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by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: i'm scared about death
Replies: 14
Views: 1384

Re: I'm scared about death

Yes, hell exists in Buddhism . Beings are not sent there by a vengeful God but fall into lesser states including hell because of the three poisons - lust, greed and ignorance. You might perhaps consider looking into Pure Land teachings, namely, the recitation of Amitabha's name, and faith in Amida B...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4883

Re: Soul Integration

This book has been pointed out in respect to this question in the past on DW. How Buddhism Acquired a Soul on the Way to China tells the story of the spread of Buddhist religious thinking and practice from India to China and how, along the way, a religion was changed. While Indian Buddhists had con...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3690

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Madhyamaka is basically a proof to show that all concepts are fundamentally devoid of essence. Concepts, is it? I thought it was dharmas. And I don’t know if they’re interchangeable. Dharmas I understand as the ‘elements of experience’. ‘Concept’ is harder to define, but I think of it more in terms...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Eye Does Not See Itself - Source?
Replies: 12
Views: 429

Re: The Eye Does Not See Itself - Source?

A correction - I've just read the original statement again, which says 'the intellect is not like the eye which sees others but not itself'. He's saying that intellect (nous) is self-aware, unlike the eye, which can only perceive things other than itself. Note that the Vedantic argument is that the ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3690

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

You want an x-ray, you go to a clinic. What’s your take on phenomena being “like an illusion”? I think that it is the statement from the perspective of the 'gone beyond'; but that until we are ourselves able to see through it, then there's not a lot of use pretending to speak from that perspective....
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Eye Does Not See Itself - Source?
Replies: 12
Views: 429

Re: The Eye Does Not See Itself - Source?

It's elaborated in the Brihadaranyaka Upaniṣad, in an often-quoted passage: I cannot say, 'here is the ātman; here is the Self'. It is not possible because – na dṛṣṭer draṣṭāram paśyeḥ – you cannot see the seer of seeing. The seer can see that which is other than the Seer, or the act of seeing. An o...
by Wayfarer
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3690

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

You want an x-ray, you go to a clinic.
by Wayfarer
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3690

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Thank you, that is exactly the point. :namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3690

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

You are suffering from a deadly disease. The doctor comes to see you, and says he has two bottles with medicine, one is a placebo, which might work if you believe in it, the other is a known cure. 'Which bottle would you recommend?', you ask the doctor. 'It doesn't matter,' comes the answer. 'Both a...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 30
Views: 2269

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

Kim O’Hara wrote: Brewarrina?
OK I’ll re-phrase - I’ve never seen it in a store. I rather like the Hare Krishna cooking and I have a recipe book by Kurma Das which recommends it - actually I believe it’s also called ‘hsing’. But I’ve never gone and looked for it, as I’ve always just stuck with onions. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 30
Views: 2269

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

These prohibitions are common across many Indian traditions, also including bhaktivedanta. They're observed in many Hindu orders. Incidentally the middle of the word 'asafoetida' is 'fetid' which means 'bad smelling'. I've seen references to it but never tried it, it's not widely available in my par...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 33
Views: 1188

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Even if the food they bring lacks ultimate essence, it might be nutritious all the same. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 766

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

I've got a printed version of Honen's On Faith and the Three Minds which I think you might have pointed me to in the first place.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 6501

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Oh, sure, I see what you mean now. But that is really getting an insight into our own ignorance, and in that case I totally agree with you. :twothumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 6501

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I had thought that as karma means 'intentional action', then the doctrine of karma would require free will. In other words, if our actions were determined by factors we have no control over, then we couldn't be regarded as responsible for them. So in my view, I think Buddhist teachings do presume mo...
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 6501

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

The key point about Pureland is 'reliance on the vow of Amida Buddha' rather than 'taking charge' or 'being in control'. It's more creating a space or a clearing to enable the 'power of the Vow' to do its work in us. From a paper on How is Shinjin to be realised? : The point of receiving Amida's gra...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 6501

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

My thoughts exactly. This is also the advice I got from another Jodo Shinshu minister I wrote to.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 6501

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Thanks - now you explain it, it makes sense.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 6501

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

In terms of belief systems, Christianity and Buddhism are worlds apart. But I noticed from attending Pureland services that the Jodo Shinsu Service Book has Buddhist hymns from Japanese sources, which are played on piano. They're very much in the style of Christian hymns - again, not in content, but...
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 766

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

I spent time in both as well. I don't have animosity towards Christianity anymore but there are many differences that come from the different sources of refuge. Of course. I think my conversion to Buddhism Is not in doubt, I’m totally at home in the doctrinal issues. I’m someone who had past life m...

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