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by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 19
Views: 537

Re: What is reborn after death?

Well high Red Spinifex :hi: ! Welcome to DharmaWheel.
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does "my" imply?
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: What does "my" imply?

A personal connection with the teacher.
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 26
Views: 306

Re: Right/wrong thought

What does Buddhism teach about right/wrong thinking? Not just the quality of the thoughts: virtuous, non-virtuous, etc. But the process of thinking itself. Isn't that the main focus of abhidharma? Understanding the causal sequences which give rise to desire/attachment/aversion? 'Refrain from doing ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 26
Views: 306

Re: Right/wrong thought

Probably better not to discuss Krishnamurti on this forum, it’s outside ToS,
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 26
Views: 306

Re: Right/wrong thought

My ongoing search for similarities/bridges between spiritual teachings led me to wonder if Buddhist right thought is similar to K's psych thought. The problem is that the word 'thought' is really very imprecise. It is used to describe a whole range of acts and faculties. What I think K. is talking ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 26
Views: 306

Re: Right/wrong thought

I think the issue is that self-centredness or egotism has a distorting effect on thoughts and emotions. But a lot of the time this is unconscious, i.e. we might not be consciously aware of being self-centred. It's more like we're seeing everything through tinted lenses which colour our perceptions, ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 275

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

Increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is the Number One issue. It’s not a red herring or ‘green left’ plot, it’s a reality that is affecting everyone on the planet, right now. It’s the single biggest threat to the whole planet and it has to be dealt with, or it will deal with us.
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: One hand clapping
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: One hand clapping

I'd like you all to explain what you are talking about. The 'one hand clapping' koan, in particular, has unfortunately become something of a cultural cliche. These kinds of ideas were introduced into Western culture in the mid-20th century in popular books and the like, and since that time have bec...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: shake your nibutti
Replies: 13
Views: 304

Re: conceptual mind

I don't think there's anything much mistaken about all of the above. Maybe one point is that 'realisation of the truth of cessation' is not a verbal process. It doesn't take place in the word-processing department. That is why there is such an emphasis in Buddhism on meditation. Through meditation, ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 275

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

I have one grand-child one year of age, and another expected early next year. It is a shameful indictment of current governments that they have not been able to respond to this. Here in Australia, it has caused major political conflict, with a number of Prime Ministers' careers brought to an end by ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

Have a look at this thread which has links to some of the current online training courses. I expect this whole area is only going to continue to grow. Who knows how big it could become over the next few years?
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Language
Topic: idea to translate the word dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: idea to translate the word dharma

I don’t know if ‘dharma’ really needs translation. It’s one of those words which I think has become part of globalised English to the point where the average educated person would have at least some idea of what it stands for.
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

Excellent topic. I don't have any particular insights, other than the general observation that the Buddha himself was a model and exemplar for teaching, by way of similes, metaphors, reasoned discussion and so on. And also the overall model of civil discourse as it is presented in the Buddhist texts...
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 34
Views: 775

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Sorry if I was unclear, I will try and put it another way. To practice without a sense of personal gain, is not the same as practicing without any sense of purpose.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Language
Topic: idea to translate the word dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: idea to translate the word dharma

Unfortunately, if you check the etymology of 'fundament' in English, I think you will find it also refers to the gluteus maximus, otherwise known as the buttock. :emb: It kind of stands to reason, but detracts from its overall usefulness as a word.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: shake your nibutti
Replies: 13
Views: 304

Re: shake your nibutti

I think the important point is the perspective from which the equation of Nirvāṇa and Samsara is made. To say there is simply no difference might be mistaken. I take this to be the reason for the 'Two Truths' which Nāgārjuna gives as a major part of his teaching. The non-difference of Nirvāṇa and Sa...
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 109
Views: 1422

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'm Aussie, but many of us are really hoping the Democrats do well at the polls in November as Trump is widely disliked here (aside from amongst our own alt-right types who do exist). I take the point about the democrats' many weaknesses, but it is also true that Bret Stephens in one of the NYT's to...
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 34
Views: 775

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

It is worth recalling that 'sila-prajna-samadhi' are the three fundamental components of Buddhist practice and life, and that is pretty well universal across all schools. I think one of the unstated factors that skews modern discourse about the topic is that moderns have a very 'instrumental' view o...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 106
Views: 5764

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

One thing that could be said is that traditional cultures of all kinds were often extremely harsh by modern standards. I mean, I am now in my sixties, but when I went to school I was a pretty rowdy student and I was regularly beaten with a cane for my impudence. Nowadays if that happened there would...

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