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  • @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,…
  • Are we off-topic yet? Wait, are we even supposed to be posting TV clips? This kind of reminds me of the precept in Buddhism that prohibits listening to music. Back in the Buddha's day, music and "dancing girls" were a sensual thing, so it was c…
  • Thanks, @Kerome. Loved the Norwegian! But the music drowned out her singing a little. Interesting comment by one of the judges, that the girl is an "old soul" who's lived many lifetimes.
  • @Vastmind said: I admit ....I read the review/summary from SBA before this thread...so...I might be a little too bias for a discussion....but I'm in. What is the deadline for having or actually reading the book? Are we doing by section...o…
  • @DhammaDragon said: I am ready anytime, @Dakini. All interested members, let us know when you get the book. The Atthakavagga consists of sixteen chapters, with Frondsdal's explanations. According to Fronsdal, there is a huge differ…
  • OP, I got rid of my TV years ago. I found that even being very selective about programs, I didn't seem to have the discipline to turn off the TV when my one preferred program for the day was over. I'd sit dumbly in front of the thing, staring passi…
  • @eggsavior said: I would be interested in reading as well! OK, so visit your bookstore and see if they have it. I just ordered a copy from Amazon, expedited delivery, so we can get started without a long delay.
  • Well, if we want to all discuss the book together, those who are interested (including myself) would have to order the book ASAP, or get it from their local bookstore. Are we up for this, gang? Do you all have time to do some steady reading after…
  • @vinlyn said: I was having a discussion with a Thai Buddhist monk a week ago, and karma came up. I said that it seemed to me that karma did not necessarily occur if someone did something bad. And he said that karma ALWAYS occurs, but that we do…
  • This would be a really good topic for a Buddhist bookclub discussion. Is anyone else game?
  • Fabulous topic! I've seen the book reviews of this book, and it's on my "to buy" list. Thank you for posting this review. I think it can be very valuable to get down to the Buddha's basics. What's so appealing is that the Buddha made everything so s…
  • @DhammaDragon said: I saw pictures of the Dalai Lama training on a treadmill. Apparently it is not forbidden. And the Buddha suggested that we should take good care of our bodily vessel... I remember that photo! It was in a New Yo…
    in Monk health Comment by Dakini June 2017
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  • Hi, Lilac. Welcome to the forum. May I ask you what treatments you've tried (if any, at this point) for your PTSD? The technique called EMDR is with rare exception (war vets/multiple traumas) quite effective within just a few treatments. A certai…
  • When I was in college, I used to do a 3-day fast, now and then. Filling up on water helps beat hunger pangs. By around the middle of day 2, you may start to get a sort of high. By day 3, I definitely had a spiritual high. YMMV. Let us know how it go…
    in Fasting Comment by Dakini June 2017