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by Acchantika
Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

If absurdity were inherent to infinite regressions, then everyone would see and acknowledge the absurdity. Since there are many here who see no absurdity in infinite regression, the absurdity cannot be inherent. So where does the absurdity reside? In my opinion: It is inherently absurd from a logic...
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

An infinite regression of causes is an impossibility" Yet another unprovable premise. It isn't a premise really, it is an informal kind of proof by contradiction. An infinite regression can arguably be considered false by virtue of its inherent absurdity. Some unprovable premises I am suggesting ar...
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

If there is no first cause, then the universe is like a great chain with many links; each link is held up by the link above it, but the whole chain is held up by nothing. As before, this is not what is suggested by dependent origination, at least according to Madhyamaka, Vajrayana etc. In fact, thi...
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

Buddhists believe... 1. That there is nothing uncaused. 2. Therefore, there is an infinite regression of causes, and there is no uncaused first cause. An infinite regression of causes is an impossibility and, in my opinion, not the conclusion of dependent origination. So not necessarily what "Buddh...
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

Yes, when you frame the argument like that, P1 contradicts any notion of an Uncaused Cause, but that is not the argument I am making: P1. Everything restricted by time that exist has a cause. P2. There can not be an infinite regress of causes. C1. There must be an uncaused first cause that always w...
by Acchantika
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

The real crux of the first cause argument is the denial of an infinite regress of dependent causes of existence. This factor is what forces the conclusion to an existent which is not itself the effect of any cause. The argument is structured like this: P1) All things are caused. P2) This process of...
by Acchantika
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 179266

Re: Buddhism on God

Who is to say God isn't evil? Just because God isn't pure goodness doesn't mean that God doesn't exist. Even the Book of Job acknowledges the Destroyer aspect of God. The message of Job is the harsh meta-ethical lesson of no accidents and no victims. Your syllogism takes argument with Christian the...
by Acchantika
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: Questions

What if we found his teachings not to be useful? Then we should dismiss them without hesitation. If the Buddha did teach that his followers should believe what they see as true/applicable and not what he himself has said (or because he said it), then what is the value of Buddhism? To do away with b...
by Acchantika
Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 20445

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

PadmaVonSamba wrote:Yeah, that's how I read it, totally. :reading:
Hahaha, yeah, that is pretty farfetched. Worth a try though. Just trying to show that there are multiple possible readings, naturally :D
by Acchantika
Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lazy people should just give up, right?
Replies: 265
Views: 24190

Re: Lazy people should just give up, right?

You are not improving because you are not willing to let go of worldly attachments. Once you have let go of worldly attachments, you will be full and not lacking. I thought Vajrayana was precisely for people who have attachment that they have a difficult time giving up? :geek: You still have to giv...
by Acchantika
Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 20445

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agga%C3%B1%C3%B1a_Sutta a good overview of the sutta ... It teaches how mankind on Earth gradually appears through devolution You know, with a bit of poetic licence, one could interpret this sutta to be a description - employing pre-scientific Indian language - of the d...
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lazy people should just give up, right?
Replies: 265
Views: 24190

Re: Lazy people should just give up, right?

padma norbu wrote:Really just plain sick of practices that take forever to achieve results.
I had a similar problem. My lama told me, "the practices are the result."
by Acchantika
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: DO and Emptiness
Replies: 60
Views: 8692

Re: DO and Emptiness

First, one has to distinguish the general theory of dependent origination from the specific theory of dependent origination. The general theory, stated by the Buddha runs "where this exists, that exists, with the arising of that,this arose". The specific theory is the afflicted dependent originatio...
by Acchantika
Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: DO and Emptiness
Replies: 60
Views: 8692

Re: DO and Emptiness

Namdrol wrote:
If there is no mind, there cannot be a nature of the mind. The one depends on the other.

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That which originates dependently is not "self-originated", "not created by anything whatsoever" etc.
by Acchantika
Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between recognizing rigpa & realizing emptiness?
Replies: 317
Views: 36834

Re: Difference between recognizing rigpa & realizing emptiness?

What you are talking about is called "clarity". The mind can take it's own awareness as an object.Indeed, in all Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation, this is precisely what is taken as the object. You may not be able to "get rid" of this clarity, but you will never find it or be able to say "This is ...
by Acchantika
Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between recognizing rigpa & realizing emptiness?
Replies: 317
Views: 36834

Re: Difference between recognizing rigpa & realizing emptiness?

But lets also not pretend that Western Vajrayana practitioners are attaining even first Bhumi, let alone Buddhahood. Who cares? How does someone else's realisation affect you? A seed needs planting to give fruit. Floating around laughing at other seeds won't help. Anyway: since time, duration, prog...
by Acchantika
Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between recognizing rigpa & realizing emptiness?
Replies: 317
Views: 36834

Re: Difference between recognizing rigpa & realizing emptiness?

I recommend you give up all this intellectual pursuit until you find a teacher. Your view will not get fixed unless you do. You can be a Mahayana buddhist without a teacher. Not necessarily a very good one. However, being a Mahayana Buddhist does include developing bodhichitta, which includes the p...
by Acchantika
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 20445

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Are there 2 extremes or 4? There are four in the traditional catuṣkoṭi . Which is original to Indian Madhyamaka? Neither. Nothing in Madhyamaka is original. The four-point logic of the catuṣkoṭi is present in the Vedas. The ancient Greeks had their own version called the Tetralemma. The Buddha used...
by Acchantika
Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 20445

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

I said that things such as Mt. Meru will never be discovered by science. If a person really understands what the scientific method is, you know this is true. I happen to agree with you, but it is an opinion. I simply think this method of argument - "if you don't agree that x you don't understand y"...
by Acchantika
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 20445

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Do you believe that the Sun is merely a figment of your imagination? In my opinion, you're asking that question based on the assumption that there is an separate subject experiencing a distinct material object. It is a loaded question. If I say no, this implies a material reality exists. If I say y...

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