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by Aemilius
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 4970

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

Is it asserted that, using the same analytical approach, likewise, consciousness (‘mind’) cannot be found to exist inside or outside the body? Right, through both reasoning and direct insight one can search for the mind's location, or abiding, and eventually conclude that it cannot be found anywher...
by Aemilius
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Punk?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Punk?

In the Parayana vagga of Sutta Nipata disciples of the ascetic Bavari are looking for Buddha Gautama, they had heard that Buddha is an ascetic with matted hair dressed in deer skin! from Footprints in the Dust: A Study of the Buddha's travels : "In the beautiful Parayana Vagga of the Sutta Nipata we...
by Aemilius
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Punk?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Punk?

So you could not do it with out the word "tantra"? What if the "White Lotus " in the Lotus Sutra is a symbol? What if the "lotuses" and "lotus ponds, etc.." in the Pureland sutras are also symbols? What then is the difference? For example Ten Rakshashis appear in the Lotus sutra, see https://en.wiki...
by Aemilius
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Punk?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Punk?

It is also interesting how the Mahayana sutrists related to the Tantrists (Buddhist)? There are many essentialists among followers of Mahayana sutra, too. However as a rule their rejection of buddhist tantrism remains concealed. What do You call "tantrism"? Can You say what tantrism is, without usi...
by Aemilius
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Punk?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Punk?

According to Sravasti Dhammika Buddha Shakyamuni established several monasteries or viharas during his life time: "Of the four monasteries he founded and now identified by archaeologists – Ghositarama, Jivakarama, Jetavana and Veluvana – the first is actually inside the walls of the city while the o...
by Aemilius
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: The death of Shakyamuni Buddha's mortal human body
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: The death of Shakyamuni Buddha's mortal human body

Anandajoti had on his site also a map showing the stages of the Buddha's walk on the very last day of this last journey, including the places where he stopped to rest and other interesting details. However he has removed it from his site, for some reason? Apparently it was based on the commentaries ...
by Aemilius
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Merits of Lotus Sutra practices
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Merits of Lotus Sutra practices

by Aemilius
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: The death of Shakyamuni Buddha's mortal human body
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: The death of Shakyamuni Buddha's mortal human body

Here is a map of the Buddha's last tour and of His last walk on foot to Kushinara. He cannot have been very "weak", because He was able to make this journey. During it He gave His last talks or sermons to the supporters that had gathered in these places and towns. The audiences included laity, monks...
by Aemilius
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Punk?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Punk?

You could equally well say that about Buddha Shakyamuni, and of the Sramanas and bhikshus in general, during the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, that is. They went around dressed in pieces of garments found on rubbish heaps, and even dressed in rags taken from corpses in the cemetery. They shaved their h...
by Aemilius
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Dhammapada in Mahayana
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: The Dhammapada in Mahayana

Hello everybody, I would like to know, what degree of importance the Dhammapada has in the Mahayana tradition, as it is a "Hinayana" scripture that diverges (I think, I have not read it yet) from the teachings of the "Great Vehicle". Is it considered irrelevant or partially important? As far as I k...
by Aemilius
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mental Body in Divine Realms
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Mental Body in Divine Realms

The Gandharva/Gandhabba refers to the body in the intermediate state (antarabhava), in the sutras. Mental-Body (namakaya) refers to the form or body in the nidana of mental formations (samskara), see the Vishuddhimagga XIV.133 . There is a discussion about the skandhas in the deva-realms and other f...
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Mahashri Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: The Mahashri Sutra

Goddess Shri is known in japanese buddhism as Kisshoten https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissh%C5%8Dten
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Mahashri Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: The Mahashri Sutra

I don't know the Mahashri sutra, but in the Sutra of Golden Light there is chapter devoted to the Goddess Shri, https://sutraofgoldenlight.net/2017/07/ ... ddess-sri/
by Aemilius
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 1161

Re: Which heavens correspond

What I meant with the comparison of heavens to Africa is that a person might have been in Egypt for while, another could have spent 10 years in the harbor area of a coastal town of Morocco, third one could have visited the Ivory coast, the fourth person could haven been in Zimbabwe, and so on.. The ...
by Aemilius
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2229

Re: My explanation of emptiness

(etc. Nagarjuna goes on to point out that positing an essence would mean that things are static, but this is self evidently impossible.) Turning to matter, Chapter Five of MMK is relevant: What he is saying is, if a thing is not perceived, it does not exist. Nagarjuna is not saying that, Nagarjuna ...
by Aemilius
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2229

Re: My explanation of emptiness

(etc. Nagarjuna goes on to point out that positing an essence would mean that things are static, but this is self evidently impossible.) Turning to matter, Chapter Five of MMK is relevant: Prior to a characteristic of space There is not the slightest space. If it arose prior to the characteristic T...
by Aemilius
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 1161

Re: Which heavens correspond

I don't mean to say that you do not have the courage to live for 100 million or 200 million years, or more. 200 million years is the time it takes for a mountain to weather down to the ground level. If you can imagine living for 100 000 million years, that may be likened to a permanent achievement. ...
by Aemilius
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 1161

Re: Which heavens correspond

It would be a pure land, heaven is presided by god itself, is outside space and time, it can`t be any realm within samsara, God itself is omnipotent and in posession of the three bodies, the Dharmakaya being equal with the "Father", Sambhogakaya with the "holy spirit" and Nirmanakaya with "the son"...
by Aemilius
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2229

Re: My explanation of emptiness

You cannot seriously doubt whether the atoms that make up the porridge you eat exist before your consumption of the porridge or not. It is not even "faith", it is considered to be a fact, normally. And still buddhist masters have declared matter or its particles to be without true existence. How do...
by Aemilius
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My explanation of emptiness
Replies: 80
Views: 2229

Re: My explanation of emptiness

You cannot seriously doubt whether the atoms that make up the porridge you eat exist before your consumption of the porridge or not. It is not even "faith", it is considered to be a fact, normally. And still buddhist masters have declared matter or its particles to be without true existence. How do...

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