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by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: On and Off the cushion...
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: On and Off the cushion...

I’d say, maybe stop expecting a change, then a change might come. (But if you set it up in such a way as to hope for it, then it’s expecting something.) If you can actually just do the session, then you’ve done something. I know that then sometimes all the old stuff comes up again and again - hey th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 39
Views: 462

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

I don't know what to call that teaching.... As a tendency within religions, it’s called ‘antinomianism’. Its definition, in the context of Christianity, is Definition of antinomian. 1 : one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is the new "Spread Mind" philosophy actually Buddhism?
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Is the new "Spread Mind" philosophy actually Buddhism?

I noticed those dialogues at the end of last year and posted them to Philosophy Forum. 'Very Wittgensteinian', was one comment. It also reminded me a lot of Alva Noë who's a really cool Californian philosopher (see his Out of Our Heads). I think the main point in common with Buddhism is that it's ph...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Job help!
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: Job help!

If you got into Communications, do Communications. All kinds of options and alternatives will present themselves once you actually start. Communications is an excellent discipline as it can be adapted to so many fields. The key thing is to start and to really throw yourself into it. Get cracking on ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What's wrong with democracy?
Replies: 16
Views: 487

Re: What's wrong with democracy?

Malcolm wrote:The roots of individualism and liberalism in Anglo democracies stem from, once again, the Scottish Enlightenment -- Smith, Burke, Locke, and Hume. This has nothing to do with Christ or Christianity.
Aside from it being the culture that gave rise to the ‘Scottish Enlightenment’....
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What's wrong with democracy?
Replies: 16
Views: 487

Re: What's wrong with democracy?

DGA wrote:Brooks manages to be both full of shit AND irrelevant,
I wonder if you noticed a Brooks column called The Neural Buddhists quite a few years back. I thought it was pretty good.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 803

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

But I think that McLeod is arguing that in the Buddhist tradition, that sense of indebtedness was never foundational in the first place so that importing forgiveness is introducing an essentially external attitude into the tradition. He is wrong of course; the Buddha himself likened karma to a debt...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What's wrong with democracy?
Replies: 16
Views: 487

Re: What's wrong with democracy?

under the influence of Machiavelli and Locke, the men who founded our system made two fateful errors. First, they came to reject the classical and religious idea that people are political and relational creatures. Instead, they placed the autonomous, choosing individual at the center of their view ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 803

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

A deep article and makes a valid point. For some reason, a 1970’s bromide comes to mind, ‘love is never having to say you’re sorry’. So in order for there to be forgiveness, you already have to have a sense of being slighted or wronged. Then forgiveness cleans the slate, so to speak. But I think tha...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1588

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

‘Absence of self’ is not ‘absence of meaning’. Nihilism is precisely the attitude that ‘nothing is real’. It’s a trap for Buddhists, in my opinion, but it’s also endemic in modern culture; as Heidegger observed, nihilism is kind of the default for the secular intelligentsia. But I don’t see the real...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1588

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I think he shows how it is only by assigning meaning to ourselves (and our experiences) that we create samsara and nirvana. No, can't agree. I've read Wallace's book Taboo of Subjectivity and am familiar with the implications of quantum. But again, for you to even interact on the forum, you need to...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1588

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I’m sorry, but I think the word ‘provisional’ is being interpreted here as ‘non-existent’ - which is the very risk of nihilism that Nāgārjuna warned against. And furthermore, I think you’re interpretation here owes far more to PoMo than to Madhyamika.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1588

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

The meaning lies in demonstrating the attachment to meaningfulness that creates samsaric suffering. I can’t agree with any of that, nor with the general sentiment in this thread - that Buddhism somehow ‘nullifies meaning’, or that seeking meaning is the same as seeking emotional or sensory gratific...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Do Admins/Mods have access to read our PMs?
Replies: 22
Views: 556

Re: Do Admins/Mods have access to read our PMs?

@jesse - I think the message you’re seeing is because your account has exceeded it storage quota, and you can’t see new messages until some old ones are deleted. That is a system-generated message that you’re seeing, and whilst I don’t know for sure, I am pretty certain that mods and admins can’t re...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith
Replies: 75
Views: 8742

Re: Faith

Thanks, Nicholas. So I will presume ‘sport’ as in ‘physical culture’ is OK. And I don’t care for gambling. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 41
Views: 1354

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

The point of the story is, that in terms of incomes, life expectancy, disease rates and other measurables, it’s not actually true that ‘the world is getting worse and worse’. It’s getting worse in some ways, but in other ways it’s improving.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 41
Views: 1354

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

The reality is that if you have a roof over your head, some food in the cupboard, a change of clothes, your house has drinkable running water, electricity and a flush toilet, you're among the wealthiest 10% of people in the world. Well, read the post above. It shows that in measurable terms, the pr...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1588

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Queequeg wrote: If only walking away actually was as easy as you suggest.
That's the point! Sisyphus can't walk away, he's condemned to exist. And, you know what that means.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith
Replies: 75
Views: 8742

Re: Faith

Sport and enjoyment? :shrug:
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 102
Views: 1588

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

A Buddhist reinterpretation of that myth might be something like this - Mara, in the guise of Brahma, convinces Sisyphus that if he can roll the boulder to the top of the mountain, he will find eternal happiness. Little does Sisyphus know, however, that the mountain is a rigged carnival game that m...