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  1. Context behind Buddhism as the "middle way"

    Namaste,

    Buddhism is frequently described by itself as "the middle way". Here is a link to a fairly typical description of this idea http://www.beyondthenet.net/dhamma/middleway.htm

    Basically...
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    Re: Svetasvatara Upanishad and temple visit

    Yajvan,

    Thank you for the recommendations. I am going to read this next, mainly because it is available free on the net and I read most things on my iPhone anyways....
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    Re: Svetasvatara Upanishad and temple visit

    Yajavan,

    Thank you! I found the interpretion you shared very helpful. It is very compatable with my meager understanding of Reality I encounter in meditation. Especially "in whom all things...
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    Re: Gurus

    Believer,

    Also thought I should add that to be honest I'm not entirely sure what it means to be a zen master, especially now that I'm technically one (though definitely do not feel it). Most of...
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    Believer, hmmm... I am no Alan Watts by a long shot. (I think I will read some of the stuff he wrote on Hinduism when I get the chance). Zen is always "talking out both sides of the mouth" which is...
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    Re: Gurus

    P.S.

    I stumbled across this quote from Alan Watts that describes the role of the teacher-student in Zen much better than I could do.
    "In Zen, the master does not actually teach the student...
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    Re: Gurus

    Thanks for the helpful response. In some places I've seen where the writer says that Lord Ganesh or another diety is to be one's guru. Is this just meaning they be like a guru, or that one's living...
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    Svetasvatara Upanishad and temple visit

    Namaste,

    Thank you again to everyone in their willingness to help me understand things in context.

    I really enjoyed this text. It seems that in this text that Shaiva not seen primarily as a...
  9. Thread: Gurus

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    Gurus

    Namaste everyone,

    I finished what is Hinduism, it is an excellent summary, thank you very much for the recommendation. I have started now into the Bhagavad Gita which is an amazing and I've been...
  10. Re: Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    Thank you sharing this, I really enjoyed it. Thought experiment, poetic or real, either way. I've been having a similar experience of opening up to allowing for destruction of those things which hold...
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    Dharma in Hinduism vs. Buddhism

    Namaste,

    On the surface “dharma” seems to have two different means in Hinduism vs. Buddhism. In Hinduism dharma is moral duty, one’s place and role in the order of things and ethical conduct. Is...
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    Hindu Householder/Laity

    Namaste,

    I found this wonderful quote in "What is Hinduism?"

    "The family man is the guru of his household. If wants to find out how to be a good guru, he just has to observe his own satguru,...
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    Re: Confused on Shiva, Shaiva, Siva

    Believer,

    I also find having some perspective of the vast cycles deeply comforting. Of course Buddhism shares with Hinduism the belief in reincarnation and samsara. A Buddhist kalpa is a...
  14. Thread: Temples

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    Re: Temples

    I believe Hinduism often says many paths, one truth. In Buddhism there is a similar teaching of 84,000 dharma (teachings) doors. Each path of dharma is worthy and no one is better than the other. The...
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    Confused on Shiva, Shaiva, Siva

    Are these all just different transliterations or spellings of the same Hindi/Sanskrit name?
    Siva is described as all compassionate and patron on a mystical path of self realization as Siva.

    Shiva...
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    Re: Temples

    That is a good point and I hadn't thought about how selfish interests would color the dialogue. I am very anti-sectarian but that perspective is not good for winning followers. A teacher that keeps...
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    Re: Temples

    Markandeya,

    Thank for that response and yes you do a good job at getting at heart of ch'an/zen. Like Hinduism, Buddhism has may schools and within each school each teacher has their own...
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    Re: Temples

    I live in Lynchburg, Virginia. I am thinking about visiting this place, about 1 hour away.
    http://www.roanoketemple.org/home.html

    The what is Hinduism book is amazing, can't put it down. A lot of...
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    Re: Temples

    Thanks Eastern Mind. I am taking some time off work in two weeks that would be perfect for a day trip to one. I think I'll call ahead though.

    I definitely understand what you mean by paradigms and...
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    Temples

    What is Hinduism says the following about temples:
    "The Hindu temple and stone images in it work as a channel for the Diety, for the Gods, who hover over the stone image and, in their subtle etheric...
  21. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Markandeya, Thank you for the clarification. I loved how you talked about we must take responsibility for our own liberation and spiritual path. This is indeed a difference from the modern...
  22. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Thanks for the welcome!

    Believer, I think I'll follow your advice and add the Baghwad Gita next.

    I found your comment on prayer interesting and amusing. Yes, I was using Christain language as a...
  23. Thread: Hello

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    Hello

    Hello everyone,

    Thanks for the invitation to the forum. I am a ch'an/zen Buddhist practitioner. My dharma name is Liang, but my real name is Fred. I go by either.


    I hope that I can find...
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