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by joda
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Sure, you are reducing the whole spectrum of all the complex problems of the world to the problem of rebirth. Makes sense - if you believe in it. Not really. Rebirth doesn't even have to be mentioned when considering the causes of suffering. Whether or not we are reborn we suffer in the here and no...
by joda
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

First it's important to define Pure Land practice - you recite the name AND you visualize, not only the Pure Land, but the qualities of the Buddha of Infinite Light (a Tathagata). Mantra recitation is a very well established form of single-pointed meditation. The foundations of PureLand appear in M...
by joda
Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

But to respond to a few of your comments, No, the Pali literature does not threaten my understanding, or 'destroy the basis' of my practice. Dunno why youre so fed up with Pali literature. I'm not really speaking about Pali literature nor am I saying that the Pali texts are right and the later sutr...
by joda
Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Its not actually complex at all when you look at what is really happening. Suffering is caused by attachment, attachment is caused by grasping, grasping is caused by desire, and desire is caused by ignorance. When we are ignorant of our Buddha nature we reach out for samsaric things in the hopes th...
by joda
Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Porkchop wrote: (..)
You react to an accusation I never made. Also someone who talks of a Theravada-Mahayana split has no clue anyways.
by joda
Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Wanting presupposes an object, which is something you dont perceive anymore when youre realized. ...... everyone has Buddhanature but still needs to first beleive in Buddhism to become a Buddha. ...... In the days the Mahayana formed in the minds of lay people and monks the Buddha turned from a asc...
by joda
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Kshanabhangavada - The theory of momentariness
Replies: 7
Views: 1707

Re: Kshanabhangavada - The theory of momentariness

Here is the critique from one of the Jaina texts: Buddhist: This World is made up of Five Skandhas. These Five Skandhas arise and fall momentarily. The World is also like that, is in a state for Momenatiriness, it is in a false state. It changes every moment. Jain: Yes. This is your Kshanabhangavad...
by joda
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

nobody said to get rid of wanting, whether subtle or obvious. The point is to let go of attachment to wanting, or thinking that the temporary things one wants will bring satisfaction. Wanting presupposes an object, which is something you dont perceive anymore when youre realized. Additionally an Ar...
by joda
Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

:hi: If you translate "dukkha" to refer only to states of perceivable mental anguish, then you are right. That would be silly. But Dukkha does not mean simply this. Dukkha refers to the constant state of unsatisfactoriness generated by the mind, even on a very subtle level. For example, you and I bo...
by joda
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

You can test this out any time quite easily and see for yourself the truth in it. But I cant, since I cant have perfect cessation of suffering at any time. While you cannot test out the perfect cessation of suffering, what I was referring to, specifically, was that you can test out the theory that ...
by joda
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Joda, I actually don't think anything you are opining is off topic. In many respects, you are standing in as a surrogate for the type of person the OP was looking for help in having a discussion/debate with. I'm observing that you make a number of arguments, but tend to conflate them, such that the...
by joda
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Citation of texts style question
Replies: 13
Views: 1976

Re: Citation of texts style question

Huifeng wrote: (..)
The most fluent reading experience is granted when you have what the reader knows as the first name imo. So it depends on which audience youre writing for. So either 1 or 2.
by joda
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

I'm not sure what you mean by "metaphysical entity". You mean like God? That's silly. Well you said Buddha would all times want to help beings reach enlightenment. That does imply Buddha is a conscious entity which has intention which has a body and which interacts with the world. In other words, y...
by joda
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Hi, joda! Thanks for reading and replying :) I think this is all very interesting. Im actually feeling a bit bad about it, I dont want to cause too much stir :stirthepot: I had the Mahayana sense in mind as well, and I still don't see how someone with a mind like a flame guttering in the wind can e...
by joda
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Buddha doesn't talk about enlightenment. Buddha talks about the perfect cessation of suffering. Enlightenment is another word for the destruction of the three poisons, nirodha of the 5 khandas and connected with that the cessation of dukkha in the form of the arising of post-mortem sequences of cit...
by joda
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Authorship of Mahāprājñāpāramitôpadeśa
Replies: 17
Views: 2387

Re: Authorship of Mahāprājñāpāramitôpadeśa

Thanks Hui Feng and Michael_Dorfmann.
Havent read Nagarjuniana yet.
by joda
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Authorship of Mahāprājñāpāramitôpadeśa
Replies: 17
Views: 2387

Re: Authorship of Mahāprājñāpāramitôpadeśa

Yea Ive read that a while ago, very good book :smile:
by joda
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Authorship of Mahāprājñāpāramitôpadeśa
Replies: 17
Views: 2387

Re: Authorship of Mahāprājñāpāramitôpadeśa

:offtopic:
Is there any summary btw which explains which texts are now surely attributeable to him?
I remember it being three, Ratnavali, MMK and something else I forgot now. Would be interesting to see the argumentation, too though.
by joda
Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

:hi: Hi Joda :smile: A lot of the discussion may come down to which Buddhism one considers normative. I suppose you could think of a spectrum - on one end, you have a retreating practitioner who only very reluctantly shares dharma. At the other, you have an inspired bodhisattva compulsively sharing ...
by joda
Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11426

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

First, my personal evidence is anecdotal. I was suffering greatly from depression and suicidal thoughts. Other religions provided zero relief. I tried some of the Buddha's suggestions for the specific ailments. They worked, to my astonishment and delight. The Buddha became like a good friend who he...