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by Acchantika
Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23805

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 12:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23805

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

There are a couple of points where all Buddhists agree to some level, for instance that there are 5/6 realms of existence, and not 7 or 4. That stealing is conducive to lower birth and giving is conducive to higher birth. That there are magical powers, curses, healing spells, etc. That there are di...
by Acchantika
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 23805

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

What about establishing the correct view of conventional reality? Are there lists of arguments? Is it possible to logically argue for the Buddhist view of conventional reality? The correct (i.e. Buddhist) view of conventional reality can be summed up as dependent origination. Like Buddhism 101? :D ...
by Acchantika
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Commie scums and capitalist pigs!!!
Replies: 55
Views: 5706

Re: Commie scums and capitalist pigs!!!

Namdrol wrote:Hey, blame my dad -- he was the one that communicated it to me.

Incidentally, this does not mean that Churchill did not repeat it himself.
  • "Tru dat." ~ Abraham Lincoln
by Acchantika
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Commie scums and capitalist pigs!!!
Replies: 55
Views: 5706

Re: Commie scums and capitalist pigs!!!

Economic Left/Right: -6.38 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.05 Fight the power, man. " If you're not liberal when you're young, you have no heart. If you're not conservative when you're old, you have no brain ." ~ Anonymous Winston Churchill. " There is no record of anyone hearing Churchill say...
by Acchantika
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Commie scums and capitalist pigs!!!
Replies: 55
Views: 5706

Re: Commie scums and capitalist pigs!!!

Economic Left/Right: -6.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.05

Fight the power, man.

"If you're not liberal when you're young, you have no heart.
If you're not conservative when you're old, you have no brain
." ~ Anonymous
by Acchantika
Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond, beyond the highest, beyond the very highest heaven. The All, by definition, includes all that is on earth and all that is beyond. It includes all that is known and all that is unknown. It includes all concepts and all that is beyond concepts. I'm n...
by Acchantika
Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

In Yogic philosophy and late Vedanta, Brahman is not the "Supreme Godhead", Brahma is. What you say contradicts the generally accepted definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahman Personally, I don't think Wikipedia should be depended on as a legitimate source of information. How much greater i...
by Acchantika
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

Buddhists just don't see it that way. It's possible that the Brahma in the Buddhist scriptures has a completely different meaning than it has in other religious traditions. You are correct; Brahma is not a creator (as in Hinduism), but a samsaric being in Buddhist teachings. I have no idea how you ...
by Acchantika
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

See what I said above about Brahman. By Buddhist standards, the realization of Brahman is equivalent to the meditative absorption characterized (in Advaita terms) as the Ayatana of Nothingness. That's because you are only aware of lower forms of Brahman. There is a distinction between Saguna and Ni...
by Acchantika
Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?
Replies: 141
Views: 15990

Re: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?

Mandarava wrote:How can one train their own mind if they're out of it on drugs? :shrug:
The mind one can be out of is not one worth training.
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

To clarify a bit..the barbarians...that be specified deriving from abrahamic religions Charming. So spiritual geniuses like Spinoza and Kierkegaard are "barbarians". In my view your message is no different to what one hears from fundamentalist Muslims. Just to clarify, the term Mleccha is a Vedic t...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

tl;dr - If other traditions lead to higher rebirth and avoid lower rebirth, technically they could be considered "leading to liberation as defined by Buddhists". It's a nice statement, but a little too inclusive. We would have to rule out the left hand path religious traditions which advocate human...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

One who calls himself a buddhist but considers the buddha not the buddha...from what lineage is that derived....? What school holds that view? Those who hold that it is impossible to say whether Siddartha was either a fully enlightened Buddha, or merely a bodhisattva within the ten stages, are part...
by Acchantika
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

Jesus didn't teach wisdom Not to those who don't have ears to hear he didn't. You think all spiritual teachings lead to liberation as defined by Buddhists. They don't. I think it depends on the time-scale we are using. All spiritual traditions, whether Buddhist or non-buddhist, differ in their form...
by Acchantika
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the relation between mental and physical
Replies: 15
Views: 3045

Re: Buddhism and the relation between mental and physical

That is, if as HH Dalai Lama says, Buddhism must embrace scientific truth, then how does Buddhism defend mind only from the apparent fact that brain causes mind? The short answer: It doesn’t need to, as the evidence so far is non-contradictory. The long answer: There is no universally accepted scie...
by Acchantika
Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the relation between mental and physical
Replies: 15
Views: 3045

Re: Buddhism and the relation between mental and physical

I'm having difficulty trying to conceptualize what 'mental' is as opposed to 'physical'. In the West we've inherited a very dualistic metaphysical system that sees 'mind' and 'matter' as two different types of stuff. When I read Buddhist literature, I sometimes come across ideas that seem to expres...
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?
Replies: 141
Views: 15990

Re: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?

Hi himalayanspirit I am sorry that any views or opinions expressed by me would cause you such doubt and distress. Truly, it upsets me profoundly that my words could have such a negative and harmful effect. I'm realtively young, there is more than a forty year difference between myself and some of th...
by Acchantika
Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists
Replies: 31
Views: 6584

Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

What is your view of engaging Christian fundamentalists? Personally, I completely agree with edearl. Trying to convert, convince and persuade are often just signs of insecurity. Find the common ground, say only what creates the most benefit and least conflict, in my opinion. And be sensitive that p...
by Acchantika
Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179277

Re: Buddhism on God

discursive mind is the best tool to understand finite systems, spontaneous mind is the best to realize infinite ones , univers, live cannot be apprehended with analyze but believe in God is a try to force infinite with mind, it simply does not work, better change your tool ! Sönam A much more eloqu...

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