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by viniketa
Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:32 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Mayan Calendar - the End of the World!!!
Replies: 36
Views: 9580

Re: End of the world?

Most of this is based on ideas about the "end" of the Mayan calendar. What few Mayan elders are left say it is not the end of the world. It's really only the end of a "long" calendar period, which is billions of years long. They just thought they'd have awhile to calculate the next long calendar per...
by viniketa
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: stopping thought completely
Replies: 101
Views: 15028

Re: stopping thought completely

Also, if one does succeed in not having thought at all, how does one know the difference between simple thought-free clarity or just obliviousness? Many seem to think the word "thought" implies proliferating conceptual thought ( prapañca ). It can be useful to make a distinction between "all though...
by viniketa
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 24644

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

Kunzang wrote:It is strongly recommended that you wear your highest quality tinfoil hat before reading this post.
Hipwaders might be more useful. :smile:

:namaste:
by viniketa
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Moral discipline is the central practical teaching..?
Replies: 77
Views: 11152

Re: Moral discipline is the central practical teaching..?

How can it not be central (or maybe essential) if it is the first link in the chain? It would be like saying that standing is not essential for/central to running. Mental discipline ( śīla ) is absolutely essential to practice. There are sets of ethics (precepts) that have been derived from the men...
by viniketa
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 24644

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

I believe there was more than enough funds to keep it going; it was hacked and he didn't have back-ups. It was around 1.2 million total posts at the end and over 58,000 members, so apparently he (or they) lost interest in trying to re-start it from scratch. I was a member there for several years. T...
by viniketa
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10020

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

PorkChop wrote: the idea of a singular "Hispanic influence" may be a myth...
No maybe, about it. Four hundred years ago, Spain ruled the seas and Spanish was the global lingua franca. There are more ways to be Hispanic than there are to be gringo... :tongue:

:namaste:
by viniketa
Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice of HHDL to Westerners at conclusion of Lam Rim 2012
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Re: Advice of HHDL to Westerners at conclusion of Lam Rim 2012

Thank you for posting this. I've been watching some of the Lamrim presentation, but not live and not all - this is a very busy time of year for me. HHDL is addressing many of the same issues we've been discussing here on the forum recently: secular ethics, the efficacy of prayer, the power of faith,...
by viniketa
Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is time linear or cyclic?
Replies: 15
Views: 4421

Re: Is time linear or cyclic?

I have to agree that time is non-existent. The Abhidharmasamuccaya of Asaṅga (the 100 Dharma list) categorizes time as citta-viprayukta-saṃskṛtā-dharma - a conditioned dharma separate (or dissociated) from "mind" (see Lusthaus' 75 and 100 Dharma lists in Buddhist Phenomenology ). MahaThera states: W...
by viniketa
Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 109966

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

So, we realistically face what's coming and still do what we can to benefit ourselves and others. Even little actions can be an act of shining a light in the approaching darkness. Not only that, I can show tons of research showing that social change almost invariably begins from myriad "little acti...
by viniketa
Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika
Replies: 43
Views: 8854

Re: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika

Okay... but there wasn't anyone championing the hinayana doctrine in Tibet at this time- from a mahayana perspective it was already, game, set, and match long ago. True, but if I remember Hopkins correctly, in both Exposition of the Stages of the Path and Illumination of the Thought: Extensive Expl...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 109966

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Technologies such as this have the potential to change the equation on the petro tipping point, but would be stop-gap measures rather than real "solutions": Biofuel Technology KiOR has developed a proprietary technology platform to convert sustainable, low-cost, non-food biomass into a hydrocarbon-b...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika
Replies: 43
Views: 8854

Re: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika

I was more wondering what you had in mind with "doctrines of the hinayana" - it seemed you had something specific in mind. No specific Hinayana doctrine, no. Tsongkhapa's primary mission was to establish his ("the Gelug") view as the highest teaching as defined by the 'expository' sutras, such as S...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika
Replies: 43
Views: 8854

Re: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika

Of course Candrakīrti and Dharmakirti could not have held more opposite positions. I don't understand the second sentence here - could you say a little more on this... It may be beneficial to look at the positions of Candrakīrti and Dharmakīrti as orthogonal and complimentary rather than opposite. ...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is time linear or cyclic?
Replies: 15
Views: 4421

Re: Is time linear or cyclic?

Perhaps the OP should be moved to another forum or re-framed, as the OP seems to ask for individual opinion.

:namaste:
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika
Replies: 43
Views: 8854

Re: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika

Berzin certainly uses cars a lot as an example... I think I found the page: The Gelug Discussion of the Svatantrika and Prasangika Views Participant: What did you say? If it can’t be labeled then that means it has inherent existence from its own side? Participant: If it exists independent of being l...
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 109966

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

A number of folks seem to be reading things into what few statements I've contributed this thread that are not there. I've two major objections to the tone of this thread. #1 - Society is inherently evil and can be no other way because people are inherently evil #2 - There is only ONE POSSIBLE outco...
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika
Replies: 43
Views: 8854

Re: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika

Could either of you please let us know where we might find this discussed? Also, I'm not really sure what the contention is here. It seems strange to think that anyone would argue a car is so named because of its "carness"... Nevertheless, the essential "carness" of a car was held to be connected t...
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 109966

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

... based on the current trajectory and geopolitical realities, a great deal more needs to be done... No problem with this statement, as it can be backed-up and is absolutely accurate. ... the green movement alone is not going to effect any change.... Totalizing statements such as this, however, ca...
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Buddhist Photo Albums
Replies: 20
Views: 6674

Re: Buddhist Photo Albums

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