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by Caoimhghín
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana that do not use Yogacara "all is mind" type language nor teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 282

Re: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana that do not use Yogacara "all is mind" type language nor teachings?

I understand that "all is mind" must be decoded and does not mean "all is mind" in the usual sense of these words, but rather denotes emptiness and is therefore perfectly in line with the sutras and Madhyamaka. Well, that might be a more sophisticated consequence of "all is mind" than the simpler a...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

Really? I think I was contrarian enough for you!

But all aside, I don't think I'm your normal beige. I'm too special a snowflake for that.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

Simon E. wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:29 pm
One could. One doesn’t.
Hence why I said we mightn't get very far!

That's my contrarian stance vis-a-vis perennialism for you.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

One could look at it this way. Humanity is in the collective shared condition of being human. Being human, they want something to stop them from being so damn sad all the time. They don't know what they need. They need X. X is every religion, Buddhism included, in that every religion is an attempt t...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

I think that all human religions reflect human religious needs and whether they meet those needs adequately are different issues.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

Perhaps Caoimhghin we could start by agreeing a definition of Perennialism.. :coffee: Okay, but I can't guarantee we'll get very far, and it will be my fault, because I have a number of contrarian opinions. I'm going to steal a definition from wikipedia. "Perennialism is a perspective in spirituali...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

:offtopic: Not to continue this :offtopic: subconversation endlessly, but I just sign onto DhammaWheel for the first time in a while and I found your thread over there still intact. Connections to Other Paths is my favourite subforum of DhammaWheel. IMO DharmaWheel could use one, but there is an ir...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

Really? I think there is something more shallow going on, a linguistic taboo. But maybe you are right and I am wrong.

I've seen things called perennialism here that are barely perennialism.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Freemasonry
Replies: 37
Views: 845

Re: Freemasonry

:offtopic: Not to continue this :offtopic: subconversation endlessly, but I just sign onto DhammaWheel for the first time in a while and I found your thread over there still intact. Connections to Other Paths is my favourite subforum of DhammaWheel. IMO DharmaWheel could use one, but there is an ir...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Wait a minute.

If its "caused by" a mother's post-conception behaviour, is it the mother's "fault" that an otherwise straight child is born gay instead?

Is it "caused by" a mother's specific post-conception behaviour or "accompanied by" these certain behaviours?
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Yes, my silly joke can be put aside, but what behaviours specifically? I'm interested. I'd only laugh if it was profoundly a hilarious answer ("She eats too many sausage-shaped foods," etc.) , but I have no idea what Tibetans would have thought produced homosexual children. There is an ayurvedic sex...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I'm pretty sure if we really want to go looking, the source is likely one of the Chinese apocryphal bodhisattvaśīla scriptures in the 1400's of the Taishō Canon. That's just a guess, those scriptures have all sorts of things in them. But its very common to be of the opinion that cheating will get y...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I'm pretty sure if we really want to go looking, the source is likely one of the Chinese apocryphal bodhisattvaśīla scriptures in the 1400's of the Taishō Canon. That's just a guess, those scriptures have all sorts of things in them. But its very common to be of the opinion that cheating will get yo...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

It must be in the Mūlasarvāstivāda vinaya? I've read a lot of Theravādin abortion debates and never seen that come up from their vinaya.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Which heavens correspond

One of the points of Christian heaven and Christian hell is that they are eternal and you go there forever. Leaving aside the moral issue of why a loving God sentences beings to infinite hell for de facto finite crimes, there is the central issue of the lifespan of the person and the immortality of ...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

(and basiclly everyone in the world until pretty recently) Are you quite sure about that? I don't need to educate you on the history of homosexuality, simply because I don't think you're going to read anything I post to you. You have truths that make you feel secure, happy, and make you feel like a...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Best not to express your views too openly if you happen to be a conservative. A pro-life, pro traditional marriage stance will get you banned fast even though you can find support for these viewpoints in Buddhist texts. Stop exaggerating. No one has ever been banned for expressing pro-life or pro t...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

I don't think he comes here often. ‘Epithets of the Mantra’ in the Heart Sutra by Jayarava is like a collection of his best arguments and most interesting insights concerning the sūtra divorced of the more extreme claims like the Tang dynasty forgery piece on his blog. I don't know if it's peer revi...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

Nattier's thesis was much more reasonable than Jayarava's, which is what the forum is reacting to in the above linked thread. Jayarava builds on Nattier and then goes further, claiming he can pinpoint the Sanskrit to a Tang dynasty forgery.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

To be fair, a bunch of people complained that what was possibly-the-case was being presented as definitely-the-case, and that certain points of evidence seemed exaggerated iirc. Its not really disproven anymore than the original thesis was proven.

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