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by Aemilius
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

From Flower Ornament Scripture , The Avatamasaka sutra , tr.Thomas Cleary: "If untold buddha-lands are reduced to atoms, In one atom are untold lands, And as in one, So in each. The atoms to which these buddha-lands are reduced in an instant are unspeakable, And so are the atoms of continuous reduc...
by Aemilius
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Here is a useful semi-scholarly document on this topic - Buddhist Atomism by Piya Tan. Key point to note is that the 'kalapa' which are the Buddhist equivalent of 'atoms' are momentary, i.e. they don't have endless duration like the atoms of the other traditions. If you think about it, it should be...
by Aemilius
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Alex Bellos in his book Alex's Adventures in Numberland in Chapter three, Something about Nothing , quotes from the Lalitavistara Sutra: "Not only was the Buddha able to fathom the impossibly large, he was also proficient in the realm of the impossibly tiny, ex- plaining how many atoms there were i...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

It seems to be the case that Dignaga and his follower Dharmakirti also accept atoms. They are said to be momentary or durationless (?), and thus, in a mysterious way, they do not contradict the Yogacara view. See Alambana pratiksha and the many books about or by Dignaga & Dharmakirti that have been ...
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2138
Views: 174503

Re: Music time

1000 drummers

by Aemilius
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Parallel to the Buddhist Sutra and Abhidharma view of the four (or five) elements there existed the four elements of the Greek and Roman world view. They had same names and qualities as the buddhist ones, but according to the Greek and Roman theory the elements were made of atoms and these atoms had...
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Klein Bottle
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Klein Bottle

I thought he has a nice subtle sense of humour in it.
How do you like the 4Dimension ball video? The guy seems to be a real magician, he can remove or manipulate things in, or through, the fourth dimension. Pretty impressive, I'd say.
by Aemilius
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Klein Bottle
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Klein Bottle

by Aemilius
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Klein Bottle
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Klein Bottle

by Aemilius
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism school
Replies: 20
Views: 578

Re: Buddhism school

Dear friends I am sorry if my words do not show the thoughts I would like to convey. My mistake. As I said, my whole life I have lived with Taoism, Buddhism is something more recent in my life and I try, with your support, to understand how to contemplate its teachings. My question with regard to "...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1204

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The idea of control automatically requires a subject and object. Therefore relative control is all that can be sensibly talked about in the realm of phenomena i.e. the realm where causality operates. But I see the Buddha as being free of all dependencies even while in the world. This combined with ...
by Aemilius
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1204

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Brahmaja sutta 2.27 'What is the fourth way? Here, an ascetic or Brahmin is dull and stupid. Because of his dullness and stupidity, when he is questioned he resorts to evasive statements and wriggles like an eel: "If you ask me whether there is another world. But I don't say so. And I don't say oth...
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1204

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Have you read the whole Brahmajala sutta? It is about wrong views or about views. According to it you can never say for example "reincarnation " without committing to a wrong view or to a view at all!! Can anybody say anything without committing to a view? -Even Buddha himself! It is a wonderful sut...
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1204

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Buddha himself is a Tathagata, and he describes the state of a Tathagata with the help of the catuskoti . So he talks about himself also. There is a lot about its place in buddhist logic, early and later, in K. N. Jayatilleke. He just goes on and on. One thing is that it was common property of the S...
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1204

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Brahmaja sutta 2.27 'What is the fourth way? Here, an ascetic or Brahmin is dull and stupid. Because of his dullness and stupidity, when he is questioned he resorts to evasive statements and wriggles like an eel: "If you ask me whether there is another world. But I don't say so. And I don't say oth...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Buddhist prayer...
Replies: 25
Views: 5451

Re: Buddhist prayer...

Wishing prayer, dedication of merit, and aspiration are all forms of projecting a future state of affairs, projecting a future sequence of events. Thus all kinds of things in the present society are kinds of wishing prayer. They project a future, they also project a present image or state of affairs...
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Helpful Devadatta?
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Helpful Devadatta?

by Aemilius
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2138
Views: 174503

Re: Music time

by Aemilius
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 17
Views: 846

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way,

same with Candrakirti's commentary, Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 739

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

I'm not saying that Eastern teachings are not philosophical. It's just that strictly speaking the term 'philosophy' designates the tradition descending from the Greeks. Darśana and other Sanskrit terms might have an equivalent meaning to 'philosophy' but there are ideas or principles in Buddhist an...

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