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by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 160
Views: 2483

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

DGA, the entire point of Prof. Nattier's article is the Thubten the Tibetan Buddhist monk was appalled that the Lotus Sutra contradicted everything he was taught. Professor Nattier does not actually specify just what is was that Thubten the monk found challenging. She actually does not know, so she...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 160
Views: 2483

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Afaik not really radical,it is from Tathāgatagarbha, one of the three mainstays of Mahayana teaching(along with Yogacara and Madhyamaka. Ven Zhiyi is pre-Yogacara, in the sense that he was writing in a time before Yogacara became highly prominent as a mainstream discourse. It was still in the stage...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 1
Views: 62

J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

Jacqueline Stone's book Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism is referenced quite often in this forum. Because it's called upon to support some wildly divergent claims, it would be worthwhile to examine just what that book puts forward. Here's the publisher's bl...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 25
Views: 385

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Oh yes, I just remembered that some Chinese Christians like to claim that the Jade Emperor is really YHWH. The Chinese translation for YHWH in Chinese Protestant bibles is "Shangdi", taken from the name of the supreme deity of the Shang Dynasty. I see no reason to give in to their Semitic myths per...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

one more thing about the empathy gap I was trying to describe above: the insights of trans people are really important to heed in conversations like this. Why? Well, because they are interesting and important in and of themselves. Also, because trans people have some experience of coping with both s...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

The sexual revolution didn't change the inherent patriarchy of society. It was a move in the right direction, but was co-opted by the overarching power structure to become another way to justify abuse of women. I think these left-leaning liberals and Charlie Rose sorts are a product of that false i...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 160
Views: 2483

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

I have to say I find this conversation of Malcolm's interesting as he excorciated Coemgemu for writing a limerick and now comes here to destroy believers' faith in the Lotus Sutra, talk about slandering the Dharma and creating terrible karma! Where has Malcolm done this, at all, in this thread or e...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

meanwhile, what is it about this historical moment? Some of us are losing our damned minds. Consider this artifact from the bourgeois liberal-arts school womens studies major white people space: Since the election of Donald Trump, I have felt like a clairvoyant who, instead of seeing ghosts, sees th...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

This is a dissenting perspective that is very much worth consideration: Women, I’m begging you: Think this through. We are fostering a climate in which men legitimately fear us, where their entire professional and personal lives can be casually destroyed by “secret lists” compiled by accusers they c...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 25
Views: 385

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

If Indrajala or anyone else is interested & knows the answer to the queries below, let us hear. The Heaven of the 33 is ruled by Lord Shakra, King of Gods, also known as Indra, and the God of the Christian Bible. I first ran across this identification of the Xtian God with Shakra-Indra in the teach...
by DGA
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

Generally, those straight men who communicate well, treat women like people and not property, and treat all people with courtesy and respect, lead very happy lives. These are not the ones who struggle to get laid or who wind up having to apologize for being handsy creeps (or worse). This is among th...
by DGA
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1227

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Do we have any bible scholars on here? Does the revelations book have any perspective on this matter? This isn't my area of expertise, but I can speak generally to this question. There are many and highly divergent interpretations of what Revelation means generally. For example, some hold that some...
by DGA
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

Franken blew it today, by the way. He had no choice. His statement was correct: I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed o...
by DGA
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

Here is a summary of the accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault made against the current President of the United States, Cheeto Mussolini: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/11/22/president-trump-and-accusations-of-sexual-misconduct-the-complete-list/?utm_term=.7dc...
by DGA
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1227

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

It is truly pathetic that Trump's foreign policy concerning Israel is being driven by his damn fool son-in-law for the Kushner Family's person gain.. This was covered by the Economist -- seems Trump proposed this when he first took office, but the adults in his administration persuaded him it was a...
by DGA
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 64
Views: 1148

sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

It's been a problem for years, obviously, but not everyone has cared or believed the women who have spoken up about it. This is especially clear when you look at highly public instances that involve politicians, from the public humiliation of Anita Hill to the present. Tomorrow, Sen. Al Franken will...
by DGA
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1227

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

The timing is straightforward. The house is on fire with regard to the Trump administration, the tax "reform" debacle that is supposed to be in reconciliation now, Roy Moore, and so on. Lots of unsavory stuff in the media. So? Produce a bright, shiny object for the cable news and, most importantly, ...
by DGA
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1227

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:43 pm


Most religious Jews & Christians are pleased.
Are you sure? How do you know?
by DGA
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Self-referential aspects of Lotus Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Self-referential aspects of Lotus Sutra

An interesting point was raised in a separate thread, and I don't want it to get lost in the shuffle. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=27200&p=421095#p421004 What do you make of the self-referential moments in the Lotus Sutra? How do you understand those? This certainly isn't the only su...
by DGA
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 160
Views: 2483

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

I am also very comfortable with the fact that you do not accept most of what the Buddha taught to be valid. That's your issue, not mine. ok so now what is that suppose to mean... it sounds very elitist and reactionary, let alone totally wrong about my character as a Budhist How, exactly, is Malcolm...