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by dumb bonbu
Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What do you think of this quote ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3468

Re: What do you think of this quote ?

From where did the Buddha suggest we could draw aspiration?
suffering. i imagine if we manage to realise that others suffering is our suffering also then aspiration shoots through the roof.

just my two cents
by dumb bonbu
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mapping Sutras to Schools
Replies: 4
Views: 1689

Re: Mapping Sutras to Schools

hi retro, in answer to the first question i would say yes, absolutely. for example, The Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra is of particular importance in Jodo Shinshu school and The Avatamsaka Sutra in Huayen school (spelt this correct?) to give but two examples. it's not unusual for the schools and indeed...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)
Replies: 368
Views: 66241

Re: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)

rumoured to have mastered...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ego
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

Re: Ego

'ego'/'self' - different words for the same concept? perhaps answering what isn't ego is as difficult as trying to find a self. Dharmakaya? but what is that? ultimately, inconcievable with a mind full of defilements. i'm reminded of the words of Shinran's Shonshinge - The darkness of our ignorance i...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....
Replies: 37
Views: 7666

Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Shen Xiu's stanza (Disciple of the Fifth Patriarch of Ch'an) http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Sutra_of_Hui_Neng:_Chapter_1:_Autobiography" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Our body is the Bodhi-tree, And our mind a mirror bright. Carefully we wipe them hour by hour, And let no dust a...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)
Replies: 368
Views: 66241

Re: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)

om catty catty parasamcatty...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: From little things big things grow
Replies: 53
Views: 23751

Re: From little things big things grow

huzzah! cake and fruity beverages all round! :twothumbsup: :cheers:

thanks to all the peeps responsible here for setting this place up, modding and administrating it and just basically making it a great place to hang out and learn from each other!

:bow: :applause: :woohoo:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Space
Replies: 256
Views: 110835

Re: The Sacred Space

beautiful old cat! that statue of the Infant Buddha is very interesting. could you perhaps tell more about it? :thanks:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:31 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: The Shoshinge (Hymn of True Shinjin and Nembutsu)
Replies: 1
Views: 1016

The Shoshinge (Hymn of True Shinjin and Nembutsu)

I take refuge in the Tathagata of Immeasurable Life! I entrust myself to the Buddha of Inconceivable Light! Bodhisattva Dharmakara, in his causal stage, Under the guidance of Lokesvararaja Buddha, Searched into the origins of the Buddhas' pure lands, And the qualities of those lands and their men an...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:13 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)
Replies: 368
Views: 66241

Re: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)

cats declared worthy of...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:56 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)
Replies: 368
Views: 66241

Re: The Neverending story...(add 4 words)

and circumambulating 444 times....
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Space
Replies: 256
Views: 110835

Re: The Sacred Space

hi old cat, great idea! i don't have web-cam-thingy, i'm not hi-tech enough so no pictures of my little make-shift altar. but instead i'll share some other pics. the first example is an amazing piece of religious architecture that captivated me the first time i saw it long ago, before comitting to t...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Getting to Lotus Pose
Replies: 45
Views: 8788

Re: Getting to Lotus Pose

lotus? more like common garden weed for me!! :lol: i struggle with kneeling enough as it is. my first attendance at Three Wheels, knelt through the evening service for all of half an hour i thought i'd broken my knees! when we got up to move round the Hondo and prostrate facing the various direction...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....
Replies: 37
Views: 7666

Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

many beautiful posts, cheers for sharing peeps, please continue :twothumbsup: This vanity! For the little while that corpse is undecayed, earth of the meadow appears unrelated. - Ippen Just cast away! Then you will see: there's a way to let go of life in this world so as not to throw it away. - Ippen
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Earth Day 2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1563

Re: Earth Day 2009

hi ND, i asked the same thing. unfortunately, no-one can tell you what Blackle is, you have to see it for yourself. :tongue:

nah, just messing - it's an energy saving search-engine run by google. there's plenty of info on how it works and what it does - just check the link :smile:

well wishes
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Vasubandhu's Verses of Aspiration for Birth
Replies: 3
Views: 1766

Vasubandhu's Verses of Aspiration for Birth

O World-Honored One, with singleness of mind, I Take refuge in the Tathagata of Unhindered Light Shining throughout the Ten Directions, And aspire to be born in the Land of Peace and Bliss. Depending on the sutras' exposition Of the manifestation of true merit, I compose verses of aspiration in cond...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....
Replies: 37
Views: 7666

Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

hi peeps. feel free to share any here :smile:
Among all living things
mountains and rivers,
grasses and trees,
even the sounds of blowing winds
and rising waves -
there is nothing that is not the nembutsu
- Ippen
this world of dew
is only a world of dew
and yet...oh, and yet
- Issa
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Liar!
Replies: 40
Views: 7091

Re: Liar!

one above me is encouraging me to trade in under-the-counter painkillers and thus engage in wrong livlihood. tut-tut! :rules: :rolling:
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Consistency of Dharma Cultivation
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Re: Consistency of Dharma Cultivation

i like this quote very much old cat! i think it speaks well of the times. it is all too easy for Dharma cultivation to become corrupted by political influence, wrong views, attachments. but i also think when we see this corruption it can inspire us to cultivate the Dharma inside each of us with rene...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: self-immolation??
Replies: 5
Views: 1290

Re: self-immolation??

hi thornbush, yeah i guess we will never know and can only marvel. and if i'm being honest with myself then i think my border-aversion, my reaction when initially reading, reflects my own attachment to form, in this case my body. i'm just glad i don't have to set myself on fire to get to the Pure La...

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