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by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

Seriously? Yes. It's not a straightforward topic, there are evidently people here who seem to have the straight of it. I'd like to see it properly argued. The difference is that when I buy a homeless person's newsletter, I am not exploiting them. When I use the services of a prostitute, I am. This ...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

..that it is therefore exploitative/immoral to pay him or her for sex. I did not say anything about exploitation or immorality, I am talking about suffering. That might (or may not?) be too narrow as consideration. I think it's a somewhat safe bet that one singular client paying being very nice abo...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

I think you are confused about what the word morality means. It may be not very dignified or particularly uplifting for a young beautiful girl to transactionally marry an old ugly but very rich man. But if they are making their choice freely and without hurting anyone else, it hardly qualifies as i...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

Pimping and sex trafficking certainly add an immoral element to it. But I am not seeing how prostituting out of despeation necessarily makes paying for it immoral. I think it needs to be shown here how selling sex out of desperation is morally different from selling a homeless' newsletter out of de...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

I think it needs to be shown here how selling sex out of desperation is morally different from selling a homeless' newsletter out of despeation. Seriously? Yes. It's not a straightforward topic, there are evidently people here who seem to have the straight of it. I'd like to see it properly argued.
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

Ok I understand but wut if young beautiful girl marry old ugly but very rich man. wouldnt that also be kind of like prostitute behavior or no? No that would be immoral too obviously. Even if both sides are aware of the true nature of the transaction. Both sides are doing it for selfish reasons - th...
by Anders
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: sex with prostitute
Replies: 151
Views: 9009

Re: sex with prostitute

What does the idea of choice even mean when one is forced economically to choose amongst a group of (equally) shitty employment options in order to survive? Try to answer this time instead of throwing up smoke screens. I think there is a step being skipped here. It does not automatically follow fro...
by Anders
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 4436

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The oldest manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra are among the oldest manuscripts in the world: The Gilgit manuscripts[34] were nominated[35] in 2006 to be included on the UNESCO Memory of the World register, but without success. The Gilgit manuscripts are among the oldest manuscripts in the world, and th...
by Anders
Sun May 28, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?

Theoretically a new Buddha appears when the dispensation of the previous Buddha has disappeared COMPLETELY. So, if the Vedas were taught by Buddha Kashyapa either a)Buddha Shakyamuni is not a Buddha or b)The Vedas taught by the Buddha Kashyapa are not the existing Vedas but some other long forgotte...
by Anders
Wed May 24, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 4436

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The Avatamsaka sutra is considered an apochryphal teaching and not one of the earlier ones. This did go on to become one of the main sutras in East Asian Buddhism. It is as apochryphal as any other Mahayana sutra. When a Mahayana sutra is referred to as apocryphal, that usually means there was no S...
by Anders
Wed May 24, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 4436

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The Avatamsaka's first lines of Shikshananda's translation, via Cleary: THUS HAVE I HEARD. At one time the Buddha was in the land of Magadha, in a state of purity, at the site of enlightenment, having just realized true awareness. The Avatamsaka sutra is considered an apochryphal teaching and not o...
by Anders
Mon May 22, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 36863

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Dzogchen and Mahāmudra seek to identify the so called mind-essence. Please explain the features and characteristics of mind-essence? Is mind-essence in any way cognizant? The mind essence is unconditioned, empty clarity. The mind is conditioned. A person who has directly perceived their own mind es...
by Anders
Mon May 22, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 4436

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

One way of attempting to date Mahayana sutras is to examine what other sutras they are responding to and in dialogue with. The lotus sutra for example responds to the thesis of the seed of bodhi as the distinctive mark of bodhisattvas vs shravakas by presenting the ekayana. This tells us that there ...
by Anders
Mon May 22, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 51
Views: 4436

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

If one went with traditional accounts [whose?] the garland sutra would be the oldest since it is often said [citation needed] to be one of shakyamuni's first teachings Sorry ... too much time on Wikipedia recently. :tongue: Seriously, though, whose accounts? and where? :namaste: Kim The sutra itsel...
by Anders
Thu May 18, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 9895

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

"Radical openness" describes an experience, it serves as a description rather than an explanation. The explanation is found in the experience. An experience is meaningless without an explanation. Since "radical openness" is posited as the very goal and essence of Zen, there is already a lot of expl...
by Anders
Thu May 18, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 9895

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

I'm mostly reminded of Sengzhao's referring to Prajna as "dark knowing". I've also heard it referred to as 'not knowing'. That's also from Sengzhao. His work "Prajna is not-knowing" opens with the lines "Prajna, void and dark, is perhaps the beginning and end of the three vehicles." Some other nugg...
by Anders
Thu May 18, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 9895

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

What is "radical openness"? Open for what? Since it apparently does not mean freedom from afflictions and delusions, how is it related to any level of realisation as understood in Mahayana? If it were the cessation of the false assumption of subject and object, that would mean attaining at least th...
by Anders
Wed May 17, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 9895

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

I think both articles were decent short pieces, sketching the experiences a practitioner is like to encounter and what they mean in terms of progress. I don't think it is necessary for him to situate his taxonomy in a classical mahayana framework or anything like that really. He put it up on faceboo...
by Anders
Tue May 02, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "Self inquiry" in Zen, Chan, etc
Replies: 25
Views: 2681

Re: "Self inquiry" in Zen, Chan, etc

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. "
by Anders
Mon May 01, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Exchange self-centered perspective for other-centric?
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: Exchange self-centered perspective for other-centric?

Is this true? No? If yes, then why do we not now replace the self-cherrishment with othercherrishment ? What are the advantages of self cherrishment that is so prevalent here on this forum, in my home, at my work, on streets and trains and cars and airplanes and stores? To be able to look after you...

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