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by Sherab
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 175
Views: 2806

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I think a lot of people in this discussion seem to think that ‘the idea of the meaning of life’ is somehow non-Buddhist. Perhaps the reason it’s thought of as being non-Buddhist, is because talking of ‘the meaning of life’ seems like the kind of thing a Christian would do. You might be correct. A C...
by Sherab
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 175
Views: 2806

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I think it's pretty important to distinguish between Samsara, and life. They are not the same thing. Samsara is a state of ignorance, one can be alive, and enlightened simultaneously. According to my own understanding of the Dharma, life can be categorized most broadly as life of a sentient being a...
by Sherab
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 175
Views: 2806

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

If life has meaning, then it would be meaningless to seek liberation from cyclic existence aka life. Can you explain why? Jesse has kindly offered his explanation. My argument is based on the relationship between the purpose of the Dharma and the purpose of life. The Buddha taught that the "source"...
by Sherab
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 175
Views: 2806

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Buddhism is meaningful only because life, i.e. cyclic existence, is meaningless. Buddhism teaches that life is suffering, not that it's meaningless. If life has meaning, then it would be meaningless to seek liberation from cyclic existence aka life. That in turn means that the Dharma is meaningless.
by Sherab
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Realisation and its down side?

If things are impermanent, there is no rational reason to grasp and cling to them when they make one feels good or reject and push away when they make one feels lousy. The understanding of impermanence should also make one also realizes that one should just simply enjoy good things and tolerate bad ...
by Sherab
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 930

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

The Buddha's view isn't wrong view. I don't think in rights and wrongs. Makes me personally judgemental; so, I don't see where I'm wrong with the sutras... Only that you disagree how I expressed the same thing in my former posts with the list of sutras reflecting my points. We can talk about that i...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 930

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

I think its really uncomfortable to hear "lights out." I think thats what The Buddha was addressing. .. This is a wrong view. “What are these three (wrong) views? They are (1) the view of cessation, which means the ultimate end; (2)the view of extinction, which is equated to nirvāṇa; (3) the view t...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 930

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

I think its really uncomfortable to hear "lights out." I think thats what The Buddha was addressing. .. This is a wrong view. “What are these three (wrong) views? They are (1) the view of cessation, which means the ultimate end; (2)the view of extinction, which is equated to nirvāṇa; (3) the view t...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 930

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

Wayfarer wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:40 am
Thank you. Citation?
http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra14.html

I am assuming you were referring to my reply to Carlita
by Sherab
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 930

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

I think its really uncomfortable to hear "lights out." I think thats what The Buddha was addressing. .. This is a wrong view. “What are these three (wrong) views? They are (1) the view of cessation, which means the ultimate end; (2)the view of extinction, which is equated to nirvāṇa; (3) the view t...
by Sherab
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 930

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

Buddhism rejects eternalism regarding all compound things, but what about the flow of karma, cause and effect ever moving myriad things? Even after kalpas upon kalpas it would seem that it's posited that the process of being and non-being will continue indefinitely, thus creating an eternal system ...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 30
Views: 748

Re: Solipsism

I don't understand how there can be a conversation about solipsism. The reason solipsism is discussed at all, is as a consequence of a debate in Western academic philosophical circles, going back to Descartes’ famous ‘cogito ergo sum’ (usually translated as ‘I think, therefore I am’.) Descartes med...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 175
Views: 2806

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

This search for meaning I suppose can be projected to interpret Buddhism, but it's not Buddhism and the category does not stand up to Buddhist analysis. Does Buddhism have purpose? Absolutely! Is Buddhism based on true values? The truest! Is Buddhism social or offer joining with something greater t...
by Sherab
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Wheel of Life (Bhavacakra) - a scholarly analysis
Replies: 8
Views: 253

Re: The Wheel of Life (Bhavacakra) - a scholarly analysis

My two cents: The purpose of the wheel of life is to show that there is no essence to life and no meaning in life. From there, the two motivations for and the various methods of Buddhist soteriology naturally follow. No meaning to life? I inquire of the resident Buddhist scholars: does meaningless ...
by Sherab
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Wheel of Life (Bhavacakra) - a scholarly analysis
Replies: 8
Views: 253

Re: The Wheel of Life (Bhavacakra) - a scholarly analysis

My two cents:
The purpose of the wheel of life is to show that there is no essence to life and no meaning in life. From there, the two motivations for and the various methods of Buddhist soteriology naturally follow.
by Sherab
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can other religions/philosophies/practises complement Buddhadharma?
Replies: 156
Views: 2220

Re: Can other religions/philosophies/practises complement Buddhadharma?

I think you could be conflating between criticism of ideas and criticism of the people holding those ideas. Any set of ideas and beliefs must allow itself to be criticised, whether that set is Christianity or Buddhism, etc. Sure - nothing should be beyond criticism. But what I meant was, join most ...
by Sherab
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can other religions/philosophies/practises complement Buddhadharma?
Replies: 156
Views: 2220

Re: Can other religions/philosophies/practises complement Buddhadharma?

The other reason why Wayfarer is completely mistaken on this point is that he believes there is something ultimate beyond phenomena which must be realized. He thinks the unborn, etc. refers to something real. It is not something, but also not nothing. As far as I am concerned, the realm of phenomen...
by Sherab
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "All Buddha-Nature is One"
Replies: 76
Views: 3746

Re: "All Buddha-Nature is One"

This is how I understand Buddha nature: If you examine yourself, you can be said to comprise a body and a mind. Therefore, it would appear that you are compounded. But ultimately, both body and mind springs from your buddha nature. In other words, your Buddha nature is not compounded but is one. It ...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The straying of new sentient beings
Replies: 26
Views: 755

Re: The straying of new sentient beings

He might be referring to the Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta. A translation and study of it can be downloaded here: https://blogs.sub.uni-hamburg.de/hup/products-page/publikationen/128/ I believe this is another translation of same: http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra14.html Thanks Dzogchungpa. It...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The straying of new sentient beings
Replies: 26
Views: 755

Re: The straying of new sentient beings

I'm in the camp of those who think that new beings can arise because of the following: (1) beings are countable phenomena and therefore can never be countably infinite in reality. There is a teaching of the Buddha somewhere that the sattvadhātu, while infinite in number, is fixed, and does not incr...