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by tobes
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist "relics"?
Replies: 75
Views: 4519

Re: Buddhist "relics"?

nichirenista, Your views however falls under the umbrella of scientism and materialism, and this forum is as its header says " A Buddhist discussion forum on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism " (and like its Terms of Service says: " Do not be disruptive. Dharma Wheel is an environment for the discuss...
by tobes
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist "relics"?
Replies: 75
Views: 4519

Re: Buddhist "relics"?

No worries nichirenista - I'm not saying you are. I'm just saying that showing respect for different views is appropriate for all parties in this discussion. :anjali: Thank you. I have no problem with people believing the relics are literally those of the historical Buddha. I just don't believe it....
by tobes
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist "relics"?
Replies: 75
Views: 4519

Re: Buddhist "relics"?

Speaking as a mod here: It's quite legitimate on a Buddhist forum that one person may believe in the power of relics and another may not. It seems clear to me where Nichirenista and Malcolm sit on that issue. If there is something to be gained by substantively engaging in the issue, then by all mea...
by tobes
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist "relics"?
Replies: 75
Views: 4519

Re: Buddhist "relics"?

Speaking as a mod here: It's quite legitimate on a Buddhist forum that one person may believe in the power of relics and another may not. It seems clear to me where Nichirenista and Malcolm sit on that issue. If there is something to be gained by substantively engaging in the issue, then by all mean...
by tobes
Fri May 16, 2014 3:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 7707

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

Dan74, being well schooled in psychoanalytic informed social theory, I can only agree entirely. Lamentably, there is so little in political (and other) discourses that manages to escape or subvert the unconscious logic of Us and Them. Buddhists are not immune, nor are Jews, Zionists and Palestinians...
by tobes
Fri May 16, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 7707

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

You're right that these are very influential ideas in the construction of a new age mythology - the two articles come from texts by Alice Bailey, a post-theosophical writer who in fact coined the term 'new age.' Beyond the pernicious character of the racial stereotyping, an excellent account of such...
by tobes
Fri May 16, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 7707

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

In every country and down the ages, the Jew has turned to commerce and has worked with money Because in Europe they were not allowed to own land or work as an artisan. They had the international connection to other jewish communities and were mostly literate, so international trade was a reasonable...
by tobes
Fri May 16, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism
Replies: 73
Views: 7707

Re: Israel, Palestine, Antisemitism

thanks Rory for ur suggestion. well, M.G i was too lazy to read this whole thread so i don't want to start my own conversation here about this topic and i have really nothing to say to your reply post to my first comment, i don't agree with everything you said but i don't want to start an argument ...
by tobes
Sun May 11, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: The Torch of Certainty
Replies: 14
Views: 2496

Re: The Torch of Certainty

Is there not a discussion in that very text about the utility of the Mt Meru cosmology? Trungpa seems to (tentatively) suggest that it's time for a cosmology update....

:anjali:
by tobes
Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators: tobes and Sherab Dorje
Replies: 18
Views: 4357

Re: New Moderators: tobes and Sherab Dorje

Hope I can help smooth the waters....

The older I get, the more of a Habermasian I become:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/habermas/#HabDisThe

:anjali:
by tobes
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra meditation problem: locating the mind
Replies: 476
Views: 32185

Re: Mahamudra meditation problem: locating the mind

The issue of controversy here seems to be something like: is it possible to establish a materialist view (in this case, about the nature of mind or consciousness) without making any discursive/conceptual imputations? I don't think that is the controversy. To establish any view requires concepts. Th...
by tobes
Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra meditation problem: locating the mind
Replies: 476
Views: 32185

Re: Mahamudra meditation problem: locating the mind

The issue of controversy here seems to be something like: is it possible to establish a materialist view (in this case, about the nature of mind or consciousness) without making any discursive/conceptual imputations? From a western point of view, such a possibility was destroyed by Kant's First Crit...
by tobes
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra meditation problem: locating the mind
Replies: 476
Views: 32185

Re: Mahamudra meditation problem: locating the mind

Lengthy post ahead, sorry. But you (jeeprs) know that a lot of conventional Buddhism is idealism and fantasy. It is just speculation masquerading as fact. Not with you on that. Certainly on the level of cultural belief and practice - ‘village Buddhism’ - there is superstition and ritualism - spells...
by tobes
Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: extibetanbuddhist dot com
Replies: 128
Views: 8563

Re: extibetanbuddhist dot com

In the 17th century Leibniz wrote on Buddhism, in the late 18th/early 19th century. Schopenhauer in particular was strongly influenced by his studies of Buddhism, and Hegel and other philosophers were all familiar with and wrote about it. In the 1870's, Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical movemen...
by tobes
Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: extibetanbuddhist dot com
Replies: 128
Views: 8563

Re: extibetanbuddhist dot com

It's pretty interesting politically. Classic paranoid libertarianism , USA style - every collective is a totalitarian plot/conspiracy to rule the world! But then, to quote Kurt Cobain: “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you." i.e. Of course there are some granules of truth ...
by tobes
Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Should Buddhists even care about "engaging" social politics?
Replies: 113
Views: 9916

Re: Should Buddhists even care about "engaging" social polit

Personally, I find Hayek far more appealing than Trotsky, and much more reasonable and sensible. He fully exposes the failures of both right and left wing socialist collectivism. It pained me to discover this, but I think Hayek is right about the relationship between price and knowledge - and it fo...
by tobes
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Religion and Politics
Replies: 13
Views: 477

Re: Buddhist neglect of academic findings.

Even on the level of governmental politics, we have to account for the very influential rise of religious influenced conservationism - think about American politics for a moment! We cannot say that American governmental politics is becoming increasingly secular. If anything, it seems to be becoming...
by tobes
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Should Buddhists even care about "engaging" social politics?
Replies: 113
Views: 9916

Re: Should Buddhists even care about "engaging" social polit

Personally, I find Hayek far more appealing than Trotsky, and much more reasonable and sensible. He fully exposes the failures of both right and left wing socialist collectivism. It pained me to discover this, but I think Hayek is right about the relationship between price and knowledge - and it fo...
by tobes
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Religion and Politics
Replies: 13
Views: 477

Religion and Politics

Indrajala, I think you far overplay secularism in contemporary western societies. It's a very common tacit assumption that 'the west' is increasingly secular, materialist, scientific etc. Well, I'd say in most western societies there is a strong emphasis on secular values and secular government (i....
by tobes
Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8988

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

For example, isn't the topic of justice (what is it, how might we achieve this as a polis etc) actually far more important than gossiping about a king or battle? Surely a Platonic treatise on that matter (or something more contemporary) is more exalted than a bunch of people at the bar expressing c...