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by Nicholas
Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa (d. 1419)
Replies: 10
Views: 34669

Re: Je Tsongkhapa (d. 1419)

From translator's Introduction: Tsongkhapa’s Illuminating the Intent is not an independent work; it is a commentary on an Indian text, Entering the Middle Way (Madhyamakāvatāra ), authored by Candrakīrti in the seventh century. Candrakīrti’s own text, though an independent work, was composed as a su...
by Nicholas
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa (d. 1419)
Replies: 10
Views: 34669

Re: Je Tsongkhapa (d. 1419)

Great Compassion is the first perfect cause of buddhahood, characterized by total rescuing of all sentient beings bereft of refuge and caught in the prison of cyclic existence. Great Compassion is also the principal cause designated by the name of its effect, the Blessed Mother, the Perfection of W...
by Nicholas
Sun Sep 26, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 48
Views: 57388

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Inedible,

Sorry that I have no suggestions that you find helpful.
by Nicholas
Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 406
Views: 397701

Re: Gems of Wisdom

The man whom destiny positions in an epoch without a foreseeable end, the character of which wounds the deepest fibers of his being, cannot heedlessly sacrifice his repugnance to his boldness, nor his intelligence to his vanity. The spectacular, empty gesture earns public applause, but the disdain ...
by Nicholas
Sat Sep 25, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 48
Views: 57388

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Inedible wrote: Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:55 am I'm still working my way through the Avatamsaka Sutra, but the main thing I'm getting is that even Jeff Bezos doesn't have the kind of wealth needed to make all those offerings.
Perhaps you are attempting humor. The vast offerings are visualized in the mind, as are the praises, confessions etc.
by Nicholas
Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 48
Views: 57388

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Thanks. I can probably handle six pages. Also, it is a little funny that you think I have a Guru. It would be nice, but I'd need one I could trust to guide my path, and these days no one has any meditative attainment. Ask them. They'll all tell you that they don't know anything and have no experien...
by Nicholas
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 48
Views: 57388

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

The Avatamsaka Sutra is really hard to read. I'm finding it hard to focus on it to avoid missing actual instructions embedded in all that flowery extra content. It would be helpful if anyone knows of a good book about how to practice the Sutra, with more direct language. One can only practice what ...
by Nicholas
Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lokeshvara
Replies: 7
Views: 13098

Re: Lokeshvara

More of Master Hua on Gwanshiyin (two screen pages):

http://www.cttbusa.org/dharmatalks/guanyin.htm
by Nicholas
Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: Beyond Meat
Replies: 7
Views: 46830

Re: Beyond Meat

by Nicholas
Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: Chicken Disease
Replies: 0
Views: 72

Chicken Disease

Another reason to stop eating chickens:

https://thehumaneleague.org/white-striping-report/
by Nicholas
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: G. de Purucker (d. 1942)
Replies: 8
Views: 32780

Re: G. de Purucker (d. 1942)

If people knew what is coming to them after death, in the ordinary course of events as the reward of evil living; of giving way to vice and the appetites of the lower mind such as hatred and anger, fear, and dislike, if they knew, out of sheer fear, from self-protective interest, human lives would ...
by Nicholas
Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: G. de Purucker (d. 1942)
Replies: 8
Views: 32780

Re: G. de Purucker (d. 1942)

On 22 September, 2021, around Noon Pacific time is the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the last in the yearly cycle of Sacred times of spiritual Initiation. Here is Purucker listing the four events: The Winter Solstice is the time of the mystic birth of the individuality-- great a...
by Nicholas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Mormonism
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Re: Mormonism

But I know you will eventually feel better about the Mormons, because of the time factor, leading one to a better truth. That is my hope. All the best! "Time leads one to a better truth"? Time does nothing, will & wisdom are latent (very much so) in humans. If, like Pollyanna, BD can only see & fee...
by Nicholas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prager U Videos
Replies: 13
Views: 556

Re: Prager U Videos

David's entire quote is clear and wise: For example, some say "all you need is love" or similar things. Problem is love is a very loaded word, which usage? It can be everything from sexual lust to overly affectionate to attachment or to possessiveness, or "we are all one" silliness. It fails without...
by Nicholas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Mormonism
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Re: Mormonism

I have spent much time with Mormons, and they are honest, intelligent, and Loving people. I hope my perspective means something to you too. Namaste. "Honest, intelligent, and Loving people" are everywhere, as are fools. If you watched the entire doc, you would see the damage that was done by the LD...
by Nicholas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: The Supernatural Powers of Avalokakitesvara, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds.
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: The Supernatural Powers of Avalokakitesvara, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds.

Trying to reduce prapañca or proliferation or more simply disorganized clutter - whether in the mind or Dharma Paths.
So in that spirit, here is another thread on the popular bodhisattva:

https://www.dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1852
by Nicholas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Book Reviews
Replies: 15
Views: 5176

Re: Book Reviews

Knowles & Estrin discuss Intellectuals by Paul Johnson:

by Nicholas
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: The Supernatural Powers of Avalokakitesvara, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds.
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: The Supernatural Powers of Avalokakitesvara, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds.

You already have a Lotus Sutra thread in the Mahayana section. Suggest you delete this and move the contents to that place.

https://www.dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2065
by Nicholas
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Mormonism
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Mormonism

This 2015 documentary, along with several book exposés, shows that founder Joe Smith was not saintly, nor even honest. Yet, the delusive foundation of LDS organization was and is covered up, so most Mormons are clueless about their religion.

by Nicholas
Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prager U Videos
Replies: 13
Views: 556

Re: Prager U Videos

There are more than five minute videos. Michael Knowles discusses great literature with guests in the Book Club:

https://www.prageru.com/series/book-club