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  • OP, I"ve never heard of a precept about not withholding info. Could you provide a link? @federica said: As far as I am aware, the fourth precept is not specifically concerned with falsifying speech: * Musavada veramani sikkha…
  • OP, I"ve never heard of a precept about not withholding info. Could you provide a link? Also, I'm curious as to what tradition has people take 6 precepts, rather than the first 5, or was that a personal choice of your own, to add the 6th precept?
  • I took one of these the last time a link was posted here, which was a few years ago. I waffle between INTJ and INFJ, as I recall. Kind of borderline between those two. When I read the explanation of what it meant, and also the potential career choic…
  • @ScottPen said: @Dakini, thanks for your suggestions. I've been sleeping fine over the last few days, and I'm grateful for that. I'll consider your suggestions. I've always been curious about acupuncture. What most …
  • "Creating" beliefs? IDK. But in the debate about "nature vs. nurture", in the study of personality development, I think there's a 3rd option or source that they're not taking into consideration: past lives. I think some of us (all of us?) come int…
  • @ScottPen said: I was involved in a traumatic situation this past Sunday. Usually the mind-racing that I experience during breath-awareness meditation is neither pleasant nor unpleasant. Yesterday and this morning I was unable to meditate. Vivid…
  • To address the quote you posted above, OP; the Buddha also had nuns in his movement. He didn't exalt male monasticism over female monasticism. That came later. Also, the Buddha had householder-followers who did reach Enlightenment, demonstrating th…
  • @adamcrossley said: So, are spiritual entities like devas and dakinis real (i.e. living beings existing in some other plane of reality) or symbolic? In the Zen Studies Podcast, Domyo Burk says: In Mahayana Buddhism, archetypal …
  • @Jason said: Another thing about the suttas I discovered is that there's a lot of humour in them as well. The Buddha was an expert at word play, especially puns (which don't always translate well into English), and many of these were in reference…
  • @Jason said: When I first became interested in Buddhism, it was through meditation at a local temple. My knowledge of the teachings came mostly from the daily chanting we did. After that, I got curious about the teachings themselves and bough…
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Hello, how can I incorporate achieving things in the world- e.g. money, sporting, as well as enjoying these things fully without attachment while practicing Buddhism? There's nothing wrong with achieving things in t…
  • @adamcrossley said: @lobster said: Would Eastern Buddhism even exist without Greco-Buddhism? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greco-Buddhism The term 'yogi' is often used by Tibetan monks to describe their practice ev…
  • OP, I wasn't aware of that book. Thank you for posting about it. I'll look it up; it sounds interesting. Harrer is equating the practice of yoga with Buddhism. There's a lot more to Buddhism than yoga, and how is he defining "yoga", anyway? That…
  • The Buddha taught that there's constructive, "virtuous" hope/desire/goal-setting, that helps lead us toward Liberation, and non-constructive desire, that contributes to the cycle of samsara. Seeking to improve oneself, to adhere to the precepts, pra…
  • @Kerome said: @Dakini said: @Kerome said: Certainly from a Buddhist perspective Osho had shortcomings as a teacher, such as not taking a stand on right speech or ethics. Osho’s teaching was not bud…
  • @Kerome said: Certainly from a Buddhist perspective Osho had shortcomings as a teacher, such as not taking a stand on right speech or ethics. But labelling him a sham teacher also does not quite hit the mark... he undeniably had a potent magnetis…
  • OP, in Mahayana Buddhism there definitely is permanence. The Buddha's Parinirvana Sutras were all about that. Buddhanature is permanent, for example. Enlightenment, once attained, is permanent. That is why the quest for Enlightenment is not futil…
  • OP, I think it boils down to the idea that developed sometime....IDK when, in the latter half of the 20th Century, of shopping as entertainment. Vacation destinations, for example, will advertise their shopping opportunities. Really? We're going on …
  • I don't understand, OP. Could you elaborate?
  • @JaySon said: Tibetans like to say that Tantra is the only vehicle that can allow you to attain enlightenment in a single life and that, otherwise, it would take a few eons of collecting merit. Yet we've seen others in recent years attain …
  • MG!!!!! How've you been? How's college treating you?
  • Hello, All. Joining in a bit late--I got busy elsewhere. The teaching on "becoming" was especially interesting for me, because it maintained the focus of one's Dharma practice on the present lifetime. I read it as saying that, in the same way tha…
  • How did the Buddha know he'd reached Enlightenment under the tree? How did he know he'd reached an insight regarding the "Middle Way"? What kind of questions are these? I don't understand. "How did you know you were sitting?" What?
  • I have the book. I stopped reading a little after Chapter 2. I don't know if there's that much to say about each chapter, honestly. I'm thinking a more open discussion format might work best. We tried a book club once before, and it broke down, b…
  • OP, are you keeping track of who's ready to go? Let us know when to begin.
  • @DhammaDragon said: Almost on chapter 4. What I love till now, and that is consistent with the Buddha's teaching as I always knew it, is the emphasis in the here and now. No reference to other lifetimes from his mouth, till now...🐉👍 …
  • I thought it was about demonizing the old religion, in which the serpent maybe symbolized tantric knowledge and humankind's potential to become quasi-Divine. The wrathful, jealous god of the Old Testament couldn't have any of that going on, could he…
    in Adam and Eve Comment by Dakini June 2017
  • I've read up through Chapter 2 so far, which is the most interesting so far, IMO. That's enough for now. Such a small book to generate so much excitement!
  • I got my book. I'll read the introduction, because I'm curious about the author's views.
  • OP, I've never heard of any kind of time frame given to rebirth in Buddhism. Where did you get the 49-day thing?
  • @DhammaDragon said: I still think the chapter by chapter analysis will help better grasp concepts step by step. In the introduction, Fronsdal does bind chapters according to themes. We could take it from there too. I am going slowly in…
  • @DhammaDragon said: As soon as everyone gets the book, we will begin a separate thread for the introduction and the sixteen different chapters, then 🐉🙏👍 Well, what about comments that tie chapters together, or broader observations and dis…
  • This issue of not recognizing ordinations for women seems to pertain mainly to Thailand or to Theravada Buddhism? Except there was an example of a nun who was ordained in Sri Lanka, and attained a leadership role there, with public support. So maybe…
  • Here's my last video post, sorry for sidetracking, but these are so moving! This one's from last year. This 13-year-old, Laura Bretan, is a Romanian-American. She auditioned for the talent show in both the US (America's Got Talent), and in Romania,…