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by Aemilius
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

I think that the short formula of dependent arising "This being, that becomes; from the arising of this, that arises. This not being, that does not become; this not arising, that does not arise" means that all phenomena arise and cease dependent on causes (and conditions). Sociology is a way of sein...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1446

Re: What would you buy?

There are some interesting rings (that you put in your finger) with the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom ingraved. There are even Diamond Sutra rings, but I don't understand how they can get it all into a small ring? https://www.mundobuda.com/en/tienda/anillo-dorado-con-sutra-del-diamante/ The rin...
by Aemilius
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1446

Re: What would you buy?

There are some interesting rings (that you put in your finger) with the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom ingraved. There are even Diamond Sutra rings, but I don't understand how they can get it all into a small ring?

https://www.mundobuda.com/en/tienda/ani ... -diamante/
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Words are never the same, each person pronounces words differently. Words are written differently. Styles of writing change. Inks, colours, pencils and paper change. Words written on paper are different from words spoken. Words in a computer memory are different from words spoken. Words spoken in t...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Maybe meaningless in european philosophy, but sound as Shabda is intimately liked to the indian theory of sacred sounds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabda Lankavatra sutra, transl. of D.T. Suzuki, Chapter two XLII & XLIII: " XLII Further, Mahamati said: Blessed One, is it not because of the reali...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

According to the Lankavatara sutra it is ignorance that holds sound (shabda) to be eternal. Nevertheless we find a similar thing (as mantras and the theory behind them) in the Sravakayana (and Mahayana) canons also. There is the question of the authority of certain miracle working sutras/suttas, thi...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

You probably have forgotten the process how, as an infant, you learned the language of the surrounding world. At first it was new and strange to you. But then you started to find out what the words stood for. This took you many years. Gradually your view of the world also hardened. In the beginning...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

You probably have forgotten the process how, as an infant, you learned the language of the surrounding world. At first it was new and strange to you. But then you started to find out what the words stood for. This took you many years. Gradually your view of the world also hardened. In the beginning ...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Some people say you practice to achieve the same rank as the guru. No. You aren’t promoted to a certain state. You have to become inseparable. Effects. An example is been given about sitting safe on the beach, knowing about the ocean. If the methods do not help us to purify perception, then we must...
by Aemilius
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?

In truth there were more than 10 different Sravakayana scools active in India. They had their own tripitakas. One of the larger ones was the Sarvastivada school. Some of the sutras used by the Sarvastivada school have been preserved, either in sanskrit or as a Chinese translation. A Sarvastivada sut...
by Aemilius
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?

To begin with, and for about 500 years, all the teachings of the Shakyamuni were oral, i.e. spoken and memorized. Written sutras appeared only later, much later. You can draw your own conclusions what the teachings were possibly like in the early stages Buddhism.
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

You also need to define all the words and concepts used in all the teachings, see...Like for example what is "view", what is "right view", ... what is "liberation", what is "right liberation", etc... That's already been done by the Buddha and numerous disciples in the sutras, treatises, and the com...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Whether a path or teaching is authentic can be discerned from the fruits it produces. You still need to define authentic fruits. And then, as a simple matter of causality, there are a limited number of causes that can bring about the desired effect. You also need to define all the words and concept...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Burton Watson translation of the Lotus Sutra, Perceiver of the World's Sounds chapter, on page 301: "Good man, if there are living beings in the land who need someone in the body of a Buddha in order to be saved, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds immediately manifests himself in a Buddha b...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Thanks! That is not as simple as it may seem. Words have no absolute existence, meaning of the Dharma is often very elusive. Thus it is impossible to say that "here is Dharma", and "there is no Dharma" with absolute certainty. Dharma exists in communication, in experience. As is pointed to by the Go...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: What is Dharma?

Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to contentment; to entanglement, not to seclusion; to laziness, n...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting New Yorker Article on Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: Interesting New Yorker Article on Buddhism

It seems to be connected to the "Out of Eden" around the globe walk that is supported by National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/out-of-eden-walk/#section-0 There have been several attempts and also succesful walks around the globe, in 1800's and 1900' s, of which I have rea...
by Aemilius
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bacteriological study of the river Ganges
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Bacteriological study of the river Ganges

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8157311
A slightly dated study, but according to the Youtube interview of an indian activist the state of the 'holy river' hasn't improved a bit.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution_of_the_Ganges
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

What is Dharma?

What is Dharma and what is not should be evident from its effects. Thus says the Bhagavan Shakyamuni. It is not a thing decided by some auhority or by another authority.
See the Gotami sutta https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html

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