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by Aemilius
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 29
Views: 830

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

So you are saying that the links are seen by thinking about what is being observed, i.e. conceptual thought. In my understanding this is not the case, they are seen as they arise and pass away one after the other without conceptualising. You do begin to see them in the base of infinite consciousnes...
by Aemilius
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 29
Views: 830

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

It has been pointed out that you cannot stay in the fourth arupa dhyana and see dependent origination, because the higher dhyanas are highly non-conceptual ! Therefore the actual insight meditation occurs in the lower dhyanas. (see for example Henepola Gunaratana in his The Jhanas...) So you are sa...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha on Governants, Politicians and Military forces
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Buddha on Governants, Politicians and Military forces

The article of Matthew J. Moore is too long. I read it through anyway. I don't agree with him in everything he says. Buddhist India by T. W. Rhys Davids gives a comprehensive look at the political, economic and social situation in India at the time of Buddha.
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Speed of Dark
Replies: 0
Views: 64

The Speed of Dark

Contains interesting new words like Agnotology, Study of ignorance.

by Aemilius
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Ancient Memory Tradition
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: the Ancient Memory Tradition

There is nothing ancient, mysterious, or mystical about memorisation. Every day you navigate countless geographical spaces, experiences and encounters on the basis of memory alone. Another example is actors/actresses, especially in live theater. I once saw a play where a woman (the only actor in th...
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Ancient Memory Tradition
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: the Ancient Memory Tradition

I have read that the invention of paper and printing occurred much earlier in China (than in Europe). Books became cheaper and easily available including the sutras, and thus the need for memorizing disappeared much earlier in China and the neighboring countries. This happened from 700's onward. Nev...
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Ancient Memory Tradition
Replies: 10
Views: 229

the Ancient Memory Tradition

The ancient memory tradition (Improving Your Memory For Dummies® by John B. Arden, Ph.D.) "Well before Gutenberg developed his printing press and the written word was widely available, many of the great thinkers in history praised memory as a window to the divine and a means of absorbing wisdom. Pr...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 29
Views: 830

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

But isn’t the achievement of at least SOME level of dhyana more or less a necessary prerequisite to attain such lofty levels of realization? If I am not wrong, siddhis can be attained with meditation in the fourth dhyāna. In which case, no realisation necessarily occurs, although one has, for a tim...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 29
Views: 830

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

The siddhis depend on the attainment of dhyanas. It is possible that some people understand the nature of
reality with minimal attainment of dhyanas.
You can attain the dhyanas without attaining the wisdom of seeing the true nature of existence.
Does this make sense to You?
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha on Governants, Politicians and Military forces
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Buddha on Governants, Politicians and Military forces

P o l i t i ca l T h e o ry i n C a n o n i ca l B u d d h i s m; Matthew J. Moore department of Political science, Cal Poly State University, "second, in my summary above i suggest a reading that synthesizes what are os­tensibly different and possibly conflicting theories of the origin of legitimat...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha on Governants, Politicians and Military forces
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Buddha on Governants, Politicians and Military forces

from Guide To Buddhism A To Z: WAR War (rana or yuddha) is a situation where two or more groups or countries engage in armed conflict with each other over an extended period. As war grows out of fear, greed or hatred, and always involves killing, Buddhism considers it to be against the first Precep...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: the name of the sutra?
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: the name of the sutra?

They are also found in Mahayana-sutra-alankara, The Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature The Bodhisattva bhumi (of Asanga), The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment and Dharma samgraha, An Ancient Collection of Buddhist Technical Terms according to Har Dayal (in The Bodhisattva Doctrine i...
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

Incidentally, Buddha Shakyamuni uses the word "I", when telling about his spiritual career in the Ariya pariyesana sutta. According to you he would be quilty of grasping at a "self" or an "I". "I, too, monks, before my Awakening, when I was an unawakened bodhisatta, being subject myself to birth, so...
by Aemilius
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: the name of the sutra?
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: the name of the sutra?

The teaching of three kinds of wisdom is found in Abhidharma commentaries "Abhidharma commentaries relate that there are three types of paññā (prajña): Learned paññā (Pāli: suta-maya-paññā), or knowledge or wisdom that is acquired from books or listening to others. Reflective paññā (Pāli: cinta-maya...
by Aemilius
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

During your early (and later) life you learn what the different things in your surroundings are called and what they are. This varies very much in different parts of the world. Thus based on your past learning, when you see a police standing in the corner you will automatically perceive a policeman....
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mother sentient beings
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: Mother sentient beings

Mata Sutta: Mothe r SN 15.14-19 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: "From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Karma in the animal realm?
Replies: 30
Views: 1648

Re: Karma in the animal realm?

Different kinds of beings experience the antarabhava, the in-between state; it is s state when a being of the class x has ceased (as a being of the class x), and has not yet become a being of the class y.
by Aemilius
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3131
Views: 344625

Re: Music time

The Swedish Radio Choir sings in the main reactor hall of a nuclear powerplant

https://www.svtplay.se/video/19797956/r ... start=auto
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3131
Views: 344625

Re: Music time

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