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by Brunelleschi
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 95
Views: 8383

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

Do we have any fans of the "naropa" "university" translation style? Naropa.jpg So does he mean "queer" as in strange/odd or "queer" as in Queer Theory derived from figures such as Judith Butler or Leo Bersani? Pretty sure he means he is putting an LGBTQ spin on his translations. It's nice someone i...
by Brunelleschi
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 95
Views: 8383

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:37 am
Do we have any fans of the "naropa" "university" translation style?

Naropa.jpg
So does he mean "queer" as in strange/odd or "queer" as in Queer Theory derived from figures such as Judith Butler or Leo Bersani?
by Brunelleschi
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Request: clear explanation of the nature of Sukhavati or a "pure land" in general
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Request: clear explanation of the nature of Sukhavati or a "pure land" in general

Hello, I have a request: Could someone take the time to explain how the/a pure land in Buddhism is to be understood? Hailing from Europe I feel like my view of the pure land is influenced by Abrahamic thinking - which is obviously incorrect. I've read some explanations but I'd like to get a more phi...
by Brunelleschi
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying; Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 21
Views: 599

Re: Lying; Is it Acceptable?

Whether it is acceptable or not is irrelevant, either way there will be karmic consequences (vipaka). Any action executed from a self-centred view is going to have stronger negative consequences. Agreed. This is an important concept to remember. Consequences are not judged by some exterior force - ...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

Buddha Sakyamuni was undeniably an atheist. He stated clearly that there is no Creator God. That being the case, Buddhist ontology must be founded on natural laws. There are no two ways about it. From a buddhist viewpoint, the law of karma is therefore a natural law akin to a conservation law in sc...
by Brunelleschi
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can other religions/philosophies/practises complement Buddhadharma?
Replies: 156
Views: 2947

Re: Hello All

This means there are no realized people at all outside of Buddhadharma. You might have not met them, just like the Buddha might have not in his time locally. Also it would defy the use of religion (sadly) if sutras would indicate that it would be otherwise, it's just politics. Also there is zero pr...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Indeed he was. And he saw that as an opportunity for Dharma. " Tiger-like Chogyam roaming in foreign jungles" as he put it. He spoke of the corrupted nature of Tibetan religious structures and the inevitable resulting vipaka. He said it was necessary for the Dharma to come west. Right. Well on the ...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

As Greg pointed out there has been no Buddhadharma in Afghanistan in the modern era. This has nothing to do with the recent barbarous acts of the Taliban. It is absolutely essential that Buddhadharma is seen as primary and it's political and cultural expression is seen as very much secondary if it ...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

If people do not refrain from using this discussion as a platform for Islamophobia I will shut down the discussion and start handing out warnings and suspensions. The Terms of Service state: This is not a "comparative religion site", it is a site to learn and discuss the Buddha's teachings without ...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Of course it does not 'diminish the Dharma'. You are conflating the Dharma with it's cultural and political expressions. Are you seriously suggesting that the Dharma in its earlier form in this cycle was lesser because it had very little iconography? There are teachers that will tell you that the I...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

It is not the first time someone tried to destroy these statues. Buddhism is no longer in Afghanistan because it was supressed (partly at least, I don't know the history well enough to make any bold claims). "They (the Bamiyan Buddha statues) were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliba...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Because dharma practitioners in that area probably and quite rightly feel intimidated by such behavior. I wouldn't mind a side bet that temple attendance falls a bit after such an attack. Dharma practitioners in Central Afghanistan? Whose Dharma? Which temples? Bruh, it's not the first time someone...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:10 pm
MiphamFan wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:03 pm
Well, the mlecchas taking over the world was predicted in the Kalacakra Tantra.
Obviously their message and practices are more relevant right now, otherwise their membership would be declining.
Well actually Christianity will still be the world's largest religion in 2050.
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2741

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Possibly Buddhists not procreating enough. :shrug: Religion is not "on the way out". The amount of people adhering to a religion is actually increasing. By 2050 all major religions (except one - Buddhism ) are predicted to have increased (in total numbers if I recall correctly). The two religions pr...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 897

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Cheers guys/gals for all the nice replies despite me being overly negative. It's given me something to think about.
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 897

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Sure, but what you're talking about isn't really Dharma. I mean if you want friends and relationships there's a whole lot of ways to do that outside of Buddhism. I'm practicing so as to not be reborn as a dog or some other animal. I'm talking about having a common frame of reference - not being pra...
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 897

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

So, anyway. The topic being How can you turn Daily actions into Dharma when you have a regular job etc. Focus kind of shifted to the question of a community, but I guess that would be a separate thread. :yinyang: :juggling:
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 897

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Well, how do you keep your practice up without a community? I can walk around thinking positive thoughts about everyone, saying mantras during the day etc. But without the possibility of shared frame of reference with the people around you - it's all in your head. No one will ever know. I've starte...
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 897

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Well, how do you keep your practice up without a community? I can walk around thinking positive thoughts about everyone, saying mantras during the day etc. But without the possibility of shared frame of reference with the people around you - it's all in your head. No one will ever know. I've starte...