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by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma and insanity
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Karma and insanity

Hi Revata, welcome to DharmaWheel. Karma is not really 'written up', although I suppose as a metaphor that is kind of what it seems like. The key point about the Buddhist understanding of 'karma' is indeed the quality of intention that motivates an action. In fact that is one of the ways in which th...
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty

The China Social Credit system is indeed highly creepy and should be called out. There is plenty of informed commentary on this topic, and it sounds like something that ought to be discussed, as it is truly Orwellian in design and intention. There are, meanwhile, anonymous web browsers becoming avai...
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Information on outdoor meditation hut
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Information on outdoor meditation hut

I also am thinking yurt. And nowadays with inexpensive solar you could even power it ‘off the grid’.

by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Donate to the center or to the teacher?
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Donate to the center or to the teacher?

When attending a teaching then Dana to the teacher is appropriate. But in terms of general practice, I would think donation to a centre or organisation is preferable. All of which depends on many other factors which you have to make a judgement about case by case.
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who Would Eat This
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Who Would Eat This

It is Portland.

[Note to self: must go there one day.]
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 18
Views: 466

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Another point is that fundamentalism is very much part of the reaction against the pace of change in the modern world. It's like a backlash against modernity (Karen Armstrong wrote a book about it). The word 'fundamentalism' itself was coined in the late nineteenth c in the US, to describe a kind of...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 18
Views: 466

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Fundamentalism is a personality trait.

- low tolerance for ambiguity/uncertainty
- values authority figures and strong guidelines
- strong distinction between own-group/s and 'others'.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 398

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

I depends. It [sunyata] is an entity, or a body, in the context of entity-function (体用) , the Japanese interpretative equivalent of Chinese essence-function (體用) . But this entity, 体, is not the same entity that our friend Astus referred to, 事. 事用 is, incidentally, another form of essence-function ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 398

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Malcolm wrote:The extremely subtle existents are particles, paramanus.
However, am I correct in believing that in Buddhism, 'particles' are of a momentary nature, i.e. rapidly arising and passing away - unlike atoms they're not of endless (or at least very great) duration?
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 398

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

No, not ‘emptiness’. Emptiness is not any kind of entity whatever. Recall the saying you find all throughout ancient teachings of ‘the triple world’. That is the desire realm, form realm and formless realm. I think it’s a reference to those subtle realms which are inconceivable to the mind which onl...
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

:good:

Thanks, QQ, very illuminating. I have often wondered about this.
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fukushima and Nuclear Energy
Replies: 21
Views: 255

Re: Fukushima and Nuclear Energy

I think the future of energy is decentralised and small-scale energy generation, along with renewables. (Consider smart phones in the third world as an analogy- almost nobody has access to a computer in many of those markets, but smart phones are hugely abundant and provide many of the same capabili...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can anyone suggest me a book regarding meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Can anyone suggest me a book regarding meditation?

Greetings and welcome to the Forum.


There will no doubt be many books that could be suggested, but the two that came to my mind are Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana; and Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki.
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1181

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

I discovered Zen because of the popular Zen books of my youth: Suzuki (D.T. & Shunryu), Alan Watts and Paul Reps. I read heaps of spiritual books, and they were the ones that really struck home. Homage to them and the ancestors that taught them.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 202

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

Anders wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:59 am
I personally see compassion as more of an internal feeling, and kindness as more of an outward gesture.

With that in mind, I see kindness as an excellent barometer for the degree to which we are growing genuine compassion. Not always 1:1, but a useful measure either way.
:good:
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 910

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

Are these said to be literal places somewhere out there in the universe? Whatever exists in space and time (= 'out there somewhere') belongs to the 'realm of nama rupa', by definition. And in the Buddhist understanding, the realm of nama rupa is simply one of the five heaps, whereas modern 'empiric...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 563

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Interesting, thanks, will read.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 563

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Perhaps not, but I found it persuasive. Copy here for those interested. Actually one of the points I noted in my assignment on this topic, was the irony of there being controversy about something that doesn't appear (namely, the image of the Buddha in the early iconography.) A debate about 'the sign...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 563

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:18 am
King Milinda (Menander) was the only one of the Gandharan Bactrian kings to convert to Buddhism. The previous and following kings apparently maintained the religion of their Macedonian forefathers.
Yeah, that Nagasena was a gun, wasn't he :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 563

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

It seems the name that has been omitted in the above was Alexander the Great, whose empire it was that straddled Gandhara, and whose language and artistic culture had profound influence in that part of the world. The Questions of Kind Milinda were an account of a dialogue between a Buddhist monk, Ve...

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