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by Supramundane
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism
Replies: 14
Views: 992

Re: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism

to apprehend the Buddha's concept of self, the notion of conventional truth and ultimate truth is very helpful. please take a look at it. things will be much clearer. in some ways, the human species is more of an 'individual' than one single human being in the grand scheme of things, if you know wha...
by Supramundane
Wed May 01, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The same thing four times
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: The same thing four times

Avoidance of doubt
by Supramundane
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Aemilius wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:14 pm
On the contrary, self exists in the ordinary everyday meaning even for Nagarjuna and Shakyamuni, see Dhammapada chapter on Self, and MMK. Famous monks too have passports, they have the nominal, biological, genetic and legislative identity.
True. On a conventional level.
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 1231

Re: experience of piti and sukha

I think Theravada tends to see the Jhanas like Maslow's pyramid: you keep pushing up until you reach the highest point, enlightenment. The first jhana seems to be centered on disconnecting the five senses. By focusing the mind on an unchanging object of awareness, one transcends distracting percept...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Stop the presses: maybe i have (reverse) proof of Nirvana: What if we accept that the Self is the opposite of Nirvana; that we reach Nirvana by comprehending the illusory nature of self, that it is mere illusion and the root cause of misery by clinging to this delusion. If we posit them as being dia...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 1231

Re: experience of piti and sukha

I think Theravada tends to see the Jhanas like Maslow's pyramid: you keep pushing up until you reach the highest point, enlightenment. The first jhana seems to be centered on disconnecting the five senses. By focusing the mind on an unchanging object of awareness, one transcends distracting percepti...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I can't forgive
Replies: 17
Views: 614

Re: I can't forgive

I can't seem to forgive someone who caused me a lot of pain: imagine the worst and you'll be close. This person, of course, is family...and not so easy to cut out of my life. And the person won't apologize, so the rage in me just builds and builds. I want justice, vengeance even. I have really beco...
by Supramundane
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sarcasm wrong speech? Is feeding other people ego and greed wrong? And other perils in wall street stock markets
Replies: 12
Views: 900

Re: Is sarcasm wrong speech? Is feeding other people ego and greed wrong? And other perils in wall street stock markets

i feel you bro: i wanted to start a Sarcastic Club recently, but couldn't figure out if anyone really wanted to join. btw i'm not sure about the company culture where you work, but analysts are not allowed to promise high returns or even use the word "predict". (i think 'forecast' is the SEC languag...
by Supramundane
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

A friend of mine naively asked me the other day, "is there any proof of Nirvana? can you show it to me?" Before i tell you how i answered, i am curious to know your answers. Can we prove the existence of Nirvana, either through logic or sutras? it is a fair question after all. Btw, I answered in th...
by Supramundane
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Nirvāṇa isn't really a "verb," it's a noun derived from a past participle of a verb (√vā, to blow --> vāna, blown) with a prefix added to the front (nis/nir, out). Nirvāṇa, the "out-blown," or the "extinguished." ah very true. i should have said, "Nibutti", which i believe is the verb i was looking...
by Supramundane
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Enlightenment is not nirvana, but enlightenment points the way to nirvana.... I think there is obviously a distinction between bodhi as an attribute and Nirvana as the final realisation of the path - so would agree. One point that might be worth mentioning is how the word 'enlightenment' came to be...
by Supramundane
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Nirvāṇa isn't really a "verb," it's a noun derived from a past participle of a verb (√vā, to blow --> vāna, blown) with a prefix added to the front (nis/nir, out). Nirvāṇa, the "out-blown," or the "extinguished." ah very true. i should have said, "Nibutti", which i believe is the verb i was looking...
by Supramundane
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Isn't that the nirvana/parinirvana distinction? Elimination of desire and ignorance is not intellectual as far as I know. And in some systems, there is a step beyond eliminating desire and ignorance - there is still fundamental ignorance. As I understand, Nirvana is beyond states, places, condition...
by Supramundane
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

...i have never come across a sutra that discusses such a difference. but i believe they are different. logically, when the Buddha realized the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path, the three marks of existence, etc., we can surmise that he became enlightened, i.e. he realized the nature of ex...
by Supramundane
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Logically, if there is ignorance, then there must be enlightenment. There must be a way to dispel ignorance, to know the truth. Enlightenment is not nirvana, but enlightenment points the way to nirvana.... Can you elaborate on the distinction you see between enlightenment and nirvana? yes with plea...
by Supramundane
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Is nirvana a phenomenon? If not it can't even be demonstrated let along proven. Samsara cannot be proven and yet we assume every second of our lives that it exists. If ignorance exists then it follows that enlightenment exists..... Your question is intriguing. Is nirvana a phenomenon? I suspect tha...
by Supramundane
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 48
Views: 3042

Re: proof of nirvana?

Logically, if there is ignorance, then there must be enlightenment.

There must be a way to dispel ignorance, to know the truth.

Enlightenment is not nirvana, but enlightenment points the way to nirvana....
by Supramundane
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 2888

Re: What is Art ?

catmoon wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:47 am
What is art?


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This is art.
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http://meetingbenches.com/wp-content/up ... onet-8.jpg

Can you feel the wind?
by Supramundane
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 2888

Re: What is Art ?

They remind me somewhat of Chu Teh Chun ... http://www.artnet.com/artists/chu-teh-chun/ I wish I could upload some of the paintings of Chu Teh Chun to better illustrate my meaning, sir. Hello Supramundane ! Thank you so much for your response to my work !!! And thank you for introducing me to the p...
by Supramundane
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 2367

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

When I started an MA program in religion, I think in the critical theory course, the first week was devoted to defining the term religion. We read a bunch of stuff, all lost to memory now, but my take away was that there is no simple definition. Its one of those things like "obscenity" - you know i...

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