So I was window-shopping for my spoiled dolls, I mean, my helpful familiars when I come across an adorable pair of fairywings from Bambicrony. Joren screamed in my ear that she had to have them.
I looked at the promo pictures. Yes, they would be sooo cute on her. I put a pair in the e-cart. $37, which is a reasonable price in the BJD world. Shipping? EMS only. Calculate shipping…(Yaaaay, Joren’s gonna be soooooooooo cute!!!)
YOU WANT HOW MUCH FOR SHIPPING???
The total cost ended up at $62.
Guanyin is often cited by popular (Western) authors as the Goddess of Mercy (TM), and as a manifestation of the Divine Feminine. The problem is that she’s just…not. Guanyin is a bodhisattva, not a deva. She represents unconditional compassion, not mercy…and there is no “Divine Feminine” in Buddhism (and no Divine Masculine).
OM MANI PADME HUM
My status as LGBTQ+, autistic, nonbinary, and disabled has made me keenly aware that society has a “default” and it doesn’t look like me, even though my whiteness and class privilege makes it far easier to bend things into something resembling a shape I can use.
I’m a Buddhist in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. If you want an idea of what that means, the most famous Gelugpa is unquestionably His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
HHDL as a boy, photographer unknown
I didn’t join the Gelug school because of His Holiness’s fame though. I joined because of the school’s long tradition of rigorous scholarship, and even better, the fact that a Gelug-affiliated Dharma center is about two miles from my apartment.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesus
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae,
Lha Bab Duchen is a Holy Day in Tibetan Buddhism. It commemmorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s return from the Heaven of the 33 Gods, after he’d ascended there to teach his mom the Buddhadharma. The karma of all actions is multiplied ten million times today, but hey – no pressure. Just don’t be a dick.
I’m a member (and now moderator) on a Buddhist forum. In my posts here, I’ve expressed frustration with Buddhism online. I’ve also asserted that sometimes (sometimes), it can be pretty awesome. A year ago or so, someone on the Buddhist forum sent me a pm with a link to this video, and the simple note:
I bumped into this just now and thought you’d enjoy.
Online Buddhism is awesome when you run into real Buddhists…