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by Bristollad
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain

I do prostrations every day - I don't find that they put anything like the strain of a pushup on my arms. If you already have problems with your arms and shoulders I can understand why it would be a worry. But otherwise, I've not experienced any problems over several years with arms and shoulders. K...
by Bristollad
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain

I've never had problems with wrists or elbows, I'm not even sure how full prostrations could do that. Knees...well, yes, especially if you persist when you are tired and start collapsing onto them.
by Bristollad
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1700

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

It is better you act to benefit yourself and others in this life, so if talk of emptiness has made you doubt the point of doing anything and made your life worse, then disregard it. Concentrate on avoiding the 10 nonvirtuous actions, but when they happen, acknowledge and endeavour not to repeat them...
by Bristollad
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 52
Views: 4812

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Druniel wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:49 am There are things changing of course and something not changing in ourselves
Show me this unchanging "something".
by Bristollad
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

As Ananda states: As The Great Tantra of the Primordial Buddha emphatically forbids it, those observing celibacy should never receive the secret and wisdom empowerments. If those practicing celibacy and asceticism were to receive those empowerments, they would be obliged to practice what is forbidd...
by Bristollad
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1700

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

If all that stuff is illusory then partaking in it is living a lie. You are saying we are pretending all of this is real, so we are living a lie. So then why work if it is a lie and so is money? Why love and care when that is also a lie and not real? Why do anything that we call living if it’s all ...
by Bristollad
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85017

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The thing is, our current industrial agriculture system is responsible for most items on the vegans' and vegetarians' plates too. Simply switching out some items will not change that. If you're eating berries out of season, it is likely that as a highly perishable item, they've been flown from their...
by Bristollad
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Geluk teachers to be aware of?
Replies: 18
Views: 659

Re: Geluk teachers to be aware of?

If you're in Europe, also worth keeping an eye out for Geshe Tenzin Namdak, who became the resident teacher at Jamyang London when Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering was requested to return to Sera Mey to be Abbot. Geshe Namdak is Dutch and speaks good English. https://jamyang.co.uk/index.php/buddhis...
by Bristollad
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1700

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

A broken arm is also an illusion at the ultimate level - does that mean that having it set and a plaster cast put on so it heals, is living a lie?
by Bristollad
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug Madhyamaka
Replies: 28
Views: 1533

Re: Gelug Madhyamaka

Actually, Gendun Chophel strikes me as some one who followed the logic to its natural end. Yes, this is Gendun Chophel's view which differs from the Gelukpa explanation (which was what was enquired about). Perhaps, but it still wasn't what was asked for. Gendun Chophel does not represent Geluk view...
by Bristollad
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug Madhyamaka
Replies: 28
Views: 1533

Re: Gelug Madhyamaka

Nihilism would deny appearances. Appearances negate nihilism. To quote Gendun Chophel: There are those who fear that if vases, pillars, and so on were refuted through reasoning, everyone would come to espouse nihilistic views of nonexistence. Their worries are pointless. For in the case of ordinary...
by Bristollad
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

Problem is it is a bit more than form though because if I were to write more clearly the meaning still challenges the status quo. That is why people attack my character. I have no problem with posts that challenge the status quo (whatever you imagine that to be), I simply often do not understand wh...
by Bristollad
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

There is no required entry exam or stated level of proficiency but if one's use of language doesn't convey the intended meaning to the other posters , it's missing its mark. Or perhaps my perspective is such that it doesn't conform to traditional convention. Yes I deviate from the norm but the norm...
by Bristollad
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

When someone misuses language it is disingenuous to complain that people misunderstand what they say. Per the theme of this thread, I don’t see occasions where spelling, grammar or pronunciation can be criticized in the quoted material. I appreciate readers who care about an author's intent, and I ...
by Bristollad
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

Hey tkp67: to my ears, you communicate beautifully, no problem. Me too. It's a strange phenomenon that English speaking people often complain about tkp's posts being not intelligible, while I think I understood it finely. But I'm no native English speaker. However, I have noticed an occasion just r...
by Bristollad
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

There is no required entry exam or stated level of proficiency for posting here. The basis for correct is subjective to cause, condition and capacity. This is a global site. This is not a formal site. The expectation that information be tailored to an unknown metric (i.e. YOUR causes, conditions an...
by Bristollad
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

Correctly using language There is no required entry exam or stated level of proficiency for posting here. The basis for correct is subjective to cause, condition and capacity. This is a global site. This is not a formal site. The expectation that information be tailored to an unknown metric (i.e. Y...
by Bristollad
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes
Replies: 39
Views: 1100

Re: Making grammar, spelling, and pronunciation mistakes

Correctly using language so that others understand the ideas we are trying to express is not conforming to conditioning . Nor is it necessarily prejudiced expecting others to also use correct language though it can be used to unfairly exclude or belittle someone. Written language has to have more ri...
by Bristollad
Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3826

Re: Self Defense

The principle is still the same though, two people are going at each other with intent to harm . This is your assumption. My university karate instructor used to say, "If you are here to learn to fight, you are in the wrong place. I can give you the name of a couple of pubs in town where if you go ...
by Bristollad
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3826

Re: Self Defense

The principle is still the same though, two people are going at each other with intent to harm . This is your assumption. My university karate instructor used to say, "If you are here to learn to fight, you are in the wrong place. I can give you the name of a couple of pubs in town where if you go ...

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