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by Anders
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1337

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

A psychotherapist friend who has a deep background in Zen said he's come to believe after decades of work with Buddhist practitioners that spiritual health and psychological health are really quite different, that one doesn't at all necessarily follow the other. In particular, he thinks, people who...
by Anders
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 143
Views: 1593

Re: Zen Forum International

jake wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:41 pm
Why do you think people prefer FB?
real identities helps to keep things real.

The same will happen to DW sooner or later.
by Anders
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???
Replies: 19
Views: 423

Re: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???

it has been immeasurable, boundless hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, millions of nayutas of kalpas since I in fact attained buddhahood. Ever since then I have been constantly in this saha world, preaching the Law, teaching, and converting. ...I appear in different places and preach to them under...
by Anders
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change

I think it's a fine statement. On matters of astronomy, atomic particles and evolution for example, I think it is only sensible that Buddhists should prefer science over the traditional Buddhist take.
by Anders
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Deities
Replies: 14
Views: 448

Re: Buddhist Deities

I'm not keen on 'true for you'', that's simple relativism. I believe the wisdom beings and deities are real, if they're aspects of mind, that is true in a sense much more profound than psychology would fathom. Not mind, the nature of mind. /magnus Obviously they can not be reduced only to that, sin...
by Anders
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 157
Views: 17604

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Advaita Vedanta came to being and prominence a lot later than the Madhyamaka school though. Their earliest texts were compiled in the fifth century and people like Gaudapada and Shankara even later whereas Nagarjuna lived in the 2nd-3rd centuries. Vedanta is just the name of a school of upanishad c...
by Anders
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 157
Views: 17604

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

I found this one 'clarifying' https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=14791&start=260#p389030 The mind essence is unconditioned, empty clarity. The mind is conditioned. A person who has directly perceived their own mind essence is someone who has rig pa, knowledge. The mind essence is not cogni...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

He described sexual misconduct as immoral. As far as I am concerned, exploiting women through buying their services is sexual misconduct. It generally falls under the category of having sex with those who are not independent . I think I see where you are going with this, but can you expand? I assum...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

Seriously? Yes. It's not a straightforward topic, there are evidently people here who seem to have the straight of it. I'd like to see it properly argued. The difference is that when I buy a homeless person's newsletter, I am not exploiting them. When I use the services of a prostitute, I am. This ...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

..that it is therefore exploitative/immoral to pay him or her for sex. I did not say anything about exploitation or immorality, I am talking about suffering. That might (or may not?) be too narrow as consideration. I think it's a somewhat safe bet that one singular client paying being very nice abo...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

I think you are confused about what the word morality means. It may be not very dignified or particularly uplifting for a young beautiful girl to transactionally marry an old ugly but very rich man. But if they are making their choice freely and without hurting anyone else, it hardly qualifies as i...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

Pimping and sex trafficking certainly add an immoral element to it. But I am not seeing how prostituting out of despeation necessarily makes paying for it immoral. I think it needs to be shown here how selling sex out of desperation is morally different from selling a homeless' newsletter out of de...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

I think it needs to be shown here how selling sex out of desperation is morally different from selling a homeless' newsletter out of despeation. Seriously? Yes. It's not a straightforward topic, there are evidently people here who seem to have the straight of it. I'd like to see it properly argued.
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

Ok I understand but wut if young beautiful girl marry old ugly but very rich man. wouldnt that also be kind of like prostitute behavior or no? No that would be immoral too obviously. Even if both sides are aware of the true nature of the transaction. Both sides are doing it for selfish reasons - th...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 4249

Re: sex with prostitute

What does the idea of choice even mean when one is forced economically to choose amongst a group of (equally) shitty employment options in order to survive? Try to answer this time instead of throwing up smoke screens. I think there is a step being skipped here. It does not automatically follow fro...
by Anders
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 2551

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The oldest manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra are among the oldest manuscripts in the world: The Gilgit manuscripts[34] were nominated[35] in 2006 to be included on the UNESCO Memory of the World register, but without success. The Gilgit manuscripts are among the oldest manuscripts in the world, and th...
by Anders
Sun May 28, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1497

Re: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?

Theoretically a new Buddha appears when the dispensation of the previous Buddha has disappeared COMPLETELY. So, if the Vedas were taught by Buddha Kashyapa either a)Buddha Shakyamuni is not a Buddha or b)The Vedas taught by the Buddha Kashyapa are not the existing Vedas but some other long forgotte...
by Anders
Wed May 24, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 2551

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The Avatamsaka sutra is considered an apochryphal teaching and not one of the earlier ones. This did go on to become one of the main sutras in East Asian Buddhism. It is as apochryphal as any other Mahayana sutra. When a Mahayana sutra is referred to as apocryphal, that usually means there was no S...
by Anders
Wed May 24, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 2551

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The Avatamsaka's first lines of Shikshananda's translation, via Cleary: THUS HAVE I HEARD. At one time the Buddha was in the land of Magadha, in a state of purity, at the site of enlightenment, having just realized true awareness. The Avatamsaka sutra is considered an apochryphal teaching and not o...
by Anders
Mon May 22, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 22847

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Dzogchen and Mahāmudra seek to identify the so called mind-essence. Please explain the features and characteristics of mind-essence? Is mind-essence in any way cognizant? The mind essence is unconditioned, empty clarity. The mind is conditioned. A person who has directly perceived their own mind es...