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by ShadedLotus
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spiritual Arrogance
Replies: 17
Views: 1507

Re: Spiritual Arrogance

Yes I think you are right. I think arrogance relies on an inflated view of one's self (i.e. we view ourselves as being better than we actually are). Good thought. :)
by ShadedLotus
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 1397

Re: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

Besides the Lotus Sutra, again He speaks in the Brahma Net Sutra... Thank you so much for that very detailed reply. I am probably going to have to read through it several times before I fully understand it. But it already makes some sense now. Do you remember your high school calculus?? Limit as ti...
by ShadedLotus
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 1397

Re: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

Gotama states clearly in the earliest texts all skandhas are anatma -- or not self-- so then logically, can we say Gotama is the Buddha, or was ever the Buddha? When Buddha states, all forms, feelings, etc. are not self -- can anyone say Siddhartha was the Buddha??? The idea of "not self" has been ...
by ShadedLotus
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey
Replies: 8
Views: 1380

Re: Hey

Thanks for all the welcomes, :)

@Luke,

That sounds really cool. As I said, I'm still a pretty new practitioner, but hopefully I will be able to adequately explain my practice.
by ShadedLotus
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spiritual Arrogance
Replies: 17
Views: 1507

Re: Spiritual Arrogance

I think, for those of us born in the West, it is easy to view prostration and bowing not as acts of reverence but as acts of worship. For example, I remember a time, when I was around 13 years old, that my family and I while on vacation visited a local Buddhist temple (I believe it was advertised, s...
by ShadedLotus
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey
Replies: 8
Views: 1380

Hey

I'm ShadedLotus (aka Tim). I'm an 18 year old Nichiren Buddhist. I have only been practicing for about three months, so I may not be able to contribute a lot. I am sure, however, that I will be able to gain a lot from the experience of the other members here. :)
by ShadedLotus
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 1397

So when did Shakyamuni actually attain enlightenment?

In the "Lifespan of the Thus Come One" chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni revealed that he actually had first attained enlightenment in the distant past, as opposed to only forty years prior, as he had taught before. So, if he did attain enlightenment in the distant past, was he born enlightened...