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by tobes
Tue May 17, 2011 2:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Ole Nydahl, what do you think?
Replies: 435
Views: 64803

Re: Lama Ole Nydahl, what do you think?

I'll chip in a bit more. What's happening in Europe at the moment is very frightening. History shows that right-wing xenophobia is always a potential entailment from economic instability/crisis. This is not the first time that minority groups have been scapegoated. Scapegoating on religious or ethni...
by tobes
Mon May 16, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Ole Nydahl, what do you think?
Replies: 435
Views: 64803

Re: Lama Ole Nydahl, what do you think?

Frankly: His anti-Islamic politics is unacceptable.

Absolutely, without any qualification - unacceptable. In every respect it is contrary to the Buddhist way.

There are many great Buddhist teachers. Find one who teaches compassion, not division.

:anjali:
by tobes
Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Law of NonContradiction and the BuddhaDharma
Replies: 18
Views: 2613

Re: The Law of NonContradiction and the BuddhaDharma

Edward Conze's essay, The Objective Validity of the Principle of Contradiction (pdf) covers all the bases and I have nothing to add to it. Thanks for posting this :thumbsup: I agree; the LNC comes from the Aristotelian premise that Being and not Being are distinct ontological categories.....a premi...
by tobes
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6332

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Perhaps we are not taking seriously enough the idea of the dependent nature, without which, Yogacara moves in the direction of solipsism. I like this assertion from Ven.Thera's study of the Theravadan Abhidharma: ".....allows us to formulate an important axiom of Buddhist philosophy: a complete desc...
by tobes
Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6332

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

My own opinion is that the Yogācāra teachings are asking us (challenging us!) to consider operative habitual tendencies as the source of all saṃsāric experiences. I'm not sure that Western philosophy has adequately considered karma and habitual tendencies. At any rate, the above mentioned texts all...
by tobes
Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6332

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Already given in the analysis of causes and resultant cognitions. As you have indicated, this reasoning alone doesn't refute material causes. It has to be considered alongside the invariable sameness of appearances and mind as the nature of mere lucidity and the reasoning of neither one nor many. I...
by tobes
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6332

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

But to infer from this that that the there is nothing outside the objects of our consciousness is quite another step. You deploy an argument about causality to underpin that: but how can your account of causality be sustained if it nothing can be established external to consciousness? Just to add t...
by tobes
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6332

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

You have also established that we cannot directly cognize external material objects. But to infer from this that that the there is nothing outside the objects of our consciousness is quite another step. You deploy an argument about causality to underpin that: but how can your account of causality b...
by tobes
Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sooner or Later: Yogacara
Replies: 90
Views: 6332

Re: Sooner or Later: Yogacara

Some people debate the Yogācāra position of consciousness-only, saying it is either inferior or just plain wrong It is neither, but it is inconsistent and it is speculation and speculation is not conducive. There is nothing inconsistent or speculative about it. From either a phenomenological or epi...
by tobes
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shikshasamucchaya
Replies: 8
Views: 1541

Re: Shikshasamucchaya

Barbara Clayton has done a new translation and somewhat interesting commentary.

Published by Routledge I think.

:namaste:
by tobes
Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

I'm sorry to be so :offtopic: but what do people on this thread think of Bernard Faure? He does Foucauldian type genealogies of Chinese Buddhism. My understanding of Chinese Buddhisms is very poor, so whilst I find his work interesting, I'm not sure either way about his scholarship (which is always ...
by tobes
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: Australia/NZ
Topic: H.H. Dalai Lama - A Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - Australia
Replies: 20
Views: 5529

Re: H.H. Dalai Lama - A Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - Australia

Hmmm, Okay I think I will ask my Boss (wife) if I can go to this. I think I can justify a C grade ticket. I think it may be my last chance to see His Holiness in action. :namaste: Just go. I remember a few years ago I was umming and aahhing about it, and my girlfriend at the time (who was, I suppos...
by tobes
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Australia/NZ
Topic: H.H. Dalai Lama - A Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - Australia
Replies: 20
Views: 5529

Re: H.H. Dalai Lama - A Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - Australia

No doubt the prices will be ridiculous. I never went last time, because the 'cash grabbing' was ridiculous. People can buy the special place seats of course. Sigh, it's just so anti-buddhist. It costs a huge amount of money to host something like this, often in excess of a million dollars. HH insis...
by tobes
Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Free Bhikku Bodhi audio course.
Replies: 3
Views: 891

Re: Free Bhikku Bodhi audio course.

I've been working my way through Bhikku Bodhi's lectures on the Majjhima Nikaya.

He has a very nuanced approach which is well founded both philologically and philosophically: I highly recommend him.

It's great to have some help navigating through Pali canon.

:namaste:

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