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by viniketa
Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Infinite Past
Replies: 12
Views: 2001

Re: Infinite Past

Given an infinite number of sentient beings, there are ways of counting back to an infinite past that will exclude infinite numbers of beings yet to be liberated in the infinite future.... anjali - you lost me with this statement.... Since there are infinite sentient beings, then ignorance must be ...
by viniketa
Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do some religions try to convert others?
Replies: 13
Views: 1842

Re: Why do some religions try to convert others?

Most proselytizing is done because the adherents truly believe they hold the key to "the truth" and wish to help others. Some, such as some Christians, believe they have been commanded by their Lord to "convert" (though, in the case of Christians, they have only been commanded to teach). Since Buddh...
by viniketa
Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?
Replies: 64
Views: 8873

Re: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?

Jikan wrote:It may be helpful fiction, but it should not be confused with material history.
Dear Jikan - I am fascinated. Could you please explain what is "material history"?

Thank you.

:namaste:
by viniketa
Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 8859

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

Wow, what a blatant re-writing of history. You guys should look at the Republic of Texas Constitution some time, specifically the number of native Tejanos that signed the Texas Constitution - it wasn't all whitey. A lot of people were sick of how the government in Mexico City was running things, bo...
by viniketa
Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: tiredness
Replies: 19
Views: 2892

Re: tiredness

You might have to take the time out of your meditation period unless you can get more time-off from kids, but what works for me is similar to Yudron, which is a 15 min nap. Any more, and I'll just sleep through, so I set an alarm. I don't drink coffee and seldom black tea, so I take two chewable bab...
by viniketa
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Most Beautiful Collection Of Buddha Statues!
Replies: 30
Views: 10868

Re: The Most Beautiful Collection Of Buddha Statues!

Your daughter is the most beautiful buddha of the lot! ;)

:namaste:
by viniketa
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stop the Internet Coup
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: Stop the Internet Coup

More info: Internet 'founding father' sounds alarm as closed-door UN treaty talks begin Google's chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf underscored the importance of maintaining an open Internet in a company blog post published hours before countries convened to update a global telecommunications treat...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommended History Readings
Replies: 12
Views: 7150

Re: Recommended History Readings

Brought-up by jeeprs on another thread, but worthy of inclusion here: T R V Murti's The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of the Madhyamika System . I've read that Murti is quite dated and has a heavy Vedantic bias. If you are looking for the latest academic references, it's not a good bet. I...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 38609

Re: Recommended History Readings

Brought-up by jeeprs on another thread, but worthy of inclusion here: T R V Murti's The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of the Madhyamika System . I've read that Murti is quite dated and has a heavy Vedantic bias. If you are looking for the latest academic references, it's not a good bet. I...
by viniketa
Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommended History Readings
Replies: 12
Views: 7150

Re: Recommended History Readings

Brought-up by jeeprs on another thread, but worthy of inclusion here:

T R V Murti's The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of the Madhyamika System.
by viniketa
Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 38609

Re: Recommended History Readings

Brought-up by jeeprs on another thread, but worthy of inclusion here:

T R V Murti's The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of the Madhyamika System.
by viniketa
Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 90694

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Urine-powered generator unveiled at international exhibition While this is more of an outstanding science project than a viable invention at this point, it serves to demonstrate that there might be new developments in the production of energy in the near future that we cannot imagine at this point....
by viniketa
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:00 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Buddhaflowers inspirational tales
Replies: 189
Views: 50248

Re: Angel Khallatiya

Thank you for this beautiful story!

:namaste:
by viniketa
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:59 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: The Lowly Pun
Replies: 5
Views: 1982

Re: The Lowly Pun

Thank you! I adore puns! They are not at all "lowly"...

:namaste:
by viniketa
Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 62
Views: 9229

Re: Collective karma

PS I believe that the major problem in this discussion is that people consider karma in terms of guilt/innocence, justice, retribution, reward/punishment, deservable outcome, providence, etc... ie that they consider karma through the prism of ethical/moral/legal values instead of what it actually i...
by viniketa
Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why not Theravada
Replies: 99
Views: 14072

Re: Why not Theravada

It *seems* that the vast majority of what I am finding does NOT elevate him to the godhood role, I'm just trying to make sure that Mahayana is one of them and not a sect/faction (whatever) that deems him to be a god. Again, I think that is where this base question comes from and that's what I am tr...
by viniketa
Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are humans today dumber than those in the past?
Replies: 13
Views: 1893

Re: Are humans today dumber than those in the past?

If the general tone of recent posts on this forum is any indication, the answer is yes.

:namaste:
by viniketa
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Kshanabhangavada - The theory of momentariness
Replies: 7
Views: 2157

Re: Kshanabhangavada - The theory of momentariness

Here is the critique from one of the Jaina texts: Buddhist: This World is made up of Five Skandhas. These Five Skandhas arise and fall momentarily. The World is also like that, is in a state for Momenatiriness, it is in a false state. It changes every moment. Jain: Yes. This is your Kshanabhangavad...
by viniketa
Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Kshanabhangavada - The theory of momentariness
Replies: 7
Views: 2157

Re: Kshanabhangavada - The theory of momentariness

This is not a strictly Mahāyāna topic; in fact you'll find it most elaborately described in Pali sources, such as the Pali Abhidhamma. The theory (or doctrine) of momentariness was developed in early Abhidhamma literature as a logical extension of the concept of anicca (Pali, impermanence) and as ex...
by viniketa
Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist site in Afghanistan to be destroyed next month
Replies: 20
Views: 4060

Re: Buddhist site in Afghanistan to be destroyed next month

An update from Brent Huffman, the documentary filmaker: Good morning everyone! I have GREAT news to report. We are now 80% funded!!! VERY EXCITING! Thank you for all the wonderful support! As I am preparing to head out to Mes Aynak next month, I am hearing that the Thai government, Smithsonian and U...

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