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by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 143
Views: 9096

Re: Western Myth of Zen

No, the four foundations of mindfulness are found throughout all Buddhadharma. And the four noble truths are not? Also, do you know a Mahayana tradition that actually practises what is written in the Satipatthana Sutta? However, even if the four foundations of mindfulness are discussed, it is diffe...
by Malcolm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

... it is pointless to discuss this issue with someone who holds a physicalist perspective ... A "physicalist perspective" is not the proper way to engage with the argument ... that matter cannot produce mind. Is that ... more or less correct? PS: Just to re-cap, I made the assertion that rebirth c...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 143
Views: 9096

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Astus wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:41 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:46 pm
By whom?
By those who say that the sravakayana is the four noble truths.
No, the four foundations of mindfulness are found throughout all Buddhadharma.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

However, from where does the mind arise at the first moment of conception? If it is restricted to this life, your examples fail because at this point there are no senses and no sense organs. Why is that so? Consciousness was not switched on, like a light switch, it developed gradually as my body gr...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

conebeckham wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:39 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:18 pm
Dranyen wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:29 pm
Hi- Can anyone advise on what form of Yamantaka this is?

I have reached out to the hosting center to ask, but haven’t heard back.

Thanks!
Vajrabhairava,

13 deity? Solitary? Mal Luk?

I know Sakyas maintain many lineages of VajraBhairava......
It will either be Mal lug or Rwa Lug.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

CedarTree wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:15 pm

We are talking about reality.
No, we are talking about conventional truth. In ultimate truth, there is no birth, no death, and so on.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

... mind cannot arise from the four elements, since matter and mind are different kinds of substance (dravya), and just as material entities of different continua cannot arise from one another, i.e. corn cannot grow from wheat seeds, likewise, matter cannot produce mind nor can mind arise from matt...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

I think a lot of that is meta premised still in dualism. And dualism is a problem because? But I was just kind of getting at in general that that kind of proof in a university higher level philosophy of mind class would not be well accepted. That's before even going into Philosophy of language and ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

I think a lot of that is meta premised still in dualism. And dualism is a problem because? But I was just kind of getting at in general that that kind of proof in a university higher level philosophy of mind class would not be well accepted. That's before even going into Philosophy of language and ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Dranyen wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:29 pm
Hi- Can anyone advise on what form of Yamantaka this is?

I have reached out to the hosting center to ask, but haven’t heard back.

Thanks!
Vajrabhairava,
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Fine. Malcolm, you re-state Dharmakirti's argument as follows: All conditioned things have causes. Mind, being conditioned, has a cause. If mind has a material cause it must come from the body . If mind does not have a material cause it must have a nonmaterial cause. If the mind has a nonmaterial c...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:39 pm
Please try.
No. But since I trust you, and I know you wuv me, I'll take it on faith for now.

:heart:
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by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

In other words, acceptance of rebirth by that practitioner is not the result of a reasoning process. The old Dharmakīrti heuristic All conditioned things have causes. Mind, being conditioned, has a cause. If mind has a material cause it must come from the body. If mind does not have a material caus...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

The only nonmaterial thing that can cause mind is mind. Shockingly, the old Dharmakirti heuristic appears to have the same issues as the old Descartes heuristic. I could poke as many holes in this as I could with Aquinas' "proofs" for the existence of God. Please try. You make a lot of assertions, ...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

In other words, acceptance of rebirth by that practitioner is not the result of a reasoning process. The old Dharmakīrti heuristic All conditioned things have causes. Mind, being conditioned, has a cause. If mind has a material cause it must come from the body. If mind does not have a material caus...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Are you saying that proving rebirth via induction is not only possible to do for a beginning practitioner, but necessary ? Of course. What would be the point of wanting to attain buddhahood unless one wants to be free of birth? If one does not accept rebirth, there is no need for Buddhadharma at al...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 143
Views: 9096

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Matylda wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:58 pm
Well, if you will become a zen master, then you will understand the real meaning of above quotations.
Pretty sure Astus considers himself a Zen master already.
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 143
Views: 9096

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Astus wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:21 am

The smrtyupasthana is considered mainly a sravakayana method.

By whom?
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Yes, and I'd go further. If someone is incapable of placing some degree of irrational faith in some flying pink hippo (such as god, free will, immortality, etc), in some variant, consequently the only strictly logical alternatives are either "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die" or gun-in-the...
by Malcolm
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 63
Views: 629

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

People who do not accept rebirth are utterly wasting their time studying and practicing Buddhadharma. There is no point to it. If you want to be a "better" person, or have less anxiety, etc., you don't need Buddhism at all. Yes, and I'd go further. If someone is incapable of placing some degree of ...