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by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

thunderbumble wrote:I think the Son Of Buddha means by, "real" exists as a heavenly entity in a place called, Suhkavati.
Once you've been here a while you will realise that Son of Buddha is a substance ontologist who rejects everything empty in favor of a "True Self." i.e. not a Buddhist. :smile:
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

As far as Non duality/Middle way goes your "version" of the middle way doesnt even resemble the Buddhas teachings on the actual middle way subject. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_27.html Since all schools of Buddhism reject the idea of the Atman, none can accept the non-...
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

the literal title of that 1st chapter is Amida Buddha real or a symbol, We must be looking at different texts then, because my copy reads, "II. IS AMIDA BUDDHA AN ENTITY OR A SYMBOL?" (excuse the caps, I copied and pasted it directly so as not to fall into error) That is also the second section (th...
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Shrii Yantra crop circle in OR desert
Replies: 8
Views: 797

Re: Shrii Yantra crop circle in OR desert

No need to involve either devas or ancient aliens in this scenario. This was made by a man named Bill Witherspoon: http://changingpower.net/mystery-in-the-alvord-desert/ http://exopermaculture.com/2013/06/22/bill-witherspoons-oregon-desert-land-art/ Ah yes, Bill Witherspoon, the well known pseudony...
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

As you can see Amida Buddha is viewed as real and not a mere symbol. Page 5 on the PDF is where Amida Buddha and the Pure Land turn into simple symbolism What he says is, "...however, at the same time that a symbol points toward something, it also exists in a profound relationship with the thing it...
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

Son of Buddha wrote:Also I must ask was Bodhisattva Dharmacara a real Bodhisattva who attained enlightenment and became Amitabha Buddha or is he just a symbol also?
Both.
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

As you can see Amida Buddha is viewed as real and not a mere symbol. Also for jokes sake I have more "evidence" in scripture that supports the theory that people in the Pure Land are flying around in massive rainbow colored intergalactic battleship cruisers than ypu have evidence to supoort the the...
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

If you actually read the PDF under (1) Amida is just a symbol you will see that the author creates an alternate story about Amitabha that doesnt even exist in the larger sutra.then he proceeds to establish a new doctrine based upon a made up "back story" that doesnt even exist. The "back story", as...
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anatta experience ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1208

Re: Anatta experience ?

PadmaVonSamba wrote:Look up these terms:
Pareidolia
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by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

Nighthawk wrote:Amida Buddha is a real Buddha otherwise the PL path would be pretty useless and there would be no reason to follow it.
I think that a sambhogakaya emanation would precisely be some halfway point between the ultimate and the relative, and of course would have efficacy in relation to samsara.
by futerko
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6833

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

I'm interested in knowing a bit more about what thunderbumble means by "symbol" in this context. What does it mean for something or someone to be a symbol and not a power? It seems to me that symbols necessarily have a kind of power; if they did not, they would no longer function as symbols. All of...
by futerko
Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Say you took an even longer cycle, for example, the big bang itself when viewed as an on-going event... or as an equivalent, say that a firework goes off and is perceived by an awareness with a lifespan shorter than the duration of the explosion, could it actually be said that there was any arising...
by futerko
Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Yes, I see that, but then that would seem to miss the real crux about rebirth which you have expressed excellently in the phrase, "constantly being created and ceased." I think that without this aspect, the idea of rebirth is in danger of becoming a theory of reincarnated selves, locating truth som...
by futerko
Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

...and therefore Sherab's sentence, "The Buddha taught that our karma created our world." should in fact read, "The Buddha taught that karma creates our world." Sure, there are aspects of each of our individual worlds that is constantly being created and ceased but the universe that we inhabit toge...
by futerko
Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:47 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for dad
Replies: 7
Views: 1265

Re: Prayer for dad

Sure thing. Best wishes for your dad. :anjali:
by futerko
Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Even then karma itself arises from a "field of reality" according to certain Buddhist teachings and that is supposedly while being the basis of all phenomena, is not in itself a phenomenon. Try getting your head around that. :smile: ...even though, of course, there is no 'self' that is reborn. The ...
by futerko
Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:16 am
Forum: Media
Topic: They voted him in!
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: They voted him in!

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/201 ... q-comments

What else would anyone expect from something called, "the Thatcher Lecture"?!
by futerko
Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

...you don't know that they are wrong... I'm not entirely convinced that belief in impossible ways of being could really be seen any other way, ...but the scary part for me here is the idea that, My theist friend needs, craves, ...absolutes... which causes him great existential comfort. In other wo...
by futerko
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Surely the role of "free will" in this is whether we limit our view to just a partial (self-)karma or take all causes into consideration (which is the only pathway which leads to that collapse)? I do not see how such limitation can be accepted, because it breaks the whole idea of causality. We take...
by futerko
Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH
Replies: 197
Views: 11289

Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

I am only saying that for any causal theory to be valid, all causes needs to be taken under consideration. Because of that, any "personal karma" is just an inaccurate idea, not an mechanism on its own. In other words everything is caused by everything, free will is a misconception, and the whole co...

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