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by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:11 pm
Nope, your patronizing attitude was clear from the start.
Pot, meet kettle.
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

However, this passage cannot be used to support the contention, "a rock is suchness." This is merely a statement on unified śamatha and vipaśyāna. I never made that claim. Please stop doing that. Talk about bad faith. You throw these ad homs around, but your lack of self awareness is glaring. Then ...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

"Whatever is made to be the object [of contemplation], it is the Middle; there is nothing that is not truly real [ultimate]." -Mohezhikuan By the way, there is no middle, asserting a middle is a mistaken conclusion. LOL. Really, you don't know what you are talking about at this point when it comes ...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

When one take ultimate reality as one's contemplation, of course there is nothing that is not ultimate in that contemplation. That contemplation itself is focused upon the ultimate. Such sentiments as this are simply not controversial at all in Indian Buddhism, etc. LOL. You're the one arguing with...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 628

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:25 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:37 pm
None of us wants that.
Speak for yourself!
I underestimated you.
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 628

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Given that Washington has proven to be a bunch of thumb twiddlers, the most significant action would be on K street where the lobbyists would game plan on how to play this. We'd have a bunch of yelling and screaming on CNN until it was shut down. People would freak for a little while, but when the s...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

A rock or a stone, or whatever you want to call a mineral composite does not have buddhanature because it is not the function of a rock to attain buddhahood since a rock has no mind and is not sentient. A sentient being has a mind, and so is capable of the function of attaining buddhahood, not beca...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

And as I pointed out, prior to you making your identity proposition, it is conventionally acceptable to do so. But it is not conventionally acceptable to assert the identity proposition "A rock is suchness." It's like saying, "the relative is ultimate." This may be a point of impasse. "Whatever is ...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 628

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

But, Greg, your recommendation is to tear it all down and start from scratch. None of us wants that. They tried that in Cambodia, USSR, China. They left big bloody skid marks across history.

Not that its actually even possible to take steps back. That would mean time travel is perfected.
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

In the realm of convention Sigh. This is what I've been saying all along. You can invoke convention, but no one else can. Got it. An example of a convention is something which is functional in the world. Arguments which do not stand up to convention are false arguments. Claiming that a rock has bud...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Your statement suffers from the problem of not distinguishing dharmin and dharmatā. While one cannot claim that dharmin and dharmatā, in this case a rock and its suchness, are absolutely different, neither can one claim they are identical. And your statement suffered from distinguishing them. Howev...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

Start with the source material: The BoE appear in the Lotus Sutra in the 15th Chapter. In the previous chapter, the Buddha describes the practice of the Lotus Sutra. At the opening of the 15th Chapter, the cosmic bodhisattvas, meaning bodhisattvas such as Maitreya, Manjusri, Avalokitesvara, etc., as...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:31 pm
In the realm of convention
Sigh. This is what I've been saying all along. You can invoke convention, but no one else can. Got it.
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 628

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

No, democracy became achievable in Australia as a result of the realization of Australians that the Aboriginal people really had been oppressed with the concomitant will to create a fair society. This basically happened more or less during the Sidney Games in 2000... In the US we have the resumptio...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Here, we're talking about two broad and deep Buddhist traditions that broke off and evolved separately in response to the needs of different groups of people who speak different languages and have different cultures. Insisting a word can have only have one meaning in this context evinces a lack of ...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Rocks can be emanations of Buddha but rocks do not possess Buddha nature because they do not possess minds, thus they cannot be enlightened. What is the difference between an emanation and its source? The sun and its rays. The rays depend on the sun, the sun does not depend on its rays. This posits...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 628

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Crazywisdom wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:27 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:32 pm
Crazywisdom wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:20 pm
it’s just seniority AFAIK
That's how palace intrigue and fratricide starts.
I don’t think the Sangha is free from that, but has worked ok for some time.
Would the philosopher king come from the ranks of the Sangha?
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 134
Views: 2057

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Rocks can be emanations of Buddha but rocks do not possess Buddha nature because they do not possess minds, thus they cannot be enlightened. What is the difference between an emanation and its source? That sounds arbitrary and contrived, unless we're positing a source, and that doesn't work. In any...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 628

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:20 pm
it’s just seniority AFAIK
That's how palace intrigue and fratricide starts.
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 313

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

At the liquor store stocking up on essentials when I found this in the Water of Life section. Cost too much but reminded me of this thread. https://cdn.theliquorstore.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/402x536/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/8/5/high_west_whiskey_bourye_limited_sighting_750ml....

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