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by Caoimhghín
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 307

Re: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra

In Chapter three of the Lotus Sutra there is the parable of the burning house. In this parable Buddha promises three kinds of carts with different draught animals, that are waiting for the children outside the burning house (of samsara). These animals are goat , deer , and white bullock . Goat is a...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2129

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

The above is sadly accurate. But tbh it's usually the deponents who are complete idiots. I have this one lady this week who "could not remember" if she had taken any vacations in the last 5 years. Sorry to be off topic... Check this out: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~spikep/Humor/Legally%20Laughing.htm...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2129

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

The above is sadly accurate. But tbh it's usually the deponents who are complete idiots. I have this one lady this week who "could not remember" if she had taken any vacations in the last 5 years.
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4522

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Mahāyāna wants to embrace the world ... Not embrace it, but liberate it. Take the Lotus Sūtra, for instance ... This sutra isn't revered by every Mahayana school. And even if a few parts of it seem out there, oftentimes these are composite works stitched together out of smaller pieces of pre-existi...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4522

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Explain what you mean here by renunciation that needs counterbalancing, please. Thanks There are many discourses in the Pali Canon, like the Potaliya Sutta ( MN 54 ), that emphasize the necessity to renounce worldly affairs. According to these texts, renunciation is a requisite for arahantship, the...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 488

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

This interlinear translation by Venerable Yifa, M. C. Owens, and P. M. Romaskiewicz with associated commentary (I'm not sure the author of the commentary, though) might be of interest to you if you are a fellow language nerd.

http://ntireader.org/taisho/t0235.html
by Caoimhghín
Fri May 24, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?
Replies: 34
Views: 950

Re: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?

If vinaya prohibitions like this are found in the Theravāda tradition, they are not observed in my experience. Much for the better. At the Scarborough Vihara in Canada for instance vinaya study is woven into sutta study and Pāli lessons, which anyone can attend.
by Caoimhghín
Thu May 23, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?
Replies: 34
Views: 950

Re: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?

It is like the Vinaya, in the Mahayana traditions, they say lay people should not read the Vinaya. Just out of curiosity - do you have a quote for this? Who and which tradition says that laypeople shouldn’t read the vinaya? I’ve never heard about this before. I was also somewhat bewildered but I fi...
by Caoimhghín
Sat May 18, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

thomaslaw wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 3:10 am
Why such a practice is able to become an essential part of Buddhist tradition?
It's not an essential part of Buddhist tradition. If it was an essential part of Buddhist tradition, all Buddhist tradition would incorporate it. That's what 'essential' means to me, at least.
by Caoimhghín
Wed May 15, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Queequeg wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 1:41 am
I don't know if all Buddhists would respond so incredulously.

For instance, I'd just think they were Catholic. :shrug:
Oh, certainly. I suppose I told my story with the unspoken assumption that the two parties knew nothing of each other's traditions.
by Caoimhghín
Wed May 15, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Imagine a Buddhist speaking to a non-Buddhist. The non-Buddhist inquirers of the teachings of the Buddhist's guru. The Buddhist goes on at length of the appreciation they have for their guru and the wonder of his instruction. The non-Buddhist says "Would you like to meet my guru?" The non-Buddhist ...
by Caoimhghín
Wed May 15, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Imagine a Buddhist speaking to a non-Buddhist. The non-Buddhist inquirers of the teachings of the Buddhist's guru. The Buddhist goes on at length of the appreciation they have for their guru and the wonder of his instruction. The non-Buddhist says "Would you like to meet my guru?" The non-Buddhist l...
by Caoimhghín
Sat May 11, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

It’s the other way round. Consciousness is assigned a number of cells. This might be few ( a zygote) or many (an adult). Form follows consciousness. The specifics depend on karma-vipaka. Yes. My question was posed specifically from a mind-only perspective. The rūpa in question was mere bāhirāni āya...
by Caoimhghín
Sat May 11, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

You clearly do not understand the Buddhist teaching concerning that which constitutes consciousness, which is a priori to form and is not limited by form. Zygote or fully formed adult is simply one expression of consciousness. I have a vague understanding of idealism. Not sure if anyone has a clear...
by Caoimhghín
Sat May 11, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 79
Views: 1928

Re: What is Art ?

What is art?

A lie.
by Caoimhghín
Fri May 10, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

The political/economic structures of the world stopped being run by "Christendom" a long time ago, regardless of what individuals profess, concurrent with the decline in power of the Catholic Church. We do not have (for the most part) ideas of Divine Government anymore (at least not in most centers...
by Caoimhghín
Fri May 10, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I echo the sentiments of others on the board that scientific materialism, scientism, Darwinism, is largely globally the ideology of a small elite privileged number of Westerners who are not even a majority in the West. How about the ideology and philosophy of the Communist Party of China? Do you se...
by Caoimhghín
Fri May 10, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I echo the sentiments of others on the board that scientific materialism, scientism, Darwinism, is largely globally the ideology of a small elite privileged number of Westerners who are not even a majority in the West. The political/economic structures of the world stopped being run by "Christendom...
by Caoimhghín
Fri May 10, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 191
Views: 3709

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Most people on the planet are Christians and believe that they will be resurrected in a glorified body that is much like their present existence save for being somehow "perfect" (ātman much?) . The next largest group are the Muslims. I don't know much about Muslim eschatology but I imagine it is sim...

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