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by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I've mentioned before that there has been a 'Royal Commision' in Australia into institutional responses to child sex abuse (see here . Royal Commissions of enquiry have strong powers of coercion and leave no stone unturned.) There were sexual offenders in all kinds of religious orders, as well as th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 13
Views: 382

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

MatthewAngby wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 am
Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting
I'm afraid not. Every method I've ever encountered says patience is a fundamental. Wanting to get there will never get you there.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 292

Re: Hofstadter

I've had that book since the 1970's. I would like to like it, but Hofstader is, unfortunately, a scientific materialist. At the end of the day, we're kind of chemical entities that just happened to have been spat out by a physical process, and he's working out how it appears to be otherwise. That's ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2009

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Something else to beware of is how easily 'the quest for doctrinal purity' can morph into heresy-hunting. This is not to say that outer forms cannot be corrupted.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: No end to samsara?

There is a saying I learned here on this forum:


'Samsara has no beginning, but it has an end. Nirvana has a beginning, but it has no end'.


:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 783

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

You might find this interesting - interview with physicist Anton Zelllger : You have spent time with the Dalai Lama and have taught him the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. What was that like? Is he a good student?
 He has a very clear scientific mind. He’s very analytic, very precise. I explained...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem regularly comes up on the Philosophy Forum where it inevitably produces pages of wheel-spinning. My view is, you will never know what you will do until you're confronted with the problem, and it's a problem you're never really likely to be confronted with. It's a thought-experime...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 783

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:36 pm
Found this.
Slightly tangential but still relevant - have a look at The Debate between Plato and Democritus, Werner Heisenberg. He mentions those diagrams.
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 783

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Here is a useful semi-scholarly document on this topic - Buddhist Atomism by Piya Tan. Key point to note is that the 'kalapa' which are the Buddhist equivalent of 'atoms' are momentary, i.e. they don't have endless duration like the atoms of the other traditions. If you think about it, it should be ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3053

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

It would do us all well to be very careful in discussions of this nature when it comes to innuendo and rumour. Who might have done/said what in which organisation, and so on. If there is genuine information to be disclosed then by all means it can be, but be mindful that it is a very sensitive topic...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to discover tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 615

Re: How to discover tibetan buddhism?

Greetings and welcome to DharmaWheel. :hi: You are clearly someone with a sincere interest, as you are travelling to SE Asia to study. That is very impressive. Certainly there are some aspects of the Buddhist traditions which are treated as secret but there is also a huge amount of texts and teachin...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3053

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

In Australia, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse wrapped up recently. The proceedings showed that such abuse is endemic in all kinds of religious institutions, and also many other organisations. (One of the stories in the report concerned the first ashram I visit...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3053

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

It’s very dissillusioning. I was given Tibetan Book of Living and Dying a few years back by a relative aware of my interest in Buddhism; I didn’t read it cover-to-cover but it seemed a good book and all the principles sound enough. So to find that the man behind it behaves in such an abominable mann...
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 647

Re: Enlightenment

I don't think you're trolling, but it wouldn't hurt to find some other topic to put your mind to. We can't 'imagine enlightenment', but it's not some blank state of nothingness.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 647

Re: Enlightenment

Believe it or not, it *might* be possible to be happy without parties, although admittedly when you're young it can be hard to imagine. :roll:
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: One path or two

Amazing... thank you. ...let's assume that humanity is conditioned: it came into existence 6 mil years ago and it will go out of existence soon. Question: what if anything does that have to do with buddhism? I think that according to current evolutionary theory, h.sapiens evolved much less than 6 m...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 737

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

"Dependent existents" is refuted as wrong view in Madhyamaka. So, you're arguing that Buddhism doesn't teach dependent origination? But when one sees the origination of the world as it actually is with right discernment, 'non-existence' with reference to the world does not occur to one. When one se...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: What are the schools of Buddhism?

There's quite a good Wikipedia entry on Schools of Buddhism. Overall Wikipedia's Buddhism pages are generally pretty well-edited, and there are many references provided.
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: One path or two

The main problem with evolutionary theory is that, at centre, there's only one criterion for what amounts to success, which is, the ability to survive and pro-create. Of course, this makes perfect sense from the perspective of biology. But what kind of philosophy does it suggest? A couple of very th...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2238

Re: Realization

can realizations arise out of intellectual/contemplative experiences? Realisations generally arise from an innate understanding; buddha-nature teachings can be understood in those terms. So, a realisation of buddha nature is like remembering or recalling something which has actually always been the...

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