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by Yogicfire
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Definition and Meaning of Satori
Replies: 1
Views: 679

Definition and Meaning of Satori

I had an engaging and interesting mini debate with a friend about the meaning of satori. He is well versed in Japanese religion and philosophy. We went off in lots of different tangents but essentially I asked him about what he understood about satori and he somewhat surprised me by describing it as...
by Yogicfire
Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner shot down, 295 dead
Replies: 21
Views: 2854

Re: Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner shot down, 295 dead

This is the second time that the Ukrainians have shot down a commercial flight in recent times. A Serbian Airlines plane was destroyed in 2001. The last time that a commercial flight was shot down. On the BBC there is a tragic report about a couple who worked with Malaysian Airlines as cabin crew. T...
by Yogicfire
Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Satya
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Satya

Much appreciated, Aemilius.

I am interested in opening this up and for you to tell me what truth would mean to you in a Buddhist context, and how it can be contrasted with vidya, for example.

Thanks,
YF
by Yogicfire
Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Satya
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Satya

I was asked about the word for truth in Sanskrit, and I remembered 'satya'. However, in a Buddhist context, it doesn't seem to have the same flavour and meaning. In Hinduism, it has the connotation of the unchangeable. In Pali, sacca is used, but in Mahayana traditions other words like vidya are som...
by Yogicfire
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: amala-vijnana
Replies: 12
Views: 2352

Re: amala-vijnana

In the Lankavatara sutra, the bedrock of the Yogacara school, the following is said: Sagathakam, Verse 59: There is the highest Alayavijnana, and again there is the Alaya as thought-construction (vijnapti); I teach suchness (tathata) that is above seized and seizing. So, we find a description of two...
by Yogicfire
Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Post E-Sangha
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Post E-Sangha

I used to use E-Sangha some time ago, and I haven't used any Buddhist forums since really. I am curious as to what the main Buddhist sites (of all traditions) arose after E-Sangha went boom.........
by Yogicfire
Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: The beauty of Koyasan
Replies: 15
Views: 4445

Re: The beauty of Koyasan

A friend of mine was disappointed in Koyasan. He couldn't get past the material while he was there. I suspect that was as much to do with him as with Koyasan. You do have all the shops, the trinkets, the cards, and everything else, as well as paying for accommodation, etc. I think it can be a bit of...
by Yogicfire
Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Deluded Mind
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Re: Deluded Mind

Nice, White Lotus. I am also interested in your own take on your own mind, or your own state right now . How would you describe it? What kind of language would you use specifically. I know some of the theory and ideas about Buddha-nature, and the intrinsic nature of pure mind, but I am thinking abou...
by Yogicfire
Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Deluded Mind
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Deluded Mind

I am interested in hearing people's views on the deluded mind, and the states moving on from that. How exactly would you phrase it? OK, we act with awareness from time to time, and nurture the good seeds of mindfulness in order to tap into our inherent wisdom and compassion, but from a more philosop...
by Yogicfire
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?
Replies: 16
Views: 1856

Re: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?

I agree that I overlooked the fact that the Jonang tradition has continued to exist in spite of all the persecutions in central Tibet. I hadn't realised that it was still intact as an independent line, and alive. Nice to hear that that is the case... Concerning the other point about assimilation of ...
by Yogicfire
Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?
Replies: 16
Views: 1856

Re: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?

Well, I didn't say that it had died out completely - I said that it doesn't exist as a separate lineage. I think that is right? The Jonang lineage had some controversies, and was brought into the Nyingmpa/Kagyu schools as I understood it. The lineage and teachings still survive within those schools..
by Yogicfire
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Roman contacts with India
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Roman contacts with India

The kingdom of Gandhara had a lot of contact with the Greco-Roman world. And, you can see that influence in the famous Buddhist statues from that time. I also recall that there was a Buddhist community living in Alexandria.

So, there was a lot of crossover that we are just not aware of.
by Yogicfire
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?
Replies: 16
Views: 1856

Re: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?

Nyingmpa is the oldest tantric tradition in Tibet, and so it contained many of the earlier secret teachings of tantra that got purged out or excluded in the later Indian transmissions, with the Gelugpa especially being quite strong on that point. I am sure some other posters can elucidate in more de...
by Yogicfire
Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greeting to All - and two reference book questions
Replies: 3
Views: 630

Re: Greeting to All - and two reference book questions

Welcome to the board. Nice introduction. I would go easy on yourself regarding the meditation. 10% of focus is great, the daydreaming will subside in time, as you get into your practice. No need to worry unduly about all that.... keep at it, and you will reap the benefits. I remember a good book on ...
by Yogicfire
Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Dedication to truth

Vedanta and Buddhism do have a lot of parallels. And yes, the quest for truth in vedanta, and the overall theoretical approach, can make for some interesting comparisons.

Makes sense now.
by Yogicfire
Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Dedication to truth

I am not quite sure what you would actually mean by transcendental traditions. Traditions that emphasise realisation of or awakening to some sort of trans-sensory- and/or -trans-intellectual element. In Buddhism, Nirvana. In mystical christianity, the notion of god, or the kingdom of heaven, as som...
by Yogicfire
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Dedication to truth

I am not quite sure what you would actually mean by transcendental traditions. Mainstream religions such as Christianity and Islam would not be focused on truth as much as salvation. Same with their offshoots, although perhaps Gnosticism would have a stronger emphasis on gnosis, which might be compa...
by Yogicfire
Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 810

Re: What is Buddhism?

Quite a nice start. I suppose I would shy away from using the phrase "self-development," even though he makes it clear that he is not talking about the ego or any form of self. I guess Buddhism at its root is all about development, though. Developing compassion, developing wisdom and clarity. It req...
by Yogicfire
Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The new landscape
Replies: 31
Views: 2726

Re: The new landscape

Things are settling down since the demise of E Sangha. The new landscape, as I see it, is Dhamma Wheel for the Theravadins, this place for the Mahayanists and FreeSangha for the, uh, pan-Buddhists I guess. Except I see all the same people on all 3 sites, including you Brother! Yeah, I do kind of mi...
by Yogicfire
Sun May 30, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Knowing Buddhism through non-Buddhist sources?
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: Knowing Buddhism through non-Buddhist sources?

Well, your opening post was quite broad: What do you think? If you want to understand Buddhism, should you read the Vedas and Confucius? If you are talking from a scholarly point of view, then I would agree with the notion of exploring extensively outside your own specialist field. In the Pali canon...