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by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why makes Buddhism true ?
Replies: 52
Views: 5557

Re: Reason and Experience...

Concept relies on experience. And tell me, how has your experience of the law of the excluded middle been of late? :smile: In actual fact, I would pose a contrary view. I think that in some way, 'reason' actually underlies and informs experience. We use it to make sense of and organize experience. ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why makes Buddhism true ?
Replies: 52
Views: 5557

Re: Science Vs Religion, again...

It is one thing to say that there are uncertainties in science, or that any scientific fact or theory is by nature provisional, and quite another to say that science and religion are on equal footing. The track record of science is well established, and its force is felt across all cultures and rel...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why makes Buddhism true ?
Replies: 52
Views: 5557

Re: Why makes Buddhism true ?

What you are describing can hardly be called "rational." I do not mean that it is false, or meaningless (as a logical positivist would say), only that it cannot be justified with reason. Buddhism is just another religion, or as you might say, magical tradition. You want to be careful about what you...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Re: Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

That is a very interesting and rather touching story. She sounds an exemplary Buddhist disciple.
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 28876

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

What I notice is that there seems to be a lot of posing and power-trips in Zen. In particular, there is the stance that 'to understand Zen you have to be member of a group and get taught by an authorised teacher. Otherwise try some other kind of path'. I was told this myself recently and it is one o...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: More Trungpa talk
Replies: 295
Views: 37906

Re: More Trungpa talk

I didn't say you in particular were sugar-coating the legend but it is a tendency. As for the harm done - I think that is pretty clear from what has been said in this thread and what has been published elsewhere. It is that alcoholism and sexual promiscuity are unbecoming from one who is supposedly ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: More Trungpa talk
Replies: 295
Views: 37906

Re: More Trungpa talk

Nor me Jikan. And I was his student for many years. I quoted before from one of his funeral eulogies. " I never knew anyone who did so much harm and so much good ". I'm curious about the "so much harm" part. Can anyone provide examples of serious harm done by Trungpa? I'm not disagreeing, or trying...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:29 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Research on Mindfulness Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 1978

Re: Research on Mindfulness Meditation

I have participated in some of these studies and read some research about it. Scientific validation strikes me as being irrelevant to the value of meditation. Perhaps it could be seen as an upaya whereby meditators 'speak the language' of the culture they're in, in order to point out the value of th...
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: rousing Bodhicitta
Replies: 27
Views: 3456

Re: rousing Bodhicitta

P.S. I am wise, learned, and in particular humble, so you should listen to me. You might think so, but nobody around here comes close to me in terms of overall humility. And I say that in all humility. :thumbsup: Actually that reminds me of an anecdote. An old rabbi was in the throes of his final i...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why makes Buddhism true ?
Replies: 52
Views: 5557

Re: What makes Buddhism true ?

I wish someone would fix the title of this thread. If you can't state the question intelligibly then you have no reason to expect an intelligible response.
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: rousing Bodhicitta
Replies: 27
Views: 3456

Re: rousing Bodhicitta

I realize my entry above was mis-stated, I meant to say 'can't do anything'....

:anjali:
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: rousing Bodhicitta
Replies: 27
Views: 3456

Re: rousing Bodhicitta

I don't think it is anything subject to the individual will. You can do anything to get it or cultivate it, other than make yourself available to it.
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras by Length
Replies: 9
Views: 1809

Re: Sutras by Length

The longest sutra might be a matter of conjecture, however the shortest is well-established. It is the Prajñāpāramitā in a Single Letter - being 'a', the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, which signifies the negative particle. It is approximately equivalent to the English particle 'un-' - as in...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and Traditions
Replies: 13
Views: 1947

Re: Mahayana and Traditions

I am definitely drawn to Mahayana, that is what attracts me to this forum. I practice according to Soto Zen guidelines, albeit generally alone. I am very drawn to specific Zen texts and sutras. But I find the excerpts above are rather culturally alien to me at this point. In other words, I can't eve...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 33
Views: 6943

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

I read an article several years ago about IP (intellectual property) wars in Yoga schools and terminology in the USA. Similar story - some special names and terms, which are generic to Yoga, had been trademarked and therefore 'owned' by various yoga teaching organizations. Anyone else using those te...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubts about Pure land
Replies: 76
Views: 12974

Re: Doubts about Pure land

Well, hello and welcome to the Forum! I can see you're wresting with some big questions. I don't really have a direct answer, because my knowledge of Pure Land Buddhism is limited to a few articles in books. My approach is - well, I suppose you could say I'm a typical Western student of Buddhism who...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Logic vs Common sense.. .
Replies: 10
Views: 1738

Re: Logic vs Common sense.. .

There are things which surpass reason - as Buddhism well knows - but in human affairs it is far more often the case that we fall short of it.
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Not arising, not ceasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1564

Re: Not arising, not ceasing

That is an encyclopaedia article, not a post. There were some points from your previous post I thought worth discussing but this is too much. Look up 'prolixity'.
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Not arising, not ceasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1564

Re: Not arising, not ceasing

Hmmm. I am OK with the top half of that post, regarding Two Truths. But I am not so sure about the lower half, specifically the identification of entities with 'wrapped energy'. Therefore, every single ‘thing’ that exists is empty because there is no essence to anything and nothing has ever existed ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Third Eye
Replies: 147
Views: 17708

Re: The Third Eye

There are people who are naturally prone to psychic experiences. Maybe Motova is one of them (although it is impossible to say for sure.) As most of us generally aren't such people, we are probably not able to advise him on it, other than to say that the Buddhist tradition has a place for them (whic...

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