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by Mkoll
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Ignorance (avidya)?
Replies: 14
Views: 316

Re: What is Ignorance (avidya)?

In the Theravada, one works on letting the effects of past actions arise and dissolve until they are exhausted. Hmmm, I wouldn't put it that way as putting it that way makes it sound like a path of passivity or non-action. This is not the case. Certain wholesome qualities must be developed and cert...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 103
Views: 2324

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

What does it mean for Trump to be a Russian puppet, in practice? What are the potential consequences of this? Where does this lead? this piece in Politico, which I overlooked when it was published, gives some important context and helps address some of these questions, particularly in light of Trum...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Drug Addiction
Replies: 71
Views: 3952

Re: Drug Addiction

You know, I get how this conversation can turn contentious. On the one hand, I get where Greg is coming from, I just had a friend pass away due to complications years of Heroin abuse, have a uncle who went the same direction and OD'ed. In fact, I've had people's addictions touch me very closely thr...
by Mkoll
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 103
Views: 2324

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

Malcolm wrote:
Queequeg wrote: but once the fundamental agreement on reality and rules of civil engagement are lost, further intercourse becomes incredibly difficult.

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That is gone. Time for New England to secede from the Union.

Also, the West Coast: CA, OR, WA. Sorry everybody else, you're on your own.

:tongue:
by Mkoll
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 61
Views: 8444

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Mkoll
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 2450

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

Given the other possible groups that could have been doing the practice described in the sutra, it seems premature to say it is anti-Dzogchen. I think you need to bring forth a lot more evidence from the sutra that you think exhibits anti-Dzogchen sentiment before you can reasonably suggest that con...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Adultery and Being a Buddhist
Replies: 75
Views: 1804

Re: Adultery and Being a Buddhist

How did this problem come about? Gee. Things just happen sometimes, you know? Many things happen that one has no control over. Adultery is not one of them. ChrisK didn't have control of the feelings and thoughts of lust and attraction to this other woman that arose when he met her/got to know her. ...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Julian Assange
Replies: 51
Views: 1229

Re: Julian Assange

Indeed, Norwegian. From the reddit AMA, the top comment to Assange (links to sources in comment on reddit): People frequently group you together with Edward Snowden because you've both released classified American documents. But your motivations and philospophies couldn't be more different. Snowden ...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine
Replies: 31
Views: 1143

Re: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine

srivijaya wrote:historical Buddha

Them's fightin' words on this DW, friend. Tread carefully.

;)
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dharmata teachings.
Replies: 127
Views: 16983

Re: Dharmata teachings.

He's gone native in Marin County. Actually, AT is based in Pt. Richmond and I believe he lives in Kensington. I wasn't trying to say that that video is somehow a Dzogchen teaching, and in fact I didn't really listen to it very carefully. It's just that this is the de facto AT thread and I like to k...
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras
Replies: 40
Views: 2131

Re: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras

But the response to 'recite the Sutra' does have real precedents in the tradition itself. For instance, the pre-amble to the Diamond Sutra assures the reader/hearer that reciting and/or exposition of this sutra will give rise to immeasurable merit (more than all of the sands of the Ganges). Thanks,...
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.
Replies: 11
Views: 325

Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Wikipedia is a passable resource to learn the basic background IMO. There is just too much information to put into a forum reply.
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras
Replies: 40
Views: 2131

Re: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras

@Coëmgenu - you should look into the Nag Hammadi codex. There's a lot of information available on it. The Gospel of Thomas is indeed a gnostic text, look up the book Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels. She documents the early conflict between gnostic and 'johannine' readings of the bible. I wonder, wou...
by Mkoll
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1293

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Wayfarer wrote:there had been a post here from @ancientbuddhism with a number of links to readings on the question which appears to have been deleted. If it could be restored, it would be appreciated. (I was working through them.)

Yes, I saw that post as well. I wonder why it was deleted and by whom...
by Mkoll
Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Adultery and Being a Buddhist
Replies: 75
Views: 1804

Re: Adultery and Being a Buddhist

Adultery is definitely something to avoid for Buddhists. Many Buddhists take ethical precepts they try their best to honor and one of those precepts is refraining from illicit sexual acts like adultery. One of the reasons for this is how much suffering and stress the ignorant spouses will go through...
by Mkoll
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1293

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

When I'm here, I try not to upset people by criticising the teachings of any school, or pushing any sectarian line; ditto when I'm on the other forum. However, I won't hold back from highlighting problematic statements as and when I see them. If a statement is unsupported and (IMO) wrong (i.e. fact...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1293

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Dharma Flower wrote:If you'd like, I might be able to dig further and find something by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the matter as well.

Thank you for offering, but that's not necessary. My point is that the term is commentarial, not canonical in the sense of being found in the Pali Canon.
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1293

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

The only difference between the Buddha, according to Theravada, and those who attain enlightenment after him, is that he did so without the help of a teacher. Not so. The Buddha had powers that set him apart from even his most accomplished disciples. See MN 12. Disciples who attain enlightenment ar...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1293

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Coëmgenu wrote:Many are also deluded by extremist sectarian polemic, as are many Mahāyānists in this regard.

How apropos.

Dharma Flower wrote:If we look at the matter historically, Mahayana is the legitimate heir to pre-sectarian Buddhism, and Theravada is a schismatic group

:roll:
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras
Replies: 40
Views: 2131

Re: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras

Wayfarer wrote:'recite the sutra'.

What does recitation of the sutra do, in and of itself? And is that effect attested to in other Mahayana sutras?

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