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by Sherab
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

.. Suppose you know someone who is going to kill a group of 50 men, but you refuse to kill him that person because you are scared you will gain bad karma. But if you kill him, you save the 50 men. So like who gains the bigger “bad” karma in this situation. If you weigh the gains and losses when pla...
by Sherab
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

Buddha Sakyamuni was undeniably an atheist. He stated clearly that there is no Creator God. That being the case, Buddhist ontology must be founded on natural laws. There are no two ways about it. From a buddhist viewpoint, the law of karma is therefore a natural law akin to a conservation law in sci...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3314

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What if the truth wasn't the truth ? How can there be truth with all concepts are false ? Hmm, not sure if you failed to understand or you understood to fail. All concepts are false does not mean that there is no truth. The truth in Buddhism is the direct experience of reality. Nothing conceptual i...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3314

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

My previous argument seemed to have little purchase with most posters on the thread. So I will try another tack. Delusion and enlightenment are mutually exclusive. Therefore, a life in delusion and a "life" in enlightenment are mutually exclusive. If a life in which delusion is not expunged is meani...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3314

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: 212
Views: 3314

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: 212
Views: 3314

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: 212
Views: 3314

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: 489

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: 980

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: 980

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: 980

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: 980

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: 980

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: 980

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: 789

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: 212
Views: 3314

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: 259

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: 259

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: 2359

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 ...