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by wayland
Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: rangtong vs. zhentong
Replies: 75
Views: 8493

Re: rangtong vs. zhentong

prasangika=analytically findable on the side of the object aka inherent existence, etcetc) Hi 5heaps, As far as I know, the opposite is asserted by the Prasangika. The object is "un-findable" upon investigation, as it is neither the same as (nor other than) its parts. It is mere designation. The im...
by wayland
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ‘Unfriending’ annoying people hurts their feelings
Replies: 7
Views: 1063

Re: ‘Unfriending’ annoying people hurts their feelings

There's an "acquaintance" setting you can park people on so that you don't need to un-friend them. You don't then get to see their posts, which can be a relief.
by wayland
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: rangtong vs. zhentong
Replies: 75
Views: 8493

Re: rangtong vs. zhentong

Very interesting thread for me as well.
by wayland
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism
Replies: 85
Views: 10287

Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

it is simply, quite straightforwardly, the end of me.
That sums it up. He is scared of his annihilation and Christianity promises him a 'life after death'. I can understand his concern and hope he is happy now. Wrong view but his call.
by wayland
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice, suggestion, guidance, anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 1980

Re: Advice, suggestion, guidance, anything?

I lost the light, the belief, the faith, and the endeavor in my Buddhist practice. Hi Bodhi, It looks like you lost the 'endeavor' because is was being sustained by belief and faith. There may be a big element of those in the traditions you followed, then the bubble burst... Time to re-evaluate wha...
by wayland
Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams: What are they, how does one get one?
Replies: 14
Views: 3211

Re: Yidams: What are they, how does one get one?

Johnny Dangerous wrote:in the first book he says that self-generation as the deity or meditation on the deity actually can actually be a form of Shamatha
Good point JD. As Lisehull said, thanks for the reminder.
by wayland
Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Secrecy in Vajrayana
Replies: 71
Views: 7180

Re: Secrecy in Vajrayana

Now, if none of your fellow practitioners is ever talking about his/her own experiences, you'll never know if anyone of them is actually benefiting from this practice at all. In the Theravada tradition for example, people are urged not to talk about their personal progress as well, but (at least in...
by wayland
Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Is the Candamaharosana Tantra still practiced?
Replies: 0
Views: 908

Is the Candamaharosana Tantra still practiced?

I just wondered if anyone here knows the answer.
:namaste:
by wayland
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 85
Views: 17200

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Are these the same or different? If there is some overlap between them, to what extent does this extend? I have heard that some Tibetan Vajrayana practices incorporate energy work (i.e. Tummo), but does this have the same goals as Kundalini Yoga? What about other, non Tibetan or non Vajrayana tradt...
by wayland
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meeting spirits in real life
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Re: Meeting spirits in real life

Is there the possibility of meeting Buddhist spirits in your real life, for example spirits that tell you things? I ask because I believe in paranormal activity and that this phenomenon might happen to anyone... I've only ever "sensed" a handful of things that I might consider 'spirits'. I wouldn't...
by wayland
Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: stopping thought completely
Replies: 101
Views: 11900

Re: stopping thought completely

an analytical realization of what to give up at the current level and what specifically to take up . There is nothing to be "taken up" as there is nothing to acquire. Sure you need clarity and awareness to see what's going on but it's non-discursive, visceral and direct. It's a process of progressi...
by wayland
Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11539

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

if the sense minds of smell, sight, touch, hearing an taste are not functioning can the sense mind of mind continue to function independently without input from the others? :namaste: It is easily accomplished in the dream state where a whole dualistic environment is created and upheld by mind witho...
by wayland
Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11539

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

The Buddha sounds a bit like Aristotle. Don't know Aristotle either. :shrug: self or âtma is the substance. What kind of substance? What is an attribute like material shape, feeling, perception, habitual tendencies and consciousness, are not substance ( anâtman ). I'm interested in how you define "...
by wayland
Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11539

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

Nice post. Some helpful background. The Buddha does not deny the self (which in Pali is natthatta ). He denies that the five grasping aggregates are the self, e.g., material shape, the first aggregate, is not the self. No self to be found within the five aggregates, rather like the simile of the cha...
by wayland
Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 16902

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

It's hard to get the balance right, especially if the mods don't know anything about new members. Some people join sites to troll or push some weird agenda of their own, in which case (after a warning etc) they should be banned. I've seen a few sites where just about anything goes and it's not prett...
by wayland
Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11539

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

In evaluating Sam's stance it helps if we take note of what he considers to be the final result: One starts with the hypothesis that using attention in the prescribed way (meditation), and engaging in or avoiding certain behaviors (ethics), will bear the promised result (wisdom and psychological wel...
by wayland
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 16902

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

I was on it many years ago. There were some very knowledgeable members but towards the end the atmosphere became quite repressive and dark. I ultimately used it as a read-only resource or to pose the blandest of possible questions. It was never worth venturing your own opinion. I moved on, so I didn...
by wayland
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: stopping thought completely
Replies: 101
Views: 11900

Re: stopping thought completely

Alot of times I feel like calm abiding is disturbed by thoughts about non-thought, or self-referencing thoughts about mediation..if that makes any sense. Hi Johnny, It's good that you're aware of what's going on. I guess I need to just relax a bit. Yeah but you can't 'force' yourself to relax, so a...
by wayland
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Conventional & Ultimate Truth
Replies: 27
Views: 3490

Re: Conventional & Ultimate Truth

Partless particle is absurd. Hey, I didn't think this stuff up. Blame the Svatrantikas. The first 50% you dismiss the existence. The last 50% you acknowledge the existence. We just contradicting ourselves. Paperless particle is then absurd. Not really, there is a sound basis behind this theory. Sva...
by wayland
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Conventional & Ultimate Truth
Replies: 27
Views: 3490

Re: Conventional & Ultimate Truth

If we acknowledge even conventionally that things has no intrinsic existence (no basis), how can we still say conventionally things exist? This is like trying to say "This corner has no color. But it is red". If this corner has no color, you should say there is no red. Hi Darwid, The Prasangika don...