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by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

I think it is called 'meditation without an object'. Then that's not "meditate on emptiness." Maybe you can pay more attention to the way things are phrased. Phrasing matters. Maybe its the translation, maybe its more or less how its described in Tibetan. From the outside looking in, to propose med...
by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Kosa Reading Group ii b: Introduction by Poussin
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Kosa Reading Group ii b: Introduction by Poussin

One point that drew my interest and that I want to discuss is Dharmatarata's view that "intelligent animals are capable of committing a transgression with an immediately successive retribution ." I suppose that's just another difficulty of the animal realm, right? Watching those nature shows, I vag...
by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Kosa Reading Group ii a: Introduction by Poussin
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Re: Kosa Reading Group ii a: Introduction by Poussin

But what is Abhidhamma? I found the bits of discussion around this point rather interesting because I remain rather uneducated and had assumed Abhidharma was always one of the three baskets and was named such because it was "higher" and "further" elaborations of the Buddhadharma contained in the Su...
by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Kosa Reading Group ii c: Introduction by Poussin
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: Kosa Reading Group ii c: Introduction by Poussin

I've only read a little of the introduction, so... The Sthavira view that "There is no ripening cause outside of the intention, no ripened effect outside of the sensation." So basically only the intention (cetana) can be a cause. Only sensation (vedana) can be an effect. Does this contrast with yoga...
by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

PVS, you're question is ridiculous in this forum because - have you seen any discussion of personal insights or achievements go any way but stupid here? This is the internet; I could make any claim I want about my insights.
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by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

:rolling:
Ok, sadhu.
by Queequeg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Emptiness is not an object. Yes, that's what I said. Emptiness describes the reality of phenomena. Uh, huh. I suppose can argue that a ‘description’ itself is an object. Yes, that's what I said. But I don’t think anyone is asserting Meditation on descriptions of things. 1. You assume. 2. I can't gu...
by Queequeg
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

That's fine in discourse. The idea that I commented on was "meditation on emptiness". That is what I said makes no sense. So, you don’t suppose a person can just sit there and ponder how everything arises interconnectedly and has no intrinsic self? Look, I'll stand by what I wrote: I don't know if ...
by Queequeg
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

“Emptiness” (or more accurately, sunyata is that apparent phenomena lack intrinsic existence. A rock has no essence that exists as “rockness”. Can that be meditated on? Contemplated? Experienced non conceptually? Those three possibilities require a concept of emptiness, which is by definition not a...
by Queequeg
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Meditation on emptiness is practiced in Vajrayana. Is it really meditation on emptiness though? I stand by my comments about making emptiness an object is mistaken and impossible. “Emptiness” (or more accurately, sunyata is that apparent phenomena lack intrinsic existence. A rock has no essence tha...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 461

Re: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

McNulty One of my favorite scenes is when he and Bunk go investigate a murder and all they say is, "F*ck". "Oh, f*ck." "f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck." "f*ck." "f*ck f*ck." "Oh, f************ck." Bunk is another great character. He's the kind of guy who's basically decent, but would rather jus...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Meditation on emptiness is practiced in Vajrayana. Is it really meditation on emptiness though? I stand by my comments about making emptiness an object is mistaken and impossible. This is a common criticism of the Gelugpa approach from Sakyapas, Kagyupas, and Nyingmapas. Oh. I didn't mean to step i...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 461

Re: After the Protests: Defund the Police

Well, real cop work doesn't make for such great drama. The other problem is that police departments regularly exclude people who are intelligent, because they are afraid intelligent people will not like the boredom of being a patrolman. There was a case in Boston where a guy was basically refused a...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 461

Re: After the Protests: Defund the Police

If you want to do a procedural / situational drama, it's a convenient setting. What's a bit annoying is how it creates a public mythology of What Police Do which is completely detached from what they *actually* do. The Wire was realistic in that it focused on the incompetence and politics in the po...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 461

Re: After the Protests: Defund the Police

If you want to do a procedural / situational drama, it's a convenient setting. What's a bit annoying is how it creates a public mythology of What Police Do which is completely detached from what they *actually* do. The Wire was realistic in that it focused on the incompetence and politics in the po...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Ayu wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:04 am
Meditation on emptiness is practiced in Vajrayana.
Is it really meditation on emptiness though? I stand by my comments about making emptiness an object is mistaken and impossible.
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Bhikkhu Bodhi has a useful article called Says the fellow who is the abbot of a monastery with all its routines. I like to make the comparison to something like Jazz - Miles Davis' later stuff is OUT THERE. But the guy started as a Julliard trained musician. Musicians like that can just play anythi...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

But the practice of no practice should also be born in mind. So many people seem impressed by the idea of ‘practice’ - like ‘follow these steps’. Then the mind begins to cling to the idea of practice. I think it’s because we like to think it’s something we can do , something we can get good at . It...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 461

Re: After the Protests: Defund the Police

But there was one show that told the truth about the futility of it all... "Is you takin notes on criminal conspiracy?" Gotta rewatch. So many good characters in that show. Sheeeeeeeeeyit. Now referred to commonly as The Stringer Bell Rule - don’t take notes in a criminal conspiracy. Which was your...
by Queequeg
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1571

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Here's a stab at an answer: Observing the mind is probably the fundamental practice. I don't know if you can meditate on emptiness. That would kind of mean one objectifies something that defies objectification. Emptiness as an object is not emptiness. If one observes the mind, one will find that it ...

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