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by Thundering Cloud
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1347

Re: Dharma Ending Age

I will try to respond to this in some depth, if I may, as I feel it is warranted. This is the view in E. Asian Lotus schools. Its not that the words of the Buddha are lost - they may very well endure, but they'll amount to hollow symbols because they no longer resonate and have efficacy for the livi...
by Thundering Cloud
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1347

Re: Dharma Ending Age

A short article giving reasons why the Dharma will end: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1.10-Dharma-ending-age-piya.pdf The list from Nattier: (1) the admission of women into the monastic community; (2) the lack of respect toward various elements of the Buddhist tradition;...
by Thundering Cloud
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

... Dear friend Thundering Cloud, I have to apologize that I have not selected my last words more carefully. Why? The way I expressed myself may easily appear as if I were making assertive truth statements but that can't be the case and if I did I would have fallen prey to my ignorance again. Why i...
by Thundering Cloud
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

Yeah, I think we might be talking past each other ... Before I respond, please tell me if this is right, i.e. what you meant: The more closely a concept I have coincides with my direct experience, the more accurate (right, correct) that concept is likely to be. Almost… it is less likely to conflict...
by Thundering Cloud
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

The point is that the space of concepts which are both closely tied to direct experience and also in conflict with direct experience is not well-populated. Those counterintuitive experiences you mention arise because one's intuition has been mired in concepts that are many levels removed from one's...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

Those counterintuitive experiences you mention arise because one's intuition has been mired in concepts that are many levels removed from one's direct experience. What about: rainbows as 3d objects, the present moment as an actual slice of time, quantum reality as magic, flat earth, the primal feel...
by Thundering Cloud
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

As a general rule, the level of indirectness of a concept from your personal experience corresponds to its probable inaccuracy. Maybe as a general guideline ... but there are plenty of examples of personal experience and conceptual accuracy not corresponding, the realm of the counterintuitive is we...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: proof of nirvana?

I think my answer to your friend would be something like: There can never be absolute proof of anything. Scientific theories can be tested and validated but never known for sure to be true. Mathematical theorems and proofs rely on the blind acceptance of a specified set of axioms; what they are prov...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

Let me try to take these in order... ^.^;; Are you saying that obtaining a concept is a direct experience ... no matter what the concept is or how you happened to obtain it? So you're not saying this, right? Certainly not. Actually, you do not obtain concepts from outside of yourself at all, you bui...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

To be more precise about it, your trust in the practical accuracy of a concept should be inversely proportional to the amount of inference from your absolute direct experience said concept requires. To be able to judge that latter, you need to be mindful of the former. (My mathematical background m...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

Ultimately, all of the concepts you form have basis in your personal experience. ... You have no other basis by which to obtain it. What about other, indirect ways of attaining <conceptual> knowledge — inference, reasoning, deduction, hearsay? Are you saying that obtaining a concept is a direct exp...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

It sounds like you're saying that the meaning of X either reflects my experience or is a <mere> intellectual exercise ... ? Ultimately, it is your own experiences that you are attempting to form concepts (e.g. "to exist") about, right? No, I'm not limiting the field of inquiry to my experiences. If...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

"To exist means to be something that can potentially be experienced / encountered / measured by someone somewhere ." , This squares largely with the view I arrived at (somewhere earlier in the thread): existent = capable of being awared but that definition divorces the fact of whether something exi...
by Thundering Cloud
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 176
Views: 6525

Re: Existence

Per Buddhism, what does "to exist" mean? Can this be answered (satisfactorily) without reference to the two truths? If so, please do. :namaste: This is a good question. I think I can answer according to my understanding in a way that specifically squares with the phenomenon of quantum entanglement....
by Thundering Cloud
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: What is familiarity?

If you see something that you've never seen before, you have no feeling of familiarity. But, if it is perhaps some kind of machine part, then, because you have seen machines, you establish some familiarity with it in your mind. If it is round, then because you have seen a ball before, you establish...
by Thundering Cloud
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: What is familiarity?

Thank you everyone for your insights! I feel I may be starting to dismantle my confusion… The reason that the phenomenon of familiarity caught my attention is in part that it is essential to the perception of existence within a realm. From a psychological standpoint, a notion of object permanence is...
by Thundering Cloud
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: What is familiarity?

I’ll venture my understanding before the more experienced folks get here. The primary causes are our karmic propensities cultivated by prior intentional actions. The triggers you refer to are the secondary causes. They stimulate our primary reactions in response to the environmental conditions and ...
by Thundering Cloud
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 989

What is familiarity?

To my understanding, Buddhism teaches that it is incorrect to think of the universe as objectively extant, as a thing of substance "out there" with which we are interacting. It is better, instead, to think of reality as a byproduct of our experience, rather than the other way around. External phenom...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 58
Views: 4427

My thoughts…

In light of dependent origination, I am not sure that "all beings" is an entirely coherent concept, or at least that it can be thought about as straightforwardly as it may seem. What countless beings there may be do not exist independently, but are (as Indra's net illustrates) akin to reflections of...
by Thundering Cloud
Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: who do you think you're taking to?
Replies: 14
Views: 2584

Re: who do you think you're taking to?

tomschwarz wrote: ... The real Buddhism actually operates in full without any buddhist religion philosophy language terminology and so on.
And by this same token, its authenticity can be known. :smile:

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