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by Astus
Sat May 26, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach

if he can't prove his own transmissions and permissions from all of these schools are legit, should he be taken seriously at all? The question is rather why take someone seriously as a teacher. Transmissions and permissions (if and when they even exist) are representatives of a certain level of com...
by Astus
Sat May 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 492

Re: Enlightenment

shanyin wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:50 am
How do you attain enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism?
With bodhicitta and the six paramitas.

For more:

Nagarjuna's Guide to the Bodhisattva Path
Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections
Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow
Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra
Śikṣāsamuccaya
by Astus
Sun May 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 851

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

So do you think basing concepts of the Buddha from expansions of logical implications is accurate or something that should be relied on? For example, the Lotus Sutra says: Because the Dharma that the buddhas have attained is foremost, unique, and difficult to understand. No one but the buddhas can ...
by Astus
Sun May 13, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 851

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

what of the texts which speak from the perspective of the Buddha about the state of being a Buddha and other extremely high attainments? The descriptions of the paths and attainments are works based on the Buddha's words just like other parts of the Dharma. Even if they are not found in the early t...
by Astus
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Beginning
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Beginning

as a pure practitioner, how should one consume food? "And how is physical food to be regarded? Suppose a couple, husband & wife, taking meager provisions, were to travel through a desert. With them would be their only baby son, dear & appealing. Then the meager provisions of the couple going throug...
by Astus
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

Vasana wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:30 pm
*2-truths alarm bells ring*
Individual karma may ultimately be fictional but it's still conventionally functional as the ongoing flow of the Twelve Nidānas and the serial linking of the aggregates between lives.
Why ring?

"Phenomena alone flow on"
by Astus
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

I think that the major mistake you are making is in reifying the personal/subjective. You seem quite happy to point to the emptiness of everything, except yourself. You grasp at the importance of your subjective experience but do not seem to recognise that ultimately this is empty too. So far it's ...
by Astus
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

To me it seems to reconcile the points made in this thread. A Summary of Shared and Unshared Abodes there are no external objects to function as observed conditions aside from consciousness, nor are the external environment or other seemingly shared appearances anything more than the objective aspe...
by Astus
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:36 pm
Yes, this is what we mean when we say that one can have a direct perception of another's mind.
In that case, knowing other's mind is not a counter-example to all experiences being within the scope of individual karma.
by Astus
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

But now you are avoiding my question again: Of course I can. The fact that there can be mutually understood communication is a testament to that. The fact that teaching and learning can occur is a testament to that. The fact that socialisation occurs is a testament to that. Are you denying these oc...
by Astus
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

Astus, surely you know what a pratyakṣa is and what it entails. "The cognition in which there is no conceptual construction is perception." (Dignaga: Pratyaksapariccheda, in Dignaga on Perception, p 25, tr Hattori) However: "By the power of meditation the yogin can have such clear representations t...
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

an image is a representation. All perceptions of characteristics are representational. Then why do you call that a direct perception? For example, there is a story of a monk of whom devas were fond. They cast theirs mind forth one day, looking for this monk, and unable to locate him, they went to t...
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

Even if I have no grasp of mathematics, I know that two individual phenomenon make a pair. How do you know? Is that an information inherent in the perceived object, or is it rather an understanding arrived at by inference? So you believe a Buddha's mind is conditioned and thus cannot see things for...
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

can perceive the intrinsic characteristics of the conceptual image existing in the other person's mind. It does not mean they share the same "thought." That is a perception of a reflection, a copy, a simulacrum of those characteristics, in other words, a representation. Why? Simply because it is th...
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

For example: 1+1=2 REGARDLESS of your mental conditioning. Mathematical truths mean nothing to those who know nothing about mathematics, i.e. they do not exist for them. If you propose that mathematics is real, independent of minds, that might be so, but they still do not exist for those without re...
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:49 pm
The above is mistaken, and is posited on a realist perspective.
What do you mean by direct perception of others' minds then?
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

you cannot even show me what you see, what you think. Of course I can. Showing it would mean that I experience exactly the way you experience, that my visual consciousness is identical to yours, etc. The fact that there can be mutually understood communication is a testament to that. The fact that ...
by Astus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

minds can appear directly to each other without the need for some intermediary. This is what the ability to know the minds of others shows us. Thus is not an ability restricted to awakened folks. How does it work? A mind which grasps signs is something which can appear to the mind of others. It is ...
by Astus
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 139
Views: 3117

Re: Collective karma

You're skipping several steps. Going with the abhidharma model makes no difference, as the external factors are not experienced, only the resultant consciousness is what is registered at all. There the moments of sensory consciousnesses are meaningless, it is only with the processing of impressions...