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by Aemilius
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: The Jataka Tales & The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism

Several Buddhas are mentioned by name in the Jatakas. The doctrine of boddhisattva career is thus implicit in the Jatakas from the beginning. I.e. that there have been a multitude of Buddhas in the infinite past and and a multitude of bodhisattvas who became those Buddhas, this view is implicit or p...
by Aemilius
Fri May 26, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9858

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

Buddha possesses all-knowledge (sarvajña), knowledge about samsara and nirvana. In enlightenment are included the paranormal powers, like knowledge of past and future lives, knowledge of where the different paths lead, etc..
by Aemilius
Fri May 26, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3506

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Sri Lanka was known to Romans and Greeks by the name Tabrobane roughly 2000 years ago, http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/1999/1999-08-08.html
by Aemilius
Mon May 22, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When does counting mantras count?
Replies: 163
Views: 8003

Re: When does counting mantras count?

Mantras consist of letters, letters consist of lines, lines consist of dots. Thus mantras are empty. Are the deities in the letters, lines and dots (of all words)? Or in the atoms of paper and ink? This is borrowed (and slightly enlaged) from a lost text of Nagarjuna, of which only a few lines exist...
by Aemilius
Wed May 17, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3506

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is important in a number of ways: The Earth beneath our feet is not stable and unchanging. The mountains have arisen gradually, it has taken only a few million years for the Alps and Himalayas to arise and form gradually, for example. If you had lived there at the time, you would have hardly not...
by Aemilius
Tue May 16, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3506

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is important in a number of ways: The Earth beneath our feet is not stable and unchanging. The mountains have arisen gradually, it has taken only a few million years for the Alps and Himalayas to arise and form gradually, for example. If you had lived there at the time, you would have hardly noti...
by Aemilius
Mon May 15, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3506

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

You have to consider the processes of erosion , sedimentation , and gradual building up of new layers or strata , when you declare a spot to be "same" as a spot of earth 2500 years ago. Every year rainwater washes away land, maybe slowly, but in the course of time it amounts to significant measures...
by Aemilius
Fri May 05, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3506

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

You have to consider the processes of erosion , sedimentation , and gradual building up of new layers or strata , when you declare a spot to be "same" as a spot of earth 2500 years ago. Every year rainwater washes away land, maybe slowly, but in the course of time it amounts to significant measures....
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: First (bhikkhu) ordination in Europe 1910
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: First (bhikkhu) ordination in Europe 1910

I've read Ven. Dhammika's views on this topic before, but it really is far from certain. Consider for example that Vasubandhu mentions "foreign monks" and "western monks", and their views, in the Abhidharmakosha. And that there are votive offerings found in the excavations of ancient stupas in India...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: First (bhikkhu) ordination in Europe 1910
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: First (bhikkhu) ordination in Europe 1910

Thanks! The articles are very interesting, even Lithuanian and Latvian monks are mentioned in a sub-article called " this article " (Beachcombing, Going Native and Freethinking) in the Dhammaloka project link, i.e. the monks Kunigaikshtis Gedyminas (Mahacharya Ratnavajra) and Karlis Alexis Tennisons...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: First (bhikkhu) ordination in Europe 1910
Replies: 4
Views: 423

First (bhikkhu) ordination in Europe 1910

Martin Baumann writes in his article Buddhism in Switzerland : "Some ninety years ago in the winter of 1909/1910the German born Theravada monk Nyanatiloka sojourned in southern Switzerland, near Lugano. This stay and his plan to establish a vihara (pali: a dwelling place for monks) mark the history ...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2144
Views: 175027

Re: Music time

Franz Schubert's Ständchen (Serenade)

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by Aemilius
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: three doors to liberation
Replies: 14
Views: 3923

Re: three doors to liberation

Signlessness is different. It is like this, here are three lines: A. Objectively there is no sign "A". The signification or apprehending there a sign takes place in your consciousness. Objectively there are only three lines. The apprehending "a line", or "three lines", is also a construction in your...
by Aemilius
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Voltaire & Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Re: Voltaire & Buddhism

Continues thus: "If any impious reasoner should ever endeavour to persuade the people that one end of our sacred person is not so divine as the other -- should they protest against our relics, you will maintain their value and importance to the utmost of your power. "And if you are finally obliged t...
by Aemilius
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: World peace
Replies: 18
Views: 3690

Re: World peace

Peace occurs between heterogenous social groups and is chracterized by lack of conflict and freedom from the fear of violence. It is also understood as absence of hostility. (wikipedia)
by Aemilius
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2144
Views: 175027

Re: Music time

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by Aemilius
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Voltaire & Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Voltaire & Buddhism

It seems evident, based on his books Zadig and Candide , that Voltaire (1694... 1778) knew about Buddhism. Although his information seems largely to have been rather biased disinformation conjured up by jesuits. An example of this is in his Philosophical Dictionary vol. VIII , under the entry Priest...
by Aemilius
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9858

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

Buddhaghosha is at any rate not normative to Mahayana Buddhism. And you are extending your argument beyond reason by going on to the topic of world formation. The fact is we don't have many other scriptures of weight besides the aganna sutta that gives a human creation myth. Which also means it is ...
by Aemilius
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9858

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

Please keep in mind that I didn't start this thread to hurt or offend Buddhists who accept the mainstream theory of evolution. My only point was to say that it isn't wrong or unreasonable for a Buddhist to believe the traditional Buddhist understanding of human origins, especially since no witnesse...
by Aemilius
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 5394

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

"Three things shine openly, not in the scret. What three? The orb of the moon, the orb of the sun, and the Dhamma and Discipline taught by the Tathagata", A. I. 283

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