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by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Cremated Remains of the 'Buddha' Discovered in Chinese Village
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Cremated Remains of the 'Buddha' Discovered in Chinese Village

There are many more such remains than are physically possible. At one stage in the legendary history of Buddhism, the existing relics were miraculously multiplied 84,000 times, meaning that thousands of stupas could then be said to contain remains.
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 686

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

I read Horgan's blog from time to time. I don't always agree with his take on Buddhism or mysticism, but at least he talks about them. Generally find him congenial. I think what is happening in the broader sense is that the contradictions within scientific materialism will become impossible to deny....
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1108

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Thank you Linda! Actually I did go see Susan Murphy once, but their group meets a long long way away from home. I've done the rounds of the Sydney Zen teachers. As it happens, I now have a family connection near Korinji in Wisconsin, so I'm hoping to be able to attend a residential retreat there som...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 686

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

I don't think that is the end of physics, though. There is still a lot of stuff to figure out within those limits. You familiar with John Horgan's The End of Science ? He's a journalist and blogger for Scientific American - I read his Cross Check blog from time to time. Anyway, his 1996 book of tha...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1108

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

A very interesting point, and I hadn’t thought about it like that at all. In my case, I haven’t had a whole lot of experience with teachers and centres, for one reason or another. But my specific attraction to Sōtō Zen was because, of all the spiritual books I read, those made the most sense. To put...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?

General question: what are ‘the five sins of instant retribution’? (In first quotation.)
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 686

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

if you think about, the whole point of philosophical naturalism is that nature is svabhava, self-originated. That is what I suspect is going to have to be let go of.
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 686

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

'"What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet." ~ Woody Allen. Actually, I think a more serious response to such discoveries is that perhaps the reason that the physical analysis of the cosmos ('physical' being 'the universe studied by phys...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 132
Views: 9329

Re: How to believe in rebirth

To me, the idea of rebirth only seems a problem if, for some reason, you equate mind with a physical brain, as an emergent property of brain-matter. My interpretation is that the ‘self’ that is rejected, is ‘a self’ that is regarded as being like an unchangeable essence which migrates from life to ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 132
Views: 9329

Re: How to believe in rebirth

But in practice, there’s a definite issue of agency and subject-hood. I mean, in the case of reincarnate lamas, an infant is shown the possessions they purportedly had in a previous life, as part of the means of ascertaining the genuineness of the re-birth. They will pick out those possessions from ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 132
Views: 9329

Re: How to believe in rebirth

But who can provide evidence of the existence of other realms and other life-bearing planets? I am open to any evidence, but what evidence is there? Earth itself. If it can happen here, it can happen elsewhere. Simple probability. The universe is a pretty big place. I agree, although it seems to be...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Hell

Sam Bercholz, who founded Shambhala Publications, has published a book on hell, as a consequence of a near-death he experienced due to surgery. I haven't read it - actually it looks a bit forbidding - but if you're interested in Buddhist ideas on hell, it might be interesting to you. Information on ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What Have You Learned
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: What Have You Learned

I find something that happens time and time again, is just when I think I've learning something really excellent, something will happen - OK, I will do something - that makes me feel like I'm back at square one. Square one is not actually that bad a place, but still. It reminds me a little of the My...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Chodong Karmo Translation Group
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Chodong Karmo Translation Group

I found this site here https://chodungkarmo.org/. It appears to be the source of the excellent Bodhisvara site which is publishing exquisite chanted versions of classic Buddhists texts. It also originated the Lojong app which is downloadable from the App Store. I haven’t spent a lot of time perusing...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dignaga and Dharmakirti
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Dignaga and Dharmakirti

One book on the curriculum of many Buddhist Studies courses is Recognizing Reality, Georges Dreyfus
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?
Replies: 12
Views: 240

Re: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?

The modern mind-body problem is almost entirely a product of Rene Descartes’ dualistic model of matter and spirit. Have a look for the article, What Is and Isn’t Yogācāra, by Dan Lusthaus, which has a pretty good analysis of the whole matter.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Nerd humor in gravitational physics
Replies: 23
Views: 399

Re: Nerd humor in gravitational physics

Albert A. Michelson, in 1894, wrote: It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles [of physics] have been firmly established … An eminent physicist remarked that the future truths of physical science are to be looked for in the sixth place of decimals.
Well - that didn't work out.
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1417

Re: Zen Forum International

I think if you register as a Mauritus domain name, the suffix would be .mu (definitely an in joke).
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice Forms
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Zen Practice Forms

It sounds like a very distressing state of affairs, Linda. I imagine it must be very trying circumstances. I lived in a bushfire-prone part of Australia (actually still do) but so far I’ve been lucky; got close in 2004 but nothing since. But it must be very difficult indeed with all of the discloati...