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by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vimalakirtinirdesha Sūtra
Replies: 11
Views: 217

Re: Vimalakirtinirdesha Sūtra

8-) that is so cool, being able to say that.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 55
Views: 536

Re: Emptiness nutshells

It can be figured out, given a gist of the relevant information and some nous as to its weighting. Whether this is healthy or not I wouldn't be able to to say... There's what's beyond logic, but 'beyond' is not beneath logic - it surpasses it. I was also going to say - emptiness is meaningless with...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 55
Views: 536

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Things are not what they seem. Or, more accurate (but klunkier, needs streamlining): Things are neither what they seem nor not what they seem. The quote you're referring to is from the Laṅkāvatāra Sutra, 'things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.' It's a baffling saying, as it appears ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times

dechenpa wrote: What is the other book you are reading?


Defragmenting Modernity, Paul Tyson.

There are some philosophical points in this text quite convergent with Buddhist understanding, but it's basically written from a Christian Platonist perspective.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Still a beginner... Thoughts on choosing a path
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Still a beginner... Thoughts on choosing a path

HI Escavetta, and welcome to DharmaWheel. It can be difficult to find a school that you really want to be part of. Maybe, start with what's in your area, what is physically available. Nowadays there's an enormous amount of published information on Dharma available, so it's possible to read a lot abo...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times

Looks really good, very much in agreement with the analysis in the excerpt above. Reading a book from a completely different perspective and tradition, which starts of with exactly the same general argument. Here and there, a few people are waking up to the cultural wasteland of modern materialism.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rescue Pets
Replies: 14
Views: 290

Re: Rescue Pets

River.jpg I have this here rescue dog, a sheepdog-collie cross called River (wearing Christmas attire, last Christmas day). Had him since Feb 2016, but he was about eight when we got him so, no pup. Had been very neglected, almost to the point of starvation, and had massive separation anxiety, but ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

The Artis Magistra wrote: Yeah, Buddhism is actually pretty straightforward and about the obvious. If people go too far they can confuse themselves too much and over-step the mark.


Hey it's not that obvious. Note that I first encountered this phrase whilst engaged in a Buddhist ritual ;-)
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Fair enough. Good comment. Maybe I was overlooking the obvious.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 2075

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

A lot of what he says goes back to the idea that there is an element of 'non-religious truth' in Buddhism, which is comparable to science, in some senses, but which has become distorted by its association with Asian cultural influences, including belief in after-life states, deities, and the like. I...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Thank you, I will meditate on that.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

No, it's not specific to Nan Tien. As I mentioned, I encountered the same phrase in Prajnaparamita recently and as Astus shows above, it is also in abhidharma. The quote Astus gives from the Nikaya is very interesting: Any precept & practice life whose essence is training, and the holy life whos...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Earth is a Cinder
Replies: 47
Views: 902

Re: When the Earth is a Cinder

I guess there is no short term remedy, so its treated as a given, but family planning should be at or near the top of any long term climate-change agenda. My dear departed father was an eminent professor of medicine, and one deeply involved in birth control plans in the 1960's for India. He was pes...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Thank you kind Sirs. It is nevertheless the case that I first heard this teaching at a Buddhist ceremonial occasion - hence my question. @Astus- this saying: "The view which considers as cause that which is not cause, or as the path that which is not the Path, is called śīlavrataparāmarśa: name...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

MiphamFan wrote:I think it dates back to the Buddha refuting Brahmins who thought karma could be manipulated by means of rituals rather than through intention and action.


Thank you, I also think this is probably the correct interpretation.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Showing your real picture
Replies: 62
Views: 1980

Re: Showing your real picture

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this was from a photo shoot from a few years back.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: Reliance on Rites and Rituals

Right. So this might be distinguishing religious rites and rituals, like propitiations to the Gods, from Buddhist practices. In other words, then, Buddhist ceremonies, such as Refuge Ceremony, are not actually regarded as 'a rite' in the sense intended by this vow. So, 'reliance on rites and rituals...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on Rites and Rituals
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Reliance on Rites and Rituals

When I took my formal refuge ceremony, at Nan Tien Temple, in 2005, one of the points I particularly noticed in the vows, was to avoid 'reliance on rites and rituals.' It struck me as a little incongruent, as what I was engaged in was indeed 'a rite', namely, the rite of taking refuge. I read this a...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 2075

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

there's a lot to consider. if true: his PhD earned with funding from his own nonprofit org, the blanket acceptance of anything under the guise of science I don't know if it is true - I haven't read about that anywhere prior to this post. But it wouldn't surprise me if it were true. This is from the...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 2075

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

From the blog post above Sam Harris was and continues to be an atheist activist and one of the leaders in the New Atheist Movement. His PhD was partly funded by donations to “The Reason Project” and it is safe to assume most of those donations came from members of the New Atheist Movement. And the f...

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