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by SilenceMonkey
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 927

Re: Is Buddhism necessary?

Buddhism is not for everybody and is still a minority group so it is not necessary. The two most powerful men on this planet controlling together 10000 ICBM are not Buddhist.. Not necessary for society, maybe... As Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche often says, from a mundane perspective, Buddhadharma is c...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 927

Re: Is Buddhism necessary?

Buddhism is not for everybody and is still a minority group so it is not necessary. The two most powerful men on this planet controlling together 10000 ICBM are not Buddhist.. Not necessary for society, maybe... As Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche often says, from a mundane perspective, Buddhadharma is c...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1437

Re: Practicing without empowerment

... In that sense, anything beyond abiding in the absolute nature of reality would be a provisional "vehicle." Where abiding in the ultimate might be something along the lines of Vimalakirti's silence... And any movement from that space of the absolute, using any words or anything at all, would be ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1700

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

I’ve done that since I first learned about the illusion stuff in Buddhism but it didn’t help. Everything was tainted by “not being real” or an illusion. Made it hard to find joy in anything if it’s not real. I’ve also tried forgetting Buddhism since it didn’t help me and only hurt me but I can’t mo...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Trying to understanding their tradition...
Replies: 15
Views: 1612

Re: Trying to understanding their tradition...

Hi ! Do someone here have the translation for this Yogacara Ulka Mukha Rite (Flaming Mouth) ? Maybe this one: Conditions and Causes Which Gave Rise to the Teaching to Ānanda Concerning the Essentials of the Yoga [Tradition] on Distribution of Food to Burning Mouths 瑜伽集要救阿難陀羅尼焰口軌儀經, 瑜伽集要焰口施食起教阿難陀緣由 ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Trying to understanding their tradition...
Replies: 15
Views: 1612

Re: Trying to understanding their tradition...

It's probably during ghost month when this ritual happened. They feed the ghosts with merit and help them cross over to the other side, hopefully guiding them to the pure land. It's not just pure land buddhism that practices this ritual, I think it's common throughout Chinese Mahayana. Though a remn...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Users' Avatars
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: Users' Avatars

I like LastLegend's avatar, Jigong or "crazy Ji." It's fitting. :rolling:
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and depression
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Buddhism and depression

Bazman wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:48 pmThank you
:namaste:
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 396

Re: Perception

So can we define perception as that which ‘sees’ through the six senses. I think so. Buddhism might call it "direct perception." Or nondual perception. But we shouldn't confuse it with the skandha of saṃjñā, which is also termed "perception." I think it was translated as "perception" because in Eng...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 82226

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 396

Re: Perception

Perception through the senses is nonconceptual. The eye sees form, which appears in the eye consciousness. Then it goes into the mind consciousness, which is when the concepts start happening. But if there's no thinking mind, then every perception is direct perception.
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and depression
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Buddhism and depression

Zen cured my depression and my migraines. Karate and Zen together were very helpful to detox the mind from its negative patterning. Focus is a powerful thing! For me, the most powerful weapon against depression was to develop strength of will. Getting up every morning to sit, no excuses. Exercise an...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits
Replies: 37
Views: 574

Re: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits

Working six days a week with a family to provide for of course is a hardship. It’s a meaningless hardship from the perspective of a monk. That’s why renunciants leave it all behind so they can go and practice the path to enlightenment. Even Buddha left his wife and child. Anyway... those basic neces...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits
Replies: 37
Views: 574

Re: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits

Then again, austerity is a powerful way to let go of attachments.

There's a saying in the practice lineages: "Without undergoing hardship, you won't accomplish much."
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits
Replies: 37
Views: 574

Re: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits

It’s equally difficult to deal with having a job and family responsibilities. That's always a debate, isn't it. Anyway, I think we should respect practitioners who choose to give up everything to dedicate themselves to the path of enlightenment. Most people aren't really capable of giving up their ...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2236

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

Malcolm wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:00 am
SilenceMonkey wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:42 am
Malcolm wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:20 am

You should read Gorampa. He explains it very clearly.
One day. Mipham first! :tongue:
Mipham depends quite heavily on Gorampa.
Good to know. Gorampa was a great master.
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits
Replies: 37
Views: 574

Re: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits

My opinion is formed by the words of the people they talked to in the documentary. No assumptions were. I just listened. :) Not disparaging these monastics. I appreciate their practice. But, my opinion is Bodhisattva's go to where the suffering is, rather than hide in the mountains. There is certai...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits
Replies: 37
Views: 574

Re: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits

While I loved “Amongst White Clouds”, I got exactly this feeling. Not kidding at all. _/|\_ Keith I love how people tend to think that somehow first world problemas are harder than not having proper shelter, heat and food. Not to mention the difficulties of actually doing the practice intensively. ...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2236

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

The argument takes aim at the Geluk idea that appearances are derived from conventions themselves. Why would Geluks say that? Also, by "convention" are we talking about names and language (མིང་ ming)? You should read Gorampa. He explains it very clearly. One day. Mipham first! :tongue:
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85018

Re: Great Vegan Debate

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