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by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mundane Wants?
Replies: 22
Views: 467

Re: Mundane Wants?

I don't think karma can be measured, but that doesn't make it any less real.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Charlotte Joko Beck
Replies: 22
Views: 312

Re: Charlotte Joko Beck

As this thread has drifted away from comments on Charlotte Joko Beck into a general slanging match aboud 'anglophone zen' or 'internet zen', it's locked.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Charlotte Joko Beck
Replies: 22
Views: 312

Re: Charlotte Joko Beck

'Everyday Zen' was a real signpost title for me back around late 90's. Gave it too my sister.
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Indeed you have. Let's hope he's an attentive student!
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

I'm responding to the OP, not 'laying down a law'. What should not be aspired to? Travelling to heavens/buddha-fields, talking to highly realised beings, or clarifying doubts? It is said that it worked for Asanga. Well, what you would you suggest to young Matthew here. How could he visit 'Sukhavati...
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Astus wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:58 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
I was thinking more of the principle of 'abandoning hope of fruition'.
But that is a hope one should not abandon until the fruition is right in one's hands. Without intention there is no action, without action there is no result.
I'm responding to the OP, not 'laying down a law'.
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Astus wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:47 am
Wayfarer wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am
Wanting to get there will never get you there.
Virya-paramita is quite essential.
Which, I'm sure, is quite different to the kind of 'hankering' that I had in mind, based on the OP. I was thinking more of the principle of 'abandoning hope of fruition'.
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 14
Views: 959

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

The original definition of atom was 'indivisible' (a-tom meaning 'uncuttable' in Greek). And arguably no such entity has ever been found by science. People will often say that 'quarks' occupy this role, but whether such entities are really 'particles' is an open question in light of the dual 'wave-p...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 50
Views: 1398

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I've mentioned before that there has been a 'Royal Commision' in Australia into institutional responses to child sex abuse (see here . Royal Commissions of enquiry have strong powers of coercion and leave no stone unturned.) There were sexual offenders in all kinds of religious orders, as well as th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

MatthewAngby wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 am
Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting
I'm afraid not. Every method I've ever encountered says patience is a fundamental. Wanting to get there will never get you there.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 308

Re: Hofstadter

I've had that book since the 1970's. I would like to like it, but Hofstader is, unfortunately, a scientific materialist. At the end of the day, we're kind of chemical entities that just happened to have been spat out by a physical process, and he's working out how it appears to be otherwise. That's ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2140

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Something else to beware of is how easily 'the quest for doctrinal purity' can morph into heresy-hunting. This is not to say that outer forms cannot be corrupted.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 18
Views: 395

Re: No end to samsara?

There is a saying I learned here on this forum:


'Samsara has no beginning, but it has an end. Nirvana has a beginning, but it has no end'.


:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 14
Views: 959

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

You might find this interesting - interview with physicist Anton Zelllger : You have spent time with the Dalai Lama and have taught him the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. What was that like? Is he a good student?
 He has a very clear scientific mind. He’s very analytic, very precise. I explained...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem regularly comes up on the Philosophy Forum where it inevitably produces pages of wheel-spinning. My view is, you will never know what you will do until you're confronted with the problem, and it's a problem you're never really likely to be confronted with. It's a thought-experime...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 14
Views: 959

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:36 pm
Found this.
Slightly tangential but still relevant - have a look at The Debate between Plato and Democritus, Werner Heisenberg. He mentions those diagrams.
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 14
Views: 959

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Here is a useful semi-scholarly document on this topic - Buddhist Atomism by Piya Tan. Key point to note is that the 'kalapa' which are the Buddhist equivalent of 'atoms' are momentary, i.e. they don't have endless duration like the atoms of the other traditions. If you think about it, it should be ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3147

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

It would do us all well to be very careful in discussions of this nature when it comes to innuendo and rumour. Who might have done/said what in which organisation, and so on. If there is genuine information to be disclosed then by all means it can be, but be mindful that it is a very sensitive topic...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to discover tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 653

Re: How to discover tibetan buddhism?

Greetings and welcome to DharmaWheel. :hi: You are clearly someone with a sincere interest, as you are travelling to SE Asia to study. That is very impressive. Certainly there are some aspects of the Buddhist traditions which are treated as secret but there is also a huge amount of texts and teachin...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3147

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

In Australia, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse wrapped up recently. The proceedings showed that such abuse is endemic in all kinds of religious institutions, and also many other organisations. (One of the stories in the report concerned the first ashram I visit...

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