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by Koji
Wed May 13, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Universal Atman in Buddhism
Replies: 755
Views: 47124

Re: Universal Atman in Buddhism

asunthatneversets wrote:Ok so Koji = Ardent = songhill... which explains a lot.
When your own defense of natthattā (Pali, for there is no ātman) runs out of gas there is nothing like a good old ad hominem attack.
by Koji
Tue May 12, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Universal Atman in Buddhism
Replies: 755
Views: 47124

Re: Universal Atman in Buddhism

We need to always keep in mind the use of "self" for ātman is a calque. Why is this? First of all self is a pronoun, ātman is a noun. ātman is almost impossible to render into English, adequately. We should also keep in mind that ātman is probably one of the most important words in Indian philosophy...
by Koji
Tue May 12, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Universal Atman in Buddhism
Replies: 755
Views: 47124

Re: Universal Atman in Buddhism

Oh, I see, Ardent, now you equate atman with jiva? Something conditioned, impermanent and mutable? Strange. Yo Nam! Do I equate atman with jiva? Not on your life, dude. Everyone knows that jīva—not ātman—transmigrates. Death is like a rest stop where jīva changes vehicles. Jīva is similar to Buddhi...
by Koji
Tue May 12, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Universal Atman in Buddhism
Replies: 755
Views: 47124

Re: Universal Atman in Buddhism

After 40 plus years the scholar K. Bhattacharya's French edition has been put into English. http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=The+Atman-Brahman+in+Ancient+Buddhism I just got the book the other day. I am about a quarter through it. It is great. The Buddha never categorically de...
by Koji
Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Bought: The Truth Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma & Your Food
Replies: 33
Views: 3183

Re: Bought: The Truth Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma & Your Foo

It appears that the mechanism for ASD has been recently discovered. Nothing to do with vaccines. http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org ... k-230.aspx
by Koji
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Shikantaza
Replies: 39
Views: 3153

Re: Shikantaza

Is shikantaza something Dogen made up?
by Koji
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Konchog1 wrote:
Whence the OP: given the Early Buddhism weltanschauung, which Mahayana traditions are most similar, and most different?
What is Early Buddhism like?
Open the Suttanipâta and check out the Khaggavisâna Sutta, Atthakavagga, and the Parayanavagga.
by Koji
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

It's illusion all the way down. Infinite regression occurs when you posit a ground, and when asked what that ground stands on you claim there is another ground. I don't say there is a ground. The orbit of the Earth is influenced both by the Sun and other planets, not to mention its own mass and oth...
by Koji
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Well put, and also what I was trying to say. Where does dharmakaya fit into this causal chain of illusions? We dare not go here. If you can burn this book for saying this (wink...wink...): "This Mind includes in itself all states of being of the phenomenal world and the trancendental world. On that...
by Koji
Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Let's look at conceptual appearances. Upon what, specifically, do these "dependent appearances" depend? The six senses depend on mentality-materiality, mentality-materiality depends on consciousness, consciousness depends on formations. In short, interdependence, and not dependence on an ultimate g...
by Koji
Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I have some proof here that there's no afterlife
Replies: 109
Views: 9409

Re: I have some proof here that there's no afterlife

I don't see how this is proof of no afterlife as none of these people actually died! You can't prove there is no afterlife, it's impossible. what can you prove? All I can prove is that it is impossible to prove there is no afterlife. One can speculate until their face turns blue, but proof is an en...
by Koji
Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

When you have relinquished all traces for rebirth, automatically the twelve āyatanas will cease at the break up of the body. This is classic "hināyāna" nirvana. Peter Harvey's books suggests that after the eradication of affliction there is a tiny shred of evidence in the Nikayas that Buddha sugges...
by Koji
Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

But religion can also be this: "All religion expresses itself in such an awareness of something outside and beyond nature." ~ Schleiermacher As I said, smoke and mirrors. Pablum to feed the confused and ignorant. As the Buddha pointed out, there is nothing outside of the twelve āyatanas. Correct, t...
by Koji
Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Malcolm wrote:
Koji wrote:
Malcolm wrote: The question is, why would anyone believe your testimony.
You need a NPOV on the matter.
This is religion, baby, it is all just smoke and mirrors.
But religion can also be this: "All religion expresses itself in such an awareness of something outside and beyond nature." ~ Schleiermacher
by Koji
Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

When you said ealier: There is neither an experiencer nor an experienced, there is just experience, and even that is empty , does this pertain to "a presumption, a hypothesis, a fantasy, an idea"? As Cone replied already, yes. Whatever is said here is always and inevitably a conceptual creation. On...
by Koji
Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

This leads to the question: for those who feel they have "had an experience" or "experienced" Wisdom or Buddhamind or whatnot, and have somehow consequently conceptualized that experience as a sort of "Self," is that "experience" really the experience of Wisdom that is talked about in Sutra, Tantra...
by Koji
Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

This leads to the question: for those who feel they have "had an experience" or "experienced" Wisdom or Buddhamind or whatnot, and have somehow consequently conceptualized that experience as a sort of "Self," is that "experience" really the experience of Wisdom that is talked about in Sutra, Tantra...
by Koji
Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

This leads to the question: for those who feel they have "had an experience" or "experienced" Wisdom or Buddhamind or whatnot, and have somehow consequently conceptualized that experience as a sort of "Self," is that "experience" really the experience of Wisdom that is talked about in Sutra, Tantra...
by Koji
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 46090

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

I am just wondering, but how does one personally know "there is just experience"? Of course we all know that anyone can imagine such as state but what the imagination concocts doesn't mean it is either real or attainable. If there is something that is not an experience you don't experience it, cons...