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by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

So if my child died I would no longer have a self? Where i live, you would continue to be described as a father who lost his son. So if I surgically removed my genitals I would no longer have a self? You would be most likely referred to as a male who surgically removed his genitalia. This can be cu...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

What is your definition of "self"? The meaning of the self usually depends on context. Which is, again, not an answer. I'll give you one more try at honest communication, otherwise I will refrain from discussing with you. Assertions and questioning intentions are not an answer. At least, i can supp...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Doubting a certain interpretation is not heretical. There is no meaningful difference between "there is no self to begin with" and what the Buddha described about Vacchagotta "'Does the self I used to have now not exist?" This has gone beyond doubt and into delusion and purposeful misinterpretation...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Grigoris wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 5:56 pm
Bundokji wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 5:19 pmIs anatman a denial of the self?
What is your definition of "self"?
The meaning of the self usually depends on context.
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Good for you! Anatman is one of the four defining characteristics (Four Dharma Seals) of a Dharma. Any body of teaching that does not include Anatman cannot be Dharma. So somebody out there obviously considers the discussion of whether there is a self or not, of vital spiritual significance. Is ana...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

...except that i don't see anything spiritual either in confirming or denying the self. Good for you! Anatman is one of the four defining characteristics (Four Dharma Seals) of a Dharma. Any body of teaching that does not include Anatman cannot be Dharma. So somebody out there obviously considers t...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Negation is the shadow of existence. Assuming that for something to exist it has to be defined is akin to assuming a beginning to construct a theory. about its existence Unless you believe that your questions have some unchanging essence, what is that my reply did not answer? I am convinced you are...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Sounds good, but it doesn't answer any of my questions, nor does it actually clarify anything. [/quote] Negation is the shadow of existence. Assuming that for something to exist it has to be defined is akin to assuming a beginning to construct a theory. about its existence Unless you believe that y...
by Bundokji
Sat May 23, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Don't you think the process of verification necessitates an unchanging essence? You obviously do. So what is this "unchanging essence? Where is it to be found? What is it's shape, colour, smell, texture, sound and taste? Is it separate to impermanent phenomena? If so how does it interact with them?...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

A proposition is a product of skandhas and causes delusional confusion :lol:. Inherent nature is a description which has become an object ‘it’ being an inherent nature. What unborn Wisdom experience of ‘no inherent nature’ look like? If each proposition causes delusional confusion, then the Arahant...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

LastLegend wrote: Fri May 22, 2020 5:02 pm If it’s not knowable then Buddhas are to be blamed. Knowing it completely without no longer being tricked by all skandhas is enlightenment.
Does the above proposition imply that the skandhas have an inherent nature, that of trickery?
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

This was the intended section of that post vis-a-vis defining reality without positing an unchanging essence: "Something that is verifiable experientially or inferentially. We might also go with whether something has causal efficacy." Don't you think the process of verification necessitates an unch...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

How can you define reality without reference to unchanging essence? what makes things identical (or recognizable) through time except reference to an unchanging essence that endures change? This was the intended section of that post vis-a-vis defining reality without positing an unchanging essence:...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

By reducing what is real to the presence of an unchanging essence would be be missing the point of what is it that makes things "real" in the first place except an underlying value. Please note this previous post . There is no need for an unchanging essence to define reality. The reference to an un...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

A mental action is still an action and thus has a "causal efficacy", even if it is just mental. Don't forget that there are entire realms that are merely mental. Are they not "real"? As a thought, yes. But when one talks of a self, it is generally not understood to be merely a thought, but that it ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

That's been a quote from Theravada commentary. From a Mahayana perspective the Theravada "understanding as abandonment" might be phrased "understanding the truth [beyond the known and the meaning of dependent origination]" which however amounts to the same: the abandonment of dependent origination ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

Not if dependent origination is taken as guidance because it says that ignorance is the source of both, existence and non-existence. Even existence and non existence can be taken as a guidance considering the infinite number of paths they can produce including dependent origination keeping in mind ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 22, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

The problem with presenting dependent origination as the middle way is that it does not solve the problems of eternalism and nihilism. We can still ask whether dependent origination exists or does not exist, can't we? or we can ask what does dependent origination depends on?
by Bundokji
Wed May 20, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 129
Views: 4979

Re: Nihilistic view

One way to approach the topic in hand is through describing the scientific/materialistic mindset. Knowledge is divided into deductive and inductive, or reason and inference. Truth is what is reproducible through time by artificially separating reason from feelings. This act of separation serves to a...
by Bundokji
Sat May 16, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bad deeds with good intention
Replies: 99
Views: 4872

Re: Bad deeds with good intention

Intention doesn’t always arise. How do you create merits? https://suttacentral.net/sn1.3/en/bodhi No given in the context of what Grigoris said it seems impossible to create merits? I can't answer on Grigoris behalf, but merit based on ownership of action is a mundane right view according to my und...

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