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by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1815

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

RIght - so perhaps more like ‘what all have in common’ - like ‘common ground’. So Vajrayana is differentiated from what is ‘common to Mahāyāna practitioners’. Would that be closer to the meaning?
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?

whereas the joy of 'sukha' connotes an authentic state of happiness’. Thanks for the clarification. I think distinguishing sukha from transient forms of pleasure is a good start to approach the topic. Is there any Sanskrit or Tibetan term for "authentic state of happiness" here being equated to the...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1815

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Is it OK to say that I find references to the 'common Mahayana' a bit daunting? In the context of modern culture, as distinct maybe from the context of Tibetan religious culture, Mahayana is anything but 'common'. It seems to indicate a tone of condescension.
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicharyavatara - study tips
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

Go to http://www.bodhisvara.com/

You find a superb transcribed recitation there.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?

There is the emotion of happiness, which is contrasted with sadness or melancholy, which naturally is a conditioned state. ‘Emotion’ after all implies movement. But I also think that through meditation you can become aware of an inherent bliss, which is ‘sukha’. Wikipedia says ‘Sukha (Sanskrit, Pali...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

Tiago Simões wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 am
There really isn't a solution for this situation.
+1
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1815

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

explicitly, the Buddha has taught that no one in this degenerate era can attain buddhahood by any means apart from Vajrayāna But is this taught anywhere except for within Vajrayāna? It really does seem very much like ‘triumphalism’ - ‘our school/movement/dispenstation is the only real or authentic ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1395

Re: Another day in America

The term "well-regulated militia" first came from the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the language around that was clearly imported into the second amendment. Rather different from arguing about whether background checks are even necessary for some random person to buy a modern military-st...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 93
Views: 1698

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

But I also agree that talk of the ‘eternal absolute’ is not the Buddhist way of teaching. Perhaps ambiguity and reification creeps in, in the translation across cultures and languages.
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 93
Views: 1698

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

One example I give is the difference between fake medicine and real medicine (leaving aside the placebo effect). If you had been poisoned and were then offered two bottles, one of which contained an antidote, and one of which did not, then which one you choose has life-or-death consequences. And thi...
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings to the forum
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: greetings to the forum

And welcome to you also :hi: Looking forward to many fruitful discussions.
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 913

Re: Meditation timer app?

For sure! Although to be honest my usage of Insight is very minimal, literally just timing and reporting. (I’m participating in a 365-day sit for 2018.) My wife istens to many of the guided meditations but I am just using the timer. One thing I would love to investigate is the incorporation of Pali ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Can you make fire with just two sticks and your hands?
Replies: 10
Views: 1155

Re: Can you make fire with just two sticks and your hands?

In case anyone is interested, there’s a classic 1980’s film called Quest for Fire : In the prehistoric world, a Cro-Magnon tribe depends on an ever-burning source of fire, and through misfortune their’s becomes extinguished. Lacking the knowledge to start a new fire, the tribe sends three warriors o...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: New Book by Lama Yeshe: Mahamudra
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: New Book by Lama Yeshe: Mahamudra

I went to a talk by Lama Yeshe around that time. It was electrifying and I’m sure had huge impact on me.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1395

Re: Another day in America

I’m afraid that unless and until the association of owning weapons with freedom is abandoned, there not much hope for change. It paints those calling for gun control as ‘enemies of freedom’ and gun owners as ‘defenders of freedom’. Whereas I would have thought that in reality, ‘civic freedom’ is NOT...
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Questions about Zen
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: Questions about Zen

Hi and welcome to DharmaWheel forum! I was to drawn to Zen by the books of D T Suzuki and Alan Watts, and also the classic book, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind, which I must have bought in 1972. I never formally joined a Zen sangha or trained at a centre, but I studied Buddhism to MA level, and sit every ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2798

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

When it comes to being ‘dismissive’ in relation to this matter, it is the sceptics who dismissive. Stevenson spent many years at his research tasks, conducting thousands of interviews and investigating thousands of cases, many of which he also dismissed. But many of those that remain are quite well-...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2798

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Quite familiar with the sceptic’s view thank you.
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2798

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

But what are you proposing? Are you proposing that because someone lost a limb in an accident in a previous life, they’re born deformed in this life?? I'm not proposing that myself - simply commenting on Stevenson's cases where he documents such things. The article from which I quoted is this Scien...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2798

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

it’s well known (and I’ve seen it with young children and adults suffering from dementia) that people will create stories (memories) to explain what they can’t remember or otherwise explain. It’s self-comforting behavior. Do you think Ian Stevenson wasn’t aware of this? He created a lot of protocol...

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