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by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 47
Views: 861

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I wanted to start an argument? I would refer you to your own statements concerning the motivation of meditators, complete with “stirring” emoji. I was pointing out that we can speculate all we want about what brings people to Dharma.. What know for a fact is that no one comes to a genuine practice ...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 47
Views: 861

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I see it very clearly also. You have 20 translators for every carpenter. Why is complicated. Buddhism does attract smart people. But also people with leisure who tend to be from a certain class. "We aren't elitist. We are just better than other people." Sure, I agree. Another factor I think is that...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 47
Views: 861

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I see it very clearly also. You have 20 translators for every carpenter. Why is complicated. Buddhism does attract smart people. But also people with leisure who tend to be from a certain class. "We aren't elitist. We are just better than other people." Sure, I agree. Another factor I think is that...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth as a ubhatovyanjañaka and paṇḍaka
Replies: 13
Views: 2252

Re: Rebirth as a ubhatovyanjañaka and paṇḍaka

Now I know there are plenty of homosexual monastics out there, and I rejoice in the merit they are accumulating due to their capacity to hold their vows of celibacy, under their given circumstances :bow: and especially given the homophobia that exists in many Buddhist communities, but be careful ab...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth as a ubhatovyanjañaka and paṇḍaka
Replies: 13
Views: 2252

Re: Rebirth as a ubhatovyanjañaka and paṇḍaka

Now I know there are plenty of homosexual monastics out there, and I rejoice in the merit they are accumulating due to their capacity to hold their vows of celibacy, under their given circumstances :bow: and especially given the homophobia that exists in many Buddhist communities, but be careful ab...
by Brunelleschi
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jakarta is sinking
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Jakarta is sinking

Alright. :sage:
by Brunelleschi
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jakarta is sinking
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Jakarta is sinking

As the ice caps and other glaciers melt, some of the adjacent land will sink as the Earth adjusts shape. Coastal regions are going to be submerged. What's the sound of environmental havoc once Gaia has purged herself of human cancer? Happy thought for the day! Why is that positive from a Buddhist p...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 16
Views: 1269

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I mean, I have a similar background and most Buddhist I know are well educated - so it's not like she's some outlier. :shrug: I wouldn't worry too much.
by Brunelleschi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Skandhas Are Not Things.
Replies: 16
Views: 767

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: 1732

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: 854

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: 953

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: 953

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: 953

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: 1343

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: 2544

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: 2544

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: 2544

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: 538

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: 2544

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...

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