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by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

Well, this is a physicalist view. Spiritualism can't exist without Physicalism. It's temporary existence in the Tiantai threefold truth. Having said that, I guess the Tiantai middle way shows that you can't have Physicalism without spiritualism??? If this is your view of consciousness, you have lef...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

My main doubt is how something like a conscious continuum can retain it's 'flavour' or survive when everything else changes and dies? One's consciousness is a momentary, serial entity, that is, it arises and perishes every instant, supported on its causes and conditions. Hence, it is not permanent,...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

Even when the aggregates break up at death, because of the innate grasping to self, the mind immediately appropriates a new series of aggregates. Can you explain that in more depth? One's consciousness is a momentary, serial entity, that is, it arises and perishes every instant, supported on its ca...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

One's consciousness is a momentary, serial entity, that is, it arises and perishes every instant, supported on its causes and conditions. Hence, it is not permanent, not a self, and continues forever until there are no longer causes and conditions which support its arising. Not sure if we are start...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

This is questionable, for example, formless realm beings have no material aggregate. They posses consciousness, life force, and a very limited number of mental factors, since they only have one conceptual object for the duration fo their existence. The existence of formless realms is contentious bu...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

Arguably, the doctrine of rebirth is one example of error. Discard that and you have actually discarded the beating heart of the Dharma. Better to be a secular humanist than call yourself a Dharma practitioner. I'll give you my perspective and you are welcome to demolish it. In fact, I hope you do ...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 304

Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

This is something that I believe needs to be talked about and which I believe will be helpful for many people. I was brought up a Nichiren Buddhist by my parents before branching off and developing a strong interest in all forms of Buddhism - both Mahayana and Theravada. What’s driven me the most to...
by nichiren-123
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 5328

is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

tathagatagarbha (more or less buddha nature) is the idea that beyond the early buddhist concepts of impermanence, suffering and non-self there is a permanent, liberated self of sorts which remains forever untainted from karma, delusion and all forms of suffering. I was brought up a Nichiren Buddhist...
by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?
Replies: 5
Views: 728

How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?

I'm currently reading nagarjuna's middle way and it starts with the dedicatory verse:
"...there is neither cessation nor origination, neither anhilation nor the eternal, neither one nor many, neither coming nor going..."

I want to know the basic rundown of why these eight negations are so?
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 796

What is Buddha nature?

As I understand it, Buddha nature is the most important feature of nichiren Buddhism. I've heard various definitions of it but I can't say I understand what it is. I've heard it is simply the potential to achieve buddhahood (which all beings, sentient and insentient, possess). I've heard it is what ...
by nichiren-123
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 2354

Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I often hear and read how compassion is vital to Buddhist practice, alongside wisdom.
My question is why is compassion important and how does it relate to wisdom?
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 5698

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Then read some reliable commentaries. Abhidharma is good stuff. Having a teacher guide you through this material is really indispensable. At a minimum, you save time and effort. I thought abhidharma was practically demolished by nagarjuna? I agree with Astus and Malcolm that this isn't the case. Bu...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 5698

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

How am I supposed to understand a 2000 year old text, written in an ancient language, full of Buddhist cosmology I don't understand? Commentaries have been written on these sutra's that get to the heart of the matter in a much easier format to digest... Then read some reliable commentaries. Abhidha...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 5698

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

No, the Lotus Sutra teaches that Shakyamuni Buddha has a really, really, really long (but finite) lifespan. There are some traditions that interpret this long but finite lifespan as eternal. Interpretations are debatable. What's the difference between emptiness and interpenetration? Depends who you...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 5698

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Ok, I'm confused about the different worldviews in the three sutra's of lotus, diamond (i.e. wisdom) and flower garland sutra's? My understanding is that: So the lotus sutra teaches the Buddha is eternal No, the Lotus Sutra teaches that Shakyamuni Buddha has a really, really, really long (but finit...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 5698

Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Ok, I'm confused about the different worldviews in the three sutra's of lotus, diamond (i.e. wisdom) and flower garland sutra's? My understanding is that: So the lotus sutra teaches the Buddha is eternal The wisdom sutra teaches emptiness and non-duality Flower garland sutra teaches interpenetration...
by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 8685

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

So I've come across the work of J.G. Jennings and his book 'the vendantic Buddhism of the Buddha' who argues that the idea of rebirth is incompatible with Anatta (non-self) and that rebirth is an idea which was accomodated by Buddhists under pressure from Hinduism. It is the opposite actually, rebi...
by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 8685

Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

So I've come across the work of J.G. Jennings and his book 'the vendantic Buddhism of the Buddha' who argues that the idea of rebirth is incompatible with Anatta (non-self) and that rebirth is an idea which was accomodated by Buddhists under pressure from Hinduism. He argues that the earliest and pr...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 2850

How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

So I've been reading about nagarjuna and emptiness and see that he is always trying to negate the systems of his contemporaries whilst offering no system of his own. My question is: did nagarjuna ever categorically offer a positive means or ANYTHING at all about what enlightenment is or how to get t...
by nichiren-123
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 2163

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:36 pm
I wear glasses, but I can manage some tasks without them. Some tasks, like driving without glasses, can be dangerous for me, my passengers, and others on the road.

Seeing clearly and correctly really matters sometimes.
Like when?



Sorry I'm being blunt...

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