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by Astus
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Becoming a Buddhist Scholar
Replies: 30
Views: 395

Re: Becoming a Buddhist Scholar

How does one becomes a Buddhist scholar? How to get started? Where to study? How to do it if one doesn't have any money? If by scholar you mean an academic person, some answers have been provided, but there is no need to focus on US universities, there are several options in Europe and Asia as well...
by Astus
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

SunWuKong wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:51 pm
But that's not to say others have not been harmed in the process.
Whatever pain or pleasure one experiences, they are the products of one's actions. That includes those inflicted on oneself by others.
by Astus
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

I was speaking about harmfulness and harming, which you seem to deny, even though it's one of the 5 precepts. The subject is action and effect. The Buddhist view is that everybody experiences the effects of one's own actions. You seem to claim that one can experience the fruits of others' deeds, a ...
by Astus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

People do commit evils and others do suffer as a result, correct? Freedom from suffering means one might receive the result, but they are already gone beyond... Blaming others for one's problems, like waiting for others to fix one's problems, results in passivity and negates the point of practising...
by Astus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

The karma from "your" past and "your" present affects more than just you, it affects everyone. That would mean if one commits something evil, another will suffer the consequences of that act, in which case it's impossible to be free from suffering, since one is not responsible to what is experienced.
by Astus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

That they’re not eternal. Faith in the Triple Jewel is quite specific. The standard script for their recollection (anussati) and praise (vandana) (SN 55.1, tr Bodhi; cf Dhvajāgrasūtra as what's used in MPPS ch 36 by Nagarjuna): "Here, bhikkhus, the noble disciple possesses confirmed confidence in t...
by Astus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Wayfarer wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:43 am
I have to confess I am rather uncomfortable with that claim.
What part? Faith in the Triple Jewel, or that they're not eternal? And why?
by Astus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Isn't focusing on what is unchanging what one does in practicing faith? One puts faith in the Triple Jewel, however, those are not permanent. There are unconditioned dharmas (the number depends on the system), but having faith in them might be a bit strange (e.g. faith in space). So, one should rel...
by Astus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

My point being that the DW dismissiveness of religious faith and external divinity in Vajrayana should not go unchallenged. This is not about having issues with faith and various beings. One can receive blessings because of one's faith and devotion, that is why the level of purity of the object one...
by Astus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

the same conditions will always give rise to the same effects. However, conditions change, hence effects change. Furthermore, the lute simile is used for the entire set of nama-rupa, and there is nothing beyond nama-rupa. This absence of a substratum beyond nama-rupa is one of the key points of the...
by Astus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

smcj wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:31 am
Both citations are fully supportive of receiving blessings.
Sure, receiving blessings is one of the primary methods in Vajrayana. The point is, however, that blessings do not come from an external source.
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

lack of any sort of alayavijnana that can carry karmic seeds. Rather, the mind was simply a series of states of consciousness. The idea of seeds (bija) is a Sautrantika one, while the alayavijnana (not identical to bhavanga-citta) is a Yogacara concept. Other schools had other explanations. Pa-Auk ...
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

I think it’s pertinent to this thread. How so? It is a practice. Furthermore, it is a practice about realising that the actual nature of one's mind is pure. It is not a new idea either. See for instance: 'In meditating on one's mind, there is no mind one can seize, except the mind that comes from o...
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

Extinction of Karma is the point of practice in Theravada. Extinction of greed, anger, and ignorance is the point of any Buddhist path. Removing all past karma, that is a sort of Jain idea, and not a Buddhist one. AFAIK in Theravada, you cannot have something like Vajrasattva-style purification, wh...
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

“Blessings” are what alters karma. Blessing is a consequence of faith, it is not an external magical power changing people's karma, but a product of one's own devotion. 'The compassion and blessings of the Three Jewels are inconceivable, but nevertheless their ability to reach into us depends entir...
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

Brunelleschi wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:09 pm
Transformation of the seed of karma is not a thing in Theravadan Buddhism?
Not so. See e.g.: Lonaphala Sutta

There is no real difference between Buddhist schools regarding karma, only about how the functioning of karma is explained.
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

How is that reconciled with the Pure Land principle that the recitation of the Nembutsu is all that is required for rebirth in Sukhavati regardless of one’s acts? Not even recitation is required according to some, only faith and vows. However, faith and vows are the individual's action (karma) to a...
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1029

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the concept of karma as something strictly individual. Karma is strictly individual in Mahayana as well. 'The third point is [ownership — the fact] that actions determine your personal lot. The consequences of the actions that s...

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