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by johnny dangerous
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

I had received another PM from JD. This time accusing me of lying. Then I read an introduction that JD is leaving the board. I feel bad for him. Perhaps he does not know much about the secret teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. I don't know, but I know that I do not like being called a liar, but I also ...
by johnny dangerous
Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

"This one time this one thing happened so x must be true that this traditions is like so" This site is going to in an ugly direction of gossip and unsubstantiated nonsense, put out there by people at least some of whom won't even be honest about their own backgrounds. Really if you want to believe t...
by johnny dangerous
Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: How does a moderator selected?
Replies: 12
Views: 9322

Re: How does a moderator is selected?

If this is regarding me, I've already tendered my resignation. Feel free to sign up for the job, and good luck!
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A goodbye
Replies: 7
Views: 6903

A goodbye

Well, unfortunately I can see that *the new* Dharma Paths is not only the wrong place for me, it's the wrong place for me to try moderating as well. I appreciate everyone's input in conversations, sorry for any frustrations, and wish everyone the best in their practice, I may drop by from time to ti...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

Everything that you have written here is exactly what Christians say when you tell them that Bible scholars disagree with them. They believe their teacher instead, even if he is very wrong. They believe that no one can interpret the Bible but their own religious leaders. If science says that the ea...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

And a Dharma revolving around porno is in part exactly what Vajrayana is, lol! (Funny you should choose that as an example.) Have you read the core tantras, like the Hevajra, and the esoteric teachings of the Kalachakra? Pretty hot and graphic stuff. So much so, that it was impossible to find a tra...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

I think it is up to the Tibetan Buddhist to prove that their teachings on Tantra were taught by the Buddha. I brought it up because people here are putting down Stephen Batchelor for changing Buddhist teachings, and well, Buddha's teachings have been changing forever, and that is one of the way tha...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Vajrayana Buddhism
Topic: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra
Replies: 7
Views: 6865

Re: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

Not sure why this thread is in the Vajrayana area, this text is just plain Mahayana. There is a Dzogchen text with the same title or called the Prayer of Samantabhadra. Yes but it's practiced heavily in Vajrayana. I am unaware of non-Tibetan traditions that practice the prayer by itself, do they? A...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Vajrayana Buddhism
Topic: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra
Replies: 7
Views: 6865

Re: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

Not sure why this thread is in the Vajrayana area, this text is just plain Mahayana. There is a Dzogchen text with the same title or called the Prayer of Samantabhadra. Yes but it's practiced heavily in Vajrayana. I am unaware of non-Tibetan traditions that practice the prayer by itself, do they? A...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Isn't Hinduism Many Gods?
Replies: 16
Views: 4574

Re: Isn't Hinduism Many Gods?

I am also not sure why pastry. But it clearly demonstrates what I want to say -- lay Buddhists look upon Buddha as a God. Same as Christ is to Christians. They cannot understand the intricate philosophy that prevents Buddha from being Christ. Being simple human beings they can only understand worsh...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Isn't Hinduism Many Gods?
Replies: 16
Views: 4574

Re: Isn't Hinduism Many Gods?

2 ) If Buddha saw that he was being worshipped as God in 1,001 Thai and Tibetan temples he would have cried and probably torn up the Pali Canon. At end of the day, Buddha for all his antipathy towards any notion of personal God became the personal God to 99.99% of lay Buddhists. Does pure Buddhism ...
by johnny dangerous
Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

This, though is exactly what Buddhists have done in regard to Tibetan Buddhism, they have passed off tantric teachings as those of Buddha, but that is all I wish to say on the subject. Buddhism like Taoism, Christianity, etc. have all changed over the years. I don't think that we can know the teach...
by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

Ok, I think it's time to stop discussing moderation in this thread, I'll give a brief explanation, and after that, please try to stick to the subject matter and please 1) stay away from personal attacks and accusations, and 2) if you have an issue with moderation, discuss with me, another mod, send ...
by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

We are trying to work out the policy on this as we speak. It's likely that *some* amount of debate of this sort will be allowed, as inter-religious dialogue is one of the purposes of the site. Once we figure out the limitations of this it'll make more sense. I apologize if it seems inconsistent righ...
by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Vajrayana Buddhism
Topic: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra
Replies: 7
Views: 6865

Re: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

This is great, thanks.
by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 190
Views: 136515

Re: What music are you listening to now?

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by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: fourth of july dharma lesson
Replies: 1
Views: 1217

Re: fourth of july dharma lesson

Something to ponder for sure Jon, thanks for sharing man. Here's my dog story: Years ago we were living in another town, in not the best neighborhood, our neighbors were kind of unstable. Not much money, difficult lives, lots of family pain and conflict, maybe some substance abuse going on, who know...
by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

The fact is, there is no form of Buddhism on the planet today that follows the Buddha's original teachings. Even a simple thing like having statuary on your altar at home, or a thanka, or any image of the Buddha, is already a departure from his instructions; a departure introduced by the Greeks and...
by johnny dangerous
Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

Hmm. Following this logic then a belief in rebirth is compulsory for Buddhists. It would have to be a belief based on faith because rebirth is not something we can personally verify. Are you saying that Buddhists who don't believe in rebirth are not "proper" Buddhists? I don't think it's necessary ...
by johnny dangerous
Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's New Book
Replies: 66
Views: 26779

Re: Stephen Batchelor's New Book

Hmm. Following this logic then a belief in rebirth is compulsory for Buddhists. It would have to be a belief based on faith because rebirth is not something we can personally verify. Are you saying that Buddhists who don't believe in rebirth are not "proper" Buddhists? I don't think it's necessary ...