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by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra10.html Buddha Pronounces the Sutra of the Total Annihilation of the Dharma (3) The Dharma-ending age will last 10,000 years. Then we still have a few more thousand years to go according the above Sutra. Yes, with a short rebirth lead by Arhats & Bodhisattvas, Moo...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra10.html Here is the translator Rulu's remarks about this sutra: Buddha Pronounces the Sutra of the Total Annihilation of the Dharma In this world, the Dharma of Sakyamuni Buddha will end after three periods. (1) The true Dharma age lasted 500 to 1,000 years after ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

For some reason the Search function here & at Dhamma Wheel does not work for Topics like it used to. After a few minutes I gave up. I thought there was another thread on this subject and in 2012 there was. So it reminded me of this Mahayana sutra on the subject: http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra1...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

For some reason the Search function here & at Dhamma Wheel does not work for Topics like it used to. After a few minutes I gave up. I thought there was another thread on this subject and in 2012 there was. So it reminded me of this Mahayana sutra on the subject: http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra10...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

The two main meanings of Dharma are the written or spoken Dharma and the realized or experiential Dharma. We take refuge in the latter sort of Dharma. No doubt the written & spoken version will persist, but if our ethics, meditation & wisdom are non-Dharmic then degeneration of the Dharma is assured.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

The Vinayas & Nikayas are the original sources. The main compiler is one Piya Tan.

Both Buddhism & Jainism share similar yuga systems which differ from the Hindu or ancient Greek notions of rising and falling eras of spiritual life.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

All due respect, the topic itself echoes, or mimics, the Hindu mythology of the Kali Yuga which contains very similar kinds of prognostications about the dark ages at the end of history. It's not without truth, but shouldn't be interpreted too literally. Another attitude which could be endorsed, as...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

The idea that the Dharma will perish because women are ordained is laughable in the extreme. Then, there is the rest. Such claptrap. :crazy: Too bad you were so sleepy not to read the sources of these statements; here is one regarding women: If, Ananda, women had not obtained the going forth, the h...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Re: Dharma Ending Age

KeithA wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:47 am
big yawn...the Dharma doesn't care about that stuff :zzz:
Sorry to wake you, return to sleep.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 78
Views: 1256

Dharma Ending Age

A short article giving reasons why the Dharma will end: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1.10-Dharma-ending-age-piya.pdf The list from Nattier: (1) the admission of women into the monastic community; (2) the lack of respect toward various elements of the Buddhist tradition; ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 26
Views: 1149

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

From the Tattva or Reality chapter, with a little of Mipham's comments, Only ten verses, yet with Mipham Bodhisattva's help a fount of wisdom. 1. THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF THATNESS It is not existent nor nonexistent, not the same nor different; Not produced nor destroyed, it will not diminish ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Time of Death Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Time of Death Sutra

Tattva is not a term utilised in Buddhism as it includes the notion of an inherent existent, something which one does not find in Buddhism. Conflating Tattva with Dharmakaya, Tathata is just plain wrong. Try not to be so certain G. Again, quoting from the Princeton Dictionary: tattva . (T. de ny id...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Time of Death Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Time of Death Sutra

I actually have a question about this sutra which has been bothering me for ages . Since all dharmas are contained within bodhicitta, cultivate well a mind of great compassion ... Since phenomena are by nature pure, Cultivate the notion of lack of existence. Since they are infused with bodhicitta, ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Time of Death Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Time of Death Sutra

Bodhicitta has depths of meaning. In the highest meaning it is identical with Thatness or tattva. The Uttaratantra has key verses, like these two: Thereby, bodhicitta as the receptacle Of qualities such as confidence, vigor, Mindfulness, dhyána, and prajna Is present in them at all times. V.10 Since...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Time of Death Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Time of Death Sutra

A pithy little sutra that gives Buddha's key themes to meditate on in preparing for our death. This website also offers a course on the sutra, as well as two commentaries on the sutra - Tibetan and English: https://lhaseylotsawa.org/books/the-noble-wisdom-of-the-time-of-death-sūtra-and-commentaries
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

The expected rule of conventional so called thinking is at work here. So I will let the thread go and leave in hopes some may read the book by Berenson. Here is part of Megan's recent review at Amazon: What I have to say needs to be heard. I remain aghast and horrified by the comments, insults and w...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

Studies found that people believe anything that has the word study in it. I worked with veterans in the army and have seen cannabis prescribed. It's even covered for vets by insurance now it was so effective in clinical trials. Though obviously overhyped it is a very useful and safe medication. I s...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

"Facts," didn't see any medical journal references in there. Just a bunch of bullshit from bad 80s cop shows. Pretty sloppy reader, though his book will be chock full of citations: In most cases, studies find that the risk is at least as significant as with alcohol. A 2012 paper in the Journal of I...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

Nemo wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:44 am
A bit over the top don't you think?
Not a bit - very sobering facts brought to light.
Almost everything you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything advocates and the media have told you for a generation, is wrong.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 521

Dangers of Marijuana

An intoxicant far more risky than conventionally thought.

https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/marijuan ... -violence/

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