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by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rescue Pets
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Rescue Pets

River.jpg I have this here rescue dog, a sheepdog-collie cross called River (wearing Christmas attire, last Christmas day). Had him since Feb 2016, but he was about eight when we got him so, no pup. Had been very neglected, almost to the point of starvation, and had massive separation anxiety, but ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

The Artis Magistra wrote: Yeah, Buddhism is actually pretty straightforward and about the obvious. If people go too far they can confuse themselves too much and over-step the mark.


Hey it's not that obvious. Note that I first encountered this phrase whilst engaged in a Buddhist ritual ;-)
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Fair enough. Good comment. Maybe I was overlooking the obvious.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 1890

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

A lot of what he says goes back to the idea that there is an element of 'non-religious truth' in Buddhism, which is comparable to science, in some senses, but which has become distorted by its association with Asian cultural influences, including belief in after-life states, deities, and the like. I...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Thank you, I will meditate on that.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

No, it's not specific to Nan Tien. As I mentioned, I encountered the same phrase in Prajnaparamita recently and as Astus shows above, it is also in abhidharma. The quote Astus gives from the Nikaya is very interesting: Any precept & practice life whose essence is training, and the holy life whos...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Earth is a Cinder
Replies: 47
Views: 835

Re: When the Earth is a Cinder

I guess there is no short term remedy, so its treated as a given, but family planning should be at or near the top of any long term climate-change agenda. My dear departed father was an eminent professor of medicine, and one deeply involved in birth control plans in the 1960's for India. He was pes...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Thank you kind Sirs. It is nevertheless the case that I first heard this teaching at a Buddhist ceremonial occasion - hence my question. @Astus- this saying: "The view which considers as cause that which is not cause, or as the path that which is not the Path, is called śīlavrataparāmarśa: name...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

MiphamFan wrote:I think it dates back to the Buddha refuting Brahmins who thought karma could be manipulated by means of rituals rather than through intention and action.


Thank you, I also think this is probably the correct interpretation.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Showing your real picture
Replies: 61
Views: 1817

Re: Showing your real picture

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this was from a photo shoot from a few years back.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Right. So this might be distinguishing religious rites and rituals, like propitiations to the Gods, from Buddhist practices. In other words, then, Buddhist ceremonies, such as Refuge Ceremony, are not actually regarded as 'a rite' in the sense intended by this vow. So, 'reliance on rites and rituals...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 553

Reliance on Rites and Rituals

When I took my formal refuge ceremony, at Nan Tien Temple, in 2005, one of the points I particularly noticed in the vows, was to avoid 'reliance on rites and rituals.' It struck me as a little incongruent, as what I was engaged in was indeed 'a rite', namely, the rite of taking refuge. I read this a...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 1890

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

there's a lot to consider. if true: his PhD earned with funding from his own nonprofit org, the blanket acceptance of anything under the guise of science I don't know if it is true - I haven't read about that anywhere prior to this post. But it wouldn't surprise me if it were true. This is from the...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 1890

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

From the blog post above Sam Harris was and continues to be an atheist activist and one of the leaders in the New Atheist Movement. His PhD was partly funded by donations to “The Reason Project” and it is safe to assume most of those donations came from members of the New Atheist Movement. And the f...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Semantics or not..Dharmakaya, Eternalism and the Self of Advaita
Replies: 50
Views: 1371

Re: Semantics or not..Dharmakaya, Eternalism and the Self of Advaita

As a Westerner who learned about all these traditions in spiritual bookstores, my perspective was that Advaita and Buddhism have a lot in common, but very different styles. I got both Teachings of Ramana Maharishi, and Zen Mind Beginner's Mind way back; they were the two main 'spiritual books', alon...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Earth is a Cinder
Replies: 47
Views: 835

Re: When the Earth is a Cinder

Aside from a couple minor errors, the biggest issue critics had with his facts is that Wallace-Wells exaggerates the amount of methane that is expected to be released from the thawing of permafrost. Are you aware of the stories about the gigantic craters that have mysteriously appeared in Siberia, ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Earth is a Cinder
Replies: 47
Views: 835

Re: When the Earth is a Cinder

I think the only way to 'colonize space' is to become sufficiently de-materialised to manifest wherever conditions are suitable. That saves the bother of having to move actual stuff around big empty spaces, which is all 'space travel' amounts to.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Earth is a Cinder
Replies: 47
Views: 835

Re: When the Earth is a Cinder

The 'conservative' response to climate change is truly shocking. (I use quotes, because there are political conservatives who recognise the problem.) But the willful ignorance and denial, the manipulation of public opinion by vested interests, and the refusal to acknowledge scientific opinion, are d...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dangers of Meditation?
Replies: 28
Views: 1116

Re: Dangers of Meditation?

I did one ten-day retreat, 10 years ago. It seemed clearly Buddhist as the entire technique is based on Buddhist teachings. At the end of each one-hour sit, there was a recording of Goenka chanting Pali verses which I'm sure were from the Canon. The whole practice, philosophy, and culture sorroundin...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 283
Views: 8041

Re: original buddhism

But what the Jains and Hindus have in common with Buddhism, is the background understanding of there being repeated existences in the 'wheel of birth and death', through which liberation can only be won by insight into the true nature of things. in that respect, all are very different to the Biblica...

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