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by justsit
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 30
Views: 3980

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

Miroku wrote: Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:37 pm Are there reasons why one should avoid them?
From a sutra perspective, no idea.

I do recall hearing proscriptions discussed at some vajrayana teachings related to disruption of internal winds in the body. Can't provide a definitive source, though, sorry.
by justsit
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 30
Views: 3980

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

One of the “ roots” is not a root at all of course. Asafoetida is a ground up resin........ You’re welcome. My understanding is that the five pungents are onions, garlic, scallions (green onions), chives, and leeks. Asofoetida is derived from the root of a perennial herb plant, and apparently Jains...
by justsit
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Guru Rinpoche explains what happens when you Die
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Re: Guru Rinpoche explains what happens when you Die

Excellent, thanks for posting this.

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by justsit
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Excellent New Forum
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: Excellent New Forum

The response to the new forum is very encouraging! Addressing my reply not just to Simon: Regarding the physical process of dying (as opposed to the spiritual process) - there are many good resources available online; the best one I've seen is by Barbara Karnes, RN. She is a hospice nurse who develo...
by justsit
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: meet the old masters now, before they're gone
Replies: 30
Views: 5408

Re: meet the old masters now, before they're gone

It probably is not possible to actually meet Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche http://www.ktgrinpoche.org/ , as he is living in Nepal, very elderly and no longer teaches. If there is another way to make contact, I highly recommend you try; check the website; any kind of karmic connection will be bene...
by justsit
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 19
Views: 1971

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

...Is this part of what is meant in the saying (sorry, I can't remember the wording) the gist being, when working with ultimate truth, my view is vast and open and when working with relative truth my conduct is precise and finely tuned ?... “Padmasambhava said: ‘Though the view should be as vast as...
by justsit
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Subforum:Death
Replies: 10
Views: 2129

Re: Subforum:Death

Excellent idea, IMO. Death, in the US at least, is a topic usually studiously avoided, many people are totally ignorant of the actual process and what to expect with a "normal" death. Opening the discussion with the focus on Buddhist teachings could be very helpful.
by justsit
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Merits from listening recorded chanting
Replies: 9
Views: 1329

Re: Merits from listening recorded chanting

A small digression - the Gyuto chants include one voice that can produce three notes at the same time. I'm no musician, but apparently Huston Smith's [famous Western professor of World Religions] visit to the Gyuto Monks was the first time this phenomenon had ever been recorded on tape. The first ti...
by justsit
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What do Tibetan Teachers mean by "degenerate times"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: What do Tibetan Teachers mean by "degenerate times"?

From Chatral Rinpoche (on Shambhala website, don't mind that, truth is where you find it): "These days we are living in the age of the five degenerations, also called the "five insurmountables. " In this wild and unruly time, because of such things as the proliferation of many kinds of evil weapons ...
by justsit
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Starting out on a path
Replies: 5
Views: 912

Re: Starting out on a path

I guess it depends on how you define change; it can be positive or negative, easy or difficult, superficial or shattering. For me, formal entry to the Buddhist path didn't require much change that was all that difficult. I'd already spent a number of years exploring other paths, had already quit dri...
by justsit
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Starbucks
Replies: 25
Views: 2343

Re: Starbucks

Throwaway culture didn't originate with consumer demand, that demand was manufactured by corporations, starting at least the 50's. I remember a history teacher telling a class I was in about how built-in obsolescence is a post-depression, possibly postwar, feature of manufactured goods, but I heard...
by justsit
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Robert Hunter passed away
Replies: 7
Views: 925

Re: Robert Hunter passed away

So I read the thread title and wanted to post a vid, and went looking. It's now 1 1/2 hours of Dead music later, and I can't pick just one, but I'm smiling and a little teary. Good times, man, the best.
by justsit
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 1755

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

IMO the answer to "how to live?" can be distilled down to the basics - do good, avoid evil, purify the mind. Since we continue to create karma, better to act in as positive a manner as possible in this very life.
by justsit
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 4699

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

... has also joked and laughed about the ‘self-identifying as an apache attack helicopter’ meme. That's the only trans person I've ever heard of who found that insult amusing. Maybe because he's military he has a thick skin, but trans people in general don't find it anything to laugh about. Or mayb...
by justsit
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 4699

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Just a few comments: ..The state of being transgender is the state of wanting to be something other than what you already are. It's craving of such a powerful, painful variety that it makes some people kill themselves. That is not my understanding nor experience. When I transitioned I became what I ...
by justsit
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 4908

Re: So, you read pirated books?

... there is something unique to sitting down with that hefty Sunday paper and working through it with a cup of coffee. This exactly. It's what makes a frigid February Sunday morning bearable, and offers at least the semblance of something cosmopolitan for those of us trapped where an evening out m...
by justsit
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 4908

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I believe everyone gets 10 free articles a month. If journalism is important to you, consider a subscription to your local paper. Yes, that's true, but no free articles if you use private browsing mode. My local paper I can read online, 10 free articles/day. I'd love to have a print subscription to...
by justsit
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: America is hooked on violence
Replies: 23
Views: 2368

Re: America is hooked on violence

America has always been hooked on violence and has been at perpetual war for years now.... I used to think Americans are evolved beyond the possibility of devolving into a French Revolution sort of orgy of violence, but I'm not at all convinced of that anymore and suspect we might be closer to one ...
by justsit
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Cold Showers
Replies: 23
Views: 3735

Re: Cold Showers

With Polar Bear Plunges there are some pretty crazy physical effects - including cardiovascularly. I'm wondering how much you can change your reactions to it with intentional practice. First, sorry for the double post above, edit went awry somehow. Yes, the body can be slowly acclimated to cold by ...

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