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by thornbush
Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?
Replies: 9
Views: 2607

Re: Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?

Hi sraddha,
Just curious...did someone taught you such thinking, derived from Sutra/Shastra sources or was it just your own private opinion/practice?

:thanks:
by thornbush
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:24 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 54
Views: 12579

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

Ancient texts, whether they are from the Pali Canon or the Sanskrit one, have been questioned by all with regards to its authencity and historical value. Heck, some even ask if Buddha was a historical figure besides some 'pathetic heap of ashes' found as some would put it. And then there are some ot...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?
Replies: 9
Views: 2607

Can we eat food cooked by Buddhists?

I was sent this Youtube video link by a friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iix5v1ytwBA&feature=related" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; And listen to how His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze (profile here ) answered a gentleman who was the second person at 4:20 in the video on the ...
by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Entrance exam (joke)
Replies: 9
Views: 2641

Re: Entrance exam (joke)

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by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Diamond Sutra
Replies: 23
Views: 7859

Re: The Diamond Sutra

Found this site with the full Sutra sung by Kumuda (Sharon Janis): THE DIAMOND CUTTER SUTRA: SUNG IN ENGLISH
by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking care of your mental health
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Re: Taking care of your mental health

One of my mental health therapy would be having cats.... they are great 'unwinders' at the end of the day...
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by thornbush
Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Astrology, Divination and Oracles
Replies: 16
Views: 4161

Re: Astrology, Divination and Oracles

Here's my tainted view: Heruka: justification for those 3 practices in Tibetan Buddhism. There are other streams of Buddhist Traditions who have clearly mentioned that such are not fit to be practiced by the Ordained nor the Laity and is founded on scriptural injunctions such as the Pali Canon and i...
by thornbush
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Astrology, Divination and Oracles
Replies: 16
Views: 4161

Astrology, Divination and Oracles

Ok, fellow Vajra brethren...
This topic may have been discussed to death but I still don't get it...
1. What is the role of this thread's title in Tibetan Buddhist context?
2. What is the justification for it?
3. Where is the justification found?

:thanks:
by thornbush
Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 2740

Re: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

Besides the Lotus Sutra, again He speaks in the Brahma Net Sutra: http://www.ymba.org/bns/bnsframe.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; At that time, he contemplated the wonderful Jewel Net hung in Lord Brahma's palace and preached the Brahma Net Sutra for the Great Assembly. He said: ...
by thornbush
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 2740

Re: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

As He Himself said it, it was a long time ago, everything else after that were mere expedients to lead all sentient beings towards Liberation. That is the Lotus Sutra's POV.
What matters to me more is what are we doing about it in actuating His Teaching for our own Liberation...
by thornbush
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey
Replies: 8
Views: 2260

Re: Hey

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by thornbush
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhist Artwork
Replies: 10
Views: 2290

Re: Buddhist Artwork

Very psychedelic and kool :twothumbsup:
by thornbush
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Laity
Replies: 4
Views: 1339

Re: The Laity

This is the likely source for it: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.143.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; When this was said, Anathapindika the householder wept and shed tears. Ven. Ananda said to him, "Are you sinking, householder? Are you foundering?" "No, venera...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1695

Re: A Householder's Training

Best offering me thinks is one's own unwavering Bodhicitta...when all Dharma practice has this and the 4 Noble Truths & Noble 8-fold Path, then we can be assured it is the right path as how Buddhas and Bodhisattvas intended. Anything lacking these merely obtains for one samsaric rewards and realms.....
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from the Sutras
Replies: 47
Views: 8015

Re: Reflections from the Sutras

Continuation... From: The Hundred Parables Sutra http://www.buddhistdoor.com/OldWeb/resources/sutras/fable_sutra.htm#41" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; PISACAH DEVILS Once upon a time, there were two Pisacah devils who conjointly owned a suitcase, a stick and a pair of wooden shoes ab...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 10780

Re: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories

http://www.ymba.org/parable/parabfr3.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; FIXED KARMA (MONK AND KILLER) "There was an Elder Master who practiced assiduously. Thanks to such diligence, auspicious signs would appear wherever he went. One day, a vagrant appeared, requesting permission to...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:17 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Watch the chemistry of thoughts
Replies: 1
Views: 712

Re: Watch the chemistry of thoughts

Practice and more practice of seeing the emptiness and letting go of aversions.....very tough...but do we must
O Guru Padmasambhava, what if it is our Elders who are grief and disrespectful to us?
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Laity
Replies: 4
Views: 1339

The Laity

I came across this lately: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Thus_Have_I_Heard:_Buddhist_Parables_and_Stories" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; PARABLE 0157: OUR DEBT TO ANATHAPINDIKA The name Anathapindika has come to be synonymous with extreme generosity in connection with Buddhist a...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: This life is so precious
Replies: 14
Views: 5223

Re: This life is so precious

Yes, one wrong turn and it can mean all over again for some....question is is there a guaranteed 'all over again' in the same conditions as one was in before....a scary thought... http://cttbusa.org/42s/42sections.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Buddha asked a Shramana, "How l...
by thornbush
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1695

Re: A Householder's Training

My tainted view.... When Sila and Dhyana are practiced with the Mind and not merely with outward appearances of the body, that is true practice without outflows and grasping. In all moments, the Mind watches itself through sila and dhyana, hence the body need not become like a slave to a grindstone ...

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