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by Wayfarer
Sat May 19, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1064

Re: Hawking has last laugh

I really think Hawking was over-rated as a public intellectual. Of course it's impossible for a non-expert to judge the value of his scientific work, but in terms of his persona as a public intellectual, I really never liked his obvious animus against anything he deemed religious (and that cast quit...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 19, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 893

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

A brief excursion into comparative religion. With respect to the principle of ‘mind-to-mind transmission’ that is fundamental to Zen. It’s interesting that the original definition of ‘mystical’ was associated with ‘initiation into the mystery schools’. This referred to the Ancient Greek mystery reli...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 18, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 893

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Myth-conceptions abound :smile:
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 893

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Thanks Ven. Meido. But is the story re-told to make the point about not relying on written texts? Is it part of the 'teaching repertoire'? (It is great to have the benefit of your knowledge as many of us only ever read the 'canned' versions of these stories presented in the popular anthologies, and ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 893

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I suppose, from a classical Chinese viewpoint, it’s one of the ‘Taoist vs Confucian’ parables. The elder represents tradition, the handing down, veneration for established ways - Confucian values. The younger represents spontaneous action and direct insight - ‘thrusts it into the flames right away’ ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 893

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

in fact, the cornerstone of Zen is that no texts, sutras or teachings are needed to reach enlightenment I don’t know about that. I see the parable as being more about attachment, rather than them ‘not being needed’. We do need them, up until the time we really have gone beyond. I think a lot of peo...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 893

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I think the '101 Zen Stories' that are reproduced on various websites are mainly reproductions of those in the well-known book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, by Paul Reps, who was an early student of Zen in America. Anyway, one of those stories is rather similar to the one in this OP. The Zen master Mu-nan ...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 15, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6429

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

I have always thought one of the main differentiators of Buddhism is the 'parable of the raft' - that the Buddhist teaching is a means to cross the river, but something that is left behind once the river has been crossed. So in that sense, all Buddhism is 'expedient means', it has no ultimate meanin...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 13, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 23
Views: 679

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

'He who sees the Dharma sees Me' is deeply connected with the Mahayana understanding. As for authority - that's a different question. Remember the model in Buddhism is empowering through passing the torch of knowledge; the student has to find realisation in and for him or herself. So there's no ulti...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 13, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 865

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

What are you quoting that says there are truly existent and apparently existent phenomena? It was this passage: “All Buddhist tenet holders assert that whatever exists must be either a conventional or an ultimate truth, and that there is nothing which is both. Thus, conventional and ultimate truths...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 64
Views: 1252

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

It is megalomania, the 'I alone can solve' mentality, seen often during the campaign, having sacked all of the moderating influences around him. The only silver lining is that he is fenced in by a constitutional system, but he's sorely testing it.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 11, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 865

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

Thus, conventional and ultimate truths do not refer to ideas or perspectives, nor to two levels of reality or truths; they refer to the phenomena themselves. That strikes me as wrong. It says there are two classes of phenomena, the 'truly existent' and the 'apparently existent'. But all phenomena a...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 10, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 926

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Thank you, that is how I understand it also.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Wed May 09, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 926

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

'No wisdom can we get hold of No highest perfection No Bodhisattva, no thought of enlightenment either When told of this, if not bewildered and in no way anxious A Bodhisattva courses in the Tathagatha’s wisdom.' Prajñāpāramitā *** However the expression: ultimate truth is nothing more.... Does make...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 09, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Nirvāṇa and Ataraxia
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Nirvāṇa and Ataraxia

Not sure - perhaps. It’s not as well-known a term, but it might have the same meaning.
by Wayfarer
Wed May 09, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Nirvāṇa and Ataraxia
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Nirvāṇa and Ataraxia

There is a school of thought that Pyrrho of Elis, a Greek philosopher, travelled to India (actually, ancient Gandhara, which is nowadays the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan) and there studied with Buddhists. It is thought he brought back some of these ideas to ancient Greece, where he formed the ...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 09, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 926

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Not knowing ' could easily be confused with ignorance or avidya which is also a kind of not knowing. In that Zen school I mentioned, ‘only don’t know’ is the main teaching. It’s not talking about avidya. It’s one of those sayings that is easy to misinterpret, so perhaps have a look at some of these...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 926

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

However, one thing that strikes me is the importance of not knowing. This is made explicit in some Zen schools - Kwan Um Zen has a book, and a principle, called 'only don't know', which is exactly about this. But the reason this is not 'monism' is that there is no 'one' of which it is true. It is a ...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 07, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 926

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Wikipedia articles can be changed by any contributors... That is true, and I have contributed, but I doubt the academic provenance of this article. You might find this more to your liking, That is a decently written paper. Actually I know what it reminds me of - 'neutral monism': neutral monism is ...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 06, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 926

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Glancing at the article, I think it’s a neologism of recent invention. I think Madhyamika is indeed inherently dialectical but I don’t think ‘monistic’ is a good descriptor. I don’t think that Wikipedia article is worth the electrons it’s printed on.