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by Wayfarer
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 54
Views: 1988

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

I first discovered Buddhism mainly through books I bought at Adyar Bookshop (long gone now.) For me and many others, teachers like Ramana (and Krishnamurti) were the first exemplars of Eastern enlightenment we ever encountered. Of course we also read books by Buddhist teachers (notably Shunryu Suzuk...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is love an attachment?
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Is love an attachment?

Greetings and welcome to DharmaWheel. Yours is actually a very relevant and deep question! Here's an interesting fact - the Buddha's son was named 'Rāhula' - which can be translated as 'fetter'. That says something about the Buddhist attitude to family ties. (It might also be noted that according to...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Confessions of a Zen Zealot
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Confessions of a Zen Zealot

Can't see any point at all in the anecdote, as such, but I think it's worth giving the homesite a mention. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Are Trikaya levels?
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Are Trikaya levels?

Are Trikaya ontological levels of reality (suchness)? By analogy: subatomic (level), nuclear, atomic, molecular, gene, cellular etc. Dharmakaya is, respectively, the proto (thin) level, and Nirmanakaya - the upper (rough) level? Not at all, not in the least. To see it that way is to look at it thro...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

in which sūtra are they precisely defined thus? There is, monks, an unborn[1] — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated. If there were not that unborn — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born — become — made — fabricated would be discerned. But precisely be...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

in which sūtra are they precisely defined thus?

And aren't we on the slippery slope to nihilism in saying that? That nothing is real whatever?
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Śākyamuni Buddha is not the original Buddha. There is no original Buddha. Is there an unborn? An unconditioned? An unmade? Because I would have thought that the Tathāgata, having 'realised the unconditioned', is a manifestation or, or embodiment of, the unborn, unmade and unconditioned. Of course, ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Most of such "Mahayana ideas" are present in non-Mahayana sources, like Dharmaguptaka, Mahasamghika, and Sarvastivadin teachings. For sure, and I did acknowledge that 'the Mahāyāna will say that these were all at least implicitly present in the Buddha’s original teaching.' That is part of the geniu...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

Correction, that quote I was thinking of wasn't from Edward Conze - it was this: We see an non-theistic, soul-denying philosophic teaching of a path to personal Final Deliverance comprising the absolute end, and a simple worship of the memory of its human founder, superseded by a magnificent High Ch...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

It's simply one perspective amongst others, and I don't assume it's the only possible correct perspective.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2219

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

The religious imagination of the Mahāyāna is of a completely different order to the earlier schools. Such ideas as the three bodies of the Buddha, the Infinite nature of the Cosmos, and other cardinal points of the Mahāyāna, are not stated explicitly in the earlier texts. That doesn’t mean that they...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 94
Views: 27874

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

(Our blog is here .) Namaste dear Wayfarer ! I tried the link to your blog ... http://dhammagroup.blogspot.com/ ... but it must be out of date by now ... Do you have a new link ? I would be interested to follow up on this !!! Many thanks !!! Douglas Hi Douglas - that particular group ceased activit...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: About lists (Path)
Replies: 7
Views: 299

Re: About lists (Path)

That is very interesting! (There’s an excellent compendium of Buddhist lists on the Zen Site , by the way.) But I have to ask - and please don’t feel obliged to answer - you’re not a computer programmer, by any chance? (I only ask because it strikes me as the style of analysis that a programmer woul...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 364
Views: 34502

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

It goes without saying that this being a Buddhist forum, that Buddhism is regarded as superior. However posts denigrating Vedanta cross the line of 'belittling other religions' which is against the ToS, and overall the continuation of the millenia-old debate between Vedantins and Buddhists serves n...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2413
Views: 199040

Re: Music time

by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Practice
Replies: 20
Views: 648

Re: Daily Practice

One thing to bear in mind is that this question has been asked in the Tibetan Buddhism forum, and Tibetan Buddhism generally assumes that when one seeks Dharma instruction, one does so under the direction of a spiritual teacher/ lama. That is not to say that nothing can be learned outside such a rel...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confronting Mortality
Replies: 15
Views: 522

Re: Confronting Mortality

Agree with the spirit of the above post. In a profound sense, *all* Buddhist practice is concerned with 'confronting mortality'. There is a saying in many spiritual traditions, not only Buddhism, that the aim of spiritual discipline is to 'practice for death'. After all, one of the 'four sights' tha...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 785

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

on one hand we are taught the the illusion of individual existence (a.k.a. independent self) is fundamental ignorance, the cause of all suffering, and it must be countered with buddhist ethics, meditation and wisdom practice. Clear. Then we are taught to accept and revere individual buddhas. Why th...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Hello everyone

Welcome, and ask away.
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 94
Views: 27874

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Welcome to DharmaWheel :hi: DharmaWheel is not really an interfaith forum as it's dedicated to Buddhism, but there are quite a few interfaith books and resources I am aware of that might be of help. There is quite a flourishing exchange of views between Christian and Buddhists particularly in Zen. J...

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