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by Nicholas
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 3110

Re: Mahayana Practice

Ceremonies or rituals can be stale or a matter of form, but if the participants are devoted, faithful and energetic, the blessings to those who are part of it and all beings beyond are vast! This is from the Foreword to a 6th century Chinese Mahayana ritual recently translated into English: As the R...
by Nicholas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Helena Blavatsky
Replies: 7
Views: 1460

Re: Blavatsky the Mystery

From chapter VI: Oh! if men and women of the Occident could only get the conviction of the existence within themselves of the individual's living god as the fountain of his noblest parts, what a revolution in human thinking it would bring about! If they could only get the conviction, as they will in...
by Nicholas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: Buddhist-Jain similarities
Replies: 14
Views: 2117

Re: Buddhist-Jain similarities

Found this thread over at Sutta Central: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/soas-conference-on-buddhism-and-jainism/14193 This is a valuable topic and I hope you will not leave it buried in this moribund site. Make use of the "Connections to Other Paths" within Dhamma Wheel for example, and put s...
by Nicholas
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavad Gita
Replies: 8
Views: 2855

Re: Bhagavad Gita

Many English versions are available, so this Hindu lady suggests three with good commentaries. I have all three and agree they are good choices:

by Nicholas
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Kriya Lineage
Replies: 9
Views: 1986

Re: Kriya Lineage

Although the modern Kriya yoga lineage became best known thanks to Lahiri Mahasay in the 19th century, many fine gurus have followed him up to the present. One is Sri M, who in 1998 began to teach and inspire publicly. He does not teach Kriya yoga to everybody. There are no mass initiations or corr...
by Nicholas
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Philokalia
Replies: 3
Views: 1348

Re: Philokalia

Just discovered YouTube has much spiritual content. Here is one of the translators of Philokalia giving a brief overview:

by Nicholas
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: vegan documentaries
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: vegan documentaries

However, stay away from plant based imitation meats Yes, probably a good idea. When I first became a vegetarian, I ate a lot of those, but soon lost my taste for the meat flavor including any of the meat-substitutes, so now eat real food (vegan, whole foods). If you look at the ingredient list of s...
by Nicholas
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: vegan documentaries
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: vegan documentaries

Here is the entire documentary, go to 1:45 to skip credits: [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSChFnszI_E[/media] However, stay away from plant based imitation meats: Sean Hashmi, MD, physician and regional director of weight management and clinical nutrition for Kaiser Permanente Southern Cali...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: Buddha-Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Buddha-Dharma

Even before the Bodhisattva manifested as the Prince, he taught Devas. From Buddha-Dharma page 4: Then the Bodhisattva, for the sake of the host of divine beings, expounded the teachings: “All of you, first give rise to faith, venerate the teaching, hold the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha in you...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Helena Blavatsky
Replies: 7
Views: 1460

Re: H. P. Blavatsky the Mystery

There is about H. P. Blavatsky a certain grandeur that impels us towards search for the inner meaning of things and an effort to awaken the deepest part of our nature where all truth abides for us to discover. We have not identified ourselves with her work for our own salvation's sake; our aim is a...
by Nicholas
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Helena Blavatsky
Replies: 7
Views: 1460

H. P. Blavatsky the Mystery

This book by G. de Purucker is out of print, but some used copies may be out there. Here are the first six chapters, lightly edited from The Theosophical Path issues in 1929-30:

https://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/theos/th-hpbm.htm
by Nicholas
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: New Translations from Bhikshu Dharmamitra
Replies: 0
Views: 42

New Translations from Bhikshu Dharmamitra

In a month or so, these English only and bi- or tri-lingual shastras and a sutra, (Ten Grounds) will be available. Here is a picture of them:

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by Nicholas
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Yoga Vasistha
Replies: 24
Views: 4799

Re: Yoga Vasistha

This translation is around 1800 pages. Here is a partial outline of the contents of 3 of the 6 books: The Stories in Yoga Vasishta Summary of and links to many of the stories in Yoga Vasishta . References are to Book.Chapter.sloka. Book I: On Detachment King Arishtanemi In this opening story of Yoga...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: Welcome to this new sub-forum!
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: Welcome to this new sub-forum!

Not sure Dharmasherab wanted an additional Buddhist forum, for he wrote:

"So that specific discussions can happen within the boundaries of Buddhism only within this forum."
by Nicholas
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Yoga Vasistha
Replies: 24
Views: 4799

Re: Yoga Vasistha

A readable online version, also available from Lulu as one volume book ($50 or so) or free Mobi or PDF formats: http://yogavasishta.org/introduction.html Some of the Glossary from this translation: agnishtoma — an ancient Vedic ceremony performed by a brahmin desirous of obtaining heaven. The cerem...
by Nicholas
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 40
Views: 10248

Re: In Praise of Virtue

If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations.

Imitation of Christ, Croft-Bolton translation
by Nicholas
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: Buddha-Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Buddha-Dharma

DNS wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:04 pm
BDK sounds like a good organization. Which school of buddhism are they?
Mainly Mahayana I guess, not very sectarian though. But take a look at this short introductory book they have been giving away for 50 years or so:

Teaching of Buddha - BDK.pdf
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by Nicholas
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: Buddha-Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Buddha-Dharma

Here is a good one from page 40 among the 800 pages or so of this compilation: The Buddha said, “Brahmin, if you claim not to affirm anything, you must not affirm the principle of not affirming anything.” Dighanakha said, “That is so; if I affirm the principle of not affirming, then that would be af...
by Nicholas
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: Buddha-Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Buddha-Dharma

A large compilation of sutra passages arranged chronologically throughout Buddha's lifetime. Either the paperback or hardback are also available as a free PDF: https://www.bdkamerica.org/book-product?title=&field_book_taisho_tid=All&taxonomy_catalog_tid=285 Drawing from the vast scriptural resources...
by Nicholas
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: James Morgan Pryse (d. 1942)
Replies: 0
Views: 444

James Morgan Pryse (d. 1942)

An American mystic, printer for HP Blavatsky, psychic and esotericist: https://theosophy.wiki/en/James_Morgan_Pryse TO THE ETERNAL SELF A Paraphrase of the "Lord's Prayer" Thou Self Divine, whose heavenly throne Outshines the sun in visioned splendor, O hear me reverently intone Thy Name with accent...