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by tobes
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4638

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Yes, it is certainly a very subtle metaphysics. But also an epistemology. The sense of 'satya' strays across both domains depending on the context and the particular argument being made. i.e. sometimes it is a statement about (the nature of) reality, sometimes a statement about how one might know or...
by tobes
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4638

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

That's funny PeterC! I don't think just reading Nagarjuna is much help to anyone, because you really have to understand who he is critiquing to gain any real insight. i.e. The early Madhyamaka project doesn't make a whole lot of sense without Sarvastivadan realism to deconstruct in the first instan...
by tobes
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4638

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

That's funny PeterC! I don't think just reading Nagarjuna is much help to anyone, because you really have to understand who he is critiquing to gain any real insight. i.e. The early Madhyamaka project doesn't make a whole lot of sense without Sarvastivadan realism to deconstruct in the first instanc...
by tobes
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4638

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

In the same breath what is Mipham's treatise but a peerless example of analysis? If one agrees with his arguments and view of Madhyamaka, then one is assenting to the efficacy of analysis. In any case, when all is said and done, everyone is doing guru-yoga to get there, Gelugs included. Mipham was ...
by tobes
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4638

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Yes, but it's the principal method for realising emptiness (or any object of Buddhadharma for that matter) For you and/or your lineage, perhaps. There are other methods which do not rely on analytical meditation. Not an unimportant point at all. Since we’re talking about Mipham’s views on the subje...
by tobes
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4638

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I've signed in for the first time in 3 or 4 years for this post, so, you know, I might respond on this thread, but then I sign out again..... 1. It's hard to do Tibetan Madhyamaka without sectarianism, but please try. 2. I personally find both Mipham's and Tsong Khapa's interpretation very inspiring...
by tobes
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist "relics"?
Replies: 75
Views: 5421

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: 5421

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: 5421

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: 5421

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: 9064

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: 9064

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: 9064

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: 9064

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: 2758

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: 4604

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: 37239

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: 37239

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: 37239

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: 12044

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...

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