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by Aemilius
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 132
Views: 9287

Re: How to believe in rebirth

Your metaphor is not very good or satisfactory, to say the least. What does the truck in it stand for? Who is sitting at the wheel? The traditional metaphor for the 5 skandhas (one found in the 12 links) is better, i.e. a boat with four people in it, one of whom holds a rudder. This metaphor makes a...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1429
Views: 117821

Re: Music time



The whole Sitar Concerto is much longer. There is also another, recent recording of it at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, with the same soloist.
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1429
Views: 117821

Re: Music time


Bach performed by two stepping dancers
by Aemilius
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

I wouldn't spend (waste?) too much time trying to reconcile evolutionary history with karma. Karma is not a naturalistic theory, although I would hope it doesn't contradict naturalism. But there are many imponderables involved. For instance, one of them is that the human notion of time is inextrica...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan sources of ānāpānasmṛti
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Tibetan sources of ānāpānasmṛti

Arthaviniscaya sutra contains the teaching of mindfulness of breathing, there exists also an Indian commentary to it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthaviniscaya _Sutra
by Aemilius
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 234
Views: 12037

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

In the beginning of many Mahayana sutras, the interlocutor is described as first prostrating to the Chom-den-de (i.e., Buddha) before sitting down and asking his or her question. Sravakayana tradition knows two types of bowing, the bowing with respectful salutation of hands, añjali-kamma , and the ...
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 234
Views: 12037

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

The 111,1111 accumulations are a new invention relatively speaking. My own research seems to indicate this was a product of the 18th century revitalization and codification of the Sarma Traditions associated Khyentse, Kongtrul and Wangpo. In the Life of Tsongkhapa by Robert Thurman , he describes h...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 234
Views: 12037

Re: Did the 84 Mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

So what is the actual question? -did the Mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro, or something else? Ngöndro means "that which goes before", i.e. preliminary. In the Life of Milarepa the four ordinary ngondro are mentioned, i.e. "the four thoughts that turn the mind", -this takes place when he meditated near M...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 234
Views: 12037

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

so does anybody know when did the ngondro the way it is practiced today - that is accumulating 111000 of each - first appear? The 111,1111 accumulations are a new invention relatively speaking. My own research seems to indicate this was a product of the 18th century revitalization and codification ...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4166

Re: sex with prostitute

is it bad karma and evil to have sex with prostitute? So I'm assuming that this is a question about heterosexual sex (because unfortunately Gay male sex was considered negative in all forms traditionally). It is not good karma. It is evil if you personally know (or reasonably suspect beforehand) th...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Please, say some protective mantras for me
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Please, say some protective mantras for me

tadyatha om muni muni mahamuniye svaha
tadyatha om muni muni mahamuniye svaha
tadyatha om muni muni mahamuniye svaha
tadyatha om muni muni mahamuniye svaha
tadyatha om muni muni mahamuniye svaha
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 6249

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

According to Science all forms of existent creatures on planet Earth have arisen form the LUA or LUCA, Last Universal (Common) Ancestor. In this there is no difference between insects and animals (including humans). In Buddhism miraculous birth has a definite meaning, it does not mean "miracle" in t...
by Aemilius
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism

Jatakas are pre-mahayana, that is the whole point to beging with.
by Aemilius
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism

Huntington's Emptiness of Emptiness on page 20 says that as many as 34 other Buddhas are mentioned in the Jatakas.
by Aemilius
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism

Several Buddhas are mentioned by name in the Jatakas. The doctrine of boddhisattva career is thus implicit in the Jatakas from the beginning. I.e. that there have been a multitude of Buddhas in the infinite past and and a multitude of bodhisattvas who became those Buddhas, this view is implicit or p...
by Aemilius
Fri May 26, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 6249

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

Buddha possesses all-knowledge (sarvajña), knowledge about samsara and nirvana. In enlightenment are included the paranormal powers, like knowledge of past and future lives, knowledge of where the different paths lead, etc..
by Aemilius
Fri May 26, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 2148

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Sri Lanka was known to Romans and Greeks by the name Tabrobane roughly 2000 years ago, http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/1999/1999-08-08.html
by Aemilius
Mon May 22, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When does counting mantras count?
Replies: 163
Views: 5237

Re: When does counting mantras count?

Mantras consist of letters, letters consist of lines, lines consist of dots. Thus mantras are empty. Are the deities in the letters, lines and dots (of all words)? Or in the atoms of paper and ink? This is borrowed (and slightly enlaged) from a lost text of Nagarjuna, of which only a few lines exist...
by Aemilius
Wed May 17, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 2148

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is important in a number of ways: The Earth beneath our feet is not stable and unchanging. The mountains have arisen gradually, it has taken only a few million years for the Alps and Himalayas to arise and form gradually, for example. If you had lived there at the time, you would have hardly not...
by Aemilius
Tue May 16, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 2148

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is important in a number of ways: The Earth beneath our feet is not stable and unchanging. The mountains have arisen gradually, it has taken only a few million years for the Alps and Himalayas to arise and form gradually, for example. If you had lived there at the time, you would have hardly noti...