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by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6126

Re: What is reborn after death?

Or a person clinging to the views that they have come to adopt as a result of their karma and environment, just as they did 500 or 2000 years ago, with the only exception that these differ in flavor. This describes pretty much everyone who’s ever lived, with the only exception being a Buddha, I sup...
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

The nature of that connection is a mystery to many in the English-speaking world. Is it only the English speaking world? Probably not. The English-speaking world is the one I know well, and I didn't want to claim more than I know. Mostly I'm frustrated with books like this: https://www.goodreads.co...
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1716

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Separate topic, perhaps: what is in TienTai that is not in Nagarjuna? The third truth stands out. A broader range of practices and somewhat broader range of texts being relied upon. Zhi Yi held up the lotus and avatamsaka sutras as the perfected teachings, Nagarjuna more or less explained away the ...
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

By the way, did we ever resolve what the word "awareness" means for the purpose of this discussion? Is it the same as consciousness, or different? Is it the same as mind, or different? I still think that Q is dealing with the contradiction in terms his definition of awareness entails: an awareness ...
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Maybe karma as seen in other religious systems sounds like romantic justice but according to Buddhism karma is not justice. In practice, it means that a tormented mental continuum goes through eternal suffering because of its own obsurations, and there can be no justice as there is no one committin...
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

By the way, did we ever resolve what the word "awareness" means for the purpose of this discussion? Is it the same as consciousness, or different? Is it the same as mind, or different?
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

There is no empathy in the glassy stare of a snake because he is in a woeful realm, that of a lower animal. It is not his only existence though according to Buddhism. He is only seeking survival, mating, and his next meal. Karma implies a balance and justice and justice is a human-made term; but wh...
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6126

Re: What is reborn after death?

What is a "modern person"? Who counts as a modern person? For that matter, what is modernity?

What or who is the opposite of a modern person?
by DGA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

fMRI scans suggest a few interesting points. *there's a lot more about the brain that scientists do not understand than what they do understand. Often new findings indicate areas of new ignorance ( things we now know that we didn't know we didn't know ), rather than new knowledge per se. *Mind (as ...
by DGA
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

fMRI scans suggest a few interesting points. *there's a lot more about the brain that scientists do not understand than what they do understand. Often new findings indicate areas of new ignorance ( things we now know that we didn't know we didn't know ), rather than new knowledge per se. *Mind (as ...
by DGA
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

So I've come across the work of J.G. Jennings and his book 'the vendantic Buddhism of the Buddha' who argues that the idea of rebirth is incompatible with Anatta (non-self) and that rebirth is an idea which was accomodated by Buddhists under pressure from Hinduism. He argues that the earliest and p...
by DGA
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

There does not need to be a time when what one thinks of as ordinary consciousness or mind is separated from awareness, or whatever names one wants to give these things. As long as it is not entirely produced by a physical brain. So says you. Not to step into your living room uninvited, but what do...
by DGA
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3501

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

See above what I mean by "awareness." May not correspond to the meaning you attribute to the word, but I'm confident that I know what I mean when I use that word. I went hunting for it, and while I found some discussion on the irreducibility of awareness, I couldn't find where you defined what you ...
by DGA
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Opening Pandora's box
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: Opening Pandora's box

I've read from different meditation traditions there is always eventually for a dedicated meditator an opening of Pandora's box as Charlotte Joko beck calls it. Where all your anger and grief and psychological stuff that's been in the back of your mind/body comes to the surface. This happens. It is...
by DGA
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 712

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

Hello, I previously practised in a Theravada tradition for a long time, and started sitting with a Soto Zen group 6 months ago. I recently attended my first sesshin and found it incredibly tough, 'small-self' stuff mainly, but some of the ritual felt harsh and unnecessary as well, and I'm doubting ...
by DGA
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1716

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Separate topic, perhaps: what is in TienTai that is not in Nagarjuna? The third truth stands out. A broader range of practices and somewhat broader range of texts being relied upon. Zhi Yi held up the lotus and avatamsaka sutras as the perfected teachings, Nagarjuna more or less explained away the ...
by DGA
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6126

Re: What is reborn after death?

It seems that the gandharva is a bodiless being (“spirit”), yes? And the gandharva is composed of the five skandhas, yes? How is that possible without a body and the sense organs? Hell Beings, Preta and Gods in the formless realm also lack bodies and (human) sense organs. What is your point? I thin...
by DGA
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1716

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

So I've been reading about nagarjuna and emptiness and see that he is always trying to negate the systems of his contemporaries whilst offering no system of his own. My question is: did nagarjuna ever categorically offer a positive means or ANYTHING at all about what enlightenment is or how to get ...
by DGA
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1316

Re: Deepfakes

In 1969, the US had the technological capacity to send astronauts to the moon, and then bring them home again. The technology did not exist at that time to fake a moon landing. Today, the US lacks the technological capacity to send astronauts to the moon, and then bring them home again*. The technol...
by DGA
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Re: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo

Thank you, Astus. Is anyone here familiar with Okamura's Realizing Genjokoan ? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8110088-realizing-genjokoan I'm looking for some context on the Shobogenzo , preferably from a more traditional perspective, before I plow into it. I'll take a look at the Being-Time vo...

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