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by David N. Snyder
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 28
Views: 485

Re: Do we have free will?

The notion of "free will" comes from modern philosophy. It is unclear what it constitutes, because it implies something about a creator god. But Buddhism is 100 percent compatible with "free will" - that's why there is talk about "volition" in Buddhism. Volition is som...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Dharmakāya in Early Buddhist Texts
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: The Dharmakāya in Early Buddhist Texts

pre-sectarian Buddhism Pre-sectarian Buddhism is a myth, just like the unicorn, often mentioned, never found. There were factions in the Sangha right from the beginning. The Buddhist "Holy Grail." Some of us like looking for it anyway. :tongue: This essay is mostly to challenge that tende...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Dharmakāya in Early Buddhist Texts
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: The Dharmakāya in Early Buddhist Texts

Interesting. I've been recently reading up on some of the EBT and early Buddhism. Do you know when the Mahāsāṃghikas adopted the Dharmakāya? They are a very early school, originating right after the pre-sectarian period.
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 8
Views: 107

Re: Hi!

Welcome to DW!

:namaste:
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: Hello from the UK

Welcome to DW!

:cheers:
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Glad to find an online Sangha!
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Glad to find an online Sangha!

Welcome to DW!

:thumbsup:
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Dubai
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Hello from Dubai

Welcome to DW!

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by David N. Snyder
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 7
Views: 325

Re: Pudgalavada

I find it interesting that they're one of the early schools that wholesale rejected Mahayana on principle (whereas the Theravadins had a Mahayana sub-sect for quite a while and most other schools also either accepted it formally or debated and had different communities practice either/or). When (an...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2921

Re: "Near-vana"....?

I was wondering the other day why everything seems to be in terms of a negation when we speak of the Self and Nirvana; Buddhism is insistent that the skandhas are not the self, but does this mean necessarily that there is no self? We can agree that the skandhas are not the self, but that does not n...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 7
Views: 325

Pudgalavada

In my studies of Buddhism in the past I quickly dismissed the Pudgalavada ("personalist") school of Buddhism. After all they believe in atman which is diametrically opposed to the sine qua non of Buddhism. Recently, I learned that the Pudgalavada do accept the doctrine of anatta, so have b...
by David N. Snyder
Mon May 29, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gods in religions
Replies: 29
Views: 780

Re: Gods in religions

i would like to hear your opinion about one thing that goes on my mind: do you think that there are beings/gods standing behind all the religions over the world? Or are they human-made systems alone, a kind of collective karma? Is it plausible to talk of one god in the old monotheistic religions? D...
by David N. Snyder
Mon May 29, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: JFK's 100th birthday
Replies: 1
Views: 66

JFK's 100th birthday

The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far ...
by David N. Snyder
Sat May 27, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do I stop being a vegetarian and not cause death?
Replies: 22
Views: 484

Re: How do I stop being a vegetarian and not cause death?

I've been vegetarian for 33 years, with some periods of being vegan. Today I'm mostly vegan, but do eat dairy or eggs occasionally. Apparently that is more than enough to get the daily recommended allowance of b12 which is measured in micrograms. My blood work always comes back with enough b12, I've...
by David N. Snyder
Wed May 24, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Harari - Sapiens and Homo Deus
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Harari - Sapiens and Homo Deus

Here is a link to a youtube series summarizing his bestselling Sapiens book: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfc2WtGuVPdmhYaQjd449k-YeY71fiaFp Harari met his husband Itzik Yahav in 2002.[14] Because one cannot get married in Israel except in religious ceremonies and no officially recognized r...
by David N. Snyder
Sat May 13, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Email notifications back up and running!
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Email notifications back up and running!

Our webmaster fixed the email notification system. Be sure you have the email in the DW system that you currently use to receive your emails. And then when you subscribe to sub-forums, you should receive an email notifying you of that, even when you are not logged-in here. You can also set your noti...
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW is secure site
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: DW is secure site

All fixed!

Until the next glitch.

:meditate:
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 12, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DW server issues?
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: DW server issues?

Correct, see my response over here:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=24934#p387693
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 12, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW is secure site
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: DW is secure site

DW and associated sites were offline for a few hours. There is a glitch with the security certificate that causes the site to go down occasionally, so we disabled the certificate for now until we get it fixed. You can still post in the interim, you just might get some warnings that the "site is...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Australia!
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Hello from Australia!

Welcome to DW!

:hi:

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