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by Mkoll
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Wayfarer wrote:there had been a post here from @ancientbuddhism with a number of links to readings on the question which appears to have been deleted. If it could be restored, it would be appreciated. (I was working through them.)
Yes, I saw that post as well. I wonder why it was deleted and by whom...
by Mkoll
Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Adultery and Being a Buddhist
Replies: 134
Views: 22487

Re: Adultery and Being a Buddhist

Adultery is definitely something to avoid for Buddhists. Many Buddhists take ethical precepts they try their best to honor and one of those precepts is refraining from illicit sexual acts like adultery. One of the reasons for this is how much suffering and stress the ignorant spouses will go through...
by Mkoll
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

When I'm here, I try not to upset people by criticising the teachings of any school, or pushing any sectarian line; ditto when I'm on the other forum. However, I won't hold back from highlighting problematic statements as and when I see them. If a statement is unsupported and (IMO) wrong (i.e. fact...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Dharma Flower wrote:If you'd like, I might be able to dig further and find something by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the matter as well.
Thank you for offering, but that's not necessary. My point is that the term is commentarial, not canonical in the sense of being found in the Pali Canon.
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

The only difference between the Buddha, according to Theravada, and those who attain enlightenment after him, is that he did so without the help of a teacher. Not so. The Buddha had powers that set him apart from even his most accomplished disciples. See MN 12. Disciples who attain enlightenment ar...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Coëmgenu wrote:Many are also deluded by extremist sectarian polemic, as are many Mahāyānists in this regard.
How apropos.
Dharma Flower wrote:If we look at the matter historically, Mahayana is the legitimate heir to pre-sectarian Buddhism, and Theravada is a schismatic group
:roll:
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras
Replies: 40
Views: 6657

Re: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras

Wayfarer wrote:'recite the sutra'.
What does recitation of the sutra do, in and of itself? And is that effect attested to in other Mahayana sutras?
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras
Replies: 40
Views: 6657

Re: Mahayana origins and provenance of Mayahana sutras

Wayfarer wrote:To which the Theravadin response would be: what 'beyond'? What are you talking about? Where is this 'beyond'?
To which the Mahayana answer would be...

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by Mkoll
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2726
Views: 252815

Re: Music time

Indiana Jones Rocks Petra with this Arabian Classical Remix! - The Piano Guys

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by Mkoll
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 16905

Re: Rebirth and karma

Yes, I think that it (dependent arising) continues (after death). But you have trouble with rebirth? Why? How else could the process of dependent arising continue? Took me a while, had to think a bunch about this ... and did some reading, though not too much (because I don't like to condition my mi...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dealing with Discomfort in Zazen
Replies: 9
Views: 2971

Re: Dealing with Discomfort in Zazen

Not sure if you use a timer, but my longest sits have been without one. Just sitting and doing the practice without giving thought to the time. Removing that from the equation leaves just the bodily discomfort to stop the meditation.
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Is this concentration or unmindfulness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1660

Re: Is this concentration or unmindfulness?

When you're very absorbed in a book, or some other hypnotizing activity, are you practicing concentration, or are you practicing being unmindful (distracted)? I always thought that that was distraction, but a few days ago I read a thread on this website that made me unsure. Concentration in a sense...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 16905

Re: Rebirth and karma

Building your own raft is a little questionable, particularly if you accept that enlightened folks (the Buddha) already taught valid ones. Unless you think you are enlightened yourself enough to form a new yana, I don't see how that's a very good idea. If you acknowledge that you are not, it seems ...
by Mkoll
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Since Tibetans are outcastes, how does it effect Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 68
Views: 5320

Re: Since Tibetans are outcastes, how does it effect Tibetan Buddhism?

I am not saying that he taught classicism, as that would be saying he taught prejudice, so your mixing words just for the sake of it, which gets a bit boring, although he did say to many Brahmins to be good Brahmins, he didn't tell Brahmins not to be Brahmins, but advised them to be true Brahmins. ...
by Mkoll
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 10972

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

The Buddha discouraged the display of psychic powers to others, one of the reasons being that people without faith and conviction will be bedazzled by them and draw the wrong conclusions. "And what is the miracle of psychic power? There is the case where a monk wields manifold psychic powers. Having...
by Mkoll
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yet another Dzogchen pseudo-guru?
Replies: 29
Views: 4043

Re: Yet another Dzogchen pseudo-guru?

fckw wrote:But he doesn't teach Dzogchen, rather he teaches
Ever-Present Experience of Awareness-Brahman-Rigpa. In the past he also taught Hatha, Surya-Sun, Tantra and Kundalini Yoga.
Right. He seems to have assimilated ideas from various Indian teachings into his own system.
by Mkoll
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 16905

Re: Rebirth and karma

So, going along with your metaphor, what do the paths of all awakened beings have in common? The answer probably differs in the details depending upon the Buddhist tradition you ask. In the Theravada tradition, which I pretty much follow, the Noble Eightfold Path is what is in common: this is made ...
by Mkoll
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 16905

Re: Rebirth and karma

Here's a somewhat unwieldy metaphor that still gets the point across. Say you want to learn to play the piano expertly. Every expert piano player that's ever lived became an expert piano player by having at least one thing in common: they practiced playing the piano. They didn't all have in common ...
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 16905

Re: Rebirth and karma

Yes, I agree: The "place" the paths eventually lead to is the same place. For the "place" the paths lead to to be the same place, must not the paths themselves lead in the same direction? Maybe. Or maybe the notion of leading in a direction is off. It needn't be thought of in terms of a journey if ...
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth and karma
Replies: 216
Views: 16905

Re: Rebirth and karma

I think our paths may be unique in their particular details but the same in the fundamental direction they travel. Yes, I agree: The "place" the paths eventually lead to is the same place. For the "place" the paths lead to to be the same place, must not the paths themselves lead in the same directi...

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