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by Aemilius
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 13
Views: 259

Re: Early Madhyamaka

Without a foundation in the conventional truth, The significance of the ultimate cannot be taught. With understanding the significance of the ultimate, Liberation is not achieved... There is a mistake, it should be : "Without understanding the significance of the ultimate, liberation is not achieve...
by Aemilius
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 13
Views: 259

Re: Early Madhyamaka

Two truths exist even in the Sravakayana: Pali Canon In the Pali canon, the distinction is not made between a lower truth and a higher truth, but rather between two kinds of expressions of the same truth, which must be interpreted differently. Thus a phrase or passage, or a whole sutta, might be cla...
by Aemilius
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Looking for some Zen (Chan) lectures
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Looking for some Zen (Chan) lectures

Zen prefers "direct transmission" over intellectual knowledge. You can listen to or read their Teishos, for ex. http://www.thezensite.com/MainPages/com ... ishos.html
by Aemilius
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Nagarjuna teach 'post-mortem rebirth'?
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Did Nagarjuna teach 'post-mortem rebirth'?

Verses from the Center Sanskrit: Mula madhyamaka karika. Tibetan: dBu ma rtsa ba’i tshig le’ur byas pa shes rab ces bya ba by Nagarjuna Romanization and Literal English Translation of the Tibetan Text Stephen Batchelor Sharpham College April 2000 Preface This document contains the romanized Tibetan ...
by Aemilius
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 387

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

Says Sravasti Dhammika (in Guide to Buddhism A 2 Z): "Garlic (lasuna) is the onion-like bulb of the plant Allium sativum which is eaten for its pungent taste. The Buddha asked monks and nuns not to eat garlic because the strong smell it leaves on the breath can be offensive to other people (Vin.II,...
by Aemilius
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 387

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

There is more than one thousand years of experience of retreats in Zen/Chan and of the food that is suitable for their needs and purposes. There are plenty of books available on cooking for Zen seshins or Zen retreats. Even the Soto shu's official webpage offers information about food and cooking in...
by Aemilius
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 35
Views: 848

Re: Origin of mahayana

, No one knows for sure. The faithful version: The Buddha taught Mahayana to certain disciples (lay people) and that's why the teachings were not integrated at the first council after the Buddha's passing. The Mahayana were passed down and became widely know only 500 or so years after the Buddha's p...
by Aemilius
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 387

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

Says Sravasti Dhammika (in Guide to Buddhism A 2 Z): "Garlic (lasuna) is the onion-like bulb of the plant Allium sativum which is eaten for its pungent taste. The Buddha asked monks and nuns not to eat garlic because the strong smell it leaves on the breath can be offensive to other people (Vin.II,1...
by Aemilius
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 35
Views: 848

Re: Origin of mahayana

Etienne Lamotte tells in the History of Indian Buddhism that there was another assembly headed by Baspa (or Vaspa) that collected another version of the Tripitaka. Baspa is one of the first five disciples of Shakyamuni. This version of the beginning of the canon is also told by Red Pine in the intr...
by Aemilius
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

Buddhism doesn't take such negative view towards Nature and her creatures in the Jatakas. For example, in the Virocana Jataka Buddha himself was reborn as a lion, that eagerly killed other animals to feed on himself and to give to other animals, like a jackal in this story. See https://www.sacred-t...
by Aemilius
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

Buddhism doesn't take such negative view towards Nature and her creatures in the Jatakas. For example, in the Virocana Jataka Buddha himself was reborn as a lion, that eagerly killed other animals to feed on himself and to give to other animals, like a jackal in this story. See https://www.sacred-te...
by Aemilius
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

In the Aggañña sutta different kinds of food appear, levels of coarsness of food play a central role in this process: "At a time of expansion, the beings from the Abhassara Brahma world, having died from there, are mostly reborn in this world. Here they dwell, mind-made, feeding on delight , self-lu...
by Aemilius
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

hopefully able to refuse reincarnation in any world where Samsara exists, How do you visualize he beginning of the kalpa or world-cycle? The beginning of stages of existence according to sutras and according to evolution biology. Are predators in the process of evolution quilty of something 'bad', ...
by Aemilius
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 1335

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

So it is said that when an arhat turns to mahayana he needs to start from the very beginning (path of accoumulation), but the wisdom and insight the arhat has developed could be very beneficial for his progress on the path. It is also said that if the arhant converts and develops bodhicitta before ...
by Aemilius
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

There is a teaching in Dharma that beings subsist on four kinds of nutriments or four kinds of food, aahaara : 1. Edible food or material nutriment, kavadikaara-aahaara 2. Sense impressions, sparsha-aahaara 3. Volitions, samskara-aahaara or manahsamcetana-aahaara 4. Consciousness, citta-aahaara Ther...
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Erich von Däniken on Garuda
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Erich von Däniken on Garuda

According to the view of Erich von Däniken garuda is a kind of spaceship, Shiva for example flew with a garuda to the Moon, Shiva dropped bombs with a garuda. This is actually supported by the chinese buddhist tradition, according to the author of the Book of Serenity Fenix-bird has nine qualities, ...
by Aemilius
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

David Blaine tells about his almost life long training in breath holding, before the public attempt or public demonstration https://www.ted.com/talks/david_blaine_ ... 17_minutes
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?
Replies: 47
Views: 2011

Re: Is breatharians / going without any food a form of extreme asceticism?

- The general rule of 3 states: " You can survive for 3 Days without water (if sheltered from a harsh environment) " & "You can survive for 3 Weeks without food (if you have water and shelter)" https://www.backcountrychronicles.com › wilderness-survival-rules-of-3 The version I was taught was: thre...
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the earth flat according to Buddhism?
Replies: 36
Views: 952

Re: Is the earth flat according to Buddhism?

Mount Sumeru in the middle. The four continents. It seems like a flat earth model. Anyone agrees or disagree? Most maps are flat in fact, they are projections of a sphere or a three dimensional landscape onto a flat surface. They are commonly held to be true, they are useful depictions of the outsi...
by Aemilius
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: May the Buddhas Dwell
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Re: May the Buddhas Dwell

May the Buddhas dwell in the world forever, to turn the wheel of dharma. :twothumbsup: As long as sentient beings exists, so too will the Buddhas by necessity: mighty noble liberators to save sentient beings away from sufferings and Samsara. :namaste: The traditional view is that Buddhas will pass ...

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