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by Coëmgenu
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1401

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

It's not clear why that would be the case. If how things usually are for living beings (ie. beset by aging, illness, and death, in their various forms) has any bearing on how things really, ultimately are, then a dog-eat-dog Darwinist scenario (and thus a Christian) one seems most llikely Darwinism...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1401

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

It's not clear why that would be the case. If how things usually are for living beings (ie. beset by aging, illness, and death, in their various forms) has any bearing on how things really, ultimately are, then a dog-eat-dog Darwinist scenario (and thus a Christian) one seems most llikely Darwinism...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1401

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

I imagine that most Buddhists wouldn't give a flying frak if you lived or died ... Since I'm doing my best to practice the four immeasurables and the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, that would be an odd thing for me to say. Somehow I find it hard to believe that you ACTU...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: (carefully) Broadcasting Dzogchen through music
Replies: 46
Views: 1425

Re: (carefully) Broadcasting Dzogchen through music

Music is not an idiom of communication through which it is possible to violate promises of secrecy, I assume, since music is not language. Lyrics, on the other hand...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: primordial buddhism
Replies: 44
Views: 806

Re: primordial buddhism

If you limit yourself to the Pali Canon, you are like a person who decides they like walking with the chains on their feet when they could choose wings. Plenty of people consider the teachings of the Pāli Canon to be highly efficacious, and not comparable at all to chains that bind progress. Highly...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: primordial buddhism
Replies: 44
Views: 806

Re: primordial buddhism

Malcolm wrote:If you limit yourself to the Pali Canon, you are like a person who decides they like walking with the chains on their feet when they could choose wings.
Plenty of people consider the teachings of the Pāli Canon to be highly efficacious, and not comparable at all to chains that bind progress.
by Coëmgenu
Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

By that metric, all Hebrew is designed to be unpronounceable, or Arabic, etc. Arabic has written vowels, Persian does not. Persians borrow Arabic written vowels for transliteration of non-Persian terms/words. As far as I know, all of the abjads, Hewbrew, Arabic, even Ancient Egyptian (when it is ph...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

The fact that the Tetragrammaton is not able to be pronounced was the main rationale for the name. It was literally intended to be a name that could not be spoken, so as to maintain the mystery of the divine name. (However, for students of comparative religion, there might be a parallel with the we...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

I don't know if this point has been brought up in this thread, but the original 'name' which since became 'Yahweh' and then also 'Jehovah' was called the 'tetragrammaton'. The Wiki article says that the name "YHWH" is probably derived from the Hebrew triconsonantal root היה (h-y-h), "...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

Dr. Hayes describes the "Yahwist" religious movement in historical Judaism as one of the groups with a significantly stronger monotheizing tendency, with the Elohists being essentially a near-Eastern polytheistic school Apparently I got the Elohist and the Yahwist completely reversed, as ...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Sukhāvatī in the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 267

Re: Sukhāvatī in the Lotus Sutra

I still think "purified abode of infinite life" is a terrible translation. Yes it's "technically" correct but it seems to downplay Amitábha's and Sukhavati's appearance. Ideally translators of Buddhist texts should be aware that most readers will be informed, but some won't. The...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

Question seconded. There are practical benefits to shifting from henotheism to monotheism (a clearer sense of priorities and allegiances, a more clearly defined identity), but it's not clear whether it is in fact possible to deliberately carry out such a shift for practical reasons. I don't think t...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

That's fascinating, but says nothing about the origin of the shift from henotheism to monotheism. Where/why do scholars generally think that occurred? Question seconded. There are practical benefits to shifting from henotheism to monotheism (a clearer sense of priorities and allegiances, a more cle...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

The notion that the Greeks "monotheized" Judaism used to be big in the 60s, back when they also thought Christian Gnosticism predated the Pauline Christianity. This theory, now though, is almost never taken seriously. I don't know any of the academic ins and outs, but something sure "...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1117

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

The metaphysical god to which Christians devote themselves comes from Greek Philosophy. This explains how one can draw a much clearer line from Plotinus to Hegel than from, say, Leviticus to Hegel. With that said, are you positing the metaphysical god of Plotinus as, also, a preta or something else...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1401

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

I am not at all trying to diminish "secret teachings". I just wish they were "secret". If they are indeed secret teachings that require special empowerments etc., then you, having no such empowerments etc., cannot possibly understand them anyway, so they are, at most, just neutr...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1401

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

Buddha Shakyamuni says, in the Sravakayana Tripitaka, that in His Teachings there is no distinction between esoteric and exoteric teachings. Anyway, how do the esoteric or secret teachings arise? Who is the authority to decide what is the distinction? If you utter the word "chakra" is tha...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Academic ridiculousness

I have to read a lot of papers written by "acadmics" like (cringe) myself. I encountered this, while working on a paper: As soon as [Speech and the speaking Subject] are produced, sound and speech are plebiscited as the "truth" which was lacking in the silent film. … The decisive...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The "provisional" Lotus Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: The "provisional" Lotus Sutra

Queequeg wrote:Adding to Mark's comment - this distinction is not Nichiren's innovation. It's Zhiyi's teaching.
I am OK with it being either Nichiren's or Zhiyi's teaching.

Both are votaries of the Lotus Sutra.
by Coëmgenu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: speaking of free speech
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: speaking of free speech

There is a profound problem with the understand of "right to free speech" in certain selection leftist circles. And I say this as a self-identifying leftist.

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