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by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

Here’s a useful essay that’s I edited for my Dharma group - not my content, it was an existing web essay - I just edited into an easier-to-read format.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 89
Views: 3784

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Beings are not devices. That is something that ought not to need explaining, but if an explanation is necessary, then none is satisfactory.
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Worldly life and mundane concerns are meaningless. I think that's all that is being said.
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

As I note above, ‘I wonder if the question as to whether ‘life has a purpose’ was ever really articulated in traditional Buddhist narratives. It’s not until you reflect on the question that you can really ask it. And I think asking that question is very characteristic of modern and post-modern think...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

This thread is not about ‘meaning’ at all. It’s about ‘imputed meaning attached to objects of perception’ as a principle in Buddhism. You can't say that everyone's life is held to be absolutely valuable by everyone else. That every individual is sacred would have been, I would hope, a foundational p...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

JeffH wrote:What I am referring to as meaning is simply the significance we impute moment by moment to everything we encounter.
And what I mean is that if you saw someone drowning, and were able to help - would you help? Or would you just say ‘it means nothing if he drowns’, and turn away.
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Personally, I am glad life has no meaning -- it would be completely depressing if it did. I would have thought that one of the terrible events in this weeks news - the latest mass school shooting - is terrible because of what it means . And it’s also terrible because the perpertrator apparently did...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

the quality of emptiness is the lack of object-ness. Am I missing something? Not lack of ‘object-ness’ - absence of own-being, svabhava. Nothing is ‘self-originated’ i.e. existing from its own side. But if I throw a rock through your window, it will still break, and that will definitely mean someth...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 821

Re: what do we mean by faith?

i think that the deities SHOULD KNOW what our needs are i think of them as OMNIPOTENT & OMNISCIENT...WHY do we have to PRAY to them to obtain their help ? It’s character-building. Otherwise you’d be like some kid who got used to have everything done for you. And besides, sometimes things just don’t...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

once suffering is a permanent fixture in any life, no true meaning can be given to any life except when that life is lived for the liberation of oneself from the endless cycle of lives, or for the liberation of oneself and others from the endless cycle of lives. I quite agree. But that is not the s...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 821

Re: what do we mean by faith?

A point to reflect on: a key principle in Christian religion is orthodoxy - right belief or right worship, from ‘ortho-‘ correct and ‘doxai’, opinion. The first element of the Buddhist Eightfold Path is samma ditthi, right understanding or right view. Belief and understanding are not quite the same....
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

If you don't buy either Jesse's explanation or my explanation, then we will just have to agree to disagree. I’m with Jesse on this one. I think a lot of people in this discussion seem to think that ‘the idea of the meaning of life’ is somehow non-Buddhist. Perhaps the reason it’s thought of as bein...
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 821

Re: what do we mean by faith?

smjc wrote:What type of faith is a non-starter and unacceptable to us?
Obstinate clinging to dogmas without understanding their real meaning or intent.
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1335

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I think there’s something that comes through in Buddhist discussions of ‘mind’ in respect of the status of things as ‘mere appearance’. When it is said that ‘everything is an emanation of the mind’, it can be misinterpreted as being like the Hindu view of particular things as an emanation of Brahman...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1335

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

A Japanese Zen teacher I know remarked RE this tendency, attributing the confusion to deep Abrahamic underpinnings carried by many westerners, unawares and despite their conscious rejection of those faith traditions. the Westerner who is attracted by Zen and who would understand it deeply must have...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1335

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

It might be worth considering the sense in which ‘the One’ is sometimes understood in religious and spiritual thought. In this context, ‘one’ doesn’t necessarily denote a numerical unity, but something which is the same in everything. If you say that ‘there is one’ of something, then this very cogni...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

There seems much confusion in this thread about the meaning of ‘meaning’.
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

@Boda - Beautiful pup. Piercing blue eyes! I have a 'sheltie cross' called River (co-incidentally!) 'Sheltie' is 'Shetland sheepdog' but they're a smallish breed, our guy is a medium dog, we think he might be a kelpie cross. Rescue dog, nine years old, totally devoted to his owner (i.e. me); general...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 493

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Glad to see it. Keeping track of mantras during the day can be tricky. Wayfarer, I'm in Insight too. We should start a DW group if there isn't one already :) Actually I've shied away from the various social functions on Insight Timer. I literally just use it to keep time and stats. Boring, I know. ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma in the context of the Dharma Wheel Forum
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Dharma in the context of the Dharma Wheel Forum

It's a feature of the software the Forum uses. The same software is used by all kinds of forums, not just Dharma forums, and I don't think there's any karmic implications from it. If you add another poster to your 'foes' list, all it means is you won't see their posts.