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by SunWuKong
Sat May 18, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation with nature sounds
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Re: Meditation with nature sounds

When i go outside and hear the birds and insects, the trees blowing in the wind, I always pause to meditate. But normally when i do sitting meditation it's enough noise, my clock, my wife in the kitchen, traffic on the streets, lawn service workers, construction... I smile and think of those noises ...
by SunWuKong
Sat May 18, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?
Replies: 22
Views: 3254

Re: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?

Great, good to hear, closure to some extent for you. So where does this leave you? You have a practice, sangha, etc?
by SunWuKong
Sat May 18, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can schizophrenics make progress to enlightenment through meditation?
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Re: Can schizophrenics make progress to enlightenment through meditation?

As long as theyre not completely gone into a totally different reality where there is no way for them to receive transmission, I would think it's kind of irrelevant to the path :) edit: meditation is meditation. either you're aware of it or you're not. meditation for a schizophrenic is the same as ...
by SunWuKong
Sat May 18, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

Re: Buddhist Economics

Came across this article on Buddhistdoor. Buddhist Economics: The Beginnings of a Promising Approach Its more or less a blurb with references for further inquiry, but interested to hear what the DW crowd has to say about it. Thoughts? Opinions? :popcorn: We were already on board with these ideas in...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 17, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Platform Sutra
Replies: 7
Views: 3183

Re: Platform Sutra

tied into GTU no wonder
by SunWuKong
Fri May 17, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 31
Views: 5635

Re: Favorite Sutra?

Heart Sutra, they say it's illogical, but it makes perfect sense to me!
by SunWuKong
Fri May 17, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Platform Sutra
Replies: 7
Views: 3183

Re: Platform Sutra

Thanks adept! Can you tell me a bit about the background (your own words) about this teaching, this teacher, I'm assuming this is Berkeley Buddhist Monastery? If so, I'm traveling there soon on family business and can add to my itinerary... Yes it is Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. Years ago when I fi...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Platform Sutra
Replies: 7
Views: 3183

Re: Platform Sutra

Thanks adept! Can you tell me a bit about the background (your own words) about this teaching, this teacher, I'm assuming this is Berkeley Buddhist Monastery? If so, I'm traveling there soon on family business and can add to my itinerary...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 16, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this gym rat says to me
Replies: 18
Views: 1636

Re: So this gym rat says to me

Urban Dictionary Beta, definition #2 A beta is a male who, instead of being alpha and manning up, completely bitches out. Can apply to many situations, but often refers to scenarios with women. Guy 1: Bro, hook me up with that girl's friend Guy 2: frak that. I'm going to double up with both of them....
by SunWuKong
Wed May 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 10546

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Criminalization isn't the way forward. Victimizing women isn't either. If all the money spent on these two agendas (criminalization, victimization) had been used for social services, the problem would have far less impact. It's a classic case of how fundamentalist activism up to and including terror...
by SunWuKong
Wed May 15, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?
Replies: 22
Views: 3254

Re: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?

Looks to me like an attempt to draw attention to herself. And you are engaging in that process. Manipulative people have a funny way of going away when you stop feeding them attention. Try it.
by SunWuKong
Wed May 15, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 87
Views: 34213

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

I feel it's wrong to have a bias, a closed mind about where the Path goes, if a person develops siddhis quite incidentally, in other words, if it is a involuntary by-product of being on the Path, then the inclination to reject and condemn it seem misguided. As well as misleading and unhelpful to peo...
by SunWuKong
Wed May 15, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2910

Re: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

Personally I've never had a problem with the understanding that there are 5 skandhas, that are subject to male, female, conception, birth, death (some may remember the opening graphic of the Ben Casey show). The idea that YabYum imagery or what it depicts is somehow less sacred than other iconograph...
by SunWuKong
Wed May 15, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?
Replies: 21
Views: 1874

Re: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?

Some people consider these to be just like religious baggage, akin to a tendency towards theism. I suppose one could argue that Bodhisattvas like Avalokitesvara, Kuan Yin, Kannon aren't "real" but who is to say "arhats" are real either? Or that a "historical Buddha" is real? Maybe everything is just...
by SunWuKong
Mon May 13, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The new brahmin caste
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: The new brahmin caste

by SunWuKong
Mon May 13, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 266
Views: 29556

Re: Existence

When you manage to find a little slime on my ass, you lick it off, take it to be your own self. [p 154 Master Yunmen. translated by Urs App] Take one look at me, I am nothing other than I am. The True Self is simply this, right here what more is there to be sought for? [p78 The recorded Sayings of ...
by SunWuKong
Mon May 13, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 23
Views: 2478

Re: Suffering

A wheel out of round is referred to as "dukkha" - that's the original meaning. So think in terms of "life is unmanagable" or "rough ride" or "why does this always happen to me?" or all the other negative reactions to life's uncertainties that arise out of the ego's "needs" not being compatible with ...
by SunWuKong
Mon May 13, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 10546

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Dechen Norbu - I'm okay with what you're saying here. And my apologies, my numbers were wrong. Its a study done in the USA by National Right to Life and it says 80% of abortions at that time were of single women and that the majority of those were from either/or single status or partner not deemed s...
by SunWuKong
Mon May 13, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 10546

Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Perhaps abortion is already way down the line in a sequence of problems caused by the common mindset in our society. As important as debating its legal framing, is understanding how we got to that situation in the first place. What is it that makes abortion such a common practice these days? The an...
by SunWuKong
Mon May 13, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 14183

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Typical reply as expected. No surprises here! Actually, the statistics on abortion confirm exactly my stance. Approximately 80% of all abortions are due to men quitting a relationships when their partner becomes pregnant. If you want to know what is wrong with society, it has nothing to do with peop...

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