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by Aemilius
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2313
Views: 181551

Re: Music time

by Aemilius
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 57
Views: 1487

Re: No end to samsara?

In that case Arhats, Bodhisattvas or Buddhas would not perceive time, would not perceive past, present or future, but that clearly is not the case.
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 57
Views: 1487

Re: No end to samsara?

If we take the geologic time scale as the common truth, where is the beginning of "samsara"? There were no "infinite number" of beings on Earth 540 million years ago. There were no days, no winter or summer before the formation of the solar system. How did time exist then? Geologic time and the eve...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 19
Views: 560

Re: What is reborn after death?

It has been pointed out before several times by many researchers, for example Sravasti Dhammika in Guide to Buddhism A2Z , Hirakawa Akira & Paul Groner in History of Buddhism from Shakyamuni to Early Mahayana , and Etienne Lamotte in History of Indian Buddhism . In Sarvastivadin Abhidharma there is ...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 57
Views: 1487

Re: No end to samsara?

Who or what experiences time, for example shortly after the big bang? Is there time if nobody experiences it ? There is time that is measured on the basis of the electrons changing their energy levels in atoms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_clock Time depends on something taking place or happ...
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Usury in the sutras
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: Usury in the sutras

Sravasti Dhammika has written about usury in his Dhamma musings. Related articles about economics in the Tripitaka exist in the Buddhism a2z, e.g.:
http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=192
http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=272
http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=231
by Aemilius
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 19
Views: 560

Re: What is reborn after death?

I've learned that according to Buddhism, personality consists of five elements (Five skandhas). And that our life it is a set of moments. Nothing is permanent. But I still can't get one thing. For example, a person, because of disease will lose feelings, will he not be a person or personality? He w...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 19
Views: 560

Re: What is reborn after death?

Being of the intermediate state is reborn. It is called "gandharva" or "gandhabba" in the Sravakayana sutras/suttas. It is mentioned in the sutras, but all of the early schools did not accept it.
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 57
Views: 1487

Re: No end to samsara?

If sentient beings are numberless, then samsara is endless Winter is numberless, but it ends. The reason why winter is numberless, is that ultimately, the concept of numbers doesn't apply, because it's a season. So, it's absurd. You can say winter has a certain number of days, but then you are simp...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Saptparm Cave and the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Saptparm Cave and the First Buddhist Council

I have some doubts about that there ever was a "one" Sangha, one Community, even during the life of Shakyamuni. Although it must have been politically necessary to create the image of there having been a one unified Sangha (of Arhats, Bhikshus, Bhikshunis, Bodhisattvas, Laymen and Laywomen). And why...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Yeah! Etienne Lamotte writes in History of Indian Buddhism that the Greeks ruled North-Western India for hundreds of years. During this time they printed coins with greek text, and the same message in prakrit on the opposite side. For example, on page 464 he tells us: "On Silver coins of the "King o...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: emptiness-existence in indian buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: emptiness-existence in indian buddhism

To Your second question, I presume that it means: naive realism versus anything more evolved as a view of existence?
That question or problem exists already in the Sravakayana or the Smaller vehicle Dharma. It doesn't appear in the Madhyamaka or Yogacara for the first time in Buddhist history.
by Aemilius
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

If you look at the quantum model of atoms, you will find that they are more complex nowadays than what they used be in the old Bohr-model.
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

Considering the violent suppression of the Falun Gong movement, it seems futile to expect that another notable spiritual leader would arise in China again. After the brutality that Li Hongzhi and his followers have received from Chinese authorities, complaints about the lack of charismatic Buddhist ...
by Aemilius
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

I read the article, well... I can't say much about it, because I don't live there, in China. Elsewhere I have read that the monks in Wutaishan (and other monasteries in China) receive regular salaries. I suppose that it is a logical feature of the modern buddhist tradition, practically any wherein t...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Your memory confuses two different particles: Neutrinos and Muons.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muon
With best wishes! For your health and continued well being.
by Aemilius
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

You mean the ionic bonding of atoms etc..?
There are also the quantum model atoms, they have a more varied configuration than what Bohr-model gives.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_orbitals_3D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_orbital
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

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: 18
Views: 1258

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: 18
Views: 1258

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...

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