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by SunWuKong
Wed May 08, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4777

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

I feel like it is appropriate to say that Buddha is my guru. I'm not sure it's accurate to call him my "savior" however - even though Buddhism is highly soteriological in orientation. Does that mean my interpretation is secular? Or does it mean I don't divide the secular aspect from other aspects? I...
by SunWuKong
Tue May 07, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Home self-retreat advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1745

Re: Home self-retreat advice

Yes Yes - a practice journal is a great idea, but do'nt add creative writing on the to-do list. Naturally as with any retreat you are observing 5 Precepts. Maybe open and close retreat with special chant. Keep a balance with meditation practices: sitting, walking, standing, lying down. If you are pl...
by SunWuKong
Tue May 07, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 5135

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

Are you planning on "studying" to the extent you need to learn classical languages? If so, that's going to be the biggest factor. Mahayana texts are generally in Sanskrit, Chinese, or Tibetan. If you aren't learning a language what is the purpose of studying abroad? Just curious...
by SunWuKong
Tue May 07, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?
Replies: 15
Views: 1446

Re: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?

It's an opportunity to do and say whatever you want and then claim you were confused due to advanced age when you get called out on it. I can't wait :lol: Can I use that as an excuse for saying ridiculous things when the conference call phone is accidentally off mute? Sure why not? This thread is f...
by SunWuKong
Sun May 05, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Flu Season
Replies: 22
Views: 4290

Re: Flu Season

In the USA, Center for Disease Control determines which vaccines for which strains of flu go in the shot, and its based on past history of flu in your region, usually the prior year. It's not a perfect system. Best way to avoid contracting a disease is constant hand-washing, you and everyone you liv...
by SunWuKong
Sun May 05, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?
Replies: 15
Views: 1446

Re: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?

bcol01 wrote: Sun May 05, 2019 4:29 am It's so sad that beauty fades and we get older. How do you all view getting older and losing your looks, etc?
Beauty fades, health fades, your mind fades, and then you also die. This is what living means too. All of this.
by SunWuKong
Sun May 05, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 2137

Re: The desire to stop suffering

I believe in the Uttaratantra it is said that not wanting suffering is evidence of your Buddha Nature. I think the idea is that suffering is ignorance becoming awareness. It’s like the red line under a misspelled word. It gets your attention and motivates you to do something to correct it. Unfortun...
by SunWuKong
Sun May 05, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 55
Views: 5991

Re: Finding Your Guru

Yes, Shravakayana sounds like a good alternative. What then of the Private Buddha vehicle, (I believe this is included in the Hinayana designation?) I could say the Shravakayana and Pratyekabuddhayana, as opposed to the bodhisattvayana (as taught in the Lotus Sutra.) So; Shravakayana & Pratyekabudd...
by SunWuKong
Sun May 05, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: An introduction
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: An introduction

Welcome to the group!
by SunWuKong
Sun May 05, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 14411

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Queequeg wrote: Fri May 03, 2019 6:43 pm SWK,
I'm guessing you're not familiar with the three problems that were identified and discussed at the conference?
i guess i don't get it. (finds a place to sit on the fence)
by SunWuKong
Sat May 04, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 3714

Re: Insect karma

There's even an animal that could travel in deep space unharmed, maybe to colonize the galaxies?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade
by SunWuKong
Sat May 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 40
Views: 6683

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

why is it that i say "Goo-goo" instead of Guo Gu Roshi ?

:spy:
by SunWuKong
Sat May 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Liberate all living beings
Replies: 25
Views: 2800

Re: Liberate all living beings

If bodhisattvas vow to postpone their own nirvana until all other beings attain enlightenment as well then how did the Buddha being a previous bodhisattva attain nirvana? Maybe because Buddhas do in fact save all sentient beings. You missed it. Buddha has attained parinibbana, but suffering is stil...
by SunWuKong
Sat May 04, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 40
Views: 6683

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Erick, i like your resoning. Bu t to say Buddha is a shit stick sjit? Ok, all know ,life aint prety. Bro, that is not any nearer to an answer. So . ... Lay it out.. Say it.. Or, else, its just another yunmen koan stupiditi,,,a foolish game oh i think for some of us a shit-stick penetrates to the tr...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 03, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 14411

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Pfft - I'm not sure I believe half of that. Why is subjectivity considered "a blind spot" ? Is this saying that one can never be objective about anything? That's the purpose of science, to look at things as objectively as possible. The article seems to be a scientific view apologetical as to why we ...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 03, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 4980

Re: Emotions = suffering?

"The initial challenge of Buddhist meditative practice is not merely to suppress, let alone repress, destructive mental states, but instead to identify how they arise, how they are experienced, and how they influence oneself and others over the long run." Actually suppression and avoidance of ALL em...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 03, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 4980

Re: Emotions = suffering?

To me the sutta is saying that the World will Fail you, that Life is Suffering. I'm not disputing that. Here are 3 well-recognized Buddhist teachers saying that there are helpful as well as harmful emotions: https://buddhismnow.com/2011/02/12/liberating-emotions-by-ajahn-sumedho/ https://www.buddhan...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 03, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 4980

Re: Emotions = suffering?

1. Your child has been told so many times not to run into the street. And yet he does it again. A car slams on the brake and you hear the tires screech. At first you feel fear, then anger. Then you mindfully channel your anger into serious concern. You are going to have to take steps, because you lo...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 02, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 4980

Re: Emotions = suffering?

Now I'm delusional, since I'm a Buddhist who still believes in peace & love? You guys crack me up. I'm done with this convo. :crazy: We've been trying to explain that Buddhism doesn't categorise compassion as 'an emotion'. For some reason that seems to keep going by you. Thinking of 'emotions' as '...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 02, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Can you make fire with just two sticks and your hands?
Replies: 13
Views: 3826

Re: Can you make fire with just two sticks and your hands?

In case anyone is interested, there’s a classic 1980’s film called Quest for Fire : In the prehistoric world, a Cro-Magnon tribe depends on an ever-burning source of fire, and through misfortune their’s becomes extinguished. Lacking the knowledge to start a new fire, the tribe sends three warriors ...

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