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by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Earth Day 2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

Re: Earth Day 2009

we're supposed to laying a lawn today. quite appropriate for Earth Day lol. still waiting to hear from the hire place about a rotivator though. we'll see.

saving energy wise - do you peeps know about Blackle? :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: self-immolation??
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Re: self-immolation??

thankyou retro. i have been meaning to see that film as i hear it is a very beautiful story. the theory certainly sheds some light in the context of one's life drawing to an end and of course, the monk beingly highly mentally trained. perhaps it is also skillful means of a Bodhisattva at a high leve...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: self-immolation??
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

self-immolation??

hi folks. okay so i read this excerpt i'll share and my initial reaction (heck, it's still my reaction if i'm being honest) was :jawdrop: perhaps there's something i'm missing here and admittedly i don't know a great deal about the subject (the Lotus Sutra is sat on my shelf to be read shortly) so p...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Liar!
Replies: 40
Views: 7101

Re: Liar!

one above me is busy munching aspirin :lol:
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:58 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 10772

Re: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories

this one is from memory as i can't remember where i read it initially right now (if anyone knows the source please chip in, thank yee) - an old granny is walking along the roadside chanting the nembutsu to herself. a zen priest is coming towards her and hears her chanting. deciding to tease her a li...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Liar!
Replies: 40
Views: 7101

Re: Liar!

the one above me would like a headache very much at this moment in time thankyou :tongue:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Buddha in the Machine
Replies: 5
Views: 1613

Re: the Buddha in the Machine

thankyou for your interesting response old cat! it's interesting to mull over purely for kicks if nothing else. i think there's the making of a good sci-fi novel in there too. what would happen if a machine were to programme itself though?...yes, i know really that from a Dharma standpoint then a ro...
by dumb bonbu
Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Liar!
Replies: 40
Views: 7101

Re: Liar!

the person above likes nothing better than listening to a nice relaxing metallica album whilst flossing his teeth :lol:
by dumb bonbu
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Buddha in the Machine
Replies: 5
Views: 1613

the Buddha in the Machine

hey peeps, was wondering if anyone's heard of this guy - Masahiro Mori ? he's a robitics engineer who studies on the rather unusual subject of religion and robots, and has this to say - "I believe robots have the buddha-nature within them--that is, the potential for attaining buddhahood" if we just ...
by dumb bonbu
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Today's Dharma
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Re: Today's Dharma

hi old cat :tongue: yup, Dharma is hard to cultivate in this age of Mappo. but it's in the mud of the world that the lotus blooms. and once we have lamented then we need to help each other back up and encourage each other to carry on. i am truely thankful to those who have shown this kindness to me....
by dumb bonbu
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Defilements and Obscurations
Replies: 7
Views: 2209

Re: Defilements and Obscurations

what would realising in this case imply - awareness? i guess if you weren't aware of obscurations then perhaps you wouldn't be aware that there's anything to awaken to. personally i always try to be mindful of the poison of pride, especially any time i feel i'm making progress...it's so easy for me ...
by dumb bonbu
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 10772

Re: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories

The True Sound of Truth An old story speaks about a similar problem. A devoted meditator, after years concentrating on a particular mantra, had attained enough insight to begin teaching. The student's humility was far from perfect, but the teachers at the monastery were not worried. A few years of ...
by dumb bonbu
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:08 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 10772

Re: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories

A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is...
by dumb bonbu
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 10772

Re: Reflections from Buddhist Parables/Stories

Jiroemon of Settsu Province During the Kyoho era (1716-35), there lived at the foot of Mt. Maya of Settsu Province a Shin follower with steadfast Faith named Jiroemon. He was extremely poor, making his living as a woodcutter. He would make a pilgrimage to Honzan once or twice a year, and in order t...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitabha in Vajrayana traditions
Replies: 11
Views: 3865

Re: Amitabha in Vajrayana traditions

i've always presumed that outside Vajrayana traditions his portrayal as golden is symbolic of the aspect of infinite light, which in turn represents the wisdom aspect, able to penetrate through even the greatest darkness of ignorance.
by dumb bonbu
Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How has Theravada benefited your practice?
Replies: 27
Views: 5073

Re: How has Theravada benefited your practice?

every time i turn to the Pali Suttas i'm reminded of how simple yet utterly profound the Buddha's teaching of the Dharma is. i don't get such a strong sense as this from reading the Mahayana Canon (much as i obviously find it beneficial). studying Abhidhamma (though my progress is extremely slow) re...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Welcome Christopher!
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: Welcome Christopher!

hullo thar! :hi:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The person above me game
Replies: 27
Views: 4882

Re: The person above me game

it's the person above me's birthday today. and she's young at heart! happy bday :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitabha in Vajrayana traditions
Replies: 11
Views: 3865

Re: Amitabha in Vajrayana traditions

many thanks thornbush! looks like that's my reading sorted for tonight's nightshift! :twothumbsup:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tathagatagharba and Madhyamika - incompatible?
Replies: 6
Views: 1806

Tathagatagharba and Madhyamika - incompatible?

firstly, my knowledge of each is very, very basic. i've been reading little about the development of various Mahayana schools of thought and i was left wondering if people see these two as opposing or complementing each other? from my basic understanding it appears that Madhayamika posits that there...

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