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by mint
Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 153358

Re: Buddhism on God

I posted this elsewhere in response to a Christian: If there is a (Creator) God, he must be self-sufficient. If God is not self-sufficient, how can he be God? If God is self-sufficient, there is no need for him to create anything. Therefore any act of creation by God is either purposeless or irrati...
by mint
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Curious feelings/experiences during meditation.
Replies: 11
Views: 2225

Re: Curious feelings/experiences during meditation.

It is an amazing feeling when we experience the energies of our Base. I would personally recommend reading "Open Mind, Open Heart."
by mint
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: Antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

Antibiotics are already abused leading to increased resistance. The age of modern medicine is coming to a close.
by mint
Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 153358

Re: Buddhism on God

Here's the point of the thread (thanks to DN for bringing it up): There have been a few threads on DW and elsewhere on God in Buddhism: calls for room for an Abrahamic or Vedantic Godhead in Buddha Dharma have been made ("Theistic Buddhism"?) and generally shown to be incoherent. I'd like to consid...
by mint
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question ~ Answer Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 10496

Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Why the mention of reincarnation? Is that positive or negative I'm not too sure about that. Rebirth is always a negative, especially when the end result should be escaping samsara. From a samsaric POV, though, being born as a human is always a positive as it amounts to more opportunities to attain ...
by mint
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question ~ Answer Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 10496

Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Just to make things more interesting for Wesley; there is evidence that reincarnation was believed in by early Xtians - even taught by Jesus. Consider these examples: http://reincarnation.ws/reincarnation_in_the_new_testament.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Wow. It's one thing t...
by mint
Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: More Trungpa talk
Replies: 295
Views: 42053

Re: More Trungpa talk

I'd like to know what others think of this aspect of Trungpa's legacy. If no one's reading him, why is it necessary to bury him rhetorically or position him on the margin? For the similar reason that Pema Chodron has spent her life attempting to make his teachings more accessible to the general pub...
by mint
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, Buddhist and non-Buddhist teachings...
Replies: 34
Views: 3294

Re: Dzogchen, Buddhist and non-Buddhist teachings...

"I must become God and God must become me, so completely that we share the same "I" eternally. Our truest "I" is God."
Meister Eckhart
by mint
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Boat v. The Shore
Replies: 6
Views: 1220

The Boat v. The Shore

One of the problems that I personally have - and I'm confident that I'm not alone - is that it is all too easy to become extremely fascinated by the boat rather than actually actively engaging in the process of trying to reach the shore. By this I mean that I have this great desire to consume all th...
by mint
Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ground of Being
Replies: 170
Views: 13047

Re: Ground of Being

So, for 'everything" to have started happening, as opposed to nothing having ever happened, a cause would have to precede it. Sounds dangerously close to theism. So, how can a cause pre-exist everything? There was no beginning. Infinite regression? or beyond infinite regression? (Infinity can seem ...
by mint
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ground of Being
Replies: 170
Views: 13047

Re: Ground of Being

"everything has a cause" is an incorrect statement. it is a misleading assumption. This is not because the appearance of continuous phenomena is not caused by conditions, indeed, the appearance of continuous phenomena is caused by conditions, and always has been. It is an incorrect starting point b...
by mint
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ground of Being
Replies: 170
Views: 13047

Ground of Being

If everything has a cause, who/what caused the ground of being (Base)?
by mint
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:54 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China

Saying that Catholic/Orthodox confession is solely motivated by the emotion of guilt is, as I said above, a misrepresentation. I said it was about guilt and penance, in a general sense. I did not say that it was solely motivated by the emotion of guilt. Actually, I said nothing about emotions. You ...
by mint
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China

I don't see any misrepresentation on my part. The two are different, its just that simple. One considers karma, the other denies it. To claim they are not vastly different in this regard is a huge misrepresentation. Saying that Catholic/Orthodox confession is solely motivated by the emotion of guil...
by mint
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:10 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China

That's not a very fair comparison. In the sacrament of reconciliation, contrition is rooted in the will, not the emotions. And what is penance but restitution? It's a completely fair comparison. One considers dependent origination and causality and the other denies it. The two are completely differ...
by mint
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China

What are the differences? Karma. One is about acknowledging mistakes and working with causality, while the other is about guilt and penance. That's not a very fair comparison. In the sacrament of reconciliation, contrition is rooted in the will, not the emotions. And what is penance but restitution?
by mint
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: Buddhist response to Jesuits in China

Huseng wrote:
Astus wrote:
Huseng wrote:Interesting analysis of Ouyi Zhixu's polemic against them. It is funny how he accused them of theft.
Interestingly enough, repentance is not something people associate with Buddhism here.
That's true. It would sound too much like Catholic repentance.
What are the differences?
by mint
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?
Replies: 100
Views: 12163

Re: What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?

Not so much reading but listening to Pema Chodron: Be Grateful to Everyone!
by mint
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jesus, a Buddhist?
Replies: 214
Views: 25189

Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

I have found myself doing this, or at least liking the idea of it. I was raised catholic, and taught from an early age to love Jesus - and I do love the idea of him still. I think that maybe those who are interested Buddhism, but not quite ready to commit to it, might look for these comparisons to ...
by mint
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Freedoms and Endowments For Dzogchen Practice
Replies: 46
Views: 4646

Re: Dzogchen Anniversary Transmission Package For Sale

Mr. G wrote: Though I agree that people should pursue the practice they have the best connection with, I don't agree that the end result is the same.
You don't agree that the end result is pure consciousness?

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