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by Nicholas
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Altruism
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Altruism

It is possible for some folks to be altruistic who deny karma, rebirth, god or gods, humans having a soul etc. In short, convinced secular atheists. This 2015 large book by a Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard is, or will become, a bible for such folks. There are a great deal of reasons given (in 700 + ...
by Nicholas
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Golden Light Sutra

Buddha tells, in verse & prose the event of his past life as Mahasattva giving his body to a starving tigress. He sums up the karmic links of the major persons involved: I, the Tathagata Shakyamuni was formerly Mahasattva, Son of King Maharatha who made the tigress well. Shuddhodana, the great king ...
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Golden Light Sutra

DNS wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:59 pm

11th~13th century, chrysographic Tangut version
That image is actually from the Lotus Sutra, in Tangut.
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Golden Light Sutra

For my and others edification re Tangut:

https://www.omniglot.com/writing/tangut.htm

Seems odd that this language was created around 1000 AD and only was in use for 600 years or so. Yet many thousands of texts, mostly Mahayana, were put into it. Many devoted Buddhist translators, I guess.
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Golden Light Sutra

A much revered teaching of Buddha & his disciples. Even the Pali Text Society published Emmerick's translation, so there must be value to non-Mahayana Buddhists too.

https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/tea ... 07lttr.pdf
by Nicholas
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Practice
Replies: 6
Views: 2070

Re: Mahayana Practice

One of most influential gurus was Atisha (d.1054). One of his major gurus was Dharmarakshita, with whom he studied on the isle of Sumatra. This powerful text on karma, its effects and our evil selfish ego, is called the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Here is one version with a commentary by the late Geshe ...
by Nicholas
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What book are you reading now?
Replies: 1
Views: 600

Re: What book are you reading now?

Russell Kirk's Concise Guide to Conservatism

Concise Guide To Conservatism-2019.pdf
(1.68 MiB) Downloaded 8 times
by Nicholas
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 251
Views: 37746

Re: Gems of Wisdom

We live in a hyper-partisan age where people no longer really pay attention to the substance of what’s said but as to who says it and what side they’re on and what it’s political ramifications are.
William P. Barr
by Nicholas
Fri May 31, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Faith
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Faith

These are revealed counsels of the highest hidden mystery called "Artisan" (oman),* which means the source of faith (emunah), for faith emerges by His power. * See Isaiah 25: 1. In other circles, this term designated the first and most concealed sefirah, keter or Crown. From The Book of Speculation...
by Nicholas
Thu May 30, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Faith
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Faith

This [Divine] Reason is the simple and verily existent Truth: that pure and infallible Omniscience round which divinely inspired Faith revolves. It is the permanent Ground of the faithful, which builds them in the Truth and builds the Truth in them by an unwavering firmness, through which they poss...
by Nicholas
Thu May 30, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Faith
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Faith

A powerful, necessary element on any Path. Here are varied definitions from the Eastern paths:

https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/shraddha
by Nicholas
Thu May 23, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: William Quan Judge (1851-96)
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: William Quan Judge (1851-96)

Short life! Died at age 44 (almost 45). Short yes, but a hard & effective worker, speaker & writer. In his last 10 years he wrote eight books and edited a monthly magazine, plus many talks & scads of letters were cranked out. Here is another tale, this one about magicians vs sorcerers, in a long ag...
by Nicholas
Sun May 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: William Quan Judge (1851-96)
Replies: 2
Views: 271

William Quan Judge (1851-96)

A close friend of HP Blavatsky who also worked for Theosophy. In addition to his many articles & books he also wrote short stories which might appear fictional, but are not. Here is one of his occult tales:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/wq ... ales-1.htm
by Nicholas
Sat May 18, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Vajrayana Buddhism
Topic: Journeys beyond death
Replies: 10
Views: 2849

Re: Journeys beyond death

A summary review of a Tibetan woman's visit (as a Delog) to realms sublime and otherwise, while out of her body. The book or e-book versions are still available, a fascinating adventure she had. She was the mother of Chagdud Tulku. http://tibetan-biographies.wikischolars.columbia.edu/Delog To order...
by Nicholas
Sat May 18, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Vajrayana Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhist monk's NDE
Replies: 5
Views: 1639

Re: Tibetan Buddhist monk's NDE

Nicholas wrote:
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:01 pm
Of course certain Buddhist meditations mimic death, so one does not actually have to have a NDE to know the after-death realms.

See the Delog thread here...
The book mentioned is out of print, but used copies still can be found.

Title is Delog: journey to realms beyond death.
by Nicholas
Thu May 16, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Wesak Festival 2019 - May 18
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Wesak Festival 2019 - May 18

Not a traditional Vaisakha observance of any Buddhist tradition. CW Leadbeater, a psychic who died in 1934, had visions & he told this story. It was picked up by some Arcane School types and today is part of some New Age rituals. The great invocation chanting was created by Alice A Bailey. Neither t...
by Nicholas
Mon May 13, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 251
Views: 37746

Re: Gems of Wisdom

The visions of Eternity, by reason of narrowèd perceptions,
Are become weak Visions of Time and Space, fix’d into furrows of Death;
Till deep dissimulation is the only defence an honest man has left.
William Blake
by Nicholas
Sat May 11, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: Plotinus 205-70
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Plotinus 205-70

A sample from the new Gerson edition which shows the nice intro & summary before each ennead. The number in parens is the chronological placement among the total of 54. Porphyry preferred to try a topical arrangement. 1.1 (53) What Is the Living Being and What Is the Human Being? Introduction In thi...
by Nicholas
Fri May 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: Plotinus 205-70
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Plotinus 205-70

For an excellent introduction to Plotinus & his Enneads , study The Heart of Plotinus compiled & edited by the late Algis Uzdavinys. Here is a little from the Foreword by Bregman: The American Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, included Plotinus (204-270 C.E.) and Porphyry (235-305 C.E.) in “th...
by Nicholas
Sun May 05, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: Great Compassion

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all phenomena are nonexistent and yet sentient beings regard them as existent. “The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all phenomena are devoid of location and yet sentient beings believe that they are p...