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by Matt J
Fri May 18, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?
Replies: 7
Views: 578

Re: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?

In the Jewish interpretation, as espoused by Maimonides, God interacts with humans through the faculty of imagination. The more highly developed the person, the more personal the interaction. Moses was said to have the most direct (but not entirely) vision of God. Others who were not as developed ha...
by Matt J
Thu May 17, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?
Replies: 7
Views: 578

Re: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?

I'm not a scholar, but Moses Maimonides gave some of the most philosophical, rational explanations of the Old Testament.

You can read a summary here:

https://thetorah.com/does-god-speak/
by Matt J
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Physicalist Theory of Mind
Replies: 254
Views: 15539

Re: A Physicalist Theory of Mind

Well maybe s/he’s changed over the past three years.
Coëmgenu wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:14 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:57 pm
Jayarava wrote:You might as well be a Jehovah's Witness.
What a sad thing to say when you aren't looking very good in an exchange.

"I'll just bury myself deeper if you don't mind!"
by Matt J
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1388

Re: Help on shamatha

Matthew, I have personally found it difficult to learn any meditation techniques outside of a retreat. However, there are also online classes one can take (many of them will discount/reduce/eliminate the cost depending on the student). Have you tried to learn from some one who's been there? One onli...
by Matt J
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 23
Views: 1238

Re: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism

I would agree that Vajrayana is not synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism, but I would not trust most of the article. TB teaches Vajrayana, but not all Vajrayana is Tibetan. I don't think this is controversial. What is more controversial is this author's penchant for identifying traditions, making bold c...
by Matt J
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: student-master relationship in Vajrayana
Replies: 34
Views: 1445

Re: student-master relationship in Vajrayana

That depends on the teacher. Some expect a more personal relationship than others. How is a relationship between the student and the thacher in Vajrayana - practically speaking? Is it necessary for the relationship to be personal? And at what point? Which practical considderations should one do in t...
by Matt J
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Last Jedi? What'd you think?
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Last Jedi? What'd you think?

SPOILER ALERT I liked how they inverted all the paradigms. The first movie was obviously just a remake of the original Star Wars, well-done but about worn and bland. Of course, a lot of people never saw the original Star Wars, so it was a way to reboot the movie. But to actually invert the sci-fi / ...
by Matt J
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 2174

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Have you explored the Gelugpa presentation of emptiness? It sounds like you’d like it. They don't arise ultimately, they do arise conventionally, sometimes people (not just anyone) say they don't arise conventionally either. When nothing arises, even conventionally, what is the point of even positin...
by Matt J
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Last Jedi? What'd you think?
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Last Jedi? What'd you think?

As some one who grew up with Star Wars—— I rank it as the second best of the series.
by Matt J
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 3016

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

Why give primacy to the body? Why can’t the body be instantiated in the mind? I mean for example the accounts given by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche in Myriad Worlds. But minds are formless—- how can they be instantiated in anything? Plus in Buddhist creation stories, bodies arise in minds, not the other...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 3016

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

But minds are formless—- how can they be instantiated in anything? Plus in Buddhist creation stories, bodies arise in minds, not the other way around. The issue with the Buddhist view is that the mind is not physical, so what keeps minds apart? Minds are instantiated in bodies, that's what keeps the...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 3016

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

What keeps thoughts apart? Does being apart make any sense without spatial dimensions? In any case, minds have different causes and conditions. Good point. It is hard to escape physicalist metaphors. The issue with the Buddhist view is that the mind is not physical, so what keeps minds apart? Sense...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 3016

Mind-streams: Separate?

Buddhist teachings often state that each sentient being is a separate, distinct mind-stream. This is in contrast to Vedanta/Tantra, which states that all sentient beings, including God, are one consciousness. These traditions rely on at least three claims to support its contention: 1) that conscious...
by Matt J
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 2174

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

From Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinoche's Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, Svatantrika Approach: In a dream the ultimate nature of the various things that manifest is emptiness, because none of them is real. They do not have self-nature in the sense that, for example, the dream fire does ...
by Matt J
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9699

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Actually, you just disproved your own logic. I just took the form of your argument and simply changed the terms. I substituted the term "pipe" for ultimate truth, the definition of a "pipe" for the definition of ultimate reality as "veridical perception of a given entity." I also used the term "just...
by Matt J
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9699

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Language is not quite as susceptible to formal logic, especially English. I think combining statement #1 and statement #2 is a category error. Consider the following statements: 1. A "pipe" is just an English word. 2. A "pipe" is a wooden tube with a bowl at the end used to smoke tobacco. Therefore,...
by Matt J
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9699

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I think the problem is how the two positions structure the two truths. I'm not expert, so I am ready to be corrected. The two truths doesn't mean the same thing to everyone in every context-- it is a little slippery. Mipham distinguishes, for example, the conceptual ultimate from the non-conceptual ...
by Matt J
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1530

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

When I first started to explore Vajrayana, I listened to Reggie Ray on a talk. While I did not ultimately go with his organization, what he said stuck with me. He said that people approach the mandala differently at different times. Some people like to be deep in the center of the mandala, fully inv...
by Matt J
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Consciousness and no-self (explained in drawings)
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Consciousness and no-self (explained in drawings)

If we postulate a gap in consciousness (whatever that means), that leads to two options: 1. The gap is not known. 2. The gap is known. If 1., then how can you say there is even a gap? If 2., then what knows the gap? Consciousness and no-self (explained in drawings) https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic....
by Matt J
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does the Buddha's Omniscient Mind Pervade the Universe Like Space?
Replies: 14
Views: 705

Re: Does the Buddha's Omniscient Mind Pervade the Universe Like Space?

From TUR: “Space is beyond center and edge. Wherever space pervades, there are sentient beings. Wherever there are sentient beings, buddha nature is present. That is what is meant the statement that buddha nature encompasses all of samsara and nirvana, all worlds, all beings” – Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche