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by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Another point is that fundamentalism is very much part of the reaction against the pace of change in the modern world. It's like a backlash against modernity (Karen Armstrong wrote a book about it). The word 'fundamentalism' itself was coined in the late nineteenth c in the US, to describe a kind of...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Fundamentalism is a personality trait.

- low tolerance for ambiguity/uncertainty
- values authority figures and strong guidelines
- strong distinction between own-group/s and 'others'.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

I depends. It [sunyata] is an entity, or a body, in the context of entity-function (体用) , the Japanese interpretative equivalent of Chinese essence-function (體用) . But this entity, 体, is not the same entity that our friend Astus referred to, 事. 事用 is, incidentally, another form of essence-function ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

Malcolm wrote:The extremely subtle existents are particles, paramanus.
However, am I correct in believing that in Buddhism, 'particles' are of a momentary nature, i.e. rapidly arising and passing away - unlike atoms they're not of endless (or at least very great) duration?
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Question about Nagarjuna's Heart of Dependent Origination

No, not ‘emptiness’. Emptiness is not any kind of entity whatever. Recall the saying you find all throughout ancient teachings of ‘the triple world’. That is the desire realm, form realm and formless realm. I think it’s a reference to those subtle realms which are inconceivable to the mind which onl...
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

:good:

Thanks, QQ, very illuminating. I have often wondered about this.
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fukushima and Nuclear Energy
Replies: 21
Views: 249

Re: Fukushima and Nuclear Energy

I think the future of energy is decentralised and small-scale energy generation, along with renewables. (Consider smart phones in the third world as an analogy- almost nobody has access to a computer in many of those markets, but smart phones are hugely abundant and provide many of the same capabili...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can anyone suggest me a book regarding meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: Can anyone suggest me a book regarding meditation?

Greetings and welcome to the Forum.


There will no doubt be many books that could be suggested, but the two that came to my mind are Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana; and Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki.
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1168

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

I discovered Zen because of the popular Zen books of my youth: Suzuki (D.T. & Shunryu), Alan Watts and Paul Reps. I read heaps of spiritual books, and they were the ones that really struck home. Homage to them and the ancestors that taught them.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 199

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

Anders wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:59 am
I personally see compassion as more of an internal feeling, and kindness as more of an outward gesture.

With that in mind, I see kindness as an excellent barometer for the degree to which we are growing genuine compassion. Not always 1:1, but a useful measure either way.
:good:
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 880

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

Are these said to be literal places somewhere out there in the universe? Whatever exists in space and time (= 'out there somewhere') belongs to the 'realm of nama rupa', by definition. And in the Buddhist understanding, the realm of nama rupa is simply one of the five heaps, whereas modern 'empiric...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Interesting, thanks, will read.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Perhaps not, but I found it persuasive. Copy here for those interested. Actually one of the points I noted in my assignment on this topic, was the irony of there being controversy about something that doesn't appear (namely, the image of the Buddha in the early iconography.) A debate about 'the sign...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:18 am
King Milinda (Menander) was the only one of the Gandharan Bactrian kings to convert to Buddhism. The previous and following kings apparently maintained the religion of their Macedonian forefathers.
Yeah, that Nagasena was a gun, wasn't he :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

It seems the name that has been omitted in the above was Alexander the Great, whose empire it was that straddled Gandhara, and whose language and artistic culture had profound influence in that part of the world. The Questions of Kind Milinda were an account of a dialogue between a Buddhist monk, Ve...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Actually I did an interesting assignment on the origin of the Buddha image. It is often said that the reason the Buddha wasn’t at first depicted in human form was suggestive of his transcendent or elusive nature. However Sue Huntington (I think it was) said that many of the early, ‘aniconic’ depicti...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Regardless, a superb artefact and a very interesting article. Thanks for posting.
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 689

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

I started posting on forums because I was annoyed and incredulous about the movement called new atheism in the mid-2000’s. I am not a particularly religious person but I thought their materialism and appalling cynicism about humanity ought to be tackled. I am also interested in Buddhism and practici...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

I’ve always thought of it as ‘the wheel of thought and emotion’. They’re both viscerally connected. I suspect that this is what is meant in the traditional texts by ‘the passions’.
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do you respond to someone who likes to armchair psychoanalyze you out of arrogance?
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: How do you respond to someone who likes to armchair psychoanalyze you out of arrogance?

I had once had a friend, and I thought I could see through all his issues. His emotional quirks were obvious to me. So I tried to tell him, and he reacted very poorly. And also he didn't have the least clue what I was trying to say. That's when I learned only to offer such advice when it's asked for...

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