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by Queequeg
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 10
Views: 186

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Hey Jeff,
I don't know if this is a good thing. A breakdown in loyalty and following orders would be a terrible precedent. That said, if the president is worse, then choices will need to be made.
Let's hope we get past this crisis without having to resort to that.
by Queequeg
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1051

Re: Dharma government?

I think separation of church and state mutually benefits both church and state. Combining the two definitely hurts both. I don't think anyone in this thread has suggested making Buddhism a state religion would be the goal, or even a good idea. Bringing Buddhadharma into the the public forum, on the...
by Queequeg
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1051

Re: Dharma government?

Thrive? I wouldn't go that far. That's interesting. Kevin... Perhaps you see "thriving" as something like Thailand, where millions of "Buddhists" do not study, believe in a soul, believe that the main reason for becoming a monk is because it guarantees that your mother will be reborn in heaven, mak...
by Queequeg
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 10
Views: 186

Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Still not anywhere close, but this is brings us closer to a coup than last week. The military canceling the President's parade this week is another interesting coincidence. (Of course, the Idiot in Chief had to try and take credit for canceling and then blaming it on someone else. At least the milit...
by Queequeg
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1051

Re: Dharma government?

You seem to be suggesting that Buddhists are unable to distinguish between objective and subjective. Is that right? No. Pointing out Buddhist view of subjective includes the scientific idea of objective. What is meant by objective in science is a viewer stripped of personality except the ability to...
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1051

Re: Dharma government?

Modern scientific method implicitly supposes a separation between knower and object of knowledge. That is why objectivity is the criterion of truth for scientific observation. I believe objectivity is the criterion of truth in science because science seeks factual knowledge, or observations not inf...
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren

Interested to hear the comparison. Have not looked at Yampolsky in a long time, but I recall it was sold in SG bookstores, and so I assume it was more or less the same as the MWND series. Maybe this has been discussed before, but how biased is the MWND series? IMO... I have not read the originals e...
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

We are emphasizing different things. It is correct to say, "in a way" in the context of Tiantai thought because dependent origination is not the whole story, except, in a way, from a particular vantage point. Like light being particles, absolutely, in a way, but also being waves, absolutely, in a w...
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Fukujoju bosatsu's suport
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Fukujoju bosatsu's suport

I didn't find Fukujoju Bosatsu, but rather Fukujoju Nyorai (Amoghasiddhi) at Onmarkproductions. Are they the same? There the mount is indicated as Garuda 迦楼羅.

http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/g ... orai.shtml
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren

Interested to hear the comparison. Have not looked at Yampolsky in a long time, but I recall it was sold in SG bookstores, and so I assume it was more or less the same as the MWND series. BTW, "gipped" is not such a nice word. It refers to Gypsies, ie. Roma people. Like "red handed" being a referenc...
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Depends on which Indian Buddhist view we are discussing. There is for example, Karana-hetu, the principle that all phenomena are causes of all other phenomena apart from themselves. This still does not make rocks capable of buddhahood. Nor does it make a mind a function of a rock. Your thesis amoun...
by Queequeg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1051

Re: Dharma government?

Yes, this is samsara and it can't be fixed. But, in fact, I think you and HHDL are on the same page in this regard. My comment was not meant to disagree with what you've said, rather more to point out that HHDL is putting it in practice. This book is his attempt to demonstrate in detail that a litt...
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Nope, Chang is mistaken. It is very clear that Hua Yen rejects this idea.

http://buddhism.org/kr/koan/Robert_Sharf-e.htm
Not quite. The article suggests that the Hua-yen view sidesteps the issue in order to remain literally faithful to the Mahaparinirvana.
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:04 pm
Make better arguments.
LOL. You're mealy mouthed because I make bad arguments. I think you're proving our mutuality.
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Had to step out for a moment... Now, substance. Depends on which Indian Buddhist view we are discussing. There is for example, Karana-hetu, the principle that all phenomena are causes of all other phenomena apart from themselves. This still does not make rocks capable of buddhahood. Nor does it make...
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Maybe, maybe not. there are a lot of renowned Buddhist savants in history who have put forward some pretty bad arguments -- like Sapan's argument that ants lack eyes. Just embarrassing. Tell, what is your point in including this throwaway line? Don't be an ass. I am stating that perhaps some of Zhi...
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1051

Re: Dharma government?

And in Judaism. To demonstrate that I am, in the least, an equal opportunity bigot, the wigs that orthodox Jewish women wear creep me out, too. Thing is, if you have ever been caught in a Gulf State sand storm (i have, during stop overs in gulf state countries on economy airlines that do not afford...
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:29 pm

Maybe, maybe not. there are a lot of renowned Buddhist savants in history who have put forward some pretty bad arguments -- like Sapan's argument that ants lack eyes. Just embarrassing.
Tell, what is your point in including this throwaway line? Don't be an ass.
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

To follow up... None of these teachings were absolute for Zhiyi. These are all ways to open up truth. All of it is not intended to be some sort of objective principle, but all of it is palliative. What does it really mean to say that rocks have buddhanature? Its not what people get worked up about i...
by Queequeg
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 79
Views: 1234

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

In Tiantai, the full blown mutuality between beings and their environment is brought out in Mohezhikuan. In the Indian view, the world arises from the mind. So, rocks are defined as functions of the mind. In the Tiantai view, this is biased. The mind is also a function of the rock. This can be said ...

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