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by Brunelleschi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Skandhas Are Not Things.
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: The Skandhas Are Not Things.

The Skandhas are not things. They have no inherent existence. They are FUNCTIONS. Their function is imputed. They are snapshots at any given time of the constantly changing relationship between the subject and the constantly changing environment. They have no more solidity than does your lap once y...
by Brunelleschi
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...
Replies: 29
Views: 1522

Re: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...

Been seeing, and pushing back, against this clickbait all over twitter, etcetera. Can we at least keep a cool head and avoid spreading clickbait content made to disparage a living Bodhisattva away from Dharmawheel? At least put in some effort and post the full transcript and argue in good faith. If ...
by Brunelleschi
Mon May 13, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

I'm thinking of going to Thailand some time in the not too distant future and get some Sak Yant-tattos (in some places I can cover easily, heh). Does anyone have experience with this? What are the vows one must take (I already have refuge-vows)? Hygiene - what about it? What type of colors do they u...
by Brunelleschi
Mon May 13, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?

What is most damaging in the missionary spread of buddhism is the very poor organization. In terms of organization, buddhism is quite inferior to christianity and even islam. That is a shame because buddhism is superior in philosophy to other religions. the best religious philosophy other than budd...
by Brunelleschi
Sun May 12, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?

It's a pretty pointless line of speculation, in light of the recent UN report that a thousand species of plant and animal are facing extinction. That is far graver problem than anything that might or might not happen to Mahayana Buddhism. Not from a buddhist point of view, no. Thousands and thousan...
by Brunelleschi
Sun May 12, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?

It's relative percentage of the population will decline. Most likely "secular" values will increase. Perhaps there can be a resurgence of modern/secular buddhism like there has been in the west. I started a thread about a similar topic no too long ago: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=30...
by Brunelleschi
Tue May 07, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Joe Biden 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 1148

Re: Joe Biden 2020

So, what's the analysis of why there is lack of support for Bernie Sanders amongst black women but support for Biden? I mean Joe Biden opposed Busing desegregation and was, let's call it less than polite, towards Anita Hill. Whilst Bernie has a solid record of supporting black movements (albeit a lo...
by Brunelleschi
Tue May 07, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2133

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

We need to use scriptures and all what is us given "from the past" with respect and gratitude. But to cling to it as authentic is not why we use it at all. I see where you're coming from regarding "clinging" but I disagree on this point. Of course we as Mahayanists consider the Mahayna teachings as...
by Brunelleschi
Tue May 07, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2133

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

We need to use scriptures and all what is us given "from the past" with respect and gratitude. But to cling to it as authentic is not why we use it at all. I see where you're coming from regarding "clinging" but I disagree on this point. Of course we as Mahayanists consider the Mahayna teachings as...
by Brunelleschi
Mon May 06, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2133

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Thank you very much for offering this essay and its sources Wayfarer. I have great concern for a well-balanced and inclusive synthesis between East and West, and particularly Buddhism and secularism. ...This whole idea that Buddhism is "rational" and "science-y" is a modern invention anyway (since ...
by Brunelleschi
Sun May 05, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Re: Great Compassion

Great stuff. Will be following - hopefully supply some quotes of my own. :thumbsup:
by Brunelleschi
Sun May 05, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2133

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Thank you very much for offering this essay and its sources Wayfarer. I have great concern for a well-balanced and inclusive synthesis between East and West, and particularly Buddhism and secularism. Secularism is a waste of time. This is coming from a student of psychology/biological psychology (e...
by Brunelleschi
Sat May 04, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 2388

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Well, the mahayana sutra canon. :D Yes! :D I wanted to explore the Pali canon, and pre-sectarian Buddhism , first for historical reasons (for scholarship, you would say :D). But as a Buddhist practitioner, I will have a much greater interest in the preservation and evolution of the teachings, acros...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Joe Biden 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 1148

Re: Joe Biden 2020

So apparently Joe Biden called Anita Hill a few weeks before announcing his candidacy to apologize. He has chutzpah I'll give him that. :tongue:
by Brunelleschi
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Book: Artbooks related to the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Book: Artbooks related to the Lotus Sutra

SunWuKong wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:19 pm
The Freer in D.C. just had a big show on Lotus Sutra, but there's no mention of it in their web site. No catalog either, i guess
Interesting, thanks for the tip. I'll keep my eyes open. :geek:
by Brunelleschi
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Book: Artbooks related to the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Book: Artbooks related to the Lotus Sutra

I have it. Its interesting. Have not cracked it in a few years. As far as Buddhist art books go, not one that I would put at the top of the list. Its a good survey of art related to the Lotus Sutra. There are some exhibit catalogs from Japanese museums. Unfortunately, those are really hard to get -...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Book: Artbooks related to the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Book: Artbooks related to the Lotus Sutra

Hi, I'm interested in purchasing a book with art related to the Lotus Sutra (as I know there have been plenty of art associated with it). Anyone has any tips for a good book? Mainly interested in the art - so high quality images, preferably in color, is what I'm looking for. Anyone has experience wi...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Joe Biden 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 1148

Re: Joe Biden 2020

I heard from some pundits on the news that the Republicans are secretly worried about Biden in the race. They feel they have a good chance of beating any of the other Dem contenders by painting them as socialists, but with the centrist Biden, they will likely lose. Sounds about right. As I said I t...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: I will be in Hanoi, Vietnam next month...
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: I will be in Hanoi, Vietnam next month...

A good representative. :thumbsup: Vietnam has some cool national parks if you're into "nature".
by Brunelleschi
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Joe Biden 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 1148

Re: Joe Biden 2020

Right, not an american but he and Bernie are the candidates with the highest numbers in the polls right? Can't say I'm overly familiar with his political legacy. It is interesting to see left-wingers trying to smear him as a right-winger while right-wingers try to smear him as a left-winger. Guess t...

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