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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: 1079

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: 147

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: 21
Views: 570

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: 512

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: 512

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: 512

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: 512

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...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 512

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

Actually I did an interesting assignment on the origin of the Buddha image. It is often said that the reason the Buddha wasn’t at first depicted in human form was suggestive of his transcendent or elusive nature. However Sue Huntington (I think it was) said that many of the early, ‘aniconic’ depicti...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 512

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

Regardless, a superb artefact and a very interesting article. Thanks for posting.
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 639

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

I started posting on forums because I was annoyed and incredulous about the movement called new atheism in the mid-2000’s. I am not a particularly religious person but I thought their materialism and appalling cynicism about humanity ought to be tackled. I am also interested in Buddhism and practici...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 443

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

I’ve always thought of it as ‘the wheel of thought and emotion’. They’re both viscerally connected. I suspect that this is what is meant in the traditional texts by ‘the passions’.
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do you respond to someone who likes to armchair psychoanalyze you out of arrogance?
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: How do you respond to someone who likes to armchair psychoanalyze you out of arrogance?

I had once had a friend, and I thought I could see through all his issues. His emotional quirks were obvious to me. So I tried to tell him, and he reacted very poorly. And also he didn't have the least clue what I was trying to say. That's when I learned only to offer such advice when it's asked for...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Again, my apologies for my limited understanding but I hope these thoughts are useful. Nice post and heartfelt. Very similar to how I feel about the topic. I remember years ago picking up a book at Adyar Bookstrore and opening it on a page where just this question had been asked. The response was -...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1737

Re: three year retreat experiences?

As I understand it, what is needed is a sense of spiritual or religious vocation. It's what Christians refer to as 'a calling' although obviously it's different for Buddhists. But it's the same in respect of requiring a real motivation to set aside or even abandon the worldly life and its attachment...
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6107

Re: What is reborn after death?

No, I’m making a very specific point. To conceive of an ‘airy or intangible’ spirit is to make of. It ‘a thing’, which is the precise meaning of ‘reification’. It is to conceive of it in terms of it being an entity. I am saying that this understanding of the matter is based on a misunderstood metaph...
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6107

Re: What is reborn after death?

I don’t think you’re seeing the point about reification.
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6107

Re: What is reborn after death?

From this post: That's exactly what it suggests. Hence the question. A spirit that transmigrates from life to life is not the same as saying a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas . The first implies something soul-like travelling from existence to existence, the second does not but...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 823

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

Perhaps the OP is a reference to the prohibition against 'teaching emptiness to the untrained'. It is number 11 on on this page . And also, as is explained in the simile of the water-snake , which is also a simile referred to by Nagarjuna, it's important to grasp the meaning of the teaching in the c...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bhavanga citta & ālayavijñāna
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Bhavanga citta & ālayavijñāna

also note the Pabhassara Sutta, which is often said to be a precursor of the tathagatagarbha schools.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Mahaparinirvana Sutra
Replies: 121
Views: 25051

Re: The Mahaparinirvana Sutra

thanks all. I will bear all of that advice in mind.

:namaste:

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