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by Aemilius
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hooray for Nuclear Power
Replies: 59
Views: 2375

Re: Hooray for Nuclear Power

More energy falls on the world's deserts in six hours than the world consumes in a year, Desertec https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertec How do you plan on transporting and storing it? You can also get 100MW from a single gram of water, theoretically. The plans are already in action, Morocco has a ...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What brought you to the dharma & what's your biggest challenge?
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: What brought you to the dharma & what's your biggest challenge?

Good question.Congratulations for that! In my early teens and childhood there were difficult questions about the world and existence in general. Like the suffering of animals, why there are disabled people, what happens when you die, etc.. I believed in science quite strongly, and so I sought answer...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hooray for Nuclear Power
Replies: 59
Views: 2375

Re: Hooray for Nuclear Power

More energy falls on the world's deserts in six hours than the world consumes in a year,
Desertec https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertec
by Aemilius
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scriptures on the frequency of enlightenment
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Scriptures on the frequency of enlightenment

In that direction Chiggala sutra https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
Something similar is found in the Sutra of 42 Chapters
by Aemilius
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha Mindfulness Methods
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Buddha Mindfulness Methods

A traditional method of practicing mindfulness of Buddha is remembering and enumerating his qualities. These can be divided into three (or more) sections: the qualities of body, speech and mind. There are for example the 18 special characteristics of the Dharmakaya, the four or ten fearlessnesses, t...
by Aemilius
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1279

Re: What is magic?

Vimalakirti nirdesa sutra says toward the end of chapter one that it is not the fault of the sun and moon that those blind from birth do not see them. The question was why some people do not see the purity of the pureland. You are free to be without watches or clocks or other inventions that exist f...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1279

Re: What is magic?

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Om mani padme hum Kathy That is on the right track, I'd say. There is no outer world that is independent of the perceiver. This is said in Buddhist scriptures, and yet many Buddhists believe very strongly that...
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2683
Views: 244582

Re: Music time

animal/dog creativity

by Aemilius
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

In Sravakayana as well as in Mahayana there is the teaching of 62 (wrong) views. A realized person should be free from views, or from wrong views, (depending on tradition and interpretation of this teaching). In this teaching it is a wrong view to think that matter or form exists, or does not exist,...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

On planet Earth, the animal realm was evolving for millions of years before there was a human realm. But, let's break that down, because there's no sudden cross-over. It was a slow process. So, you have to define what you mean, because biologically speaking, humans are animals. We are primates. You...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

Do you accept that animals reincarnate? Like dogs, foxes, volwes, etc.. ? In the wheel of life there is the animal kingdom, which is produced by the conditioned arising, i.e. the twelve links of becoming, like the other realms of becoming are produced. If a rebirth taking consciousness has to choose...
by Aemilius
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

What is Buddhism's stance on Evolution and the Big Bang? Can a Buddhist accept those two as scientific fact? Buddhist cosmology does not posit a beginning or end. (See about Samantabhadra) Although that is true, it gives a wrong impression. Sutras and Abhidharma say that the world doesn't remain th...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: from London to India by train
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: from London to India by train

Yes, and some have rowed over the Atlantic, and some have rowed from Africa to Australia or Indonesia, etc..
An ocean rowing company https://www.rannochadventure.com/
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: from London to India by train
Replies: 4
Views: 341

from London to India by train

Seems like an interesting possibility, don't you think ? https://www.seat61.com/India-overland.htm

And the Silk Route by train https://www.seat61.com/SilkRoute.htm

I haven't flown since 1981. There are trains and busses and your thumb, which is the worst scenario.
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

These topics have been discussed before, quite extensively, here in DhW. Big bang is in a way mentioned in the sutras, in the the Mahavastu or in the Agganna sutta it is said that the world expands and then the world contracts, or dissolves (in an other translation). If you study the conditioned ari...
by Aemilius
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 2079

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

In Leo Pruden's english translation of the Abhidharmakosha part four, index section, page 1383 there is the term antarabhava (intermediate existence), it is found in 23 places in the Abhidharmakosha-bhashyam.
by Aemilius
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 2079

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Here is a link to the site of Sravasti Dhammika concerning the topic of the In-between state https://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=188
by Aemilius
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 2079

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

That is a different thing, the rebirth connecting consciousness. The bhavanga consciousness which is usually equated with the Alaya-consciousness is in sanskrit bhava-agra, the peak of existence. There is also a word for the antarabhava or bardo in the Sravakayana literature. It is explained in Srav...
by Aemilius
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 2079

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

No, he didn't draw that conclusion, but that is fairly obvious, I think. The rest is from him, including for example the comparision with reptilian brains. In away he said that, because the after life necessarily includes the in-between state. So it has been implied by him, the Sravakayana Abhidharm...

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