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by Nicholas
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Spiritual Life
Replies: 0
Views: 6

Spiritual Life

This interfaith site seems cluttered, but there are some nice topics here and there:

https://slife.org/
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Native Spirituality
Replies: 10
Views: 46542

Re: Native Spirituality

Here are 48 invocations, meditations & prayers from native tribes:

https://slife.org/native-american-prayers/
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Is Buddhism a Religion?
Replies: 35
Views: 15571

Re: Is Buddhism a Religion?

On an end note I would encourage you to post after being educated on such a topic. I find the content you posted as misguiding and dangerous. Now I do not know whether you have taken Refuge or follow a different religion, but if one hasnt taken Refuge then one should not speak for Buddhism. Its bet...
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 383
Views: 387390

Re: Gems of Wisdom

Incessant falls teach men to reform, and distress rouses their strength. Life springs from calamity, and death from ease.
Mencius.
by Nicholas
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vivekachudamani
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Vivekachudamani

He may study the scriptures, propitiate the gods (by sacrifices), perform religious ceremonies, or offer devotion to the gods, yet he will not attain salvation even during the succession of a hundred Brahmayugas, except by the knowledge of union with the spirit. (6) The immortality attained through...
by Nicholas
Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vivekachudamani
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Vivekachudamani

Swami Madhavananda handles these verses like so: 1. I bow to Govinda, whose nature is Bliss Supreme, who is the Sadguru, who can be known only from the import of all Vedanta, and who is beyond the reach of speech and mind. 2. For all beings a human birth is difficult to obtain, more so is a male bod...
by Nicholas
Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vivekachudamani
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Vivekachudamani

Often translated as the Crest Jewel of Wisdom is one the best known works by Shankara. Whether it was by the Adi or First Shankara I leave to others. There are almost 600 verses. Here is how Chatterji's version begins: I prostrate myself before the true teacher—before him who is revealed by the conc...
by Nicholas
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)
Replies: 14
Views: 7931

Re: Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)

Break the Shell 1:

by Nicholas
Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Jhanas / Dhyana
Topic: Meditation Dangers
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Meditation Dangers

This fellow is not unique. His experience with one famous mindfulness method was horrible. He had plenty of experience with meditation too. Going full bore into meditation as a self-centered therapy, with no preparation with study of sacred texts, and ethical improvements in your life can cause more...
by Nicholas
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 33
Views: 56124

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

The notion of cycles in human affairs is old and pervades many ancient systems of thought. What much of humanity now considers regression to moral chaos has happened before. Many eons or kalpas ago humanity was like this: Their lifetimes were short and passed by quickly. They were wanting for essent...
by Nicholas
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)
Replies: 14
Views: 7931

Re: Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)

One sample on discerning demonic piffle from Dharma teachings:

http://www.gbm-online.com/online/dharma ... words.html
by Nicholas
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)
Replies: 14
Views: 7931

Re: Master Hsuan Hua (d.1995)

A selection his Dharma presentations:

http://www.gbm-online.com/online/talk_hsuan_hua.html
by Nicholas
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Animism
Topic: Shinto
Replies: 18
Views: 216

Re: Shinto

Regarding the Z religion and rebirth, go to that Z thread and see why rebirth is accepted.
by Nicholas
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: Zoroastrianism
Replies: 5
Views: 25308

Re: Zoroastrianism

Like conventional Judaism & Christianity, which deny rebirth, so do the Zartushtri priests. However, mystic Kabbalists & Xtians do accept rebirth as a fact. Similarly in Zoroastrianism. Here are the arguments from their scriptures & some Zartushtri Sages supporting reincarnation: https://parsi-times...
by Nicholas
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 39
Views: 99775

Re: Victims of Communism

John Stossel TV has short piece on Marxism in Cuba & Sud America:

by Nicholas
Sun Jul 18, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Animism
Topic: Shinto
Replies: 18
Views: 216

Re: Shinto

Yes, I like this graph. I wonder where Zoroastrianism would fit in as one of the oldest monotheistic faiths? I just checked, Zoroastrianism is a branch that comes out of Early Vedic period, around 900 BCE. Interesting, Vedic period, is Zoroastrianism considered a Vedic religion? It would be interes...
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 33
Views: 56124

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Nicholas wrote: Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:56 pm The new edition of the Ten Vows of Samantabhadra chapter is now online:

http://www.cttbusa.org/avatamsaka/avatamsaka40new.html
The new edition's very helpful commentary by Master Hua is also online:

http://www.cttbusa.org/fas40new/fas40.html
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Animism
Topic: Shinto
Replies: 18
Views: 216

Re: Shinto

This article looks like a pretty good overview of Shinto. https://www.worldhistory.org/Shinto/ A shorter description: Shinto (Japanese) [from shin god + to, tao way, path] The way of the gods; applied to the popular religion in Japan prior to Buddhism. Japan was considered to be the land of the gods...
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 33
Views: 56124

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Mahadeva on bodhisattvas, from ch. 39: All Bodhisattvas are difficult to get to see and difficult to get to hear. They rarely appear in the world. Among living beings they are foremost, like pundarika flowers among people. They act as the refuge of living beings, and the salvation of living beings. ...
by Nicholas
Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 33
Views: 56124

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Part of a bodhisattva's function: I help them to renounce that which does not accord with Dharma. I help them to cease their contention and debate. I help them to get rid of fighting and warring. I help them to stop their rage and competition. I help them to dispel their resentment and grudges. I he...