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by Anders
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin
Replies: 77
Views: 23236

Re: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin

Do you know anything about William Bodri who runs http://www.meditationexpert.com , and his teacher Nan Huai-Chin ? Ummm ......errrrrrr..."Meditation for a Beautiful Skin". You must be joking. As for the rest it looks like complete nonsense. I for one recommend meditation as the premier treatment f...
by Anders
Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest
Replies: 39
Views: 6896

Re: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest

Perhaps I should specify that by 'surrounding community' I don't mean to cast aspersions on any of the people involved in these communities. I was more thinking of the communal structures they have inherited not being well suited to address these things.
by Anders
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest
Replies: 39
Views: 6896

Re: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest

Fascinating. So many Zen teachers who believe that it is therapy to solve the problems and not Zen. Then what is Zen good for, really? I like how Thannisaro Bhikkhu put it: Psychology is for bring dysfunctional people to a functional state of neurosis. Buddhism is for taking people from a functiona...
by Anders
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Erik Pema Kunzang offically a Dharma teacher now.
Replies: 6
Views: 1147

Re: Erik Pema Kunzang offically a Dharma teacher now.

I am not at all surprised. He has the air and humility of a qualified teacher anyway (and of course the knowledge). Good news. :smile:
by Anders
Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it possible to have too much compassion?
Replies: 17
Views: 2936

Re: Is it possible to have too much compassion?

I don't think there is such a thing as 'too much compassion'. The standard the sutras set for these things is that bodhisattvas love all sentient beings like a mother loves her only child. That's a whole lot of love for a whole lot of beings. What there may be is such a thing as untempered compassio...
by Anders
Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 2719

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Seeing as the Awakening of Faith is being mentioned here as a basis for possible 'Buddhahood in one lifetime' models, I think it is worth bearing in mind that it does in fact anticipate these thoughts and explicitly says that although there may be great yogins who appear to attain Buddhahood in just...
by Anders
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 25031

Re: The Lotus Sutra

Maybe I'm missing the correct sources and commentaries (Zhiyi's writings?) but the Lotus Sutra has always been a big question to me. I mean, what is actually so wonderful about it? The text is overloaded with metaphors explaining the same ideas again and again. It is devoid of theoretical and pract...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

An empirical test! Great, but why/how does this particular test establish that "ordinary people" grasp outer objects as existing inherently? Because the notion of the item's existence acts as a cognitive basis for the grasping. If no object is identified as existing, there is no possibility for it ...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are you able to look through traditions?
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: Are you able to look through traditions?

I think it's worthwhile to try, but equally dangerous think it is truly possible.
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

That dharmas arises dependent on causes and conditions (the most fundamental of all Buddhist teachings. It's really quite extraordinary that you reject this) It is explicitly taught in Mahayana Sutras spoken by Shakyamuni, such as the Shurangama. That sort of Hinayana understanding of Causes & Cond...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

Then that is complete nihilism, unless you affirm dharmas external to mind, which would then be materialism. Both of which Buddhism is not. It is not nihilism, but simple the middle way between the extremess of existence and non-existence. That even Nirvana is not truly existent does nothing to und...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

This sounds opposite to what you have previously stated, that dharmas do exist relatively based on other external dharmas for Causes & Conditions to arise independently from mind. you seem to have cooked up a nice strawman for yourself here. That dharmas arises dependent on causes and conditions (t...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

As I understand it, Madhyamaka is cautioning one to not become attached to those names and concepts, as they are always the language of Ordinary Beings and not what Buddhas and Bodhisattvas realize directly. No, this is not an adequate interpretation of Madhyamika. It is not simply a matter of the ...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

The problem is, Hinayana teachings already do a well enough job establishing that so-called external dharmas lack inherent existence through their definition of Dependent Origination . Why does Madhyamaka need to restate what has already been established? What sets it apart from Hinayana teachings?...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Madhyamaka/Yogacara Confusion
Replies: 47
Views: 7395

Re: Madhyamaka/Yogacara Confusion

In Chandrakirti's Supplement to the MMK , his Madhyamakavatara , he rejects the distinctive Yogacara doctrines, including the Yogacara understanding of the Three Natures, which he sees as provisional, subject to interpretation, leading to a higher truth. (He presents an alternative explanation of t...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

Where did I say "inherent existence", and where is that taught in Hinayana? I said "on account of other dharmas as Cause & Condition ", which is the Hinayana definition of Dependent Origination , and the way that you apply to your study of Mahayana. Inherent existence is taught by a couple of Hinay...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4849

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

Does it?? I challenge you to find one person in a million who believes there is a pot that exists permanently, possessing its own self-sustaining substance. Who believes such a ridiculous thing? So why would Mahayana doctrine spend so much time tearing up a strawman argument? I think this is the ma...
by Anders
Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3832

Re: Lioncity forum

mr. gordo wrote:Yes, you're right Chaz. It would be easy to monetize a forum like that.
E-sangha was not a profitable venture. That's why the option to donate was introduced. It was becoming more expensive than the owner could manage.
by Anders
Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2941

Re: Dedication to truth

I think you are on firmer ground if you analyse the meaning of truth in Buddhism without trying to compare that with other religious traditions. If you do want to make comparisons, you need a good knowledge of the other traditions, and perhaps a narrower focus, such as 'Indian transcendental tradit...

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