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by Aemilius
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 35
Views: 942

Re: Mind transcends death

That is all very good, but science doesn't accept postmortem or before-birth consciousness. Consciousness before-birth or consciousness after-death does not exist objectively for the purposes of scientific study and observation. Those who have tried to change that have encountered fierce opposition...
by Aemilius
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 35
Views: 942

Re: Mind transcends death

Unfortunately brain research has put forward a convincing view that emotions, perceptions and commands to the organs of the body, take place in the brain. Where is the mind that is other than brain? For example, we have a small organ in the brain called Amygdala , which is responsible for emotions ...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 35
Views: 942

Re: Mind transcends death

Unfortunately brain research has put forward a convincing view that emotions, perceptions and commands to the organs of the body, take place in the brain. Where is the mind that is other than brain? For example, we have a small organ in the brain called Amygdala , which is responsible for emotions a...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"
Replies: 18
Views: 731

Re: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"

At T1962.78c27 in 淨土十疑論 Ten Doubts on the Pure Land we encounter: 有二 种缘。一 者自力。二者他力。 There are two varieties of causes: firstly, the power of the self, secondly, the power of another. [/size]So I had thought that 他力 was a largely Japanese coinage. I am wondering what other people can tell me about i...
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"
Replies: 18
Views: 731

Re: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"

According to the Buddhist view of reincarnation you are not a man or a woman (or human, animal, god, etc) permanently.
by Aemilius
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"
Replies: 18
Views: 731

Re: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"

Does this text really say there are no women in the Western Paradise? I believe the Pure Land Sutras say there are no women in Sukhavati. Women can't awaken... according to the Patriarchs... In the Perfection of Wisdom in 700 lines , at the end of the part A, it is said: "Thereupon on that occasion...
by Aemilius
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"
Replies: 18
Views: 731

Re: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"

I believe the Pure Land Sutras say there are no women in Sukhavati. Women can't awaken... according to the Patriarchs... The so called three PL sutras do not say such a thing. See this topic on the issue: Women in Pure Land . On the other hand, there are older versions of the Larger Sutra where the...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2726
Views: 252466

Re: Music time

by Aemilius
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Five Fingers, Five Fleas.
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: Five Fingers, Five Fleas.

by Aemilius
Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 924

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

I see it as natural and straightforward. You are merely attached to your body, to yourself as a human, and to the present era. It helps very much if you meditate on the past aeons, epochs and eras that have been on planet earth, that you have existed during those time periods in some form, as somek...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 924

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

Yes but you believe in ET’s visiting Earth and that some people can time travel, so I will take your views on anything at all with a large handful of salt. Serious researchers say that the situation is that there is mountains of evidence of visitors to Earth from somewhere else, but the general pub...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 924

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

I see it as natural and straightforward. You are merely attached to your body, to yourself as a human, and to the present era. It helps very much if you meditate on the past aeons, epochs and eras that have been on planet earth, that you have existed during those time periods in some form, as someki...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body
Replies: 34
Views: 697

Re: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body

There are things that are secret through the nature of reality. This means that you are ignorant about certain things or aspects of reality, before you learn about them. For example, you learn new things, that you didn't know before, when you practice the five, eight or ten etc.. precepts. You learn...
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Lampoon of the Comic Messiah John Cleese
Replies: 2
Views: 147

A Lampoon of the Comic Messiah John Cleese

"It is quite clearly a lampoon of the comic messiah John Cleese himself, even the intials are the same J C, "

by Aemilius
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body
Replies: 34
Views: 697

Re: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body

Anyway my point is, by default, in practice, not everyone is taught everything. We are in agreement on that. What I intended to prove is that such a limit is not on the side of the teacher or the teaching, but the listener's temporary situation, hence no esoteric aspects to talk of. How about the "...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body
Replies: 34
Views: 697

Re: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body

Metabolism is implicit, is what I am saying. It hasn't been made clear and explicit in the passage above or in the passage about the four elements. How else could the body depend on the elements, be composed of the elements, or dissolve into the elements, than through metabolism? It's an instructio...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body
Replies: 34
Views: 697

Re: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body

"Or he remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to the body, on the phenomenon of passing away with regard to the body, etc..." Metabolism is implicit, is what I am saying. It hasn't been made clear and explicit in the passage above or in the passage about the four elements. How ...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body
Replies: 34
Views: 697

Re: Origination and dissolution phenomena in the body

That is mostly from a later period of Dharma. Early ideas of Buddhist medical knowledge are found in Buddhism and Medicine; An Anthology of Premodern Sources, editor C. Pierce Salguero https://www.academia.edu/34898514/Buddh ... rn_Sources
by Aemilius
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off

We are programmed to constantly crave and seek food, sex,etc. Buddha identified suffering is due to desire....which is ingrain in our very human nature. Humans, under normal conditions, have the freedom to choose whether to act or not, whether to pursue an impulse or not, therefore it is not valid ...
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

Nagas belong to the eight classes of nonhuman beings that are usually present in the event of teaching the Mahayana sutras. Eight kinds of nonhuman beings [八部衆](jpn hachibu-shu): Also, eight kinds of beings or eight kinds of guardians. Beings referred to in Buddhist scriptures as protectors of Buddh...

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