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by Aemilius
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 1938

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

Yes I am buddhist. I have not said that rubbish bags are permanent, or that they exist independent of human beings who make them and collect them. I don't see what causes you think what you say?? In Buddhism there are the categories of general and particular: There are individual instances of certai...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 1938

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

Suppose today is trash collection day, and there is a bag of garbage on one side of the street, and on the opposite side of the street, a different bag of garbage. Nobody is disputing the fact that there are two different bags of garbage. But that doesn’t mean either one constitutes an inherently e...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
Replies: 10
Views: 538

Re: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind

In The Concealed Essence of the Hevajra Tantra, with commentary Yogaratnamala, by G.W. Farrow & I. Menon on pages 282 & 283 there is a description of the preliminary practices as they were done in Indian Buddhism. In this graded path the first step is the popular buddhist practice that is observed o...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
Replies: 10
Views: 538

Re: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind

Here are topics of contemplation recommended by Tathagata Shakyamuni, that are close to the ideas in the Four Thoughts. The texts quoted are from the Pali texts, in the chinese Canon there are the four collections of Agamas, which should have the same materials. Samsara, The Round of Rebirth Ocean o...
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

A common word in the Tripitaka that can also be translated as "soul" is Jiva, or Jiiva with long i. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Nyanatiloka , Kandy Sri Lanka, fourth edition 1980 : Jiva: life, vital principle, individual soul. ‘Soul (life) and body are identical’ and ‘Soul and body are d...
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

There is the case 35 of Wumenkuan or Mumonkan A Woman's Split Soul The story on which this koan is based (according to Sekida it's from a collection of Chinese ghost stories) isn't one of a soul somehow dividing into multiple entities. It is a story of a woman who leaves her body, which then lies u...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

It is a subtle point, in this life you call yourself every day by the same name and the same identification number, it will not suddenly stop in the in-between state. People who have left their bodies, temporarily for some reason, still feel that they are themselves, even or especially when they ar...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

"You have to consider that Nagarjuna didn't teach in English an thus he is most probably not responsible for this translation. Especially Nagarjuna emphasized tirelessly that there is no such thing as an eternal true self. So, the use of the mere word soul literally is misleading. Therefore it is a ...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

It is unwise to latch on the word "soul" as a banned word, because there anyway is rebirth, and some words will be used for the enitity that transmigrates. Nagarjuna uses the word Mahatma (Great soul) probably for this very reason, that we shoul not fear this word irrationally. Reason Sixty, verse F...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

Nevertheless, in Indian Buddhism there is the supernormal power of multiplying one's body, "having been one, one becomes many". From the Vishuddhi magga or the Path of Purification: 23.(i) Herein, the success shown in the exposition [of the above summary] thus, “Normally one, he adverts to [himself ...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4662

Re: Soul Integration

G. I. Gurdieff has a teaching that humans consist of many selves.The purpose of self-observation of self-remembering is to integrate these selves into one unified self. The gurdieffian process of integration of selves corresponds to the practices of mindfulness and dhyana or meditation in Buddhism. ...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 48
Views: 1277

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

It was mentioned in a public teaching in Copenhagen in 1990's. So it is not a teaching of the Buddha, nor a teaching in a canonical scripture, nor a teaching in a commentary or a treatise, at least as far as you are aware of its source. At the same time, it contradicts the very meaning of awakening...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 48
Views: 1277

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

The question is "why don't you stay in it?" If there is a state one stays in, that is a temporary thing. Nirvana is not a state, nor a temporary thing. There is a teaching that we have all attained enlightenment millions of years ago. Where is there such a teaching? It was mentioned in a public tea...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Paleontology has vast signifigance for modern Buddhism. Without it we would most likely be governed by a state ideology that dictates that world (or planet Earth, if anyone would know what that is?) was created some 6000 years ago. Secondly, paleontology teaches that species arise depending on prev...
by Aemilius
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 48
Views: 1277

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

Aemelius, What do you make of the claim of the Mahayana sutras that Arhats have further to go and must proceed to attain Buddhahood eventually? It seems not every Mahayana sutra is in agreement on this. Some praise the attainments of the sravakas as being comparable to bodhisattvas. Some denigrate ...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 48
Views: 1277

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

Aemelius, What do you make of the claim of the Mahayana sutras that Arhats have further to go and must proceed to attain Buddhahood eventually? It seems not every Mahayana sutra is in agreement on this. Some praise the attainments of the sravakas as being comparable to bodhisattvas. Some denigrate ...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Paleontology has vast signifigance for modern Buddhism. Without it we would most likely be governed by a state ideology that dictates that world (or planet Earth, if anyone would know what that is?) was created some 6000 years ago. Secondly, paleontology teaches that species arise depending on previ...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 48
Views: 1277

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

This is a very interesting text. Thanks for sharing. This is considered a Mahayana sutra? Although there are not specific references to the four stages it is interesting still. it's an Agama, so most likely a translation from a sutra, no idea how it cross-references with Pali literature. Maybe thin...

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