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by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 62
Views: 634

Re: Dharma government?

I said 'a certain kind of secular" sensibility' - insofar as the Buddha rejected religious ritualism, hereditary priesthood, and many other elements of Hindu religiosity. But I also said that the goal of Nirvāṇa is outside the range of secular philosophy.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen

They are indeed. This true mind is natural and does not come from outside. It is not confined to cultivation in past, present, or future. The dearest and most intimate thing there could be is to preserve the mind yourself. If you know the mind, you will reach transcendence by preserving it. I am int...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 62
Views: 634

Re: Dharma government?

the goal of Nirvāṇa is outside any of the categories of the understanding of so-called secular philosophy in the West. I think if that is understood, then secular cultures can still accommodate such teachings but again only if they understand that it's about something out of range of scientific und...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 62
Views: 634

Re: Dharma government?

Secularism is an ideal. In reality what we have is Christianity with references to God removed. The basic moral/ethical ideas of Christianity are still there. The influence of religion on daily life is still there. Take the U$ for example: 73.3% of the population identifies as Christian and only 18...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi everyone :)
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: Hi everyone :)

:hi:
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 62
Views: 634

Re: Dharma government?

there is a distinction between Mi chos, literally "human dharma," which principally involves secular ethics, and "Lha chos," higher Dharma. There's a similar principle in Christian philosophy, based on the verse 'render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar's', which became the basis for the the...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1445

Re: Existence

'What exists' and 'what is real' are not the same. ''What exists' is what can be measured, ascertained, photographed, recorded, and so on. But 'existence' itself is simply a momentary aspect of the totality - and the totality is what is real. Reality includes everything you can see, know, think abou...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...

What is ‘second noble truth’, causes of suffering? [Hint: single word, begins with ‘t’.]
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...

...it’s only because it hadn’t been discovered at the time.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

Is that Catholic doctrine? Bishop Ussher, who devised that time line, is an exemplar of 'young-earth creationism'. I had the idea that the Catholics had long since abandoned that notion.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

SonamGyatso wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:03 am
I think that this is true on a quantum level.
I read Tao of Physics in the 1970's. I recommend it.
SonamGyatso wrote: I had to abandon Christianity because of what they believed about the coming-about of the universe,
And what was that?
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Helpful Devadatta?
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Helpful Devadatta?

Hey I really like devdutt's website, regardless of the merits of that particular article. He seems a really interesting dude.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2181

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

sorry, that was me. I generally do report stuff but I just made a comment in the thread on this occasion. Anyway thanks for fixing it.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

I too have been very interested in these questions for a long time. Actually I discovered Buddhism because of my interest in popular Eastern books and teachers when I was much younger, and the Buddhist ones seemed to be the best of them. So I embarked on studying comparative religion and philosophy ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Lotus Sutra Media
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Lotus Sutra Media

Great thread, Q. I too am a jazz muso, amateur, self-taught, but not bad, I would like to think. I have a treasured collection of standards which I am pleased to be able to sit down and play at my recently-acquired piano. And also I am trying to create a collection of just such talks, chants, liturg...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2181

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

Yes, the post is quite understandable. My response to the question is, that the guru role is mainly important in Tibetan traditions, as I understand it. It is not really emphasised in Theravada cultures, and in East Asian traditions, though there are certainly masters, roshis, and esteemed teachers,...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2181

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

Actually I think it might have been an auto-correct typo that was intended to be written as 'spend time with', but it comes across poorly :(

If one of the mods would be so kind......
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1445

Re: Existence

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:20 am
I think, in Abhidharma, 'what exists' all boils down to what can be understood as the Five Skandhas.
Regarding the question in the OP, see The All Also have a look at the other suttas mentioned in the footer.
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2181

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

the title of this thread is incomprehensible.
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How to develop faith?
Replies: 21
Views: 558

Re: How to develop faith?

Believing in the practice, not necessarily some divine beings. The word 'divine' is descended from the Indian word, 'deva'. And while the Buddha is not a deva, not 'a divine being', the Buddha is still 'lokuttara' meaning 'world-transcending' or 'above the world'. And there's not really anything th...

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