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by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 49
Views: 785

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

There are no agents. There are only actions. This is covered in the refutation of moving movers in chapter two of the MMK. The 'two truths' are that on the conventional level, there are agents even if ultimately there are no agents. You know, 'first there is a mountain'. Otherwise, there would be n...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

This whole conundrum arises because of early modern science. It goes back to Descartes dividing the world into mind and matter. Galileo said that what was real, was what could be measured mathematically - 'the book of nature is written in mathematics'. And what could be measured mathematically were ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

In order to answer the question, we would have to observe matter without consciousness. And who can do that? :shrug:
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Definition of human in Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 233

Re: Definition of human in Buddhism

I think the Western cultural view arising from evolutionary theory that humans are the same as animals, is a false view. This is not because there's anything wrong with evolutionary biology - there isn't - but because it's occupied the space vacated by religion in the popular culture. So where once ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 49
Views: 785

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

When we are standing in the rain, what we experience is beyond doubt. The cool, wet sensations cannot be denied. Imagine you've parked your car and gone to a shop a few hundred meters away. You finish shopping and then head back towards your car, when suddenly there's a cloudburst and it starts pel...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?
Replies: 26
Views: 546

Re: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?

'The sage does not contend. Therefore the sage cannot be contended with' ~ Tao Te Ching
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 49
Views: 785

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

The confusion, it seems to me, arises with the attempt to directly "experience" emptiness, or alternatively anatta - these are more or less similar insights. 'Experience' always implies 'an experiencer'. So you can't 'experience emptiness' - if you have an experience of it, then it's not ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting

One minute founding beatnik Jack Kerouac was spouting arcane Buddhist truths that meditation is said to reveal..


Just skimmed the article but really liked it. First person, written by someone really engaged with the subject. :twothumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 49
Views: 785

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

There is not 'no-one to whom karma accrues' until there really is 'no-one to whom karma accrues'. Put another way, there will always be experiences as long as there is someone to have experiences. Nirodha is cessation - nobody there to experience. Isn't that why meditative absorption is a state wher...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?
Replies: 26
Views: 546

Re: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?

strive wrote:this is why i keep basic phone...


Wise choice, strive.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?
Replies: 26
Views: 546

Re: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?

Very wise post, Dan74. Years ago, I gave a course on Introduction to Buddhism at an evening college. I remarked that it seemed to me there was a growing disconnect about the nature of reality, and I'm sure that's true. Technology is part of it, but dependence on devices is as much a symptom as a cau...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Satori at a Grateful Dead Show
Replies: 57
Views: 877

Re: Satori at a Grateful Dead Show

@Queequeg - this might be of interest if you haven't noticed it previously.
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate
Replies: 40
Views: 1059

Re: How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate

I encountered Max Meuller's 'linguistic archaeology' as an undergrad and found it fascinating. I don't know its standing in current academia but I thought it was very persuasive at the time.
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 2113

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

Roll Tide! Hey totally off the point, but relevant to any Steely Dan fans on the forum - Donald and Walter gave an interview a couple of years back where they finally explained the lyric in Deacon Blues: 'They got a name for the winners in the world I want a name when I lose They call Alabama the C...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: When the Dalai Lama Dies...
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: When the Dalai Lama Dies...

His Holiness put out a statement on the question of reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, in 2011, which you can find here.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 2113

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

The connection with the topic is not obvious (at least to me anyway.)
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 2113

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

Noam Chomsky has the all-time defeater for atheisms, new or otherwise: 'I'll tell you if I'm an atheist if you tell me what it is I'm supposed not to believe in.' The think to realise about the scepticism of Harris, Hitchins, Dawkins, and the rest, is that it never extends to questioning the fundame...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vimalakirtinirdesha Sūtra
Replies: 13
Views: 404

Re: Vimalakirtinirdesha Sūtra

8-) that is so cool, being able to say that.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 60
Views: 1061

Re: Emptiness nutshells

It can be figured out, given a gist of the relevant information and some nous as to its weighting. Whether this is healthy or not I wouldn't be able to to say... There's what's beyond logic, but 'beyond' is not beneath logic - it surpasses it. I was also going to say - emptiness is meaningless with...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 60
Views: 1061

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Things are not what they seem. Or, more accurate (but klunkier, needs streamlining): Things are neither what they seem nor not what they seem. The quote you're referring to is from the Laṅkāvatāra Sutra, 'things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.' It's a baffling saying, as it appears ...

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