...