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by boundless
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Re: Solving the hard problem.

Hi Catmoon, all, Greeting catmoon, I agree! I mentioned the reason why IMO some philosopher disagree in this post: Addendum: the reason why some do not think mind can influence matter is that this would violate Causal Closure (the link is to Wikipedia article). In short, physical states are caused p...
by boundless
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Re: Solving the hard problem.

ii) what is the relation between mind and body? Do they interact? Are all activities of sentient beings explainable in purely physical terms? I would call this problem 'the mind-body relation problem'. I put it to you that they do interact. If they did not, we would all be completely paralyzed. Gre...
by boundless
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Re: Solving the hard problem.

Wayfarer wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:01 am
boundless wrote:I suggest to not talk about QM (even if Bitbol does). IMHO, it is an unnecessary complication of the discussion.
Good point, boundless. I should have remembered that. :emb:
No worries ;)

BTW, it wasn't a criticism to anyone in particular here. It was simply a suggestion.
by boundless
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Re: Solving the hard problem.

Addendum: the reason why some do not think mind can influence matter is that this would violate Causal Closure (the link is to Wikipedia article). In short, physical states are caused purely by physical causes. This theory is, of course, compatible with 'parallelism' (mind and matter do not interact...
by boundless
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Re: Solving the hard problem.

Hi all, I wanted to share my two cents. I would like to divide the 'problem of consciousness' in three parts. Not just two as it is usually done. i) the ' experience problem', that is: how can experience be explained in purely physical terms? (this is the so-called 'hard problem of consciousness') i...
by boundless
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 200
Views: 38059

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Unfortunately this is from a thread where Malcolm is being quoted from an even earlier thread. No link to the original thread was provided. As such it is second hand information. Still... The point is that part of the sutra under question, which "normalizes" the view of the MPNS does not seem to be...
by boundless
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 266
Views: 20292

Re: Existence

In other words, the position of process philosophers might be inconsistent: they say that 'what exists' changes but at the same time they say that it has a persistent identity (as a 'process' rather than a thing) and, therefore, they still, in fact, seem to imply that 'what exists' has an unchangin...
by boundless
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 266
Views: 20292

Re: Existence

... In other words, the position of process philosophers might be inconsistent: they say that 'what exists' changes but at the same time they say that it has a persistent identity (as a 'process' rather than a thing) and, therefore, they still, in fact, seem to imply that 'what exists' has an uncha...
by boundless
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 266
Views: 20292

Re: Existence

Buddhists say existents have an unchanging essence. Just FYI, 1,000 years ago at Nalanda University that’s not what was taught. Since then some traditions have gone that route, but Nargarjuna would be outraged by that idea. My understanding is that Nagarjuna said it cannot be established that thing...
by boundless
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The idea of control automatically requires a subject and object. Therefore relative control is all that can be sensibly talked about in the realm of phenomena i.e. the realm where causality operates. But I see the Buddha as being free of all dependencies even while in the world. This combined with ...
by boundless
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The idea of control automatically requires a subject and object. Therefore relative control is all that can be sensibly talked about in the realm of phenomena i.e. the realm where causality operates. But I see the Buddha as being free of all dependencies even while in the world. This combined with ...
by boundless
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

I could respond by saying ‘if it’s something, then it’s “eternalism”, if it’s nothing, then it’s “nihilism”. I hope that is not too trite an answer. But a verse does come to mind here: any physical form by which one describing the Tathagata would describe him: That the Tathagata has abandoned, its ...
by boundless
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The above was the only way I could figure it working, before I gave up on 10fold interpenetration since it's really something you are supposed to realize in yogic equipoise, not with pen and paper. but in this case, we need to admit that logic here does not apply. This can have, IMO, unfortunate co...
by boundless
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

It is something that we can test in our experience, by seeing if we can control it. So, in this case, if by "self" is meant the (supposed) "controller of the experience" we can verify its absence by contemplating the impossibility to have control on experience. Hence, if there is no controller, the...
by boundless
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Forgot to say that in the precedent message, by Theravada I meant "commentarial Theravada".
by boundless
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

BTW, the third option ("A and B") always semmed to me as an impossible position to be held, since it appears to be a contradiction. Imagine two intersecting constituents that substantially overlap but also have parts that are separate. Imagine a red line segment and a blue line segment. The two are...
by boundless
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 3958

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

I don't recall the Buddha actually using the Catuṣkoṭi form of analysis himself. I can only recall the Buddha using it only in relation to its use by his opponents. Would appreciate if someone could provide examples in the Suttas or Sutras where the Buddha himself resorted to Catuṣkoṭi analysis in ...
by boundless
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 134
Views: 13212

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

Marcus Aurelius on contemplating impermanence: Constantly contemplate the whole of time and the whole of substance, and consider that all individual things as to substance are a grain of a fig, and as to time, the turning of a gimlet. Look at everything that exists, and observe that it is already in...
by boundless
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 4794

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

I'm not sure I'd say "marginal" although it is primarily an East Asian teaching. There are in fact references to it in Tibetan Buddhism but they are usually indirect. Kirt Hi Kirt, What do you have in mind as regard to its presence in Tibetan Buddhism ?   Thx M These are basically oral teachings al...
by boundless
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 4794

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

I mean no criticism of Thich Nhat Hahn when I say that a misunderstanding of his teaching on 'Interbeing' has sewn much confusion..on the surface he appears to be supporting the ideas of Advaita. And some do not venture below the surface. Indeed Simon. I'm not sure I'd say "marginal" although it is...

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