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by Aemilius
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

I think the more important factor is that they had had kites in China for a very long time, and they had knowledge and experience of aerodynamics. After the kites had been introduced in Europe it didn't take very long they had developed gliders (Otto Lilenthal and others) that could carry a person a...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

by Aemilius
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

Nevertheless, there is a lot of reseach carried on that is based on people's personal experience in the fields of psychology and anthropology etc.. That is exactly same kind of research that has as its object the phenomenon of rebirth or reincarnation. in what way is it the same? Also, if you had r...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

There are some controversial things, for example: Ed L. Shaugnessy says in his book that the Chinese had developed a two phase rocket with wings in early 1200's. That is 700 years before the German V1 & V2.



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by Aemilius
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

ETIENNE LAMOTTE: HISTORY OF INDIAN BUDDHISM THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE GOOD LAW, p. 191...198 Lamotte gives different views on this topic from many sutras and traditions, the longest period is: "Year 11,500 or 12,000. - From the sixth century onwards, the majority of the Chinese annalists such as Hui ...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

Most important, they missed the industrial revolution, so their weapons didn’t keep pace with other countries’. That is simplistic and untrue. "Historical precursors of industrialization In the State of Wu of China, steel was first made, preceding the Europeans by over 1,000 years. The Song dynasty...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

I recently read a book about Chinese history. In the old days we were told that the Chinese did not use gunpowder in weapons and war. This is not true any more, the fact is that the Chinese have used gunpowder in military purposes for centuries. "The Hongwu Emperor created a Bureau of Armaments (軍器局...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

...There are literally thousands of documented and investigated cases from different parts of the world, when children have remembered their past lives. And as Ajahn Brahmavamso points out, in the field physics they found only one particle in a vast study that cost something like hundred millions €...
by Aemilius
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

Until an objective criteria can be established for the collection of data, it isn’t science. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t rebirth or reincarnation, or that there aren’t documented events that can only be explained as such. But unless you define specifically what is arising with one physical b...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1402

Re: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?

Why does everything that depends on causes and conditions, in a state of constant flux? Because all of the causes and conditions are also in a state of flux. Imagine building a house of bricks, And the bricks are made of ice... But it is not obvious that all of the causes and conditions are also in...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

Until an objective criteria can be established for the collection of data, it isn’t science. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t rebirth or reincarnation, or that there aren’t documented events that can only be explained as such. But unless you define specifically what is arising with one physical b...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

:toilet: Bad science doesn't convince anyone . Non-scientists who were already predisposed to believe in reincarnation welcomed Stevenson's work but, hey, they didn't take much persuasion. Non-scientists who weren't interested weren't convinced by his work because he was so obviously obsessive. And...
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

https://youtu.be/-pPBwFFWz_k Ian Pretyman Stevenson (October 31, 1918 – February 8, 2007) was a Canadian-born U.S. psychiatrist. He worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for fifty years, as chair of the department of psychiatry from 1957 to 1967, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry f...
by Aemilius
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 73
Views: 2659

Re: Subtle body

The Buddhist Abhidharmists did not know that sound consists of waves in a liquid, gas or solid matter, they thought or perceived that sound is a kind of matter and it consists of sound-atoms. In the Seven Works of Vasubandhu , by Steven Anacker , Motilal Banarsidass, Revised Edition, Delhi 2005, p. ...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pig kneels in front of a Buddhist temple in China
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Pig kneels in front of a Buddhist temple in China

First of all, why would a pig even be roaming around? Second, how long is it bowing? There are a lot of people watching it. I imagine Avery sad story behind this stunt. It's clearly a farmed pig, and it's been cleaned up before it got there. Zero chance that this was something spontaneous I would n...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 14
Views: 1229

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

Do you believe in the transmutation of semen into Ojas, that is practiced in the hatha yoga? Is there anything similar in Buddhism? There has to be something of the kind, even as an oral, inner or secret tradition, in any or all of the Yanas or Vehicles. Because the practice of celibacy has existed ...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 73
Views: 2659

Re: Subtle body

And in the context of the dhyanas. In dhyanas you gradually perceive subtle and very subtle sensations. These are called for example "nimitta", i.e. "sign" or subtle sign", in the suttas/sutras and in the corresponding instructions of meditation, that belong to the sutrayana. Are you saying these a...
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 73
Views: 2659

Re: Subtle body

I don't know of such connections, there are comparisons between Yogacara and Tantra and between Dependent Arising and Tantra in Alex Wayman's essays and his Arcane Lore (which deals with a Guhyasamaja explanatory tantra). ( Yoga of the Guhyasamajatantra: The arcane lore of forty verses : a Buddhist ...
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1402

Re: Why is everything which is a product - impermanent ?

I don't think that the chromosomes are 100% unchanged, it makes no sense. First, during the process life, different proteins are being made by the cell. In order to create the proteins, the chromosomes have to be accessed so that the DNA is read. In the process of being accessed to, the double heli...

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