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by Aemilius
Mon May 25, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Origin of Vajracchedika Prajna Paramida Sutra
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Origin of Vajracchedika Prajna Paramida Sutra

You asked the same question in January 2020, are you not happy with the answers that you got then?
by Aemilius
Mon May 25, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Donden Chojin Assoc. Life Release for HH Karmapa
Replies: 5
Views: 780

Re: Donden Chojin Assoc. Life Release for HH Karmapa

Today's world is so much more complex than the world at the time of Buddha, I don't think that life release works anymore the way these people imagine it would. These days you destroy life by polluting the oceans with millions of tons of plastic garbage, by making motorways that destroy the ancient ...
by Aemilius
Fri May 22, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyungne
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: Nyungne

has anyone here done 8 consecutive Nyungnes? What was it like? Do yiu have any advice? :namaste: I did once, many years ago. It was a very powerful experience. Many get physical and mental problems on the days you don't eat and drink. But it will pass when you eat the next day. Drink a lot when you...
by Aemilius
Thu May 21, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2235

Re: Nihilistic view

Which masters taught at what time in history of Buddhism about the nihilistic point of view? In a way that the explanations of other masters were called nihilistic? Is the chittamatra school called nihilistic by madhyamaka school? Chandrakirti writes about Yogachara in Chapter Six of Madhyamaka Ava...
by Aemilius
Wed May 20, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Re: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra

The sanskrit form is Om Mani Padme Hum Padme? You mean like Luke Skywalker’s mother? Padma is a first name India. A woman's name usually. The ending -e makes it a vocative form or declension of the word. Properly it should be Padma as a name, I would guess. पाद्म adj. pAdma relating to or treating ...
by Aemilius
Tue May 19, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 142
Views: 2235

Re: Nihilistic view

The views of six śramaṇa schools in India at the time of Buddha Gautama, as represented in the Pāli Canon Pūraṇa Kassapa Amoralism: denies any reward or punishment for either good or bad deeds. Makkhali Gośāla (Ājīvika) Niyativāda (Fatalism): we are powerless; suffering is pre-destined. Ajita Kesak...
by Aemilius
Mon May 18, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1179

Re: All life is suffering

It is not true to all 3 or more yanas. There is a profound difference, if you intend to work in the manifested world for thousands of kalpas. Nirvana does not exist somewhere outside of the manifested world. Mahayana has different views about it, like "nirvana is that nothing arises or ceases (esse...
by Aemilius
Sun May 17, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1179

Re: All life is suffering

The point is that duhkha or suffering doesn't describe the world or history in a useful or beneficial way. To the contrary. It describes it perfectly and without exception. (Countries) are very often in conflict with each other. It is the normal state of affairs in the evolution of species on this ...
by Aemilius
Sun May 17, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1179

Re: All life is suffering

The point is that duhkha or suffering doesn't describe the world or history in a useful or beneficial way. Peoples, countries, states and populations exist. They are very often in conflict with each other. It is the normal state of affairs in the evolution of species on this planet. Maybe the Mahaya...
by Aemilius
Sun May 17, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1179

Re: All life is suffering

And yet, this very framing of experience as "suffering" does not survive all tests. It fails the test of objective reality for example as it does not describe all of our experiences all of the time Actually it does. Obviously physical or emotional suffering is self-evident. But beyond that each sta...
by Aemilius
Sun May 17, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No Desire = No Expectations = No Disappointments?
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: No Desire = No Expectations = No Disappointments?

There are two (or more than two) kinds of desire: Kama-chanda, desire of sense objects, and dharma-chanda, desire of Dharma. Chanda here means desire to act, that is to perform an action or achieve some result. This kind of desire must be distinguished from desire in the reprehensible sense, that is...
by Aemilius
Sun May 17, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: How does offering music work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: How does offering music work?

:buddha1: When one offers music via playing a bell, drumming, singing, gongs, bowls, horns, flutes, strings, etc. how does one offer it? Offer the instrument and visualize it resonating divine sounds? Play the instrument and recite mantras while doing so (or recite the mantras before or after playin...
by Aemilius
Thu May 14, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 3928

Re: Renewable Energy

It's getting ridiculous how many people claim to understand how solar is perfect yet they have never done it. I did it for years. It doesn't work for transport or heating. Physics doesn't care about your politics. If it's so easy DO IT. If not stop pontificating. Most houses in my area are heated b...
by Aemilius
Wed May 13, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 3928

Re: Renewable Energy

You can, actually. So long as you get more energy out of the solar and wind power plants than you would have gotten from the fossil fuels used in making them, you end up making an energy "profit". And we do. Further down the track, we're building solar and wind power plants using solar and wind ene...
by Aemilius
Wed May 13, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1179

Re: All life is suffering

Uposattha sutta (Ud 5.5 PTS: Ud 51) (6) "Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this Dhamma and Discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation. This is the sixth wonderful and marvellous quality in this Dhamma and Discipline, seeing which bhikkhus delight in this Dhamm...
by Aemilius
Wed May 13, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Language
Topic: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Re: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra

The sanskrit form is Om Mani Padme Hum
by Aemilius
Tue May 12, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 3928

Re: Renewable Energy

Is there "renewable energy" in the universe? What would it be? Most forms of energy on planet Earth are derived from the sunlight. Sun's radiation of light is derived from the conversion of matter into energy. Atoms and electrons have energy. Energy levels inside an atom are the specific energies th...
by Aemilius
Mon May 11, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 3928

Re: Renewable Energy

Oil that fries your burger can run your car PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - After a good meal, how about asking the head waiter if you can take the waste grease from the kitchen to fuel your car? In the search for sustainable and non-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, a small band of ecologically min...
by Aemilius
Mon May 11, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 3928

Re: Renewable Energy

If we can just turn the whole world into a happy Kibbutz! That would be great. I won't hold my breath, and instead, I'll just hold my nose and hope this thing holds together. That's about the only place (kibbutzim) where a pure socialist society worked and because it was on a small scale. And even ...
by Aemilius
Sun May 10, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vesak 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 584

Re: Vesak 2020

John Powers writes in The Buddhist World about Buddhist festivals of the classical era in India, seen by the Chinese pilgrims: "The buddhist calendar also regularly schedules the eighth lunar day (ashtami) of each fortnight for rituals. In the classical period, ashtami is also called "fasting day" ...

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