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by Nicholas
Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:17 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Topic three, from Day 87, impermanence and death: It’s important for Dharma students to understand Lord Buddha’s scientific teachings on impermanence and death and not try to hide from or escape the reality of death. We need to face it. Of course, for people brought up the way they are these days, t...
by Nicholas
Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:15 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Next is the perfect human rebirth, Day 64: The great meditator, Lama Tsongkhapa, who formalized the whole lamrim structure, broke the lamrim up into two: appreciation of this life of freedom and richness—the perfect human rebirth—and how to make use of this precious opportunity—the rest of the lamri...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapters?
Replies: 14
Views: 117

Re: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapt

Thanks for clarifying. It makes all the difference when some traditions make firm declaration that it is completely eternal, and others that it is not eternal, and you are making a chart categorizing which is which. Further, if your logic is to be followed that temporary hell that is kalpas long is...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:24 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

The two sections given most space are Guru and Bodhicitta. Here is Lama Yeshe on the Guru, from Day 60: The tantric texts often mention that all realizations come from the guru. This is true, but we have to understand that “guru” has two different levels of meaning. The relative, objective guru is t...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapters?
Replies: 14
Views: 117

Re: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapt

Curious subject to ponder on... hells. Of course, if spending millions or trillions of earth years in an "impermanent" Avici hell does not faze you -- so be it. Resolution of difficult problems is not reliably done with only worldly study & thought. That is done by Arhat, Bodhisattva or Jivanmukta ...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:03 pm
Forum: Taoism
Topic: Chuang-tse (369?-286? bce)
Replies: 1
Views: 40283

Re: Chuang-tse (369?-286? bce)

"He [the Madman of Chu] said there are spiritual people living in the distant Maiden Mountains. Their skin is like frost, and they are gentle and restrained as virgins. They don’t eat the five grains but sip wind and drink dew. They chariot the cloudy mists, ride the flying dragons, and wander beyo...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Lamrim or stages of the path teachings, have been and are powerful influences in Mahayana. This free book, Lamrim Year gives three paragraphs for each of 365 days on the eleven major topics of Lamrim. This is the order of the topics: Days 1–3 Introduction Days 4–63 Guru Devotion Days 64–86 The Perfe...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 8:10 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapters?
Replies: 14
Views: 117

Re: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapt

Curious subject to ponder on... hells. Of course, if spending millions or trillions of earth years in an "impermanent" Avici hell does not faze you -- so be it. Resolution of difficult problems is not reliably done with only worldly study & thought. That is done by Arhat, Bodhisattva or Jivanmukta o...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:08 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Unanswered Topics
Replies: 3
Views: 30664

Re: Unanswered Topics

Nicholas wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:56 pm Let us go we semi-regulars!

Go to Unanswered Topics and bump up your old threads, repair a dead link or respond to others' posts. Or just Report to DNS requesting deletion of a post or posts.
Losing ground - now there are 17 pages :shrug:
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:19 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Society of Jesus
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Re: Society of Jesus

This classic best seller from 1987, The Jesuits , by Malachi Martin tells their corrupting influence. A state of war exists between the papacy and the Religious Order of the Jesuits-the Society of Jesus, to give the Order its official name. That war signals the most lethal change to take place withi...
by Nicholas
Sat Jan 15, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lokeshvara
Replies: 8
Views: 13542

Re: Lokeshvara

Also called Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezi or Padmapani etc. Here is the root text of Patrul Rinpoche (d. 1887) on the meditation & recitation of OM MANI PADME HUM, the voice of Lokeshvara - Lord of the Universe:

by Nicholas
Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:32 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Thread dedicated to reincarnation articles and books
Replies: 19
Views: 9608

Re: Thread dedicated to reincarnation articles and books

Cannot vouch for the quality of all these titles, but dip into them or buy the ones that appeal to you: http://libgen.rs/search.php?&req=Reincarnation&phrase=1&view=simple&column=title&sort=year&sortmode=ASC These two I can recommend for their emphasis of the almost universal acceptance of rebirth i...
by Nicholas
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:55 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Helena Blavatsky
Replies: 12
Views: 53565

Re: Helena Blavatsky

Here is a large work based on her letters from India to Russian magazines:

https://www.dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=1233
by Nicholas
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapters?
Replies: 14
Views: 117

Re: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapt

Without going to texts, my poor memory says that both Buddhist & Indian scriptures, along with Theosophical ones, agree in teaching that there are many levels of hells. It is only Avichi, the lowest hell, that is inescapable; the rest are impermanent but the deeper ones last longer. Maybe that will ...
by Nicholas
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:47 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapters?
Replies: 14
Views: 117

Re: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapt

Do you have a better suggestion as to a good source for understanding the teachings on this topic, rather than the Brahma sutra? And thank you so much for the suggestions and chapter/verses to read. Start with Internet search like: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=heaven+hell+and+rebirth+in+Indian+thought...
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapters?
Replies: 14
Views: 117

Re: What are the teachings on reincarnation, heaven and hell in the Brahma (Vedanta) sutras by Vyasa, and in which chapt

Not sure why you are fixing your attention so much on Brahma Sutra . Found this in Radhakrishna's Introduction (pp 64-5) to his translation, with his comments based on the major commentators and other Hindu scriptures. He had great and deep understanding of Western & Indian philosophies. The eternal...
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Heartening Poetry
Replies: 16
Views: 62374

Re: Heartening Poetry

Gradatim by Josiah Gilbert Holland Heaven is not reached at a single bound; But we build the ladder by which we rise From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies, And we mount to its summit round by round. I count this thing to be grandly true, That a noble deed is a step toward God, Lifting the soul ...
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Introductions to Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 41335

Re: Introduction to Buddhism

The link above is dead. This 2013 second edition, of over 550 pages is far better:

https://ia903008.us.archive.org/31/item ... Harvey.pdf
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:00 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Thomas Traherne (1636-74)
Replies: 1
Views: 2262

Re: Thomas Traherne (1636-74)

How his Meditations begins: An empty book is like an infant’s soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders. And since Love made you put it into my hands I will fill it with those Truths you love withou...
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:52 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary
Replies: 1
Views: 2152

Re: The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary

From Letter II: It is necessary, my dear brothers in the Lord, to give you a clear idea of the interior Church; of that illuminated Community of God which is scattered throughout the world, but which is governed by one truth and united in one spirit. This enlightened community has existed since the ...