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by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Newar Buddhism & Holi
Replies: 0
Views: 533

Newar Buddhism & Holi

Holi is on 13th March this year. As a religious festival, I knew it was celebrated by Hindus, but apparently, it is also celebrated by Jains and Newar Buddhists from Nepal , who I had not heard of. If Newar Buddhism is described as being a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism, I can see why Holi may hav...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Home Altars/Shrines
Replies: 4
Views: 1878

Re: Home Altars/Shrines

When I moved to my new flat, I was delighted to find a little alcove, which is just perfect for my shrine. I have a shelf with my Buddha statue on and then a table underneath the shelf where I put various other items. My shrine is mostly Buddhist but a little interfaith as well. Anyway, one particul...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Yoga & Meditation
Replies: 0
Views: 507

Yoga & Meditation

I have often found yoga to be both meditative in itself and conducive to sitting meditation as well, especially when my mind is really restless. When I'm struggling with meditation, I make it a point to put greater emphasis on my yoga practice. Do any of you practise yoga? How do you find it helps y...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Fasting
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: Fasting

I generally do the One meal a day program on most days. See: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=3045 It is fairly common among Theravadins, especially monks and nuns. When doing that, one eats all their food, all calories at the lunch hour approx. 11 am to 12 noon. And then one does not e...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Fasting
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Fasting

About three years ago, I decided to try fasting for 12 hours one day during Ramadan, which turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined. At first, I didn't feel that it had been a useful exercise as I ended up fairly cranky at the end of the day. It was only the following day that I realised this w...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Daily Practices?
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Re: Daily Practices?

My practice is not yet so regular, unfortunately, but working on it :oops: In order to cultivate a daily practice, I usually try to meditate for any amount of time at all, no matter how short. I usually get on a run for a while, then fall off the wagon, and then it can take me a little while to pick...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi :)
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Re: Hi :)

Thank you for the welcome :namaste:

Happy to be here :twothumbsup:
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Theravada Buddhism
Topic: Becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

Re: Becoming a Buddhist

I have yet to attend a refuge ceremony, but I took formal refuge privately almost three years ago and I find it beneficial to repeat my refuge vows on a regular basis, but it's about every couple of weeks for me these days, which is a far cry from daily... :oops: I will have to seek some inspiration...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Failed pacifism
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Failed pacifism

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39 This and similar passages are generally interpreted to mandate non-violence and pacifism for Christians. Since few Christians are, or have ever been, actually non...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Post-enlightenment religion is impossible
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: Post-enlightenment religion is impossible

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from...
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Re: Rebirth

Thank you for the link :anjali:

I'm still struggling to get my head around the concept of rebirth, so will add this to my Buddhist homework pile! :reading: :twothumbsup:
by Veer-Zinda
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does God exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

Re: Does God exist?

I suppose that depends on how you define "God". I have the inkling suspicion that the concept people refer to by the word "God" is probably some ill-defined amalgamation of concepts that don't make sense until you unpack and separate them. Agreed. I would say I'm an atheist by most definitions of t...
by Veer-Zinda
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 147
Views: 26857

Re: What music are you listening to now?

I listen to a variety of country, rock, pop, rap, R&B, rockabilly, bluegrass, metal, ambient, film soundtracks, Bollywood music and various other world music. But right now I'm listening to some symphonic metal :twothumbsup: "The Heart of Everything" - Within Temptation https://www.youtube.com/watch...
by Veer-Zinda
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Flavors
Replies: 2
Views: 759

Re: Flavors

"flavours" I like this word because it reminds me of ice cream. Can we really understand the different "Dharmas" as supports, to give us different aspects of what we need in difficult times? Or do we need to pay more attention to dogmatic interpretations? Ice cream was exactly what I was thinking o...
by Veer-Zinda
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: Spiritual Practices
Replies: 1
Views: 990

Re: Spiritual Practices

Interesting article :smile: Being Buddhist with an interest in Islam, I found taking part in Ramadan, even nominally, helped me to see much more clearly the attachment I have to food that is pleasant, and how compulsive my eating habits are. At various times, I include in my spiritual practice: yoga...
by Veer-Zinda
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What book are you reading now?
Replies: 1
Views: 675

What book are you reading now?

I'm re-reading "The Foundations of Buddhism" by Rupert Gethin at the moment, a book I came across when I did the Coursera course on Buddhism & Modern Psychology and found really informative. I'm also slowly going through the Majjhima Nikaya, as much of my previous Buddhist reading has been limited t...
by Veer-Zinda
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: What are your favorite spiritual/religious paths?
Replies: 20
Views: 8774

Re: What are your favorite spiritual/religious paths?

After Buddhism, and in no particular order: Sufism Islam Hinduism Sikhism Baha'i Faith Taoism Within Buddhism, I tend to lean towards Theravada for its focus on the Pali canon as core, Tibetan for the possibility of enlightenment in this lifetime, and secular due to lack of belief in the supernatura...
by Veer-Zinda
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi :)
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Hi :)

Hi everyone :hello: I'm a non-affiliated Buddhist, although I generally find my three regular "flavours" are Theravada, Tibetan and secular. I'm also interested in interfaith dialogue and have a particular interest in Islam and Sufism. Looking forward to lots of interesting discussions and getting t...