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by Son
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Elementary Particles (dharma)
Replies: 33
Views: 4632

Re: Elementary Particles (dharma)

Wow, they even can propose dark light concept. When the darkness is seen as the absence of light, now darkness is seen as the manifestation of light with dark color. Amazing. Yes, the anti-photon. Antimatter has the opposite charge of normal matter. Electrons are negatively charged and positrons ar...
by Son
Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I thought Buddhism wasn't about threatening people with Hell
Replies: 209
Views: 23171

Re: I thought Buddhism wasn't about threatening people with Hell

I'm not particularly interested in justifying Buddhadharma to materialist scientists unless we get to discuss things on equal terms. Buddhism isn't materialist science and works on totally different assumptions and methods to explore reality and more importantly achieve liberation from suffering. T...
by Son
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The Flesh Eye
Replies: 10
Views: 1330

Re: The Flesh Eye

The reason I'm posting this is to see if anyone has any advice in regards to controlling or manipulating the flesh eye. Enhancing it is not what I'm interested in, however, because my meditation will provide that on its own. Any genuine capacity arises with the means to its usage. :popcorn: Yes, th...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Panendharmism, anyone ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Panendharmism, anyone ?

Jikan wrote:thought experiment: how would Honen respond to Sensei Lewis?
:D :applause:

"Buddha is all within God..."

Honen: "Who is without him?"

"Nothing and no one is without him."

Honen: "There. There is Buddha."

(Just a thought experiment.)
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Will Buddhism become redundant?
Replies: 35
Views: 4882

Re: Will Buddhism become redundant?

Buddhism makes science become redundant. Well, not exactly, because human are not Buddhas and do not have strength enough to overcome suffering, so we need some aid: vaccines are helpful, medicine, etc. Science will never lead you to Nirvana and science only now is starting to find truths that Budd...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?

AFAIK Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is quite different from Adibuddha Samantabhadra. They are both two different entities. FWIW the Sanskrit dictionary Amarakosha lists the term "Samantrabhadra" as an epithet of Buddha. So as much it can be used to refer any Buddha (in principle) V :good: It is also he...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Panendharmism, anyone ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Panendharmism, anyone ?

Astus wrote:It is sad to see that people who fail to study Buddhist sutras and shastras start coming up with strange ideas to fill in the gap in their understanding. Naturally, where they end up is confusion.
Referring to Sensei Lewis?
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Panendharmism, anyone ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Panendharmism, anyone ?

steveb1 wrote:Son

Thanks for your thoughtful and thought provoking reply :)
:namaste: Thank you, Steve.
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who is this Buddha Statue?
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: Who is this Buddha Statue?

That is a Thai (with somewhat Sri Lankan style) statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in abhaya mudra: fearlessness. Normally this mudra is portrayed on standing Buddha statues but this one is seated in full lotus posture. The blazing flames on the Buddha's head are to symbolize blazing awareness or wisdom or...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and views on death.
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: Buddhism and views on death.

:good: Nice interests. I'd like to say though, the fourfold noble truth is the very foundation of all the Buddha's teaching, and the beginning of Buddhist tradition throughout the world. The Noble Eightfold Path is simply the very way to increasing enlightenment, and eventual cessation of suffering ...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?

AFAIK Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is quite different from Adibuddha Samantabhadra. They are both two different entities. FWIW the Sanskrit dictionary Amarakosha lists the term "Samantrabhadra" as an epithet of Buddha. So as much it can be used to refer any Buddha (in principle) V :good: It is also he...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Will Buddhism become redundant?
Replies: 35
Views: 4882

Re: Will Buddhism become redundant?

As science uncovers more and more aspects of the truth, religous ideas became redundant. Well, the first thing is that science only reveals abstract theory, based on empirical evidence. Many scientific discoveries have nothing to do with the spiritual life. Empirical evidence is not capable of brin...
by Son
Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who is this Buddha Statue?
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Who is this Buddha Statue?

Who is this? A Bodhisattva?



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by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Evicting an Asura
Replies: 47
Views: 8948

Re: Evicting an Asura

The eight classes of spirits are a Tibetan Buddhist classification of disincarnate beings who may interact with humans. Some of the spirits which fall into these eight classes include asuras when seen from the POV of the six realms. Others are devas, and yet others are pretas. Some are even "animal...
by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Evicting an Asura
Replies: 47
Views: 8948

Re: Evicting an Asura

I would recommend inviting a Tibetan Lama in to do an appropriate puja. If that's not possible, any Tantric/Vajrayana practitioner who has demonstrably accomplished mantra siddhi. IME, the issue is power, i.e., having the power to make mantra and puja work as intended. Within Tibetan Buddhism, ther...
by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Evicting an Asura
Replies: 47
Views: 8948

Re: Evicting an Asura

Feel free to extend my invitation to the preta to have a meal when I do preta-dana at my home tonight at around 11pm to midnight, which would be approx 6 to 8 hours from now. Or same time tomorrow. I don't know if deva and asura can enjoy my food offering. If they can, please extend my invitation t...
by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Elementary Particles (dharma)
Replies: 33
Views: 4632

Re: Elementary Particles (dharma)

DARK MATTER is not "darkness," shadow, or the absence of electromagnetic radiation. It is virtually undetectable matter. Yes, this is my understanding, as well. Similarly to light, consciousness is absorbed into the vacuity of the space element/dark matter like literal darkness. This, I must contem...
by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Evicting an Asura
Replies: 47
Views: 8948

Re: Evicting an Asura

I have already planned to use said mantra. Unfortunately, I have been away from the neighborhood for a week, and hurricane Isaac did cause some minor weather congestion around here in Florida. However, as soon as we do the ritual and prayer, I'll provide the details. I do intend to confer with some...
by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Elementary Particles (dharma)
Replies: 33
Views: 4632

Re: Elementary Particles (dharma)

However, as mentioned, the consciousness belongs to the realm of ultimate reality OK, so you don't see any mistake with the concept of consciousness isn't it? We are talking consciousness in the conventional realm, and it is also within the same platform, this consciousness can be proven as wrong. ...
by Son
Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Evicting an Asura
Replies: 47
Views: 8948

Re: Evicting an Asura

Ah, the asura is still bothering people? Perhaps you could ask the affected people to try one of these simple solutions. Recite the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva many times. The Sanskrit sentence is pronounced as "Nama ārya-avalokiteśvarāya bodhisattvāya". Deducing from the text from Universal...