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by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

I would like to take another go at comparisons using ‘child’s mind” or 'like a child' when some commentators refer to non-conceptual thoughts. Since a child does not yet possess language, it is possible he would not have the same categorizations and conceptualizations that an adult would. Some comme...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

how then can there be an 'original mind' or 'true self'??? The nirmanakaya is how ordinary beings perceive/conceive a buddha, i.e. the human aspect. The sambhogakaya is how arya-bodhisattvas perceive/conceive a buddha, i.e. the devotional and meditational aspect. The dharmakaya is the true nature o...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

I often come across references to Original Mind, Nature, etc.in discussions of Buddhism (especially Zen). If you want the East Asian teachings on such matters, start with the Awakening of Faith in Mahayana. It talks of "original enlightenment" (benjue 本覺). "The essence of Mind is free from thoughts...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

Is there an infinite consciousness or self that is shining everywhere? Well, there is the Pabhassara Sutta: "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is ...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

I Again, I've never seen that argued, or if so it was in a different context - "view the world fresh like a child" or something similar. [ Again, I don't think anyone really makes th argument that children are naturally enlightened in serious Buddhist studies, but I could be wrong. i have seen quit...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. Actually, the two 'extremes' are not nihilism and idealism, but nihilism and eternalism . And eternalism is something like the belief that the aim of the spiritual life...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

Let me take another crack at the idea of Original Mind and True Self, which I believe are misnomers. I think that it is valid to speak of a Mahayana Buddhism as a Buddhism of negation where sunyata is the determining principle. Sunyata is not a force of nihilism but the essence of all being; not a n...
by Supramundane
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

Astus wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:00 pm
Supramundane wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:09 pm
Perhaps the Trikaya is a reflection of the middle way too?
Not really. The trikaya doctrine is meant to explain the different aspects of a buddha.
just an idea:)
by Supramundane
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

Perhaps the Trikaya is a reflection of the middle way too?

Nirmanakaya: the earthly body (nihilism: we are just a body)
Dharmakaya: the essence (idealism: we are the soul)

And the middle way, Samboghakaya (rainbow body)

Am i correct the make the equivalence?

In any case, a good memory aide:)
by Supramundane
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

Re: original as misnomer

thanks for your comments. what i'm afraid of however that the mirror reference is a reification of what is only a potential, a capacity which has no intrinsic reality. just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. t...
by Supramundane
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 544

original as misnomer

I often come across references to Original Mind, Nature, etc.in discussions of Buddhism (especially Zen). However, i don't see a lot of intellectual rigor in these discussions; if we break things down, Original is defined as 'inherent' or sometimes indicates a temporal reference, i.e. like a child. ...
by Supramundane
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: escape from samsara
Replies: 16
Views: 406

Re: escape from samsara

My understanding of the Mahāyāna teaching, is that I don't think it's a matter of 'escaping' so much, as a matter of 'letting go'. The teaching is: when you seize or cling to saṃsāra, it is the source of suffering, when you release it, it's the source of joy. In comments on The Fundamental Wisdom o...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:21 am
Virgo wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:34 am
All beings are interconnected in this web.

Kevin...
Who's the spider :spy:
Indra :P
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

So am i taking things a step too far if i posit that rebirth is a type of interconnection? Definitely not. You could even go so far as to say that all beings have at one point been your mother. :smile: true we are all connected in ways that we cannot imagine. we are all brothers, sisters, fathers, ...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

So am i taking things a step too far if i posit that rebirth is a type of interconnection? Hello Supramundane, How could it not be? But on the other hand, if it were interconnected that would mean that all karma is interconnected, so for instance my actions would be more like our actions. That can’...
by Supramundane
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

Thank you for your comments. i am trying to imagine the intellectual consequences of horizontal AND vertical interconnection. It makes me see rebirth and karma in a new light. as a species we must die; for there to be birth there must be death. for there to be evolution, we must die. we are born to ...
by Supramundane
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 327

rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

One thing that never ceases to impress itself upon me is the inter-connectedness of Buddhist concepts, all seem to complement each other and fit together like pieces in a puzzle, especially in Mahayana: all beings are interconnected. Enlightenment of individual beings is in a sense interconnected th...
by Supramundane
Wed May 30, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 46
Views: 1443

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

well said
by Supramundane
Wed May 30, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 46
Views: 1443

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

it is not just the FNT that may be hard to accept. it is mostly the unsaid that is hard to accept: no soul, no heaven, no personal father looking out for you. You are in an inscrutable universe with no certainty except what you can discern with the puny faculties you have. If a bacterium in a petri ...
by Supramundane
Wed May 30, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 46
Views: 1443

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

emptiness is not a process, however. it is the nature of all things. entropy is a process. and so entropy and emptiness are not equivalent. even though entropy may be thought of as 'harmonization' rather than 'heat death', entropy is usually viewed as a negative. if everything is leading to heat dea...

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