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by Astus
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Do we have free will?

Could you expand on what 'other-doer' refers to? It's just "others", everyone else, other beings, other people. There's also an analysis of the sutta by Piya Tan here . I think the parallel view in Buddhism would be the idea that 'all human actions are bound by karma, nobody can act in an...
by Astus
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Do we have free will?

"I have not, brahmin, seen or heard such a doctrine, such a view as yours. How, indeed, could one — moving forward by himself, moving back by himself — say ‘There is no self-doer, there is no other-doer’?"
(Attakārī Sutta)
by Astus
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?
Replies: 24
Views: 449

Re: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?

“In that case, what is the root of bondage?” asked Drom. Atisa: “It is the grasping at self.” “What is this grasping at self?” enquired Drom. “This is something that wants all positive qualities for oneself alone and wants others alone to take on all misfortunes.” “Then please explain this in such ...
by Astus
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

but we have no choice but to have a consciousness What is that consciousness? Certainly nothing independent or unconditioned (see: Assutavā Sutta ), consequently it is impermanent, unsatisfactory, impersonal, and empty. the buddha was very clear that Nirvana is not nihilism nor is it a heaven. See ...
by Astus
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

But what is Nirvana? Is it nothingness or is it eternal life of some non-self consciousness? Or non-dualist consciousness? Trying to establish oneself in some form of consciousness is the root of suffering. Nirvana is relinquishing all that clinging. "Not even “non-existence” qualifies as nirv...
by Astus
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Madhyamaka is not a path. If you want a path, look at Mahāyāna. Then call it a method, doctrine, system, teaching, school, tradition, etc. The question is whether Madhyamaka (and Yogacara perhaps) is taken as a theoretical basis, or something that has extensive role in how the bodhisattvayana is ap...
by Astus
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Malcolm wrote:Madhyamaka is just a means of enforcing correct view.


Do you not consider it a valid path for non-conceptual wisdom?
by Astus
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Madhyamaka does not establish a basis, a path, and result. No one said they did. They accept the basis, path, and result put forward by general Mahāyāna, as witnessed by the Madhyamaka commentaries (by Vimuktisena, Haribhadra, etc.) on the Abhisamayālaṃkara. You were the one who claimed that Madhya...
by Astus
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Anonymous X wrote:Zongmi states:


That is Zongmi's take on the trisvabhava, not a teaching on tathagatagarbha.

To my mind, you must add in to the Madhyamaka equation the truth of the Tathagatagarbha to complete the picture.


Can you define what the tathagatagarbha is and why it would need to be added?
by Astus
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

This passage does not negate the convention of going. It only negates the motion of nondependent entities. As the Madhyamaka convention goes, conventions are not debated. But once conventions are analysed, there is nothing left to posit or rely on. That's why establishing things like basis, path, a...
by Astus
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Madhyamaka is strictly a critical school, and does not offer basis, path, and result that is in anyway distinct from Yogacāra. The role of Madhyamaka is to make sure that Buddhist assertions remain in line with the Buddha's teaching of emptiness and dependent origination — that's all. If one should...
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Malcolm wrote:Madhyamaka is charged with making sure it all makes sense.


How so? Madhyamaka is a complete teaching as it is, so are others as well. Even in a several vehicles setting, as in Tibetan Buddhism, Madhyamaka is used separately, not as a correction. So, I'm not sure what you're referring to here.
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

It enforces rationality with respect to conventional truth through the negation of essences. That is a very good point. :twothumbsup: On the other hand, every Buddhist tradition seems to attempt to build a rational system, beginning with Abhidharma. And compared to others, Madhyamaka does not build...
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

No, it clearly states that milk does not become butter, but there can be no butter in absence of milk: enforcing two things, homogeneity of causes and effects (i.e., butter will not come from water) and avoiding the identity issue I mentioned above. Yes, milk cannot become curd, nor can there be cu...
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

if you consider karma a convention, it does not really matter which convention you choose to use as long as it is rational, and functions conventionally. If we call karma a debt, it is just fine. I do not disagree with that. The only contention that there was was about whether using the debt metaph...
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Malcolm wrote:all that remains is the idea that I owe you some money.


What holds the idea of a karmic debt then?

With the example of milk and butter.


Could you please be more specific about the location of that section?

Yes, like a debt collector calling in a note.


What/Who is karma's debt collector?
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

Yes, like a debt. The problem with the position mentioned in the MMK and by others is the idea that there needs to be a connection between action and fruit, as it's based on a substantialist approach, something that Madhyamaka does not need to posit. A debt is something that stays around until it i...
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

So there is a True Mind? How do we access it then? There is a very simple and practical instruction: "When you are aware that all characteristics are void, it is true mind, no mindfulness. If a thought arises, be aware of it; once you are aware of it, it will disappear. The excellent gate of p...
by Astus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

I can't see how that helps your point it only appears to hurt it. Candrakirti lists four different ways others tried to solve the problem of connecting a ceased cause with a later arising effect. Among those ways he lists the concept of the unperishing dharma exemplified by the debt-contract. Then ...
by Astus
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Near-vana"....?
Replies: 167
Views: 2923

Re: "Near-vana"....?

But then his note to 17.13-14 includes ideas from the Akutobhaya and Chandrakirti which appear to support those stanzas. They are explaining the points presented by the opponent, not supporting them. Candrakirti also brings up the matter in Madhyamakavatara-bhasya 6.39 (tr Tsultrim & Jampa): &q...

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