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by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mystical Unity and Kensho
Replies: 147
Views: 16628

Re: Mystical Unity and Kensho

I meant 'differentiation'.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mystical Unity and Kensho
Replies: 147
Views: 16628

Re: Mystical Unity and Kensho

There are some interesting quotes here. In that linked post on the question of 'which skandha is tathagatha' I noticed this phrase: "Therefore, that the grasses, trees, thickets and groves are impermanent is the buddha nature; that humans and things, body and mind are impermanent — this is because t...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire
Replies: 74
Views: 10159

Re: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire

As I said, my approach is 'hinayana'. It has to be. I have burned up a lot of karmic credits already, so I don't want to try anything too advanced. I have a couple of introductory books by Lama Yeshe but I haven't been able to find the motivation to read them yet (although I was lucky enough to see ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire
Replies: 74
Views: 10159

Re: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire

But I think it is only possible to use such things when one is not bound by them - when they have been renounced, when they don't continue to have a hold on you. I fully accept that there are people for whom that is true. But I think there is also a lot of opportunity for self-deception in this rega...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire
Replies: 74
Views: 10159

Re: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire

Speaking for myself, I know that I *don't* possess the required purity and inherent distaste for sense-objects so as to be able to engage in sensual activities without the base tendencies coming into play and, effectively, taking over. So my approach to the question is strictly 'hinayana' (using the...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mystical Unity and Kensho
Replies: 147
Views: 16628

Re: Mystical Unity and Kensho

If the transcendent you talk about is beyond the aggregates, it lacks all forms of perception and cognition. Whatever 'it' is, is certainly beyond the realm of discourse. But beyond that, it is hazardous to say what 'it' might be. If you say that 'there is nothing beyond the aggregates and discursi...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire
Replies: 74
Views: 10159

Re: Uncommon Mahayana Approaches to Dealing With Desire

I am confused by that. What constitutes 'sexual misconduct'? How is one to intepret such traditional sources as the Surangama Sutra? The Buddha told Ananda, “You constantly hear me explain in the Vinaya that there are three unalterable aspects to cultivation. That is, collecting one’s thoughts const...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Questions from a beginner
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: Questions from a beginner

It might be helpful for you to find someone to talk to about meditation. From what you have written I can't see any real problems but it might be good to be able to talk it over with someone in 'real space' (as distinct from 'cyberspace'). Don't be anxious about the period of time you sit for, or an...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which Skandha is Tathagatagarbha?
Replies: 44
Views: 6248

Re: Which Skandha is Tathagatagarbha?

The question that occurs to me is, is Tathagatagarbha a valid object of cognition? (I hope that is not an improper question.) No, and very specifically so. If it could be taken as an object of cognition it would be compounded, impermanent, and the source of dukha. Not even a buddha can take it as a...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mystical Unity and Kensho
Replies: 147
Views: 16628

Re: Mystical Unity and Kensho

So, while in the Bible knowledge is evil, in Buddhism it is wisdom. 'Knowledge of good and evil' is in my view an analogy for the predicament of existence, although it might not have been interpreted that way by Christianity. It is a parable of the origin of egoic consciousness. (See Norman Fischer...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forums as a Diversion
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Re: Forums as a Diversion

Because sometimes I just can't stop myself..... :thinking:

But I am going to try and limit my postings to specific topics.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mystical Unity and Kensho
Replies: 147
Views: 16628

Re: Mystical Unity and Kensho

What if we were told that the nature of mind is that all experiences are impermanent? That's quite obvious, isn't it? Is there anything mystical about that? Not only all experiences, but everything: 'from the very beginning not a single thing exists'. Nothing has 'own nature', in other words, exist...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forums as a Diversion
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Forums as a Diversion

I am writing to say that I probably will not be posting much more. I started posting on online forums in February 2009. I spent some time on a couple of Philosophy forums, also ZFI, and here and its sister forum. But I realize I have become a bit habituated to forums. It becomes a way of killing tim...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play
Replies: 133
Views: 12458

Re: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play

I think the apathy and cynicism of people towards democratic government will be a large factor in its arrival. What is that saying in that poem? 'The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity'. I think that describes US politics pretty well. But the point is, how is ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play
Replies: 133
Views: 12458

Re: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play

Do you really believe that fascism comes about by popular vote? Has that ever happened? By the way, by far the two largest famines in recent history happened under Joseph Stalin and his 'forced collectivization' and Mao's "Great Leap Forward". Literally tens of millions of people starved to death as...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play
Replies: 133
Views: 12458

Re: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play

Russia is perhaps not quite as oppressive but don't forget, 4 women were recently jailed for playing rock music in a church. We ought to carefully consider who the real enemies of freedom are. No. Sorry, but I have to disagree. They sung a song about the virgin mary being a whore during mass. On Fe...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play
Replies: 133
Views: 12458

Re: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play

Freedom is overrated. Forgive me but I think that is rather Orwellian. Besides, I don't think it is overrated - it is more that it is abused and misunderstood. I would hope that democratic freedom would provide people with the opportunity to pursue spiritual freedom. The problem is that few people ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play
Replies: 133
Views: 12458

Re: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play

Furthermore I think the US security services are scary, creepy and over-bearing, but consider the alternatives. China is still a one-party state and basically an autocracy, which you are not allowed to criticize because at home they have secret police, and abroad, everyone is scared of insulting the...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play
Replies: 133
Views: 12458

Re: The Hunting of Ed Snowden - the evolving power-play

A columnist pointed out yesterday that when Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, he did so knowing full well he could face trial. He did, and the charges were dismissed. I respect that. As for Snowden, I don't respect him in the least. He signed a contract which said 'I agree not to do X' - t...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which Skandha is Tathagatagarbha?
Replies: 44
Views: 6248

Re: Which Skandha is Tathagatagarbha?

I read on ZFI that the Lankavatara Sutra and the Yogacara sutras are actually very different in many particulars, even though they both talk in terms of 'mind only'.

As for me, I always stay with:

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