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Theravada / Re: Reposting the Metta Sutta
« Last post by Kalia on January 24, 2021, 11:42:24 AM »
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This is a better translation of the Metta Sutta:


https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.1.08.amar.html


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Theravada / Re: Reposting the Metta Sutta
« Last post by Chaz on January 21, 2021, 09:15:04 PM »
Thanx!
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Theravada / Reposting the Metta Sutta
« Last post by Gibbon on January 20, 2021, 08:02:48 PM »
I posted it once on the old site...  here it is again.  Posting in the Theravada section, but this is essential for all Dharma practitioners.



Herein lies the Metta Sutta,
Translated by Nyanamoli Thera:


What should be done by one skillful in good
So as to gain the State of Peace is this:

Let him be able, and upright and straight,
Easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud,
Contented too, supported easily,
With few tasks, and living very lightly;
His faculties serene, prudent, and modest,
Unswayed by the emotions of the clans;
And let him never do the slightest thing
That other wise men might hold blamable.

(And let him think:) "In safety and in bliss
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Whatever breathing beings there may be.
No matter whether they are frail or firm,
With none excepted, be they long or big
Or middle-sized, or be they short or small
Or thick, as well as those seen or unseen,
Or whether they are dwelling far or near,
Existing or yet seeking to exist.
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Let no one work another one's undoing
Or even slight him at all anywhere:
And never let them wish each other ill
Through provocation or resentful thought."
And just as might a mother with her life
Protect the son that was her only child,
So let him then for every living thing
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being;

And let him too with love for all the world
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being
Above, below, and all round in between,
Untroubled, with no enemy or foe.
And while he stands or walks or while he sits
Or while he lies down, free from drowsiness,
Let him resolve upon this mindfulness:
This is Divine Abiding here, they say.

But when he has no trafficking with views,
Is virtuous, and has perfected seeing,
And purges greed for sensual desires,
He surely comes no more to any womb.


From https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.1.08.nymo.html
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Open Discussion / Re: This time of year .....
« Last post by Chaz on January 10, 2021, 04:56:32 PM »
I look forward to decorating the Buddhamas tree a few hundred years from today!

Me too.

My old sangha in CO had a new members reception in mid December.  This party was held in the shrine room.  The room was decorated with a Christmas/Chanuka theme along with all the Buddhsit adornments.
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Open Discussion / Re: This time of year .....
« Last post by Gibbon on January 08, 2021, 11:43:19 PM »
No, Buddhism will not supplant the Christian (or rather post-Christian) culture in the West.  But it will survive and grow as long as conditions are good for Dharma practice.  It does not have to be a state religion to do that.

Interestingly enough, now Christianity is very popular in the East.  In South Korea, Buddhism is passť and there are many devout Chinese and Japanese Christians (especially Catholics).  Things have definitely changed since the time of the Nestorian monks.

I look forward to decorating the Buddhamas tree a few hundred years from today!
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Open Discussion / Re: This time of year .....
« Last post by Chaz on January 07, 2021, 12:46:32 AM »

This is why eastern and western christianity differ.  This is why they are in some ways the same.  The same is said for Buddhism.  As Buddhism spread it encountered new cultures and was adapted by those cultures.  Sometimes Buddhism prevailed, sometimes not.


But what does it mean, sometimes Buddhism prevailed, sometimes not?  There are only two scenarios -- one where Dharma is transmitted and when it isn't.  In case of successful transmission, it does not matter what it looks like.  What matters is whether a realization into the ultimate nature of reality is achieved or not.  Someone once asked my old Guru if Jesus was a Buddha, and he said that he might have been one and it was impossible to determine based on the mode of transmission.

The other case is when it certainly looks like Buddhism, but it's only the outer trappings and the essence is not there any more.  We have all met people who have that ultra-Buddhist look, covered in layers of maroon clothing, jingling their malas, hanging around Lamas, talking much profound stuff.   They absolutely reek of Buddhism, but is it real or just an ego trip?  So it may look like Buddhism has prevailed, while, in reality, the Dharma has become corrupted and is now gone.

What I'm thinking about is more a matter of milieu.  For example, In the 8th-9th centuries, Nestorian Christian missionaries arrived in Tibet.  Their impact wasn't great.  It wasn't a matter of the gospel not being presented properly.  It was more likely Christianity didn't take hold and exert cultural influence, because it didn't really fit, culturally.  Padmasambhava arrived there about that same time and had a much bigger impact, probably because there was already a Buddhist presence and the similarity to Bon.

Here in the west, Buddhism has no concentrated cultural presence with multiple traditions and schools.  Also, the west has centuries of revealed religion instilled in the culture.  Buddhism just doesn't fit well.  That's not to say Buddhism won't have an influence, but whatever it is, it will most likely be absorbed into a largely Christian culture rather rather that supplanting it.
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Open Discussion / Re: This time of year .....
« Last post by Gibbon on January 06, 2021, 04:19:52 AM »

This is why eastern and western christianity differ.  This is why they are in some ways the same.  The same is said for Buddhism.  As Buddhism spread it encountered new cultures and was adapted by those cultures.  Sometimes Buddhism prevailed, sometimes not.


But what does it mean, sometimes Buddhism prevailed, sometimes not?  There are only two scenarios -- one where Dharma is transmitted and when it isn't.  In case of successful transmission, it does not matter what it looks like.  What matters is whether a realization into the ultimate nature of reality is achieved or not.  Someone once asked my old Guru if Jesus was a Buddha, and he said that he might have been one and it was impossible to determine based on the mode of transmission.

The other case is when it certainly looks like Buddhism, but it's only the outer trappings and the essence is not there any more.  We have all met people who have that ultra-Buddhist look, covered in layers of maroon clothing, jingling their malas, hanging around Lamas, talking much profound stuff.   They absolutely reek of Buddhism, but is it real or just an ego trip?  So it may look like Buddhism has prevailed, while, in reality, the Dharma has become corrupted and is now gone.
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Meditation / Re: Headspace Guide To Meditation
« Last post by Gibbon on January 06, 2021, 12:40:34 AM »
Thank you for recommending it!
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Open Discussion / Re: Fear, Attatchment, and Suffering
« Last post by Gibbon on January 06, 2021, 12:34:48 AM »
Yes, we can try to suppress an emotion, but that will just give rise to more emotions, more mental states, more suffering.  The answer to that is probably more practice!  Then it becomes possible to observe love arise and function as a bystander, not a participant.  And that would be the beginning of freedom.

In any case, not just love, but any pleasurable thing turns its other side sooner or later.  What if you love chocolate and went to a chocolate factory where you can consume unlimited number of candies?  How long will that last!!

I remember, one time a poster on the old FreeSangha was asking if happiness is really an illusion, and gave the example of sitting in his armchair at the end of the day with a good book and a warm cat.  Very nice -- but it will end, like all other things in life.

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Open Discussion / Re: This time of year .....
« Last post by Gibbon on January 06, 2021, 12:25:01 AM »
Happy New Year!  The Dharma certainly adapts to new cultures as it moves across the world.  It does not really matter what it looks like as long as it retains the view of impermanence and interdependence of all phenomena, and shunyata as their ultimate nature. 

I suspect that there will be not one, but several varieties of Western Buddhism in the future.  Several lineages have been passed on to the West successfully.  They will continue, but maybe some of them will merge.  There will be constant development in form but not in essence.

The Dharma will draw on what's in the minds of the people it encounters along the way.  The Christian background of Westerners will be a huge factor.  Already the chanting practices of some sanghas have Christian, rather churchy, cadences.  Some Buddhist centers have taken over old monastery sites.  I wonder if there will be a Western modification of monastic robes as has happened over many different cultures (compare Thai robes with Zen or Tibetan ones).

I must emphasize the all-important nature of lineage and transmission without which the Dharma cannot go on.  To my limited knowledge, no completely new lineage founded by a Westerner exists so far.  That would require a pure vision, something like a terma.  But it is only a matter of time before that happens. 
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