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by Acchantika
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Vajrayana Better?
Replies: 55
Views: 7456

Re: Why is Vajrayana Better?

mint wrote:It just sounds arrogant to assert that one path is "better" or "faster" than another.
Agreed. It is not faster in all cases. Therefore, it is not better in all cases, even if we allow the superficial conclusion that faster equals better.
by Acchantika
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

At least four views: eternalist (exists), nihilist (not exists), relativist (both) and "negationist" (neither). Madhyamaka attempts to show than none can apply to reality coherently. then its 5 views. What is empty is empty of existing impossibly. Existing, not-existing, both existing and not-exist...
by Acchantika
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

gad rgyangs wrote:
Therefore, there is no instance where he could be meaningfully said to be presenting a view.
ok: "for all x, x is empty". there's an assertion for you.
Qualified existence is what x is empty of.

These objections are just linguistic analysis and I think miss the point.
by Acchantika
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone please post some works of Nagarjuna?
Replies: 23
Views: 5176

Re: Can someone please post some works of Nagarjuna?

A PDF of selected parts of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā can be found here - http://www.bergen.edu/phr/121/NagarjunaGC.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Alternative, non-PDF translation is at http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kfsyfoO1IlYC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=...
by Acchantika
Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

three views: eternalist - "exists" nihilist - "does not exist" madhyamaka - "not 'exists', also not 'does not exist'" At least four views: eternalist (exists), nihilist (not exists), relativist (both) and "negationist" (neither). Madhyamaka attempts to show than none can apply to reality coherently.
by Acchantika
Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

Negating something does not necessarily equal affirming its absence. commenting at all on the way in which something does or does not exist is itself a view. Nagarjuna is negating existential qualifiers. An assertion requires existential qualifiers. If we take him to be asserting a view, then by vi...
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

gad rgyangs wrote:
Acchantika wrote: If we consider this in terms of your examples, we remember that Nagarjuna spent the previous 23 chapters negating the possibility of a referent.
...which is, of course, itself a view.
Negating something does not necessarily equal affirming its absence.
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

This http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/assertion/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and perhaps this http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/logic-higher-order/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; may be helpful to understand the kinds of statements I believe are being referred to...
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

Prasangikas, including the original Madhyamikas--Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti, etc.--make no statements, therefore they avoid consequences. Thus, No view. they "make no statements"????? I see what you mean about being funny! seriously, though, you might want to actually look at a Madhyamaka text sometim...
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

What religion and Buddhism have in common, even what Christianity, Islam or Rastifarianism and Buddhism have in common, is that they offer hope to an individual that somehow, someway, someday they will be free from suffering. Ultimate ultimate truth... http://www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler/poster.g...
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

This is entirely different to how I have defined "the All", since "the All" includes all phenomena, and so itself cannot be phenomenon. You are missing the most important part: Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds ...
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

The people that know me wouldn't say that. Giving up literally all attachments, both gross and subtle, is not something normally associated with Naturalism. Not to mention the positions I take as regards "masculinity" and "femininity". The idea that the totality of reality is an interconnected natu...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7638
Views: 949082

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Also, as I've explained elsewhere in this thread, I just don't have the ability to watch (or understand) the webcasts when they air. This factors into my less-than-stellar attitude towards all of this, too. If you have time, there are some ChNN videos on youtube with English subtitles, for example ...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

Yes, I would only say "God-willing" to a fellow philosopher who knew what I was talking about. To which the philosopher would reply, "What you are talking about is called Naturalism". So even they are appealing to a sort of "higher power", which is in the direction of the All, even though they don'...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

God is just a label, and we use labels wherever useful. I sometimes say things like "God-willing", meaning something like "if the forces of Nature - which includes me - so determine it", or "if the causal force of the past - which includes me - so determine it". Like all labels, they are a kind of ...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

KevinSolway wrote:I am personally 100% clear about what it is that I hold to be God, and for that reason I am able to give a 100% clear definition of what it is.
If this definition encourages you to extend compassion to all beings without exception then any disagreements we have are trivial.
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

And secondly, the arguments against your childishly conceived "creator God" or "Sky Daddy" do not apply to that which I and others have defined as God. I think you need to re-read my post. I was actually criticising premature conceptions of creator Gods and sky daddies, not asserting them nor apply...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23887

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

But for anyone who is intent on maintaining their worldview of scientific materialism, etc., these refutations and proofs probably won't turn their mind towards the dharma anyway. ...because, in my opinion, trying to shatter someone's worldview with proofs and refutations is like trying to convince...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 180350

Re: Buddhism on God

I think some here are underestimating what people mean when they say “God”. PadmaVonSamba went on for pages just trying to get Kevin to define what he meant. He never could. He literally spanned the length of the Universe, from simple objects to the “All”, in his attempt. That was just one individua...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Monk?
Replies: 51
Views: 6586

Re: Dzogchen Monk?

They should be educated in the five major sciences, sutra, tantra, have done retreats, have gained some measure of signs of experience, skilled in giving explanations, in addition to having bodhicitta, and so on. N How would this be judged in the case of a Westerner today? My understanding is that ...

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