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by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to study at in India/Nepal
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Places to study at in India/Nepal

You may want to make contact first with a lama in the US that has a connection to somewhere you want to study. Just showing up somewhere with no introduction or background in their lineage is a lot harder than being introduced by a lama of the same lineage who knows you. Sometimes you can just show...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to study at in India/Nepal
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Places to study at in India/Nepal

You may want to make contact first with a lama in the US that has a connection to somewhere you want to study. Just showing up somewhere with no introduction or background in their lineage is a lot harder than being introduced by a lama of the same lineage who knows you. Sometimes you can just show...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sutra recordings and merit
Replies: 8
Views: 112

Re: Sutra recordings and merit

If your mind and motivation aren't pure some days, the power of the Dharma you are reading out loud will purify you and everyone who hears it. It's a win-win situation. The only thing we stand to lose is our afflictions.
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sutra recordings and merit
Replies: 8
Views: 112

Re: Sutra recordings and merit

If your heart is in it, it will make a lot of merit for you and everyone who hears. Some people have a love of brush and ink, and their copying of sutras will be very meritorious. Some people have a love of sound and the voice, and their chanting and reciting of sutras will be very meritorious. Many...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhāvataṃsaka Reflections
Replies: 22
Views: 480

Re: Buddhāvataṃsaka Reflections

There was a famous conversation (in the video below) between Meng-ts'an 夢參老和尚 and Nan Huai Chin 南懷瑾, where Nan Huai Chin was extolling the benefits of fasting for spiritual practice and Meng-ts'an said something along the lines of "That's very nice... but you should really read Avatamsaka Sutra. It ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhāvataṃsaka Reflections
Replies: 22
Views: 480

Re: Buddhāvataṃsaka Reflections

I adapted some of the Cleary translation and the Ven Cheng Chien translation after looking at the Chinese into a little quaint reflection piece: "If you see a river, pray that beings gain entrance into the stream and into the ocean of wisdom. If you see a reservoir, pray that beings swiftly taste t...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Sakya Pandita's Ordinary Wisdom
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Sakya Pandita's Ordinary Wisdom

It's a classic among tibetans. Everyone seems to know about it and it's often quoted by teachers in every tradition.

Personally, I love this genre of worldly wisdom.
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Lotsawa Online Course
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Lotsawa Online Course

I attended Lotsawa's two year program in 2018. If you have questions, feel free to PM me.
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 853

Re: Buddhist Morality

He was trying to show people how to get out of the cycle by renouncing the world and following the path of Dharma. Ok, I can vote for this. So renouncing the world. Renouncing me. Renouncing my philosophy. Renouncing my liberation and enlightenment etc. Renouncing the story of me becoming this and ...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Lotsawa Online Course
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Lotsawa Online Course

It seems that Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program will be holding its course online this year, and modules can be done independently. It's a good price and the teacher Geshe Wangdak is a great language teacher. https://www.lrztp.org/online-tibetan-language-program/ They hope to start the long ...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 853

Re: Buddhist Morality

Another thing to ponder on... Can possessions belong to a people, where karma is concerned? Can one steal from a people? And can we inherit the negative karma, the consequences of bad actions of our ancestors? Personally, I think karmic debt works through feelings of grievance. If someone feels aggr...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 853

Re: Buddhist Morality

You know... I'm not sure Buddha was much concerned about rights in the way we understand the concept in the modern world. Buddha was concerned with karma and liberation. Morality was based on social conventions (eg. the Law) to encourage harmony with the existing order. But true morality in Buddhism...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 853

Re: Buddhist Morality

Is morality a myth? I think private ownership is a myth... but a very strong one and most people seem to believe in it. It's the basis for such strong feelings of attachment to one's property and resentment if it is damaged or stolen. Maybe that's the basis of our strong karma surrounding possessio...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 853

Re: Buddhist Morality

This problem sounds very artificial (construed). It's clear times changed and you cannot turn back the time of 200 years. Nevertheless the dept stays. Therefore the descendants of European immigrants should be aware of the fact they owe much. Therefore, they should treat the decendants of Native Am...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 6 Year Mental Torment
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: 6 Year Mental Torment

You're under a spell. But it's not "her" putting a spell on you... It is coming from your own mind. I was recently in a similar dynamic of being utterly in love. Love is like a magical spell. Once I remembered how I got into the situation in the first place, the moments when she said something that ...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 64
Views: 1040

Re: Experiences with spirits

From all the time I have spent so far on researching these issues I know already an idea that people doing what is called ghost-hunting could be dangerous. For example there are the Christian people who would say you are inviting demons/evil by exposing yourself to that. I have a sikh friend who do...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 64
Views: 1040

Re: Experiences with spirits

It would be good if I could find a Buddhist in the UK who had the ability to see spirits and how to deal with them. So if anyone knows anyone like that then I would be interested. Or even someone in Europe which might at least be a bit closer. I have however contacted a few different Buddhist group...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: The Paradox of Evil in Tiantai Buddhist Philosophy
Replies: 21
Views: 738

Re: The Paradox of Evil in Tiantai Buddhist Philosophy

Well, if the ten worlds interpenetrate perfectly and even hell beings and hungry Ghosts partake of the Buddha world to some extent, the question becomes: Do Buddhas and advanced Bodhisattvas thus also partake in a kind of 'hell nature'? There is in "orthodox" Buddhist thought the idea of non-retrog...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: The Paradox of Evil in Tiantai Buddhist Philosophy
Replies: 21
Views: 738

Re: The Paradox of Evil in Tiantai Buddhist Philosophy

Jee Loo Liu proposes what I consider an elegant (if slightly subtle and complex) solution to this issue in her paper, but before I make her argument for her I’d like to see if there are any members with thoughts or comments on the doctrinal controversy in general. My own impression (not based on ti...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 218
Views: 73061

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

Contributions so far - Wack Sabbath Felonious Monk Fool and the Gang Public Enema Poxy Music Go for it, folks! Andrew Turd The Bleach Boys The Stinks Baby Gaga Dupe Fiasco Quick Slave and the Bad Deeds Nine Inch Fails Red Hot Willy Lepers Return to Whatever The Trolling Stones Poops of Rebellion Th...

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