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by acarefreeman
Sun May 27, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: real question
Replies: 28
Views: 3901

Re: real question

I think the distinction is as follows: it becomes idolatry when you are seeking a benefit, boon or assistance, in some matter, by way of the power imputed to the idol/symbol/form. This certainly can apply to Buddhism, just as much as any other religion, and only insofar as Buddhism is a religion (b...
by acarefreeman
Sun May 27, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings and Salutations
Replies: 5
Views: 1588

Re: Greetings and Salutations

Hi all - I found this forum via a cross-link at ZFI where I have been a member since October last. I also used to post on Philosophy Forum but got a bit tired of butting heads with materialists. I am enrolled in the Master of Buddhist Studies program at Sydney Uni, been practicing mostly under my o...
by acarefreeman
Thu May 24, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate
Replies: 35
Views: 7233

Re: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate

Thanks. Well, yes, it is widely said that there are different levels of Enlightenment. Especially in Zen when we find the concept of satori, this is obviously not the nirvana spoken of by the Buddha. Satoris are sudden, and what's more several of them can occur. But the Buddha taught to his discipl...
by acarefreeman
Wed May 23, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate
Replies: 35
Views: 7233

Re: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate

I am a deep sympathizer of all Buddhist ways, regardless of their cultural background. I have studied Mahayana Buddhism, especially Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, in deep personal intimacy. However, there is something I have never been able to come to terms without throughout these years of study. How i...
by acarefreeman
Wed May 23, 2012 2:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate
Replies: 35
Views: 7233

Re: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate

I am a deep sympathizer of all Buddhist ways, regardless of their cultural background. I have studied Mahayana Buddhism, especially Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, in deep personal intimacy. However, there is something I have never been able to come to terms without throughout these years of study. How i...
by acarefreeman
Wed May 09, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What are the differences between reincarnation and rebirth?
Replies: 17
Views: 3294

Re: What are the differences between reincarnation and rebirth?

I heard that Hindus believe in reincarnation but Buddhists in rebirth. What is the difference between reincarnation and rebirth? Not sure if a previous thread was posted on the subject. Kind regards, :namaste: Mike Dear Mike, First of all, let me clarify your question, in a slightly different wordi...
by acarefreeman
Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi everyone, from Canada!
Replies: 11
Views: 2144

Re: Hi everyone, from Canada!

Welcome home:-), LightSeed; and this home is our Dharma Wheel forum. But we do have the same home country, though: I am from Toronto, and I am proud to have another Canadian to be here. By the way, have you realized that one's own body is the best Buddhist temple of all? Once you realizes this, you ...
by acarefreeman
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?
Replies: 229
Views: 26155

Re: What is the concept of "reality" in Buddhism?

Dear Takoda, You have raised some very interesting yet also very profound questions. Each of these questions has a clear and justifiable answer, as I promised before, even if it does take time, and even trouble, to fully digest them. But before presenting the answers themselves, I want to remind you...
by acarefreeman
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:28 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings to all from a searcher
Replies: 12
Views: 3027

Re: Greetings to all from a searcher

Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome.Its great being on the forum. As I began to delve into Buddhism I realized there are quite a number of different schools. In fact about less than an hour’s drive from where I live there are three different Buddhist centers (Forgive me if I misspelled any of...
by acarefreeman
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings to all from a searcher
Replies: 12
Views: 3027

Re: Greetings to all from a searcher

Hello to everyone, its great being here. I have been visiting the forum on and off and I have finally decided to officially become a member. As for an introduction I will try to put it into a "nutshell" and try to keep it short. Please forgive me if I do not. I grew up in in what might be considere...
by acarefreeman
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question: Errors on Buddhist Scriptures
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Re: Question: Errors on Buddhist Scriptures

Thank you all of you for the answers so far :namaste: Have you got what you are looking for, Mr. Nosta? Now that the 'scholars' already have a concensus that the Mahayana sutras, with the Pure Land sutras included, are later "inventions", not Buddha's original teaching, how are you going to respond...
by acarefreeman
Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question: Errors on Buddhist Scriptures
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Re: Question: Errors on Buddhist Scriptures

From what i've been reading, there are many translation mistakes on the original bible texts. Such errors were without purpose but many of them were in purpose. because of that, Bible is FULL of errors and some of them are serious ones. Examples: in the original texts there were no references to a ...

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