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by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 5095

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: 5095

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: 5095

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: 5095

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: 7623

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: 5095

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: 5095

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: 4024

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: 3028

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...
by Anders
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 3028

Re: Dedication to truth

I am not quite sure what you would actually mean by transcendental traditions. Traditions that emphasise realisation of or awakening to some sort of trans-sensory- and/or -trans-intellectual element. In Buddhism, Nirvana. In mystical christianity, the notion of god, or the kingdom of heaven, as som...
by Anders
Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 3028

Dedication to truth

By and large, Buddhism is embedded into a paradigm of suffering and how to end suffering, whether it be for oneself or for all sentient beings. That's the driving purpose and motivation for practise In many other transcendental traditions though, they take unwavering dedication to truth as the drivi...
by Anders
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmakosa study group?
Replies: 76
Views: 10576

Re: Abhidharmakosa study group?

And to be clear, what is the Mahaprajnaparamita Upadesa? Kirt You wouldnt know it from Tibetan studies as it only survives in Chinese translation. It is sometimes referred to as the fourth treatise of the Sanlun school ('three treatises' school - Chinese Madhyamika) and has had a profound impact on...
by Anders
Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The new landscape
Replies: 31
Views: 3706

Re: The new landscape

Things are settling down since the demise of E Sangha. The new landscape, as I see it, is Dhamma Wheel for the Theravadins, this place for the Mahayanists and FreeSangha for the, uh, pan-Buddhists I guess. Are there any other important boards out there? If you want to see some oldschool internet Bu...
by Anders
Sun May 30, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Buddha Speaking of Huatou Practice?
Replies: 10
Views: 2131

Re: The Buddha Speaking of Huatou Practice?

I don't see how much this has to do with huatou. The essential aspect what makes a huatou is the great mass of doubt. And what happens when there is great doubt? The mind gets 'zapped' into non-abiding/non attending to any sign. I can see what Morlock is getting at. In Mahayana both signlessness an...
by Anders
Sat May 29, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Getting to Lotus Pose
Replies: 45
Views: 6822

Re: Getting to Lotus Pose

Hi Anders, Thanks for sharing your experience with lotus. By "pushing your hips forward" do you mean that you only did lotus while sitting on cushions? Most yoga teachers just do it on the flat ground, which takes more flexibility. I did (and do). I don't know of any meditation teachers who don't a...
by Anders
Sat May 29, 2010 5:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Getting to Lotus Pose
Replies: 45
Views: 6822

Re: Getting to Lotus Pose

At present, I would recommend stretching exercices as better for achieving lotus posture than the posture itself. I've never had much problem getting into the half lotus and after a year or two, full lotus. The problem was, I was did this by pressing my hips forward to connect with the floor and thi...
by Anders
Sun May 09, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Myth of Chan
Replies: 99
Views: 9153

Re: Tibetan Myth of Chan

Yogicfire wrote:Aren't we saying that the Chan school died out in China completely, and was resurrected at some later stage by other lineages and modern teachers?
who is saying that and when did it happen? It's news to me.
by Anders
Thu May 06, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: amala-vijnana
Replies: 12
Views: 3002

Re: amala-vijnana

It was introduced by Paramartha who was an Indian monk in China.
by Anders
Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7900

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

That amounts to saying that Nagarjuna, Tsongkhapa, Han Shan and a legion of other masters in Tibet, China, Japan, Korea etc... were not enlightened. Surely it amounts only to saying that they are not omniscient Buddhas. Last time I checked, realisation of emptiness did not come automatically with t...
by Anders
Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How useful are Chan records?
Replies: 31
Views: 3303

Re: How useful are Chan records?

Although Thomas Cleary is often critisised for his attempts at Chinese translations (Japanese being his actual specialty), Cristopher Cleary who co-translated it, generally has a fine reputation for accuracy and faithfulness to the text. I am wondering to what extent you think he mangled the text, H...

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