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by Aemilius
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1041

Re: What is magic?

Vimalakirti nirdesa sutra says toward the end of chapter one that it is not the fault of the sun and moon that those blind from birth do not see them. The question was why some people do not see the purity of the pureland. You are free to be without watches or clocks or other inventions that exist f...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1041

Re: What is magic?

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Om mani padme hum Kathy That is on the right track, I'd say. There is no outer world that is independent of the perceiver. This is said in Buddhist scriptures, and yet many Buddhists believe very strongly that...
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2628
Views: 232500

Re: Music time

animal/dog creativity

by Aemilius
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

In Sravakayana as well as in Mahayana there is the teaching of 62 (wrong) views. A realized person should be free from views, or from wrong views, (depending on tradition and interpretation of this teaching). In this teaching it is a wrong view to think that matter or form exists, or does not exist,...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

On planet Earth, the animal realm was evolving for millions of years before there was a human realm. But, let's break that down, because there's no sudden cross-over. It was a slow process. So, you have to define what you mean, because biologically speaking, humans are animals. We are primates. You...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

Do you accept that animals reincarnate? Like dogs, foxes, volwes, etc.. ? In the wheel of life there is the animal kingdom, which is produced by the conditioned arising, i.e. the twelve links of becoming, like the other realms of becoming are produced. If a rebirth taking consciousness has to choose...
by Aemilius
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

What is Buddhism's stance on Evolution and the Big Bang? Can a Buddhist accept those two as scientific fact? Buddhist cosmology does not posit a beginning or end. (See about Samantabhadra) Although that is true, it gives a wrong impression. Sutras and Abhidharma say that the world doesn't remain th...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: from London to India by train
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: from London to India by train

Yes, and some have rowed over the Atlantic, and some have rowed from Africa to Australia or Indonesia, etc..
An ocean rowing company https://www.rannochadventure.com/
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: from London to India by train
Replies: 4
Views: 260

from London to India by train

Seems like an interesting possibility, don't you think ? https://www.seat61.com/India-overland.htm

And the Silk Route by train https://www.seat61.com/SilkRoute.htm

I haven't flown since 1981. There are trains and busses and your thumb, which is the worst scenario.
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

These topics have been discussed before, quite extensively, here in DhW. Big bang is in a way mentioned in the sutras, in the the Mahavastu or in the Agganna sutta it is said that the world expands and then the world contracts, or dissolves (in an other translation). If you study the conditioned ari...
by Aemilius
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 1714

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

In Leo Pruden's english translation of the Abhidharmakosha part four, index section, page 1383 there is the term antarabhava (intermediate existence), it is found in 23 places in the Abhidharmakosha-bhashyam.
by Aemilius
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 1714

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Here is a link to the site of Sravasti Dhammika concerning the topic of the In-between state https://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=188
by Aemilius
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 1714

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

That is a different thing, the rebirth connecting consciousness. The bhavanga consciousness which is usually equated with the Alaya-consciousness is in sanskrit bhava-agra, the peak of existence. There is also a word for the antarabhava or bardo in the Sravakayana literature. It is explained in Srav...
by Aemilius
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 1714

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

No, he didn't draw that conclusion, but that is fairly obvious, I think. The rest is from him, including for example the comparision with reptilian brains. In away he said that, because the after life necessarily includes the in-between state. So it has been implied by him, the Sravakayana Abhidharm...
by Aemilius
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 1714

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Ajahn Brahmavamso tells a story of a boy with no brain who was studying mathematics in a university, when this was found out. There is a name of a professor connected to this story. And according to Brahmavamso there is also an older case of a man with no brain that was found dead in the trenches du...
by Aemilius
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1041

Re: What is magic?

There is a nice levitation here at 3min 56s. Performed by an english magician called Dynamo. In Kevaddha Sutta Buddha says that belief in miracles doesn't amount much at all, and that the only real miracle is when someone's mind changes from an evil path onto a good path, onto a virtuous path. The m...
by Aemilius
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit Lexicon
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Sanskrit Lexicon

There is the Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon which is well known, it is vast, it contains the old material from the sanskrit lexicons produced in 1800's, that are still held in high esteem.
https://sanskritlibrary.org/cologne.html
by Aemilius
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 15
Views: 497

Re: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?

I am curious to why are you conflicted? I probably shouldn't say... :emb: But I'll say it. To put it politely, the text doesn't seem to teach very much other than how great the text itself is. Admittedly, I haven't read all of it. Maybe I wasn't patient enough. I had same kind of first reaction to ...
by Aemilius
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Missing Cat
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: Missing Cat

Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum

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