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by Nicholas
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation on Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Meditation on Buddha

Here is part of the Introduction on the Easy Practice suggested by Nagarjuna: Part One: The Easy Practice In Nāgārjuna’s discussion of the first bodhisattva ground, in response to a discouraged interlocutor fearful of the difficulty of achieving “irreversibility” on the seemingly interminably long b...
by Nicholas
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: The Greeks
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: The Greeks

Each thing is that which it is in itself; but it becomes desirable in consequence of being colored over by The Good, which imparts to it, as it were, an alluring gracefulness, and infuses love in the natures which aspire after good.
Plotinus, Ennead VI, vii, 22
by Nicholas
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: The Greeks
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: The Greeks

Prometheus Trust in England is producing wonderful translations and papers on the Platonic tradition. Here is a recent group of papers from their annual symposium:

http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/html/i ... icles.html
by Nicholas
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 166
Views: 34451

Re: What music are you listening to now?

by Nicholas
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke thread!
Replies: 7
Views: 1779

Re: Joke thread!

College degrees for opinions coming - !!!

https://babylonbee.com/news/everyone-on ... al-affairs
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Cartoons
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: Cartoons

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by Nicholas
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Kalavinka Press
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Kalavinka Press

The old Kalavinka Press website has been updated. Now many excerpts from the new texts are included in the Dharma Jewels section:

http://kalavinka.org/index.html
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Happy New Year

A common greeting - here is one from Helena Blavatsky - in 1890: A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! This seems easy enough to say, and everyone expects some such greeting. Yet, whether the wish, though it may proceed from a sincere heart, is likely to be realized even in the case of the few—is more difficult ...
by Nicholas
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Closer to truth (inspiration for Dharma Paths)
Replies: 14
Views: 7576

Re: Closer to truth (inspiration for Dharma Paths)

Perhaps you could also include the Ancient Greeks and Romans within the paths of consideration? This site could use some reorganization, but the Greeks and Romans are around about. Here are a couple of threads: https://dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1469 https://dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?...
by Nicholas
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Laniakea Supercluster
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Laniakea Supercluster

Four minutes on our Milky Way and countless galaxies beyond. Yet there is a form or shape to the portion of the Universe that Astronomers have mapped:

by Nicholas
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 166
Views: 34451

Re: What music are you listening to now?

Yes, another version of End of a Perfect Day. Note the Introduction by the singer. At the end of WW I, in NYC, thousands of voices rang out with this song:

by Nicholas
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation on Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Meditation on Buddha

Nifty artwork David, where did you find it?

Also a note on the new book; the middle section on the deep samadhi that sees many buddhas makes up half the book.
by Nicholas
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation on Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Meditation on Buddha

Many practices focus on mindfulness or concentration or meditation on Buddha. Since Buddha is a title and does not mean only Gautama Buddha these methods can be applied to any or all buddhas. This new translation by Bhikshu Dharmamitra from Kalavinka Press give three major methods that are not ident...
by Nicholas
Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Christmas Wishes 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Christmas Wishes 2019

From President and First Lady:

by Nicholas
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Ram Dass passed away
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Ram Dass passed away

Dharmasherab wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:29 pm
Does he descend from a particular religious/spiritual lineage?
This bio mentions his family was rich & Jewish - whether they were religious Jews or secular the bio does not say:

https://learn.culturalindia.net/ram-das ... lpert.html
by Nicholas
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: New Translations from Bhikshu Dharmamitra
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: New Translations from Bhikshu Dharmamitra

Perhaps the most valuable one I did not mention. Nagarjuna also wrote a Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds . It is over 600 pages and gives all the essential attitudes and practices for a Mahayana aspirant. Here he explains another title for the Buddha - Tathagata. He gives several more meaning...
by Nicholas
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Cartoons
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: Cartoons

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by Nicholas
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: New Translations from Bhikshu Dharmamitra
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: New Translations from Bhikshu Dharmamitra

The new translations are now up at Amazon. Search for Kalavinka Press to see the new Chinese-Skt-English versions of several titles. Also the new Ten Grounds Sutra versions, one by Kumarajiva & one by Shiksananda. Both of these also have PL Vaidya's Sanskrit in appendices. The smaller Buddha mindful...
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Cartoons
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Cartoons

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by Nicholas
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: Iamblichus (242?-325?)
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: Iamblichus (242?-325?)

But just as the soul gradually advances to the greater from the less, passing through all beautiful things, and finally reaches the most perfect goods, so it is necessary that exhortation should proceed regularly, beginning from those things which are common. For exhortation will incite to philosop...