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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: 9891

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: 9891

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: 5414

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
by Aemilius
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 5414

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

Buddha Shakyamuni says, in the Sravakayana Tripitaka, that in His Teachings there is no distinction between esoteric and exoteric teachings. Anyway, how do the esoteric or secret teachings arise? Who is the authority to decide what is the distinction? If you utter the word "chakra" is that esoteric ...
by Aemilius
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 5 precepts. Alcohol?
Replies: 203
Views: 17337

Re: 5 precepts. Alcohol?

In your body there are the white blood cells whose job it is to kill all kinds of invading bacteria, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_blood_cell You would hardly be alive without the body's defence system against bacteria etc.. You must take care of your body and your life, which precept is t...
by Aemilius
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Nagarjuna
Replies: 9
Views: 1015

Re: Lotus Nagarjuna

The world that we perceive is mind, it is a collection of our mental habits. Modern world is different than the past world 2000 or 3000 years ago. It is substantially different, because our minds are different. We project our present consciousness to the past eras. That is natural and inevitable. In...
by Aemilius
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

"All beings subsist on nutriment", -this, according to the Buddha, is the one single fact about life that, above all, deserves to be remembered, contemplated and understood. There are four nutriments according to the Dharma, see http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel105.html Bo...
by Aemilius
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Trip to the Year 2137
Replies: 0
Views: 236

A Trip to the Year 2137

Many interesting changes have taken place in the future according to Al Bielek

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by Aemilius
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Nagarjuna
Replies: 9
Views: 1015

Re: Lotus Nagarjuna

Hi all This may be a stupid question. The other primordial Buddha thread made me think of this. I'm interested to learn what the Tiantai, Tendai, Nichiren etc. perspectives are on the original Indian authors like Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti. But in particular, it hadn't really clicked with me before...
by Aemilius
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the location of the mind
Replies: 68
Views: 6677

Re: What is the location of the mind

I admit to simplification too. I'm familiar with the Yogacara presentation and if I'm understanding it correctly they say that the 8th conciousness gets extinguished upon reaching Buddhahood. What I'm not clear on is what the Madhyamika Prasangika's presentation is. Madhyamaka doesn't use the idea ...
by Aemilius
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 7309

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

I would like to :stirthepot: a bit with this discussion, but in a way that should be relevant and useful to some practitioners, not a cause for :guns: I have noticed something curious when reading the 2009 translation of the Surangama Sutra (Buddhist Text Society). I am referring to the Chinese tex...
by Aemilius
Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: 234 ALIENS TRYING TO CONTACT
Replies: 17
Views: 1461

Re: 234 ALIENS TRYING TO CONTACT

There is an old case of a floating city appearing in Africa. There are only drawings about it, but a whole village saw it. It appeared two times, circling the same village.

This megastructure in the Atlantic ocean is quite impressive, I think.
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by Aemilius
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9891

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

This is Master Sheng Yen explaining human origins based on the Agganna Sutta: http://ddmbachicago.org/where-did-the-universe-and-life-come-from/ It may be useful to remind that according to Master Sheng Yen this theme is, besides the sutras in the chinese tripitaka, also found in four separate sutt...
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9891

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

That book, "Forbidden Archeology", seems a complete crock. It is published by the Krishna Consciousness movement, in support of Hindu creationism. Why it is even being discussed on Dharmawheel beats me. Best to take note of the comment on the homepage, from noted paleo-anthropologist Richard Leakey...
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: World peace
Replies: 18
Views: 3694

Re: World peace

I rejoice in the merit and wisdom of all beings living on planet Earth, and of beings on other planets, in other solar systems. I rejoice in the collections of merit and wisdom of ordinary beings and of aryas. I rejoice in the practise of the noble eight fold path by ordinary beings and by aryas. I ...
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto & Rinzai ecclesiastic hierarchy
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Soto & Rinzai ecclesiastic hierarchy

Wikipedia informs us: "Eiheiji has sought, since medieval times, a source of income by soliciting monks to purchase honorary titles. Monks may progress through four hokai (Dharma ranks) with some time requirements of months or years between ranks. The final step in becoming a priest is zuise which m...
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9891

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

From what I've read so far, the first Buddha on this planet, Tanhankara, was from a previous kalpa. This would suggest that humans have existed on this earth for many millions of years before the evolutionary timeline would allow. Tanhankara is not the "first" Buddha according to the Mahayana. Maha...
by Aemilius
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9891

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

This is Master Sheng Yen explaining human origins based on the Agganna Sutta: http://ddmbachicago.org/where-did-the-universe-and-life-come-from/ This is Master Hsuan Hua explaining human origins based on the Agganna Sutta: http://www.liaotuo.org/fjrw/hcrw/xhsr/97880.html Please note that both of th...
by Aemilius
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 9891

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

Are there any other sutras I should read about human origins besides the Agganna Sutta? I appreciate your recommendations. The topic is implied in the teaching of the kalpas or world periods. Kalpas are mentioned in several sutras, but they are explained only in the Abhidharma, to my knowledge. In ...

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