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by Aemilius
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Different schools inside Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Different schools inside Mahayana Buddhism

This is an interesting topic. If you start with the Mahayana schools in India, there are various scholarly opinions, it seems certain that Cittamatra/Yogacara and Madhyamaka existed as rivalling schools of the Mahayana. It is less certain whether there existed in India Mahayana schools that based th...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Kumbha Jataka, How alcohol appeared in the world
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Kumbha Jataka, How alcohol appeared in the world

Kumbha Jataka: The Fifth Precept (Jat 512) Once, while the Buddha was staying at Jetavana Monastery in Savatthi, Visakha, the wealthy and devout lay Buddhist, was invited by five hundred women she knew to join in celebrating a festival in the city. "This is a drinking festival," Visakha replied. "I ...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Buddha's Teachings on Death (from the Buddhist Canon)
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Buddha's Teachings on Death (from the Buddhist Canon)

Arakenanusasani Sutta: Araka's Teaching translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu "Once, monks, there was a teacher named Araka, a sectarian leader who was free of passion for sensual pleasures. He had many hundreds of students and he taught them the Dhamma in this way: 'Next to nothing, brahm...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Buddha's Teachings on Death (from the Buddhist Canon)
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Buddha's Teachings on Death (from the Buddhist Canon)

Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga), Eight Ways of Recollecting Death, part 8: As to the shortness of the moment: in the ultimate sense the life-moment of living beings is extremely short, being only as much as the occurrence of a single conscious moment. Just as a chariot wheel, when it is rollin...
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Subforum:Death
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: Subforum:Death

It would be just plain stupid. Purposefully earning for Buddhism the appellation of "a graveyard religion". Everything dies and is reborn moment after moment. Why not a subforum for Birth? There is no death without birth!
by Aemilius
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Visualizing Infinity
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Visualizing Infinity

noun: visualization; 1. the representation of an object, situation, or set of information as a chart or other image. "video systems allow visualization of the entire gastrointestinal tract" a chart or other image that is created as a visual representation of an object, situation, or set of informati...
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 586
Views: 33769

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The problem is the large number of humans, if there were for example 700 million humans on this planet, you could set all kinds of unused domesticated animals into the wild, and let them experience the free living (for as long as it may last), without a need of terminating them.
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 586
Views: 33769

Re: Great Vegan Debate

What about the animals personal choice to continue living, and not have their throat slit and their blood drained, so they can be made into a hamburger? What about the choice of domesticated animals to continue existing as a race and as individuals by not losing their habitat that is connected to t...
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Visualizing Infinity
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Visualizing Infinity



Great explanation of infinity
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What is the name of the “arrogant” monk who had memorized the whole canon?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: What is the name of the “arrogant” monk who had memorized the whole canon?

from History of Indian Buddhism by Etienne Lamotte , on pages 140.. 141 : CONCLUSIONS. - Many other considerations could be advanced concerning this tradition of the councils. The little that has been said about them is enough to demonstrate that it would be imprudent to commit oneself for or agains...
by Aemilius
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What is the name of the “arrogant” monk who had memorized the whole canon?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: What is the name of the “arrogant” monk who had memorized the whole canon?

Also in chinese buddhism they memorize sutras, here are some instructions for the practice of memorizing sutras: http://siddham.org/yuan_english/sharing ... 21503.html
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation in animals
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Reincarnation in animals

If you look into the sutras or suttas where the dependent origination is taught, i.e. the twelve links of becoming, in the link of birth the six realms or the three dhatus are explained, implied and included. This means that birth in an animal realm is an inherent possibility in this teaching, even ...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation in animals
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Reincarnation in animals

from Kukkuravatika Sutta, The Dog-duty Ascetic : (translation by Nanamoli Thera) Here, Punna, someone develops the dog duty fully and unstintingly, he develops the dog-habit fully and unstintingly, he develops the dog mind fully and unstintingly, he develops dog behavior fully and unstintingly. Hav...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation in animals
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Reincarnation in animals

from Kukkuravatika Sutta, The Dog-duty Ascetic : (translation by Nanamoli Thera) Here, Punna, someone develops the dog duty fully and unstintingly, he develops the dog-habit fully and unstintingly, he develops the dog mind fully and unstintingly, he develops dog behavior fully and unstintingly. Havi...
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about the Pitāpūtrasamāgama-sūtra
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Question about the Pitāpūtrasamāgama-sūtra

There were several schools in the Sravakayana Dharma, each had their own collections or pitakas of scriptures. This sutra is from one of the Agama collections, thus it is certainly an early sutra. i.e. before Nagarjuna. See Agama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%80gama_(Buddhism) Early Buddhist sch...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 4310

Re: proof of nirvana?

There is Nagarjuna's Refutation of Logic or Vaidalya-prakarana , translated by Fernando Tola and Carmen Dragonetti. It is a difficult work, but definitely worth reading. Nagarjuna argues against the possibility of proving anything. At least I understand his text that way. https://www.abebooks.com/97...
by Aemilius
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Le Blob
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Le Blob

There is an important distinction of autotrophs, the primary producers, and heterotrophs, i.e. all other forms of life, that consume the autotrophs or their products, like fruits and seeds. Fungi are heterotrophs or consumers just like humans and other animals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotroph
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Le Blob
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Le Blob

Slime mould has a taxonomy, there are more than 900 species of them all over the world. I have seen a yellow slime mould that was crossing a foot path in a forest. Another time I saw a beige colour slime climbing onto a grass stalk. They seem to have intelligent behaviour.
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2771
Views: 264643

Re: Music time

by Aemilius
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1574

Re: Mind transcends death

Dignaga has a different view on pratyaksha: Dignāga's mature philosophy is expounded in his magnum opus, the Pramāṇa-samuccaya. In chapter one, Dignāga's explains his epistemology which holds that there are only two 'instruments of knowledge' or 'valid cognitions' (pramāṇa); "perception" or "sensati...

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