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by clyde
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 925

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I don’t doubt the sincerity of Lama’s opinion, nor the observable fact that there are and have been charismatic teachers and foolish followers and the attendant scandals; but my personal experience with Buddhists from all traditions is that they place great value on ethics, meditation, and wisdom “...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2709

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

No, I said nothing about belief. Here’s my position on rebirth: I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if one sees that all things and the world, in all directions and times, are empty and without self-nature, then one knows it’s foolish to s...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 925

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I don’t doubt the sincerity of Lama’s opinion, nor the observable fact that there are and have been charismatic teachers and foolish followers and the attendant scandals; but my personal experience with Buddhists from all traditions is that they place great value on ethics, meditation, and wisdom “—...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2709

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if one sees that all things and the world, in all directions and times, are empty and without self-nature, then one knows it’s foolish to speak of rebirth. It would be foolish to speak of rebirth as an ultimate princi...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2709

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

I wrote that rebirth wasn’t the only explanation for so-called “former life memories”. So you believe in rebirth AND other explanations? No, I said nothing about belief. Here’s my position on rebirth: I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2709

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Rebirth could be an explanation for those cases, but there are other explanations which are equally plausible. For example, it’s well known (and I’ve seen it with young children and adults suffering from dementia) that people will create stories (memories) to explain what they can’t remember or oth...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2709

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

it’s well known (and I’ve seen it with young children and adults suffering from dementia) that people will create stories (memories) to explain what they can’t remember or otherwise explain. It’s self-comforting behavior. Do you think Ian Stevenson wasn’t aware of this? He created a lot of protocol...
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2709

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

DNA seems to be a pretty good explanation of why we are who we are. There are many - very many - human attributes and characteristics which I don't think are attributable to causes that can be understood purely through the lens of biology and evolutionary theory. I don't think there's any convincin...
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

DGA wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
What is a "modern person"? Who counts as a modern person? For that matter, what is modernity?

What or who is the opposite of a modern person?
:) I used the term “modern” as the opposite of “ancient” (as in “ancient texts”) and simply meant alive now.
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

Clyde, I have only agreed to explain to you what the traditional teachings say on the subject, not to engage with you in a debate. Ancient Buddhist conceived of all matter being as being composed of four states or qualities: earth (solidity), water (liquidity), fire (heat), and air (motility). A ro...
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

conebeckham wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:02 pm
clyde wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:24 am
p.s: Given a succession of states from gandharva to human to gandharva to human . . ., one could just as easily call the human state the intermediate state!
Indeed, it is taught as a Bardo. Every state until enlightenment is just "bardo," or "between," from my understanding.
Yes!
by clyde
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

Please explain. I asked. When you say that the gandharva’s “physical body is principally the air element,” do you mean that literally or that it’s a gaseous body composed of what? And you answered, “Literally.” Now you say, I’ve taken your answer “too literally” and that it is “physical matter that ...
by clyde
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

I have some understanding of how our senses work, but how does a body composed of air have eyes that see, ears that hear, etc? So, upon death, one’s mind separates from one’s physical body and instantly reappears in the gandharva. And then, upon conception, one’s mind leaves the gandharva and enter ...
by clyde
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

This has been explained, but I will explain it again. [Begin by placing your mind in the cosmological world view of the four elements] The body of a bardo being is made up principally of the element air, so bardo beings have a body, but it's physical body is principally the air element. The other f...
by clyde
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

It seems that the gandharva is a bodiless being (“spirit”), yes? And the gandharva is composed of the five skandhas, yes? How is that possible without a body and the sense organs? Hell Beings, Preta and Gods in the formless realm also lack bodies and (human) sense organs. What is your point? My que...
by clyde
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

Malcolm; Thank you again. However, while I understand your explanation, it doesn’t answer my questions. The Buddha is reported to have spoken of the three conditions necessary for the birth of a human being which includes the presence of a gandharva, but what are the conditions for the arising of a ...
by clyde
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

"Gandharva" is simply name for a being born in the antarabhāva, the intermediate state, or bardo, just like "human being" is a name for someone born in the human realm, "animal" is the name for a being born in the animal realm, "preta" is the name for a being born in the preta realm and so on. The ...
by clyde
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

Why are you stuck on this term "spirit." There is no "spirit." The five aggregates are a serial continuum, conventionally designated a sentient being, which have no beginning point in time. Getting caught up on how some English translator decided to translate some Japanese person's terminology seem...
by clyde
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

Is it on these texts that we are to understand that there is “a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas (aggregates)” existing between death and rebirth? Why are you stuck on this term "spirit." There is no "spirit." The five aggregates are a serial continuum, conventionally designated...
by clyde
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4935

Re: What is reborn after death?

Even the Sutra that contain anachronisms? Yes, though, as I noted above, I don’t know if Shakyamuni Buddha actually spoke the words as recorded in each and every sutta and sutra. So you are cool with a teaching as long as it has the word Sutta or Sutra at the end of it's title regardless of the con...

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