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by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 2178

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Anybody can make up "an utterance" and credit it to the/a Buddha. So how can you tell if it's valid or not? Whether it is in harmony with the accepted teachings, as noted above, but also see: Gotami Sutta , Satthusasana Sutta . PS. https://fakebuddhaquotes.com/ Accepted by who? That is the problem....
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 67
Views: 1248

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

^^^ :good: ^^^

Thank you lama!
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 67
Views: 1248

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

But seriously: The spirits involved in controlling the weather are fickle bastards, to say the least. You cannot afford any mistakes in the offerings and practices and those mistakes can have serious consequences. I recommend trying to control your own mind first, as this is a prerequisite to contro...
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 67
Views: 1248

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

I would say that a huge majority of us here are incapable of controlling our bowel actions, when nature calls, and we want to control the weather? Now that is deluded. Is there a Siddhi which allows one to control one's bowels? I never heard of that one. Possibly. But I do know there are practices ...
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 2178

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Astus wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:47 pm
How do you tell if the content is the Buddha's teaching or not? You compare it with other teachings that are accepted as his.
Accepted by who, or more to the point: by which authority/orthodoxy?
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 2178

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

And who gets to decide what is authentic Dharma? Historians? "Without approval and without scorn, but carefully studying the sentences word by word, one should trace them in the Discourses and verify them by the Discipline. If they are neither traceable in the Discourses nor verifiable by the Disci...
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 2178

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

There is just as much evidence for the orally transmitted nature of Vajrayana as there is for the Agamas.

Hell, Vajrayana is being orally transmitted as we speak.

So Vajrayana must predate (or be from the same time period) as "Early Buddhism".

Right?
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 2178

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Astus wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:10 pm
Aren't practitioners invested in the matter of studying authentic Dharma?
And who gets to decide what is authentic Dharma? Historians?
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 67
Views: 1248

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

I would say that a huge majority of us here are incapable of controlling our bowel actions, when nature calls, and we want to control the weather?

Now that is deluded.
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1072

Re: in defense

There’s the criticism that Western Zen and Western Zen teachers aren’t as good (awakened, skillful, etc.) as the “good ole’ days” in the East and that these are the “Dharma-ending days”, etc. That was stated by Matylda, a Japanese woman raised in a Soto Zen family, and a translator who has translat...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 2178

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

As has been discussed several times, the Pali sources and the schools associated with them, have not been established to be earlier than Mahayana schools and non-Pali sources. If anything, the oldest existing texts apparently are Gandharan Mahayana texts. Mahayana relies on for instance ideas prese...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1072

Re: in defense

Valid and constructive are good. I would also add "informed" and "well-intentioned". But even two out of these four would be welcomed I think. The trouble is that most criticism doesn't score even one of these points. Valid and constructive criticism is fodder for growth and development and not som...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1072

Re: in defense

Valid and constructive criticism is fodder for growth and development and not something that needs to be defended against.

Mutual back-patting rarely leads anywhere positive.
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors

After some thought I came to the conclusion that one does not always have to reduce phenomena to their constituent factors, that one can recognise constituent factors (the elements) and their derivatives (indriya).
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are all phenomena equally empty in Madhyamaka?
Replies: 20
Views: 559

Re: Are all phenomena equally empty in Madhyamaka?

Well, it is my understanding that according to Madhyamaka consciousness is dependently arisen, which is the same as saying it is empty of svabhava. There is no real arising or ceasing of consciousness as per the dhamma theory. But I'm a newbie to this and I am happy to be corrected. I'm currently r...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:44 pm
Absence of the fire element feels cold. Absence of the earth element results in hunger and lightness. Absence of the water element results in thirst, etc. It is not hard to suss out.
That is what I thought. Which is why I am asking: Why reference a seperate specific physical factor for the task?
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Free Karmapa Black Pills Offered by Future Alchemy.com
Replies: 18
Views: 1069

Re: Free Karmapa Black Pills Offered by Future Alchemy.com

Tata1 wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:59 pm
...and i dont think that saying that some people on a online forum i visit told me its legit :twothumbsup:
He says while asking some people on an online forum... :roll:
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Replies: 103
Views: 2938

Re: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

Okay kiddies.

That is it for me.

Rupa is "finished".

I reckon we let discussion run for another week and then...

Next is Samskara.

Who is up to it?
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors

And the last point: Why would there be (for smell) two tangibles: One of bad odor and one of good/pleasant odor? This seems to be a discrimination rather than a characteristic. For me it would make more sense to have a single tangible "odor" and then personal discrimination of what constitutes a goo...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 9: Threefold Classification of the Factors

Here is another point that I forgot: One of the types of tangibles is coldness.

How does this differ from the role of the Mahabhuta Fire? Surely this determines temperature and not some seperate tangible?

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