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by avatamsaka3
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: TruthRising714
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: TruthRising714

and anything really to progress my knowledge of Buddhism and right now i am practicing mindfulness. You understand impermanence and suffering. You've seen the disadvantages of samsara. You have already progressed in your knowledge of Buddhism. Now the choice is what you are going to do with this fo...
by avatamsaka3
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: r/streamentry Reddit
Replies: 17
Views: 313

Re: r/streamentry Reddit

For anyone that hasn't seen the subreddit r/streamentry, it's full of excellent meditation guides, conversations with serious practitioners about meditation techniques and experiences, and a list of reputable teachers. The best resources for this are the suttas themselves, if you are interested in ...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget
Replies: 12
Views: 348

Re: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget

I have had a severe illness and I see no more meaning in life than to become a monk First of all, I am sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you are free from all suffering soon. But please, listen to someone who has been "around the block". Being a monk is not, in itself, the goal of practice. ...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget
Replies: 12
Views: 348

Re: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget

Why do you want to be a monk? Why do you want to be a monk there? The goal of practice is not to "be a monk". If you think practicing means to wear robes, be near statues, chant things, and be a part of a club, then yes you could benefit from being a monk. If the goal is to meditate, to understand t...
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness in Combination to Breathing Meditation
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Mindfulness in Combination to Breathing Meditation

Apologies if I'm a bit off topic but is it generally considered that a relatively quiet mind is needed as a prerequisite to focusing on the breath? The purpose of focusing on the breath is to achieve, ultimately, a state of mental unity. The prerequisites for this task that I'm familiar with are no...
by avatamsaka3
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhism and missionary work
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Buddhism and missionary work

so why have I never noticed Buddhists doing missionary work? Do Buddhists do that? The answer depends on exactly what you mean by doing missionary work. If we're talking about people going to areas where Buddhism isn't established from areas where it is, and establishing centers there and "rolling ...
by avatamsaka3
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 大乘离文字普光明藏经
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: 大乘离文字普光明藏经

That Buddha mountain site has a whole section dedicated to naturally appearing Buddha images in Canada. The thing is I can't see any of the Buddhas in the mountains. Can anyone else?
by avatamsaka3
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 757

Re: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?

Hi guys, so as my question goes: can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one lineage?
What do you think it means to be a Buddhist? If you think about that seriously, your question might answer itself.
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: "Being Integrated" youtube channel
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: "Being Integrated" youtube channel

Seems like it could be useful for a lot of people.
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Aggregates
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Aggregates

If light truly lacked solidity there wouldn't be shadows and one would not be able to shield their eyes from the sun with a hand.
And yet, it passes through liquids and some solids.
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What should I be doing now? (1 Year Tibetan Buddhist)
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: What should I be doing now? (1 Year Tibetan Buddhist)

Live ethically, train the mind, and use happiness as energy to help others. Give what you can. Or if you don't like "giving", give the gift of fearlessness by not harming anyone, including animals.
by avatamsaka3
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preliminary Practices
Replies: 13
Views: 753

Re: Preliminary Practices

1)What are some books that can help me grasp the preliminary practices? Normally we cling to the good things in samsara and push away the bad. But actually, we learn more by understanding the bad and letting go of the good. As Buddhists, we need new definitions of good and bad: not just what please...
by avatamsaka3
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 676

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

If you want to move forward, you need to do two things. One is that you need to drop everything you think you understand about meditation and Buddhism. By drop, I mean completely discard it to the point where the ideas you've accumulated don't affect your thinking or emotions. You need to start over...
by avatamsaka3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 676

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

I'll second seeing an eye doctor. They've got fancy machines that can scan you up and make sure there's no problem. A lot of health insurance companies will actually offer discounts on that sort of thing, so investigate this thoroughly. and also at a smaller Nicheran Zen dojo This doesn't seem like ...
by avatamsaka3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Healing from past spiritual hurts
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Healing from past spiritual hurts

You can't find refuge in samsara. Refuge is cultivated in the heart. Study refuge in depth. It will pay off. It's an important thing I'm doing these days. I'll be continuing this until I don't have to anymore. It's not something that can be skimmed over in five minutes. Ultimately, Buddhism is about...
by avatamsaka3
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: The Fundamentals
Replies: 3
Views: 433

The Fundamentals

kamma... in the void a thought creates a cosmos refuge... what good are dying flowers when the stars explode? ācariya... through stone walls sunlight in my palms buddha... the mountain is made of oceans of light mandala... Right View, Right Resolve, Right Effort these heart-moments bodhisatta... fir...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2397

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Can one be a Christian, Muslim or Jew and still practice Buddhism? I'm asking this as I'm currently in a relationship with a woman in one of these religions and the only way I can get married to her is to convert to her religion. As others have pointed out, it's possible to practice basic meditatio...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Inspiring biographies
Replies: 13
Views: 433

Re: Inspiring biographies

Thanks.

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