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by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Any suggestions on how to verify one's karma, any tells that can help navigate what to consider, what to ignore??? What are the post signs along the road I should be paying attention to? How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and al...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 50
Views: 4198

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 19
Views: 544

Re: Help on shamatha

My take on Buddhist meditation of any kind, is that it’s a really demanding discipline. Face it - ‘don’t sleep in, get up early and sit still in an uncomfortable position for some significant period of time’ - minutes or hours, depending on your fortitude. And why? Don’t ask for a reason - only prac...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Tibetan Buddhism against panpsychism, or is Wikipedia wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Is Tibetan Buddhism against panpsychism, or is Wikipedia wrong?

There's a recent, much better translation of the text which Evans-Wentz had translated: Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness by John Myrdhin Reynolds et al. Link: http://a.co/dzqE8OE Now, there's a pretty detailed commentary on Evanz-Wentz' translation in the foreword to that edition,...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1785

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Why it is criticized by current scholarship? As Malcolm says, and there is truth in that criticism. But I still think it's worth reading, as for me it was a real dharma-gate, even knowing that. (I also have reservations about the so-called 'nominalism' of Buddhist logicians, which I discussed in th...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1785

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Hi Boundless :hi: - I think we 'met' already on thephilosophyforum, no? In any case, glad to see you here! Agree with your comments. By the way - here’s a tip for those of European background with some knowledge of the Western philosophical tradition - T R V Murti, The Central Philosophy of Buddhism...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1785

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

I've just been perusing the Wikipedia entry on an obscure Russian philosopher by the name of Afrikan Spir who is categorised as neo-Kantian. It says of Spir that: he sought to establish philosophy as the science of first principles; he held that the task of philosophy was to investigate immediate kn...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 488
Views: 37250

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

This is a pretty good Wikipedia article on ‘neo-Advaita’. I think it makes clear that most talk about ‘Advaita’ is by those who have encountered via the global ‘neo-Advaita’ movement which has become diffused throughout Western culture.
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Review of 'Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism'
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Review of 'Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism'

Review of Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism , José Ignacio Cabezón, from Lion's Roar. See also his lecture from 2008 . Cabezón notes that “Buddhism clearly comes off as a religion that is deeply skeptical about sexed bodies and sexual acts. Sentient beings, these texts tell us, were better...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1313

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

There’s a general rule against ‘the dark arts’ in the Vinaya, as I understand it - those including spell-casting, fortune-telling and so on. It is very much against the spirit of the teaching. After all the Buddha abhorred the Brahmin sacrificial rituals performed for the getting of karma. So by all...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix
Replies: 42
Views: 1343

Re: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix

I’ve found a very good recent book for which there is a generous preview on Google Books about Rajneesh - Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement Hugh B. Urban. Chapter three on Rajneesh’ teaching on sexuality, drawn mainly from Wilhelm Reich, is particularly i...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Basic fitness
Replies: 13
Views: 319

Re: Basic fitness

When I was in my mid-twenties - long time ago, now :smile: - I took up jogging. Never ran competitively, but trained to be able to run distances of 6- 10 km. It had an enormously beneficial effect - I found after I had a really good, hard run, then showered and cooled off, it felt like my entire bod...
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Greetings!

Welcome - very adventurous of you. I hope you find enough bandwidth in your travels to connect from time to time.
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 488
Views: 37250

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

The only point I was making was that such an idea is not unique to Buddhism.
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Obstacles to Bodhicitta
Replies: 59
Views: 4302

Re: Obstacles to Bodhicitta

Awful photograph.
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 488
Views: 37250

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

This is not the forum for that argument. Just saying, that's all.
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 515

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

More up-to-date examples might be: avoid working in the arms trade, liquor trade, gambling and wagering industries, and so on (not to mention any illicit businesses). The guidelines offered by ethical investment agencies might be useful. Also Lew Richmond wrote a great book a few years back: https:/...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 488
Views: 37250

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Sherab wrote: I would even argue that in Buddhism, there is no such thing as a miracle. It is merely a phenomenon whose working is not understood.
'Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature' ~ St Augustine
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1785

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

There is a similar process of liberation in Neoplatonic thought... Thanks for that analysis, I too have found many parallels with neo-Platonism. There's a suggestive passage in D T Suzuki's preamble to his translation of the Lanka, about the parallels between the Sanskrit 'pravritti' and the Greek ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1785

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

you should be able to analyze the object which causes anger and reduce it to its basic characteristic, which is "non-arisen", being neither existent nor non-existent That really hits the nail on the head. It makes it clear the sense in which the expression ‘non-arisen’ is meant. Also, that it perta...