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by shankara
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Alzheimer's Disease
Replies: 13
Views: 627

Re: Alzheimer's Disease

I heard a story about a Lama who developed Alzheimers. Apparently in the home where he ended up living, there was a woman who was in a kind of violent delerium. One day the Lama wandered into her room and sat with her for a while, and apparently afterwards she became calm and seemed to have lost the...
by shankara
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2987
Views: 318975

Re: Music time

by shankara
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2846

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

I think that to understand that the mass media are the propaganda arm of governments one only has to read Chomsky. The guy is totally sane, not a conspiracy theorist. The latter have the tendency to impute intention where there isn't necessarily such intention (though sometimes, there is). The media...
by shankara
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in non-democratic countries
Replies: 56
Views: 6664

Re: Buddhism in non-democratic countries

The third refuge vow in the threefold version is to avoid association with negative people, enemies of the Dharma, which could include, for example, the military. In the modern world, this could also include corporations. My personal interpretation of this would be to include a kind of duty of resis...
by shankara
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 1618

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

Milarepa had huge negative karma to overcome, his days of black magic and revenge on hiis uncle stealing his family's wealth basically made him a outcast. This may be so, nonetheless he was offered by villagers to remain and be their teacher a number of times and on each occasion refused. Not only ...
by shankara
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 1618

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

Milarepa was very critical of the opulence of the Lamas, he basically said they were just living "off the fat of the land" in exchange for performing rituals. Thus he and his disciples shunned all of that stuff and lived in caves and survived by begging.
by shankara
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: i'm scared about death
Replies: 11
Views: 1219

Re: i'm scared about death

There's a story that Buddha in one of his long ago past lives was born in hell. He had to push a cart up a burning mountain together with another person also born in the same hell realm. The demons would beat him, but he couldn't die, every time he woke up again to the same situation, pushing the ca...
by shankara
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3647

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Yes, we are acquainted with the basics of tathāgatagarbha theory. Doesn't make him any less harmful however. Interestingly the US Congress recently passed the "Tibetan Human Rights Bill", as you may already know. I was quite shocked about any country, never mind the self-interested Yankee empire, d...
by shankara
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3647

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

I think you would be hard pressed currently to find a more afflicted object than Trump. :tongue: It doesn't seem possible from any ordinary perspective but even Trump is only under "adventitious obscurations", ultimately there's nothing actually wrong with him. Hard as that is to believe. Yes, we a...
by shankara
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3647

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

It is not exactly a construction of your mind. It's a reaction of an afflicted mind to an afflicted object. I think you would be hard pressed currently to find a more afflicted object than Trump. :tongue: It doesn't seem possible from any ordinary perspective but even Trump is only under "adventiti...
by shankara
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 2880

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

Do you really think what they’re doing is the same thing as first-order logic? I don't know, I guess not, maybe it's not the same kind of logic as mathematics. Nonetheless Buddhist philosophy is logical at least in the sense that Kant or Hegel is logical. The problem is that the word “logic” denote...
by shankara
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 2880

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

It’s a very different kind of logic. Just as the examples above aren’t really mathematics by today’s standards. People might have had less confused ideas about shunyata a few thousand years ago, but they knew a lot less about other things than we do. Yeah in some ways it's different, in other ways ...
by shankara
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 2880

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

Math, logic, has no role in awakening. But they are useful for science and disciplining ones thinking, respectively. Isn't the Madhyamaka logic? Aren't we supposed to familiarize ourselves with the logical reasons for Shunyata? I would say quite the opposite, logic has a huge role in awakening. Per...
by shankara
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 2880

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

How does Buddhism view the power of mathematical reasoning and its high status in the philosophy of Pythagoras and Plato, as a training method that provides great assistance in the gradual transformation of human consciousness from painfully subjective to joyfully objective perception of reality? M...
by shankara
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samsaric Sources Of Refuge
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Samsaric Sources Of Refuge

Someone pointed out to me that Pure Lands are in fact an important part of Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings. My one response to this would be the that the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa stated somewhere that it is better to be born in the human realm than the Pure Lands. They also questioned my statemen...
by shankara
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samsaric Sources Of Refuge
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Samsaric Sources Of Refuge

I wrote this for a non-Buddhist audience, but I post it here as I feel nonetheless some may find it helpful, particularly in discussions with those who don't practice Dharma... Buddhism is unique among the major world religions and spiritual teachings in that it is not based on the idea of a creato...
by shankara
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Help with Nagarjuna's "Seventy Stanzas on Emptiness"
Replies: 17
Views: 1033

Re: Help with Nagarjuna's "Seventy Stanzas on Emptiness"

Thankyou for mentioning the edition which you are studying, I'll find it helpful in developing more clarity. Currently going through "The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way", which is very interesting but the commentary is difficult (for me at least) and has some stuff relating it to western philo...
by shankara
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 56
Views: 7491

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Marpa was a farmer, didn't seem to get in the way of him being enlightened. Honestly I think the monastic Vinaya was created for another time, maybe it's still good for some people to be practicing it but there's definitely room for more Anagarikas and different forms of community in these times. Gi...
by shankara
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 168
Views: 7418

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

I think that in order to recognize emptiness it is necessary to cultivate fearlessness, and without renunciation such fearless is impossible or very difficult to cultivate. If there is a lot of desire, there's a lot of fear that one will not get the object of desire, fear of suffering because one de...
by shankara
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yeshe Tsogyel Mantra
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Yeshe Tsogyel Mantra

I believe that this can be chanted without initiation as she is a solitary peaceful deity. My question is, does it go:

Mod note: Mantra removed.

Or:

... ....

I've seen some other mantra with the "TSA"...

Thanks in advance.

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