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by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5142

Re: How are offerings accepted?

Nemo wrote:How could there be any merit making offerings to imaginary beings? You'd be better off working in a soup kitchen.
The trick is to imagine that they are real. It saves soup.
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 6859

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

Nosta wrote:I often find myself asking if there is a real "common ground" to all religions.
The common ground is the human psyche. All humans experience essentially the same thing, it is only the understanding, interpretation and expression of it that differs from culture to culture.
by dharmagoat
Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 6859

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

Nirvana means extinction. It is the extinction of the cause of suffering, it is the end of attachment. As an example, A is in love with B, then eventually A becomes bored with B, then A feels that B is getting rather annoying, and finally A happily leaves B. Simple story. When A finally gives up on...
by dharmagoat
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5142

Re: How are offerings accepted?

Who needs the offerings? Who benefits? We do. Quite apart from any benefit to beings of the six realms-- we ourselves benefit from our practice of generosity. If we happen to be on the first Bhumi, then our practices will definitely benefit others, before that not so much. But our practice ALWAYS b...
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Goodbye from me!
Replies: 34
Views: 6259

Re: Goodbye from me!

You will be missed.
Please accept another chocolate buddha: :buddha1:
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Goodbye from me!
Replies: 34
Views: 6259

Re: Goodbye from me!

He can't go. Can we stop him from leaving?
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 32 marks of a Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 7769

Re: 32 marks of a Buddha

zamotcr wrote:So if I don't have this body, i can't reach Buddhahood?
Obviously not. Unless you find yourself a good surgeon.
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 32 marks of a Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 7769

Re: 32 marks of a Buddha

Toes and fingers finely webbed. ... Hands reaching below the knees. ... Well-retracted male organ. ... Tongue long and broad. ... Fleshy protuberance on the crown of the head. Many years ago a New Age acquaintance of mine tried to convince me that the Buddha was an alien. I can see where he might g...
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:31 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Teacher's Images as Avatars
Replies: 20
Views: 5012

Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

There are several members that are using images of venerated animals as their avatars. For those of us that are unable to recognize these animals and so readily conclude that it cannot possibly be them in person, this can be extremely confusing. Even when aware that the poster is not the animal , i...
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 3857

Re: Is Shikantaza......

Shikantaza is the union of shamatha and vipassana. I understand shikantaza to be a refinement of vipassana, which in turn is built on the foundation of shamatha. Also from Dogen's Fukanzazengi: Once you have adjusted your posture, take a breath and exhale fully, rock your body right and left, and s...
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:29 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Teacher's Images as Avatars
Replies: 20
Views: 5012

Teacher's Images as Avatars

There are several members that are using images of venerated teachers as their avatars. For those of us that are unable to recognise these teachers and so readily conclude that it cannot possibly be them in person, this can be extremely confusing. Even when aware that the poster is not the teacher, ...
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:53 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 35755

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

We are not limited to the traditional Buddhist dogmas, and it is not "buddha-dharma" to adhere dogmatically to buddhist cannons and treatises. It is our duty to reevaluate constantly. If it is a living tradition we will do that. Anything living must change. We should try to expose flaws in our pred...
by dharmagoat
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan translation challenge
Replies: 17
Views: 3613

Re: Tibetan translation challenge

Will wrote:For a goat it would be a 'peculiar' and rare event - please stay downwind.
:applause:
by dharmagoat
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Have you ever "looked inside" the mind of a Billionaire?
Replies: 46
Views: 5600

Re: Have you ever "looked inside" the mind of a Billionaire?

Lhug-Pa wrote:Anyway, I don't get it either. Is it a round house or something?
I am hoping that Wesley might provide a commentary.
by dharmagoat
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan translation challenge
Replies: 17
Views: 3613

Re: Tibetan translation challenge

Out of naïve curiosity I went poking around in the murk and found this: Tho-ag in Zhi-gyu slept seven Khorlo. The Eternal Parent, wrapped in her ever invisible robes, had slumbered once again for seven eternities. Zodmanas zhiba. All Nyug bosom. Time was not, for it lay asleep in the infinite bosom ...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Cat Meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 4856

Re: Cat Meditation

Oh I'm not ready for the dog yet. "When the student is ready, the dog will appear." It is really heart-warming to hear how you are applying love to counter distraction and potential frustration. I agree that pets provide all sorts of unique opportunities to practice the Dharma. Our animals, like ch...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Does anyone know how to play the Abacus?
Replies: 5
Views: 2307

Re: Does anyone know how to play the Abacus?

Wesley1982 wrote:Does anyone know how to play the Abacus?
You play it just like a washboard. In fact the sound is very similar.
by dharmagoat
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Have you ever "looked inside" the mind of a Billionaire?
Replies: 46
Views: 5600

Re: Have you ever "looked inside" the mind of a Billionaire?

I'm not sure what a koan is. This is what Wikipedia has to say about kōans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koan" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Any ideas what to call "The Corner" of my mom's house?.. What the hell? Is this a kōan, Wesley? Actually, come to think of it, it sounds more ...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Have you ever "looked inside" the mind of a Billionaire?
Replies: 46
Views: 5600

Re: Have you ever "looked inside" the mind of a Billionaire?

Wesley1982 wrote:Any ideas what to call "The Corner" of my mom's house?..
What the hell? Is this a kōan, Wesley?
by dharmagoat
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?
Replies: 84
Views: 26319

Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Wesley1982 wrote:Like getting laid or having sex once in a while? helps alot.
Some do both.

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