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by Aloka
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

Here's some information about "empowerment" from a Tibetan Buddhist website: https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Empowerment The Tibetan man wearing glasses in the photo is now dead. He had been previously accused of " multiple acts of sexual, physical and emotional abuse" by some of his stude...
by Aloka
Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

You're unlikely to find any "secrets" of Vajrayana on internet websites such as YouTube or Twitter, or on a Theravada forum like this one, Bundokji . If you're really interested, join a Tibetan Buddhist group in the outside world and take Refuge with their guru!

:anjali:
by Aloka
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhadasa (paticcasamuppada) His comments on the Commentaries
Replies: 59
Views: 1126

Re: Buddhadasa (paticcasamuppada) His comments on the Commentaries

In Ven Ajahn Sumedho's book "Direct Realisation" there are five chapters about Dependent Origination. In "Dependent Origination 2: Momentary Arising", he says: In Ajahn Buddhadāsa’s book on dependent origination, he emphasizes that his approach has been on paṭiccasamuppāda as working in the moment, ...
by Aloka
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

As far as i know, in Theravada, a ceremony is needed for monastic ordination. The ritual and the permission in this case is required due to the institutional nature of monasticism. In the case of a student-guru relationship in Vajrayana , the necessity is not clear to me. Should the guru or the lam...
by Aloka
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

What is empowerment if you do not mind me asking? Is it a recitation of sacred or secret mantras that is believed to have magical powers? An "Empowerment"is a ceremony in which a group of students receive permission from a Vajrayana Guru to study and practice a specific teaching. There's nothing "m...
by Aloka
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

Can anyone explain to me the emphasis on finding a guru in vajrayana Buddhism? Here are some links: What is a Guru? : https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=The_Guru_Question%E2%80%94An_Interview_with_Drukchen_Rinpoche What is Guru Yoga? : studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/student-te...
by Aloka
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?
Replies: 115
Views: 3371

Re: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?

plabit wrote:based on his hairdo, who cares what he says?
Is this a quote from the words of the Buddha, or personal prejudice about someone's appearance?

:thinking:


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by Aloka
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Ideal Wife
Replies: 26
Views: 468

Re: Ideal Wife

Bundokji wrote: Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:23 pm
What would be the ideal wife for someone who hates commitment? :popcorn:
A doll perhaps ? .... try Googling "Bodybuilder weds his 'sex doll' !

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by Aloka
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Ideal Wife
Replies: 26
Views: 468

Re: Ideal Wife

Women with such underlying enlightenment potential today would probably not get married & therefore not become a "wife". This topic appears illogical. Many women in the modern world generally, hope to have a fulfilling career rather than being an "ideal wife"! Here's one of my favourite verses: I.1...
by Aloka
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Ideal Wife
Replies: 26
Views: 468

Re: Ideal Wife

Ekocare wrote:They were the role models of ancient Buddhist women.
Will they be the role models of future Buddhist women?
Why speculate and gossip about women on a public forum with other men, instead of focusing on the improvement of your own practice and understanding ?

:shrug:
by Aloka
Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15507

Re: Metta Meditation

"Broad View, Boundless Heart" is a little booklet by Ajahn Amaro & Ajahn Pasanno which I enjoyed reading in the past: Excerpt: The Brahmaviharas are the qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. What is often not sufficiently emphasized is that the brahmaviharas are ...
by Aloka
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we have to learn Abhidhamma to gain Wisdom?
Replies: 17
Views: 230

Re: Do we have to learn Abhidhamma to gain Wisdom?

retrofuturist wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:54 am Greetings,
SarathW wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:28 am
Do we have to learn Abhidhamma to gain Wisdom?
The Buddha didn't, so... 😏

Metta,
Paul. :)

Image.......... :goodpost:

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by Aloka
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memories
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Memories

Hi everyone, what do you think about taking lessons from past actions (through memories)? It is alright if one remembers past deeds (may think about them to understand what happened and how to be aware of faults from now)? Is this remembering wrong deeds without bad intention (both exactly or inacc...
by Aloka
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beginning with a disrespect towards commentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 760

Re: Beginning with a disrespect towards commentaries

Constantly speculating about such things is pointless - and can become interfering attempts at brainwashing newcomers in itself. Please allow people to have some intelligence and common sense to enable them to discern what is right for themselves, instead of trying to take control all the time. :anj...
by Aloka
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What do you give to a beginner online?
Replies: 39
Views: 1525

Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

Eko Care wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:15 pm
And very important advice:
Never believe Chronology as a trustworthy measure to decide Authenticity.

(It may not help deciding some facts.)
What would help would be to stop writing in giant font in your posts, as if you're shouting!

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