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by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 557

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

AFAIK, the Buddha never polemicized against or for the Cārvāka. Do they postdate him? Apparently not; I recall a passage in the Lotus Sutra admonishing disciples not to hang with them. And there we go, Sukhavihāraparivarta Ch 14: admonishes to neither associate with 伽耶陀, Lokāyatikāḥ , nor 逆路伽耶陀, Vā...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 431

Re: Reading more widely

His A Study of Svātantrika is at times impenetrable.
by Coëmgenu
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 557

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

As a general matter, atheism is a reaction to Judeo-Christian theism. One of the things to be mindful of, is that many of the arguments deployed by atheism against Christianity also apply to Buddhism. It used to be said that karma was 'scientific' like 'the law of cause and effect' but it's clearly...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 431

Re: Reading more widely

Ginkyo wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:59 pm
an 'academic Buddhist'
Academic Buddhists: "the Buddha is a composite figure, likely a misremembered early class of hominid, also a Scythian and named Lǎozǐ"
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 557

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

No Rabbi managed to ask God himself... Coëmgenu imagines a rabbi. Rabbi: [to God] So, how's the wife? Happy wife happy life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnLSbIivz0M Ancient India already had their own atheists. AFAIK, the Buddha never polemicized against or for the Cārvāka. Do they postdate him?
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 46
Views: 2398

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

The Cicada wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:31 am
justsit wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:19 am
AlexanderS wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:52 pm
Who doens't want to be married to real dakinis?
Me? :shrug:
If any of these dakinis want to get my attention, they better do a good job of showing me they can play along. I'm the prize.
The ḍāka has spoken, I guess? :shrug: :spy:
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 557

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

If so, how does one reinterpret things like deities, Buddhist Gods, Etc? The entire Christian narrative is somewhat plausible from a Buddhism perspective. The Brahmā, first-born, of a world-system, emanated an avatar into the world of man to teach a dharma of rebirth in the company/realm of Brahmā....
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 557

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

atheism is a reaction to Judeo-Christian theism Or it is just a logical extension of it. Judaism comes from henotheistic roots (worship of one god, belief in many) to monotheism by the time of Jesus. Atheism just gets rid of one more god. Atheism is a weird word, with its meaning changing depending...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 557

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

Queequeg wrote:atheism is a reaction to Judeo-Christian theism
Or it is just a logical extension of it.

Judaism comes from henotheistic roots (worship of one god, belief in many) to monotheism by the time of Jesus.

Atheism just gets rid of one more god.
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?

dude wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:05 am
no, that's a zen thing
Oh certainly. I had intended a rhetorical "they" rather than to refer to SGI particularly.
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?

I have heard that many Nichiren sects in Japan are traditionally conservative. I'm wondering if this is true and to what extent if so. In SGI they taught us that there are no coincidences. A prominent symbol of the Buddha is the elephant... :shrug: They also say if you meet the Buddha, kill him.
by Coëmgenu
Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1596

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

Thanks, Coemgenu, I wasn’t sure what the specifics were, but I knew one of them was a eunuch. Yes, they are bizarre categories, and very culturally-specific, which is one reason to not put much stock in that. In the vinaya it is a separate offence for a monk to have sex with a woman, with a man, or...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1596

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

According to the fourfold vinaya, āsittakapaṇḍaka & ussūyapaṇḍaka may ordain as monks. The others may not, for whatever reason.
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1596

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

I'm gay (and man did I have to wade through some awful nasty stuff to get to feeling comfortable in my own skin). I wanted to ask about something I've always found a bit disturbing in the Lotus Sutra - what does it mean when it talks about the 'five types of unmanly men' in the Peaceful Practices s...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: madhyamaka-sastra
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: madhyamaka-sastra

by Coëmgenu
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with working amongst unprofessional co workers?
Replies: 13
Views: 508

Re: How do we deal with working amongst unprofessional co workers?

Not taking a bath can get someone fired. Similarly, overly flirtatious behaviour can be sexual harassment.

So funny ideas, but not maybe ones that out to be enacted, especially in a professional environment.
by Coëmgenu
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra
Replies: 3
Views: 169

'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

A lot of Mahāyāna sūtrāṇi have short names (e.g. Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtram) , and also longer names (e.g. something "like" Āryasaddharmapuṇḍarīkanāmamahāyānasūtram) . The "ārya" prefix makes sense, but what of the "nāma" infix? I presume this means something like "named". So Āryasaddharmapuṇḍarīkanām...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 31
Views: 1053

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

The post that explicitly mentioned Kannon got moved into this thread and used her longer name, Kanzeon, corresponding to Guān Yīn/Guān Shì Yīn.

That might have caused some of the confusion.
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time and Culture
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Re: Time and Culture

You really should buy a Tesla. Can you pay for it? Umm...no,I am poor. I'm saving up for a nano solar scooter .I have tiny hands but massive fingerprints. Indeed. I am also too poor for a Tesla. A problem perhaps unique to Canada is that here, it is common to live 2hr+ from your work, given the ext...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time and Culture
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Re: Time and Culture

amanitamusc wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:07 am
Coëmgenu wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:20 am
Sometimes I drive to work in my gas guzzling car and I reflect that people like me are the reasons why our planet is dying. "Innocent" people like me who need to get to work.
You really should buy a Tesla.
Can you pay for it?

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